Review by Luigi4President
Another New Super Mario Bros. hits the market, this time it has money on the brain. New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the next game in the "New" series, but what exactly is "new" about it? Well we have new level design, a new power-up or two, and some new enemies, but perhaps the most major "new" thing is how it takes the old and does it better. Several themes from past games arrive in this title, such as the Raccoon power from Super Mario Bros. 3 and even Reznor returns from Super Mario World. Well then, this may be a great Mario game if it takes from those wonderful games and adds in it's own thing... right?
The game controls like your other basic Mario platformers, nothing really new here, but that's okay. Jump on platforms, reach end of level, it's the same thing that we've seen before. Sure, there are some twists that you'll encounter in some levels, and those are fun too, but maybe they could have appeared more often. Anyhow, the game still has nice controls and it'll feel smooth, just like you'd expect. Of course there's things to do in every level; collecting star coins, or even trying to increase your coin score for that level. Yes, if you've paid any attention to what this game is all about, it's the coins. Coins are everywhere, and those new power-ups are all about coins too! Coins aren't anything new, but they certainly find some creative ways to give them to you.
So then, with a 1-up for every 100 coins, this game must be easy right? I'll admit it, the game won't ever let you get a game over because you ran out of lives. However, that doesn't mean it can't have some difficult levels! Especially if you're after those star coins, levels can be kind of tricky. It's well worth it too, since star coins can unlock things for you later on. Speaking of coins, there is a new mode for us to play- it's called Coin Rush and it's lots of fun. Using the 3DS Streetpass feature, you can challenge your coin-grabbing skills against the complete strangers you meet through Streetpass. It's fun, and adds replay value to the game.
And trust me- replay value is important in this game. The game doesn't take too long to finish (at least the main "story"), so you're going to want to have some stuff to replay and have fun with. Replaying levels to get the highest score, or reaching the goal of 1,000,000 coins can be some work for you to try out. The game is fun though, so replaying doesn't get too old to play again (and what more could you ask for than a fun game?).
The music in the game is also top-notch, even if it sounds a little too similar to it's previous title's soundtracks. It sounds good though, so at least that's nice. The 3D visuals are also pretty cool, it doesn't make that big of a difference, but it's still fun to use anyway. It may not be the absolute best show on the 3DS, but it's certainly not the worst either.
So after you're done saving Peach again (Bowser did it again, there's your story), you may wonder how good the game actually was. It's definitely not as bad as some people say, it's just not as "new" as the title would suggest (and anything that has "new" and "2" in the title couldn't have been that new anyway, right?). Looking past that though, it's a great game and worth a try playing through. Mario's rush for gold has never been larger, so why not spend a little of your gold and just try it out for yourself?
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 09/10/12
Game Release: New Super Mario Bros. 2 (US, 08/19/12)
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