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E3 2011: Looking forward to… Super Mario 3DS

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All I need is a Tanooki tail.

The image of the infamous tail curving off the Super Mario logo is enough to warrant it being anyone’s most anticipated game of E3. Despite growing up with Sega’s consoles and having some level of personal attachment to those games, I have an even stronger affinity for Super Mario Bros. 3. I believe it to be the high point of platforming as a genre and the best use of the Mario franchise.

Although we’ve only seen a short set of screenshots so far, they further legitimize Super Mario Bros. 3’s influence beyond the way the Tanooki tail hangs from the logo. Small Mario is featured (a first, in a 3D Mario game), as are several familiar blocks. Sweetening the deal, Nintendo EAD, the developers of the Super Mario Galaxy games are on board to develop this next entry, which is likely to ship by the year’s end. Considering the level of quality found in Super Mario Galaxy 2’s use of SMB 3 concepts – like the overhead level-select hub and ability suits, Nintendo EAD are nearly overqualified for the job.

As far as I’m concerned, Super Mario 3DS will make or break Nintendo’s handheld and as 2011 marks the 25th Anniversary for the series, I imagine they’ll be looking to make a big showing with the game at this year’s E3.

The author of this fine article

is an Associate Editor at Thunderbolt, having joined in July 2007. Get in touch on Twitter @Calvin_Kemph.

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