Review by simpson7
"Here We Go!!!!"
So, I'm guessing you're a fan of the Mario games? Maybe just the 2-D ones? Well, you also don't have to be a fan to enjoy this game; Nintendo made sure to appeal to BOTH casual and hardcore gamers.
The look to this game is very much like the DS one, but of course it's a bit smoother and especially when it comes to the foreground. Mario doesn't look as "blocky" as he did in the DS one, he's been improved upon too. Basically, it is the DS graphics only improved. They're not amazing, but they're not horrible, they're just right.
You're going to hear a lot of the classical Mario tunes and sounds along the way. But it does borrow some songs from the DS game which was kind of a let-down. There are about half new songs and sound and half old ones, and by old I mean borrowed. There are of course remixes of retro songs, like the castle theme from the classics. Overall, the sound fits with the game, but there is not anything to memorable.
Now this is where the game really shines in. Nintendo always focuses on the core gameplay and it shows. No doubt you'll be having fun going through the multiple worlds in unique and quirky stages. There are about 70 stages in this game and each is very different then the next. Although the stages themselves aren't too hard, you'll still be encountering some challenging spots throughout the worlds. And if you do happen to die at least eight times in any given level, the option of allowing Luigi to pass the level will be available. There is also multiplayer added into the adventure. You can play with up to four of your friends and with this option you get many new added elements that were not there during solo-play. For example, you won't get a game over if just one person happens to die and the ability to use the other players for advantages (help each other reach Star Coins) opens up as well.
This game is full of replay value. You have the option of getting all the Star Coins (which there are three in each stage), rescuing Toads trapped in ? Blocks (only in 1-P mode), finding all hidden exits and even some secrets to unlock here and there. Plus, with multiplayer mode added, you get the option of playing for hours on end with friends in your favorite stages or in a coin battle mode made just for multiplayer.
The controls here are very basic, like the retro Mario Bros. games. The 1 button helps you jumps, the 2 button allows you to dash and attack all while you control Mario using the D-Pad. At least that's how it is while playing with just the Wii controller on it's side. The option of using the nunchuck is also available. There are also some motion controls too. Mario performs a small spinning move when you shake the Wii controller while Mario is in the air. Or you can use the motion sensor to take control of platforms.
Now the difficulty of this game varies from person to person. If you're new to the series, then expect 12+ hours. While veterans can expect at least 6+ hours. Like I've mentioned before, the levels aren't too hard as a whole, but there will be certain parts that will occasionally frustrate you. When you add more players, then the difficulty either increases or decreases. If you're playing through a stage you've already beaten, then everyone knows what to suspect next, while if you're playing on a new stage (maybe even with more casual players) then you don't know what's to come next and you'll be trying to help out your buddies. Overall, it has a fairly average difficulty to it; not too hard, but not too easy.
The game isn't exactly perfect, but it's close. Nintendo still fails to include online on one of their top games. Having have had the option to go through stages with three random people worldwide would have increased the games replay value greatly. And if that's not possible, at least the option to send replay videos to buddies would have been greatly appreciated. Also, while playing with four people the stage becomes very chaotic. I'm not sure if that's what Nintendo was going for, but if you're playing against people that are not as good at the game as yourself, then be prepared to either be waiting a while for them to catch up or watching them die over and over. One last issue would be the actual story mode length. There could have been more levels added to many of the worlds. Having have had at least 10 levels per world would have been great. But in no world is there more than 9 levels.
This game is a must buy, which is good, because the Wii has not had too many great games lately. You'll be having a great time, whether you're new to the series or not. There are just a small amount of problems with this game, but they're nothing that really alter greatly the game experience. Be prepared to go down a nostalgic road or jump on the heads of a couple of Koopalings!
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 11/23/09
Game Release: New Super Mario Bros. Wii (US, 11/15/09)
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