Conclusion: If you’re a Mario fan, New Super Mario Bros 2 is certainly a worthwhile buy, but at the same time, you may feel like the game never reaches its full potential because it insists on playing things safe. Super Mario 3D Land had a couple of issues, sure, but at the same time it was impossible not to appreciate everything the game did to change up the old Mario formula. Hopefully the next action-based Mario title for the Nintendo 3DS will attempt to shake things up again.
Conclusion: How many times can Nintendo repackage the same game? We have seen this title a few times already and each time it ends up playing the same. What, we have a coin collecting fetish in this one and stupid street pass/multiplayer games. That doesn’t make it worthwhile purchasing the same fucking game again. Play it safe and stay away from this Mario title. Buy a better 3DS title like Sonic Generations (see Sonic Generations 3DS review).
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. This has been part of the Mario tradition since the 80s, a sub goal almost every player focused on en route to saving Princess Peach from Bowser's clutches, and yet this very idea takes center stage in the plumber's...
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. Lack of innovation might help tire us of a great idea, but even without being a new experience, there’s still a lot to this game that entertains and offers a fun experience to anyone who tries it.
Excerpt: A long time ago, when the NES was a current thing, I played the original Super Mario Bros. , and it wasn’t an easy game. I’m certain part of that was because I was a terrible player back then. My first try led to death by goomba. Then, after discovering the jump button, I lasted long enough to reach the first pit. My sister was the one who figured out that holding the B button down made Mario run fast. I had no frame of reference. This was all new.
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? On the surface, the 3DS XL doesn’t look as cool as its smaller sibling, the 3DS. My red XL case doesn’t shine with the same metallic sheen as my blue 3DS. And the buttons under the hood are plastic and cheaper looking.
Pros: Raccoon Mario; tons of coins to collect; smart level design.
Cons: Could use better story; backgrounds need more detail; not enough varied powerups.