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New Super Mario Bros. Wii
ESRB Rating: Everyone
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What kind of game is it?
New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a 2D side-scrolling platformer in the grand tradition of the Super Mario Bros. games, dating back to the mid-1980s on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Who's the developer?
Nintendo internal teams are responsible for the main Mario series, most notable of which is EAD ("Entertainment, Analysis, and Design"). This is Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto's original design team.
What's the story?
Something about a missing princess...? (You run and jump on things.) The game is broken up into 8 worlds, with multiple levels in each world.
Why's it "New?"
Before New Super Mario Bros. hit on the DS a couple years back, it had been a long, long time since a traditional Mario platformer -- everything was pretty much 3D. Nintendo chose to go back to the series' roots, re-imagine a few things, spruce up the graphics and introduce a new generation to the bliss that is 2D Mario.
Like most Nintendo first-party games, there's no online. But the main hook of NSMB Wii is simultaneous four-player cooperative play. It can either be competitive (best score, most coins, etc.) or cooperative (sharing items, boosting each other's jumps). But yeah, we're all going to try to throw each other into pits.
What'd we say?
X-Play's Rob Manuel reviewed New Super Mario Bros. Wii and scored it a 4/5:
"New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a love note to the 2D series, and in that sense, it evokes the wonderful splendor of the game’s past. Enemies long forgotten and mechanics which kept this plumber employed even during the hard times are all present in this title. However, Mario is not without his missteps. The game’s multiplayer mayhem, varying difficulty, and sometimes uninspiring level design hurt the experience. It’s built on one of the most sound foundations you can get, but it really makes me hungry for the next Mario title to come out."
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