Conclusion: Now I do realize that most of this review was spent complaining about my disappointment with the new content in this game while only one paragraph was spent explaining how perfectly Nintendo has brought back the old 2D Mario feel, but don’t get me wrong. The fantastically executed classic Mario gameplay here far outweighs any of this game’s shortcomings and if you happen to be a fan of Mario back in the day, then I would be hard pressed to give this game a higher...
Conclusion: This difficulty, though, makes New Super Mario Bros. a 2D Mario platformer for the new Nintendo - a game anyone can and will pick up and play. It’s also important because, with its ten-and-a-half million sales to date, it’s making Mario games cool again (many found Sunshine to be a disappointment), leading right into the release of Super Mario Galaxy for Wii.
Conclusion: Lack of originality in gameplay doesn’t really stop the fact that this is Mario. The game is fun for short periods, as any portable game should be. Some frustrating additions don’t really change playing the game, only completing it 100%. New Super Mario Bros. may not be very new, but there is still the Mario gameplay we’ve come to know and love.
Excerpt: It’s not easy being Mario. Sure, you’ve literally got a princess for a girlfriend, but she keeps getting kidnapped by your arch nemesis every time you turn your back. Your hands get singed every time you throw a fireball. Most of your friends are dwarfs with freakish mushroom-shaped heads. Denim overalls have been out of style for a decade. Your weird brother keeps shoveling his angst, insecurities, and perceived inadequacies on you at every opportunity.
Conclusion: New Super Mario Bros. may be the dumbest name Nintendo could have ever come up with but the fact remains, this is a brand New Super Mario Bros. It’s got everything you’ve come to love from the series from fantastic gameplay to catchy tunes. Nintendo simply has to continue this series. We can’t possibly wait another fifteen years for another side-scrolling Mario game and we shouldn’t have to.
Conclusion: Knights of Honor provided some entertaining diversions in medieval warfare. A little different from the standard RTS fare, it offers both the real-time excitement of tactical combat, and a deeper level of strategy and empire management that the more hardcore wargaming crowd will appreciate. Knights of Honor is a great crossover game, as its mixed heritage will have appeal to gamers on both sides of the fence.