Review: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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Review: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Mario returns to his 2-D roots. But is it worth the trip?

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I'll buy it, it may be pricey. BUT GODDAMMIT IT'S MARIO!!

I hope it's better than Super Paper Mario though. That felt a bit watered down.

This is the first time I've been jealous of Wii owners since I saw Paper Mario. Every time the commercial comes on TV, I think for a split second "damn, did I really just get an XBox when there's a new mario game coming out?" Then I remember that I'm not 6 anymore and I go back to playing Borderlands. But to all of you enjoying this game, cheers! Glad to hear Mario's gone back to his roots!

Already bought it. Fantastic game.

Personally I was tired of Mario after the N64 game came out:p

But hey, I'm sure the game has it's charm. I don't own a Wii, I don't plan on getting one (and I can't afford one...), but if a friend of mine does get the game I'll give it a shot. That would be the first Mario game since N64 too!

Hey! Doki Doki no Panic was a good game, even when they mutated it into Mario 2 for everywhere that wasn't Japan. Yeah, it wasn't really Mario, but it was still fun.

But in all seriousness, this review almost pushed me over the edge into buying it sooner, but the ending reminded me why I'm waiting a bit.

OK, I might get this just for the penguin suit.

No Princess? Denied :(

I just want it so I can hear Toad yelling. Cracks me up every single time.

Looks interesting. Dont know if I would actually buy it, and reading the article has pretty much reaffirmed that belief.

I'll likely rent it for a weekend, see what its like, and relive the memories...ah, memories

I want to play it but I'll wait until the price drops to about $25 - $30. It looks awesome but it does render itself to the "been there, done that" feeling in my brain.

Have it and love it. Deam's analysis of the multiplayer is spot on; more difficult and fun as hell. Being platformer-savvy is not the greatest advantage when playing with friends because "teamwork" has never really been a part of the 2D Mario-player skill set.

My friends and I have spent hours on World 7-6 (a groundless auto-scroller) and still haven't finished it (or even made it halfway through), but we never tire of it or even get frustrated because the combination of trying to perfect our (individual and cooperative) Circle-Du-Soleil-esque maneuvering and hilariously and inadvertently screwing each other over is endlessly entertaining.

Jon Etheridge:
I want to play it but I'll wait until the price drops to about $25 - $30. It looks awesome but it does render itself to the "been there, done that" feeling in my brain.

Good luck seeing that price tag. (Unless its a sale but it's rare for a Mario game to be discounted)

When all else fails, aim for the nostalgia.

Casual Shinji:
When all else fails, aim for the nostalgia.

I don't think "failure" is a fair term to use in regards to this game, going by how much everyone, reviewer included, seems to enjoy it. It doesn't seem likely that they designed the game around a high retail price, let alone for nostalgia's sake.

Manicotti:

Casual Shinji:
When all else fails, aim for the nostalgia.

I don't think "failure" is a fair term to use in regards to this game, going by how much everyone, reviewer included, seems to enjoy it. It doesn't seem likely that they designed the game around a high retail price, let alone for nostalgia's sake.

Nah, I wasn't refering to the game, but to the majority of Wii games that sell like hot cakes but aren't really getting the gamers excited. With The New Super Mario Bros. they hook both party's: The Casuals are drawn to the cutesey and pwetty pictures and the gamers are drawn to the nostalgia.

Looks like great fun. Its a tempting buy.

Casual Shinji:
Nah, I wasn't refering to the game, but to the majority of Wii games that sell like hot cakes but aren't really getting the gamers excited. With The New Super Mario Bros. they hook both party's: The Casuals are drawn to the cutesey and pwetty pictures and the gamers are drawn to the nostalgia.

I'll give you that. I agree that there is too much focus on giving past franchises a makeover just because of all the neat things the Wii can do.

*headdesk* no thanks...this is what you call milking...... give me a proper #D, 3rd person or FP mario game with proper power ups and exploring (mabye tweaked to be more adventure friendly vrs action platformer) and I will eat it up off the wall crap like sunshine and Galaxy I do not want....

If you want to play Super Mario Bros. Wii, go buy a previous Mario platformer. It will be exactly the same, and probably easier to play than with a wiimote.

EDIT: The only Mario game I have ever enjoyed enough to want to play over other, better titles was Super Mario Sunshine, anyone else feel that way too?

Glefistus:
If you want to play Super Mario Bros. Wii by yourself, go buy a previous Mario platformer. It will be exactly the same, and probably easier to play than with a wiimote.

Fixed.

But yeah, if you're gonna play alone, then I'd say there's nothing to merit dropping the amount on the price tag for it. You're right, but I think the co-op multiplayer distinction is an important one.

Richard Hannay:

Glefistus:
If you want to play Super Mario Bros. Wii by yourself, go buy a previous Mario platformer. It will be exactly the same, and probably easier to play than with a wiimote.

Fixed.

But yeah, if you're gonna play alone, then I'd say there's nothing to merit dropping the amount on the price tag for it. You're right, but I think the co-op multiplayer distinction is an important one.

I don't think co-op mode is worth 50 bucks. Besides, the co-op mode makes it an easier game by giving you more slack in deaths, making the game a title for scrubnubs.

