New Super Mario Bros
I'm sure you have seen the commercials, that familiar music, the mushroom that Mario eats in order to grow, the memories of spending a marathon gaming session with your friends drinking soda pop until the wee hours of the morning. Well, it's certainly a good day for the fans of Mario and company, because Nintendo has released the first side scrolling platformer that is the heir apparent to the Mario crown.
Much like every other Mario game out there, Bowser and Bowser Jr. have captured the princess and it's up to everyone's favorite Italian plumber to get her back. Using new power ups like the giant mushroom and old classics like the fire flower, Mario will adventure through eight worlds in order to get her back. Now this isn't your father's Mario, this time Mario can use some of the moves he has discovered in more recent titles. Mario can wall jump, triple jump and even butt stomp bricks in order to find stuff. And that 'stuff'? is everywhere, taking the term hidden objects to the N'th degree, gamers will have their hands full trying to find all of the cool stuff that hidden (including hidden worlds and levels with multiple exits).
The graphics on the DS are a step up from the original Nintendo's (for good reason) and I appreciated the subtle improvements. For one thing, I felt that Mario moved with a more fluid pacing, running more like a real person might run. The colors of the strange looking worlds seem to really explode with bright hues. Sure the Koopas and Goombas seem to look the same, but there is a certain familiarity that is almost reassuring. The levels are varied just like any other Mario game you have played, but the ability to go any direction in order to go back on the level and pick up items you may have missed is a welcome addition. And while the touch screen is all but barely used, I didn't mind at all, simply because the game is such a pleasure to play. Additionally, aside from the normal coins that Mario can collect for 1-ups, you can find three giant coins on each level which can be used to purchase entrance to other places in the game.
Finally, I would like to mention that this game features a decent multiplayer mode for both single game and dual game cartridge competition. Do battle against Luigi (or Mario) as long as you have a friend and a second DS. The mini games featured in Super Mario 64 DS have been included and improved upon for multiplayer action. And yes, there are some original multiplayer levels as well.
The New Super Mario Bros is an excellent game and one that you should seriously consider purchasing if only for the sheer amount of fun. And although the game itself can be beaten in about five hours, you can spend countless more trying to find all the hidden places and objects all over, a really great game.
Download New Super Mario Bros
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP