I don't know about you but something about the 3D Mario games that we've gotten in the past just didn't feel exactly like a 3D version of Super Mario. It's hard to explain so I won't even try. This one, however, looks just like I expected Super Mario would be in the 3D world. Stages look to retain some of that old school difficulty, power-ups new and old. It's just like the challenge stages in Mario Galaxy which I loved. And is that a giant Goomba with a Tanuki tail?
I like how their using the name "Super Mario 3D Land" which retains the truest nature of it being a handheld portable Mario game like the Super Mario Land games on the original GameBoy.