ZippyDSMlee:
*headdesk* no thanks...this is what you call milking...... give me a proper #D, 3rd person or FP mario game with proper power ups and exploring (mabye tweaked to be more adventure friendly vrs action platformer) and I will eat it up off the wall crap like sunshine and Galaxy I do not want....

Good sir, Galaxy was most certainly not crap. Easily one of the best games this console generation.

Glefistus:
I don't think co-op mode is worth 50 bucks.

Fair enough.

Glefistus:
Besides, the co-op mode makes it an easier game by giving you more slack in deaths, making the game a title for scrubnubs.

By my (and the reviewers') experience, you actually die more in multiplayer.

CantFaketheFunk:

ZippyDSMlee:
*headdesk* no thanks...this is what you call milking...... give me a proper #D, 3rd person or FP mario game with proper power ups and exploring (mabye tweaked to be more adventure friendly vrs action platformer) and I will eat it up off the wall crap like sunshine and Galaxy I do not want....

Good sir, Galaxy was most certainly not crap. Easily one of the best games this console generation.

I am over stating of coarse because I haz a puny ego, but still I found both sunshine and galaey annoying its not the pure mario adventure I dreamt about and have wanted done( RIGHT!!) since Mario 64 got it half right........

The New Super Mario Brothers Wii is going back to it's roots among adding more stuff to it.

However, there's one thing I like to point out is the controls. The controls on NSMBW on Wiimote sideways feels a bit a pain in the butt and the classic game controller should fix that.

And yes, it's frustrating. Much to the Lost Levels.

Casual Shinji:
When all else fails, aim for the nostalgia.

When were they failing?

The tilting platforms don't bother me, but the fact you have to move the controller to use the propeller thing dose. Feels so unnecessary.

I fear that I must disagree with your assessment of value, I never really liked Little Big Planet, the controls were not responsive enough for me and I kept switching depth levels when I didn't want to. I guess deep down I will always be a Nintendfan.

Glefistus:

Richard Hannay:

Glefistus:
If you want to play Super Mario Bros. Wii by yourself, go buy a previous Mario platformer. It will be exactly the same, and probably easier to play than with a wiimote.

Fixed.

But yeah, if you're gonna play alone, then I'd say there's nothing to merit dropping the amount on the price tag for it. You're right, but I think the co-op multiplayer distinction is an important one.

I don't think co-op mode is worth 50 bucks. Besides, the co-op mode makes it an easier game by giving you more slack in deaths, making the game a title for scrubnubs.

I think we can all see that co-op is actually more difficult, also is specifically states that in the review. Also, "co op is for scrubs"? Really, did you really just say that? I don't suppose it could've possibly been put in there for I dont know...FUN?

But yes OT: Maybe I'll force my mate to steal his wii back from his mother and buy this.

There's something I don't quite like about Mr. Dream's reviews, and I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's because he goes on to ramble a bit (how does Mario and Sonic's rivalry 17 years ago really affect the current market and justify the $50 price tag now?) or how he shifts gears somewhat abruptly from paragraph to paragraph. Or how he waffles a bit, in this case he spends the first half of the review praising nostalgia factor, with new and fun additions but compared to Little Big Planet somewhat lacking or how it has "moments of genuine inspiration" and "novel additions" and "never feels phoned in, just familiar" but at the end implies that the series is not fresh and calls it "a $50 trip down memory lane" in a negative sense.

Sorry, I didn't mean to turn this into a mini-rant. I don't normally pay much attention to who writes the reviews, but this isn't the first time I've stopped midway to ask myself, "Who wrote this?" only to find out it's Mr. Dream.

Jon Etheridge:
I want to play it but I'll wait until the price drops to about $25 - $30. It looks awesome but it does render itself to the "been there, done that" feeling in my brain.

You'll be waiting a long, long time then. New Super Mario Bros DS is still going at full price and it's over 3 and a half years old (!).

Aura Guardian:

Casual Shinji:
When all else fails, aim for the nostalgia.

When were they failing?

Since Wii console sales started dipping.

Aura Guardian:

Jon Etheridge:
I want to play it but I'll wait until the price drops to about $25 - $30. It looks awesome but it does render itself to the "been there, done that" feeling in my brain.

Good luck seeing that price tag. (Unless its a sale but it's rare for a Mario game to be discounted)

In the store, yes. On craigslist or a local game trading site, no. A lot of the times I will do a trade. I get a game I want and someone else gets a game they want and there's normally no cash involved. Sometimes someone will do a trade a newer game for an older game and they will ask for $10 or $20 depending on how new the game still is.

But yeah, in stores like Gamestop the price will stay the same for a good while.

tbh New Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo DS was a real letdown. I'm still pretty skeptical about the Wii edition.

Ah, stop whining about the price, damn you! We Australians get gouged for $80-$100 on EVERY new game. I'd say WE'RE the ones who have something to complain about, thank you very much!

Considering that this is basically nothing more than a slightly spruced up console version of the New Super Mario Bros DS, and that the only real addition is the co-op, AND also considering the fact that I have no friends, I'll have to let this pass...

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