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New Super Mario Bros 2

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Overall 8

New Super Mario Bros 2 Review

4 March 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 6

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)

The Review Busters
26 February 2013
  • 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).
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Overall 9

New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS Review

21 January 2013
  • 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...
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Overall 7

New Super Mario Bros 2 review

Wii's World
20 December 2012
Overall 7

New Super Mario Bros. 2

PC Magazine
6 October 2012
  • Conclusion: New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the same great Mario gameplay on the 3DS you've seen on the DS and Wii, but it doesn't try to do anything new besides shower you in worthless gold.
  • Pros: Excellent controls. Very good level design. Same Mario charm.
  • Cons: Uninspired. Squanders opportunities to make the game seem fresh. Coin gimmick doesn't add to the game.
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New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo 3DS) Review

30 September 2012
Overall 6

New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Review (3DS)

19 September 2012
  • Conclusion: It’s “New” yet it’s not very new at all, you’ll have fun but it’s lost it’s freshness.
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Overall 9

3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros. 2 game review

Boys' Life magazine
19 September 2012
  • 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.
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New Super Mario Bros. 2

Cheat Happens
8 September 2012
  • 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 new Mario game to accompany it.
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Overall 7

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) Review

5 September 2012
  • Summary: Overall, isn’t a bad game. The formula is still solid and experience is fun. I just feel like the coin gimmick could have been used better. Still, this is a title 3DS owners shouldn’t pass up. It’s an enjoyable title that will let you pass the time nicely.
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