Summary: I've been playing video games since the first Super Mario Bros on the NES. There are many stellar Mario games, some of which are timeless classics. Unfortunately, the New Super Mario Bros series as a whole is the bottom of the plumber's barrel. It's a good game...but not a good Mario game. The absolute worst offense for me is the re-use of the terrible music from NSMBWii. Mario games often have catchy, memorable tunes, but this is as bland and forgettable as they come.
Summary: I bought this game so I'd have something to do with my little brother who's not old enough to get away with M rated games, but anyway...all that could be said about NSMBU is that it's just another Mario game, and frankly it's a bit too easy with the block creation mechanic. I'd suggest waiting until this goes down to $20-30 if you really wanted to play it, but then again if you really wanted it this isn't going to stop you, but don't take away from this that this game is...
Excerpt: This game is standard and great for beginners. Its soundtrack may have the same ones from New Super Mario Bros. Wii but some are new. Even Challenge Mode that includes Boost Mode have outrageously difficult challenges to get all gold medals. Overall, playing with the Game Pad or with a Wiimote works great either way.
Pros: New Levels And Power-ups, New Way To Play
Cons: Bland Graphics And Sound, Challenge Mode Too Tough, Same Mario As We Know It
Not quite 'New,' but a few fun additions nontheless
Michael S. Nokes, Amazon
23 January 2013
Summary: Let me start by saying I've been a Nintendo fan all my life. I've played and, to differing degrees, enjoyed every main-series Mario title. I have nothing but love for the Mario series. That said, I think Nintendo's starting to risk devaluing the Mario brand by releasing these 'New' Super Mario Bros. games. The first was refreshing, a fun and challenging throwback to much of what made the first Mario platformers so good.
Summary: Never played a 2D mario game and I found this game extremely difficult and frustrating to play as I constantly die and get annoyed by the controls nevertheless I keep coming back as I do feel that as I grasp it more I will enjoy it more, bloody stuck on the layer cake world.
Summary: The New Super Mario Bros series has steadily been declining in quality since its inception. The game is mechanically sound, being produced to a very high level of quality. The biggest problem with this game is the recycling of elements from previous games in the series, both thematic elements and audio and video assets from New Super Mario Bros Wii, NSMBW. Level design and world themes are very similar to the previous title, NSMBW.