Excerpt: Nintendo has a knack for taking the simplest concepts, even ones that already exist, and transforming those ideas into key selling points. Just look at New Super Mario Bros. 2 . Here's a game where the object is to collect as many gold coins as possible.
Conclusion: Nintendo needs to do something with this series to start making sure that it stays fresh. The core idea of a Mario platformer, side scrolling, on modern systems is perfectly sound, but they just came too many, too quickly.
Excerpt: Incoming! They’re arriving just in time for your last summer trip (and just before school begins). The 3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros. 2 have been released at the same time. Is Nintendo’s reimagining of the 3D system worth saving up $199 for?
Pros: Raccoon Mario; tons of coins to collect; smart level design.
Cons: Could use better story; backgrounds need more detail; not enough varied powerups.
Excerpt: Mario’s adventures in the 2D realm have been just as prominent as his 3D ones within the last several years. The original New Super Mario Bros. had graced the Nintendo DS console in 2006 and the multi-player Wii iteration followed in 2009.
Excerpt: Much like in everything; there are a few things you can always count on in the video game industry. There will be a new Madden every summer, Call of Duty is going to sell a ton of copies even though everyone seems to hate it and Nintendo will keep releasing updates to its hardware -- complete with a...
Excerpt: Mario is rapidly approaching middle-age, which means he has been around for a lifetime in terms of gaming. The fact that Nintendo can wrest anything new out of the 2D Mario format is amazing. It’s true, however, that New Super Mario Bros.
Excerpt: Being the highest selling video game franchise of all time, there’s a lot of pressure on each new main-line Super Mario game release to outdo its storied ancestry and introduce enough new elements to justify its existence. Even more onus than usual falls upon New Super Mario Bros.
Summary: A solid game that definitely has an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun. How we score: The Destructoid Reviews Guide