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New Super Mario Bros. Wii Review

When New Super Mario Bros. Wii was first announced, it was met with mixed impressions.  The screenshots and gameplay we saw made it seem like this was just a port of the DS version, or maybe some short, WiiWare cash-in.  Well after some more info leaked, and people found out this 2-D side-scrolling Mario game was going to retail for fifty bucks, many gamers went crazy.  Was all this initial hate deserved?  Absolutely not, after being so far into the game, I can safely say that this has been one of the most fun times I have had with a platforming game in a long time.

If you are familiar with the New Super Mario Bros. series on the DS, then you know exactly what to expect.  This game doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it sure as hell fine tuned it!  The biggest new feature is 4-player co-op, which is both fun and tedious.  The hardest part was that many times you will find yourself bouncing off of each other at the worst moments and dieing.  While it is easy to get frustrated at dieing in that way, the game has a certain charm that usually has you and your friends laughing hysterically, instead of throwing controllers.  A great new feature that I feel really lends it’s self well to the entire family jumping in, is the ability for players to pop into bubbles.  If a certain part of a level is too hard for somebody you are playing with, all they have to do is hit the A button and they will float around the screen in a bubble.   This is great for when you are playing with a younger sibling, and you have to keep going back and helping them…now they can just skip right past the hard parts.  Apart from the bubble feature, if you die a number of times on a level, you can enable the “Super Guide” , in which the level pretty much plays itself, to show you how to beat it.  So even though the game may seem a bit more difficult at times, these additions make it “idiot proof”, for the most part.

The Penguin suit is an interesting new power-up.

The story revolves around the Koopa Kids from Super Mario Bros. 3 stealing the princess, and flying away in an airship.  It’s your typical story from hear on out until you save the princess.  You know the drill; defeat a koopa kid at a castle, collect coins…wash, rinse, repeat.  While this may seem stale to some gamers, the original Mario formula is so solid.  In fact, I feel that NSMB Wii does a better job at capturing the feeling of the original games, more so than the DS version.  While the game looks more like Super Mario World with the level design and the inclusion of Yoshi, it takes a lot from Super Mario Bros. 3, with item huts on the map and the Koopa Kids, of course.  As far as difficulty is concerned, its ramped up a bit from the original DS title.  I know a lot of people that were pretty upset with how easy the original was, so it’s good to see more of a challenge this time, especially when you play co-op.

For young and old, alike, NSMB Wii is nothing but pure fun.  The game is so freaking charming that even the baddies will dance to the music, and it will leave you in stiches the first time you see it.  However, there are those people that didn’t grow up in the NES/SNES era’s, and this throwback may not mean as much to them.  The biggest gripe I have been having with the game, is just how much slower the pacing is with more than one player.  Remember, you will most likely laugh your ass off when playing with friends, but it may take you twice as long to complete a level.  While there is tons of fun to be had in this game, it may not be worth the fifty bucks for those who weren’t really impressed with the DS version, seeing as the improvements weren’t as big as they could be.  No online play, comes to mind when you think of missed opportunities, but to be honest, this is one of those games better played on a couch with family and friends.  Ever since the DS version came out a few years back, it’s been on the top ten charts every month; with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, I have a feeling history is going to repeat itself.

12 comments
Lawmanmower
Lawmanmower

Miyamoto needs to make a Zelda Galaxy game, 2D style with 3D graphics and puzzle elements.

The Pit
The Pit

I love the game, it is a lot of fun... although now I hate everyone that I was playing the game with.

Ares
Ares

Ya know, most 3D games out there ain't worth $50 with their fumbling controls, awkward lipsincing, and overbearing narrative. This game is far better than most of them. It's worth $50 easy. The sales proved that yesterday and the sales will still prove that years from now. How many games can say that? And for all the complaining about typos: get a grip. If you are one of those who bitches about simple mistakes just because YOU want to prove that YOU noticed it and YOU could do better then do it yourself. Write a column yourself. But if you have ever used terms like "LOL," "atm," or "brb," when you write then you commit the same lousy crime. I don't expect perfection so I don't look for it. But if you do, and it bothers you THAT bad either write a column yourself or take some medication for your OCD.

Lisa
Lisa

hmm, i think you're too easily impressed. this game wasn't worth $50. it wasn't bad but it wasn't even worthy of its minimal hype. Theres better downloadable games out there. the game is cute thats it.

Mark
Mark

Yeah, who cares if there are a few spelling errors on the site. Great game though. I bought it on launch day and couldn't be happier with it. Nintendo better keep making 2d Mario games! If they make us wait another 3 years until the next one, I'm gonna be mighty upset!

Hollowman
Hollowman

Yeah, sorry about these spelling/grammar errors in my past couple articles. I had a few time constraints, and was writing extremely late, so I guess I have been more prone to screwing up. Thank you for pointing out the errors, I will make sure to manage my time a bit better in the future, and make sure there are no mistakes.

Phaethon
Phaethon

Corey is the Associate Editor, but as the Editor-in-Chief I try to pick up the slack when he's busy. As his bio states he works and studies full time, so he's allowed a few misses every now and then. He was thrilled with the game and wanted to help the site out by writing his review a bit early. As we are non-paid writers of a non-subscription based publication, I would hope that slight errors like these won't deter you from returning in the future. We'll do our best to keep these to a bare minimum :).

bob
bob

"dieing" "from hear on out" C'mon, man...

NeoHaru
NeoHaru

I agree with you whole-heartedly. This is an awesome Mario game that changes wethere you are playing solo or in a group. You may be able to beat it faster alone, but playing with your friends provides many creative ways to play.