I have reviewed Super Mario 3D Land. I have not read the comments following the article, but I don’t need to; one thing I like about the 1UP system is that when the number of comments greatly outstrips the number of thumbs up, you can be certain there’s nothing pleasant lurking in the responses (unless you delight in peevishness and vile-mannered personal attacks). t knew this one wouldn’t go over well as I was writing it… and rewriting… and rewriting. I ended up doing five revisions on this piece to try to get the text to line up with the score I originally intended to give the game, because I had a lot of fun playing through the game (especially the ridiculously challenging “second quest”). I really wanted to temper my criticisms to avoid seeming like I was just trolling for hits. But every time I revamped this review, all my complaints kept bubbling to the surface, and ultimately I just had to accept that this is one of those instances where the divide between critic and fan is an agonizing gulf and adjusted my rating to reflect my duty as the former despite my feelings as the latter. Anyway, B+ is a really good score regardless, even if I did have my hopes set for something higher; please feel free to punch anyone in the stomach who makes some inane remark like, “Well I guess this game sucks, thanks for saving me $40!” That kind of nonsense is rank. It is a good game. If you like Mario games, you will enjoy it. The end.
Also: In the morning, I’ll be tag-teaming with Thierry Nguyen to live stream Skyrim for several hours. You can watch it on 1UP! We will do our darnedest not to spoil anything important. I’ve been meaning to experience an Elder Scrolls game since Morrowind, and I hope you will enjoy our video as much as I’ve enjoyed finally dabbling in what Tamriel has to offer.