Game Name: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Developer(s): Nintendo EAD
Release Date(s): November 15, 2009
ESRB Rating: E
The Brothers are back! Bowser and his kids have once again broken through the tough security of the Mushroom Kingdom to kidnap Princess Peach. It is up to Mario to get her back. He has help along the way and can team with Luigi and the Toads to navigate the tough obstacles set up by Bowser and his kin.
New Super Mario Wii returns the brothers to the popular side scrolling style that made the series famous. The game copies the format of the popular New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS (which of course modified the classic Super Mario Bros. released in 1985 for the NES). New Super Mario Wii was critically acclaimed upon its release and quickly became a best seller for the Wii.
The game is tough…no question about it. I’ve played all the Super Mario games, and I struggled on this one. The levels are stupid tough. The game introduced the Super Guide with an easy access finish. If you fail a level a number of times, a Green ! block shows up which allows you to have Luigi walk you through to the end. It is a nice gesture since the game is so tough, but I wish a game could be allowed to just be hard. I still wish we could get more Luigi love however.
The game also has a good multiplayer mode. Four players can join the fight against Bowser and his kids with Mario, Luigi, and two Toads on the screen. It can get a bit crazy but it can be fun at a party. You might also want to clear some space when you play with a group because the game does use the motion control of the Wii Remote despite being held like a traditional NES controller.
Yoshi also returns for this game and allows a bit of a change in gameplay along with the multiple Mario costumes. This does provide some fun, Yoshi isn’t utilized enough in the game. The Propeller Mario, Penguin Mario, Ice Mario, and Mini Mario are oke but I wish they’d just go back to the raccoon tail or cape sometime. The fan base for both Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World is so high that I think it would be worth wild to revisit some of the classic Mario suits…plus costumes like the Penguin are just too hard to control.
Super Mario Wii is one tough game, but a must for fans of Wii games. It is a solid game with lots of replay ability (collecting all the hidden coins is a nightmare). You will be reminded of your childhood and knowing all the right moves to make it through the levels, or you’ll die a horrible repeating death over and over again…Whatever happens, it is all in good fun.
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