New Super Mario Bros. Wii Review pt. 2

Following up on my early thoughts last week on the game, I have played more and I have come to a personal opinion on the game.

The first thing to mention is that it is fun. I do enjoy playing games like this, and LittleBigPlanet for example, but it’s hard to get over the feeling that this game is poorly marketed. It’s like Nintendo are trying to shoehorn a hardcore game into a casual package and the result comes out more on the hardcore side.

For a family who are more casual in their gaming and generally play things like wii sports and wii sports resort, I can’t see them getting a great deal of fun out of this game.

The first couple of levels will be great fun but after that it will really be difficult to pass the stages, even with perceived strength in numbers, although I don’t think it really works out that way. I did touch on this before though so I will move on.

I also had trouble when I played it with my brother. I’m not sure what exactly it was that made us do so badly. Perhaps we were rushing, maybe we weren’t in the right frame of mind. Perhaps, but I did complete LittleBigPlanet, which is a similar game and does have some tricky parts to it, so it’s not like I just generally am unable to play this type of game.

A few other issues I have with it, firstly the graphics are serviceable, but they don’t appear to be pushing the system at all. I mean there are some nice effects, but for the most part, it’s hard to see how this game couldn’t have been made on the GameCube. If you compare this to games such as Mario Galaxy, Smash Bros. Brawl and Metroid Prime 3, I think you’ll notice the difference.

While I understand why Nintendo had a focus for local multiplayer in this game, a lot of people have criticized the lack of online support. On the other hand, when you consider how poor Nintendo’s friend code based system is, maybe they were doing us a favour by leaving it out. Regardless of how cumbersome it is though, the fact is that a lot of people who could have played it online with friends who live elsewhere, will be forced to play solo.

So I think in conclusion, I would recommend this game to either the long time Nintendo fans who clamour for more 2D Mario games and the casual families / couples who want to have fun (but preferably only if you have at least one gamer who can carry the rest). If you’re on the fence, the fact is that despite its shortcomings in some departments, this remains one of the best Wii games of the year, if not the best.


New Super Mario Bros. Review pt. 1

I just started playing New Super Mario Bros and I’ve got to the second world so far. I’ve mostly played 2 player so far and we had fun but at the same time, the game can be very frustrating when you mess up something you know you can make, and then have to restart the level because of it. I suppose that’s nothing new for a Mario game, I had the same annoyances with the DS game recently too.

I do like the game and multiplayer is definitely more fun. When I went back to the game a little while ago today by myself, I ended up giving up without completing a level because I made a couple of mistakes at critical times. I guess you just need to be in the right frame of mind and I wasn’t today.

It’s very weird for a game that’s so traditionally punishing to be marketed by Nintendo as a casual family game.

As if it isn’t difficult enough single player, multi-player really ups the ante the more players you add in. This is partly because of the camera which in a similar way to LBP, zooms out and makes things tricky. Not only that but you can’t occupy the same exact space as each other. This means that on tight areas of the course, you have to spread out to avoid pushing each other into the lava or bottomless pit by accident.

For this reason, it’s definitely advisable to stick with 2 players if you can, but obviously you’ll have chaotic fun with more also, it’s all about personal preference.

Check back soon for part 2 of the review, but just to clarify for the time being, you should own this if you have a Wii. Just be prepared to take the frustrations with the fun.