While at first I won't deny that the game felt a tad stale with a dash of been there done that, I found that it picks up quite nicely. While not spectacular by any means, Nintendo could have maybe gotten away with calling the game New Super Mario World instead; and maybe should have. Interestingly, I thought I would enjoy the game as a single player romp but was pleasantly surprised to find out how much fun ONE more co-pilot can add. The level design at times was inspired and quite challenging(for me) and of course there's the business of that delectable world map. All in all, a satisfying and fun mario game that doesn't reinvent the wheel but sure does a great job of polishing and refining it instead.