New Super Mario Bros

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a game by Nintendo
Platforms: DS, Wii
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 6.5/10 - 121 votes
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See also: 2D Platformer Games, Mario Games
New Super Mario Bros
New Super Mario Bros
New Super Mario Bros

Every gamer on the planet, and many people who don’t game, are familiar with Mario and his gang. The familiar franchise helped lift the DS into popularity, and the developers seem to be trying to use the new game, New Super Mario Bros, to do the same for the Wii.

New Super Mario Bros about what players have come to expect from these games. Updates include moving from 2D to 3D, but the same carefree gaming style and platforming style gaming are both here for Mario’s introduction to the Wii platform.

Multiplayer fun

Although the game is largely designed to be solo, the major new feature pushed by developers is the multiplayer option. This option isn’t for the whole game, so it’s best to think of it as largely single player with a few, very fun, multiplayer segments.

Multiplayer is optional, but when you select it you and up to three other players can tackle a level together. Multiple people make some parts of the level easier, but can also make some parts harder. It’s a fun new twist either way, and definitely worth trying out.

The game also includes a Free-for-All mode and a Coin-Battle mode with others. Coin Battle is particularly fun, with players racing to collect more coins than other players before the time is up.

Wii navigation

The wii remote also offers some new aspects to gameplay, including using the tilt feature of the remote for certain platforms. You’ll also need to shake the remote to help get objects or to perform a spin jump. This helps make use of the remote’s technology, and makes the game a little less like a standard Mario game and a bit more like it’s own Wii game. The hub for the different levels is very similar to games of the past, and anyone who has ever played a Super Mario game should find themselves operating it easily enough.

Improved but still a classic

Fans of the original series will greatly appreciate the Wii remake. While the game is new, it pays close attention to past Mario games such as the original Super Mario Bros, and improves on it while still maintaining the classic feel. For example, while the animations still have that super simplistic look, the animations themselves are super smooth and more detailed compared to older games. You can also hear much of the iconic audio from the original Super Mario Bros.

Ultimate New Super Mario Bros made its entrance onto the wii platform gracefully. While in terms of story there isn’t much that’s new to offer, the satisfying multiplayer options and remake of the audio and visuals are enough to give you a classic feeling game with modern twists.

10

If you love the Super Mario series and were hoping to bring some of that Nostalgia factor to the wii, this is a great game to test the waters with.

Pros:

  • Nostalgic gaming with modern perks
  • Fun multiplayer options

Cons:

  • None

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DS

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Wii

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

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.

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