Posts Tagged ‘New Super Mario Bros. 2’

New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS Preview

July 21, 2012

I played through Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. 2 demo twice while I was in the Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the Marriott (once on Friday and once on Sunday). It was incredibly fun, even though it felt really familiar.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the third game in the New Super Mario Bros. style (the first being New Super Mario Bros. on the DS and the second being New Super Mario Bros. Wii). Nintendo decided that if they were going to make another game in the New Super Mario Bros. series, they’d need something to change it up…

The big difference between New Super Mario Bros. 2 and it’s predecessors is it’s new focus: collecting coins. New Super Mario Bros. 2 is all about coins and attempting to collect one million of ’em. Of course, collecting a million coins wouldn’t normally be easy, but many, many new ways have been added to the game to make nabbing insane amounts of coins easier. In the three level demo I managed to collect over a thousand without really trying.

Of the many new ways to make coin collecting easier and more interesting, perhaps the most fun addition is the Gold Flower. When Mario collects the Gold Flower he turns into Gold Mario, which allows him to throw fireballs that turn enemies into coins and can turn many brick blocks at once into coins.

The other fantastic thing about New Super Mario Bros. 2 is that it marks the return of Raccoon Mario. Like Super Mario Bros. 3, when Mario collects the Super Leaf he gains ears and a tail which allow him to take to the skys. Flying with Raccoon Mario is (in my opinion) one of gamings most fun experiences. It truly is joyful to once again fly high above Goombas and Koopas and leave them far behind as you soar to the end of Mario stages. Even though the Super Leaf (the power-up that grants you the Raccoon suit or Tanooki suit depending on the game) made a return in Super Mario 3D Land, it was a bit of a let down as you were unable to fly (you could only float slowly downward).

With a 2D platformer, you wouldn’t expect the 3DS’s 3D effect to really jump out at you. While there was nothing in the demo that really made you go “WHOA”, the little bits here and there definitely enhanced it. Mario and the platforms are up front while the background scenery is waaaaaaaay in the back. It made it very pleasurable to view while not seeming gimmicky and not doing many fancy effects that may cause eyestrain over time.

In addition to all these great new features, there are plenty of other new features I didn’t get to try out, such as the two-player mode. The entire New Super Mario Bros. 2 game is playable with a second player (on a second 3DS). The two players can work together to beat the game.

Although it’s hard to complain about a new Mario platformer, one thing bugged me in the 3DS demo. While you can play the game using the d-pad or circle pad, the obvious and most comfortable way to play is with the circle pad (because, if you haven’t played the 3DS, the circle pad sits directly under your thumb while the d-pad is at an odd location below it). Now, as much as I love this flat analog stick for full 3D games (like Super Mario 3D Land and the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D), it is not the ideal control for a 2D platformer where every jump has to be exact or you crash headlong into a enemy or fall a pit of lava. It could be just me, but I seemed to be rather slippery and inaccurate most of the time I played it. I found I could get it work correctly toward the end of my time with the game, but it still never felt “right”.

Overall I found New Super Mario Bros. 2 to be an incredible addition to the franchise. Even though I found the circle pad a little annoying, it still was one of the most fun 3DS games I’ve played. I can’t wait to play more when it is released both as a physical and digital game August 19th (the same day as the 3DS XL).

Greetings from Comic-Con 2012!

July 15, 2012

Jam packed days at Comic Con and Legoland. In GEEK heaven! I probably have a couple dozen posts I want to do, but I’m in the midst of too much awesomeness to stop and write about it!

Stay tuned though! I will start posting tons right after Con (assuming I’m not completely passed out on the couch from over geeking out). I’ll be doing posts on new Lego sets and minifigs, how inept Sony is with handling Human Beings, previews for new Nintendo games/products, and a WORLD EXCLUSIVE about something I got straight from the mouth of Mario.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS Trailer

July 12, 2012

This New Super Mario Bros. 2 trailer showcases many exciting new features of the game, but it also shows us that the mega and mini mushrooms from the original New Super Mario Bros. are making a return!

Nintendo Reveals Comic-Con 2012 Lineup

July 9, 2012

Nintendo announced today that in addition to their booth, they will once again be renting out the Marriott Hotel next door to Comic-Con to create their “Nintendo Gaming Lounge”. However, in contrast to how incredible last year’s selection of games was, this year feels like a major missed opportunity. The Wii U is sadly absent and most of the games they are showing have been released for months.

Yet, it isn’t all bleak. The 3DS XL will be playable as well as New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon! Check out the full list and the press release below.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– At this year’s Comic-Con International 2012 event taking place July 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center, members of the general public will enjoy an early chance to get their hands on Nintendo 3DS XL, a new version of the Nintendo 3DS system with 90 percent larger screens that launches Aug. 19.

In addition to Nintendo’s booth at the show (#5135), multiple activities will take place at a special Nintendo Gaming Lounge in the San Diego Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis & Marina at 333 W. Harbor Drive, adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. A Comic-Con badge is not required to gain entry to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge.

Games that are scheduled to be playable at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge include:

Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS XL

New Super Mario Bros. 2
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.)
HEROES OF RUIN (Square Enix)
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] (Square Enix)
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
Nintendo DS family

Pokémon Conquest
Wii

Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)
Additional information about Comic-Con can be found at http://www.comic-con.org.

For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.com.

Via GoNintendo.

Coins? Coins coins coin coins. COINS!

June 24, 2012

Coins coin coin coins. Coin coins coins coins. Coins, coins coins coins. Coins? COINS! COINS COINS COINS!

Via Tiny Cartridge.

New Trailer for New Super Mario Bros. 2

June 23, 2012

Nintendo showed a new trailer for New Super Mario Bros. 2 at it’s Nintendo Direct on Friday. It looks quite excellent.

Just for comparison, watch this trailer that is all but identical to the above video, except it’s for the UK, which means the fellow speaking has an elegant British accent that I personally prefer to his American counterpart (I am so considering adapting a British accent).

E3 2012: New Super Mario Bros. 2

June 6, 2012

Despite the fact that the Nintendo 3DS software showcase today didn’t reveal ANY new first-party titles and completely ignored Animal Crossing (eeeerrrrr), they did show and announce a lot of cool things about New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Nintendo says the focus of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be collecting coins and ultimately, 1,000,000 coins. It also showcases the return of the raccoon suit (it actually flys!) and introduces the ability to play the entire game co-op with another player over local wireless. Also, for those who are confused, this is an entirely new game and in no way related to New Super Mario Bros. U.

It will be available at retail and as a download in the 3DS eShop on August 19th. Read all about it here.

Nintendo Confirms E3 2012 Presentation for June 5th at 9:00AM PST

May 1, 2012

– Tuesday, June 5, 2012
– Presentation: 9:00AM (West Coast)

Via GoNintendo.

Nintendo Moving into the Future! Most First Party 3DS and Wii U Retail Games will be Available in Digital form Starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2!

April 29, 2012

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I can’t believe it! My little Nintendo is growing up! At a recent investors meeting, Nintendo announced that they will be drastically expanding their digital business with the ability to download retail games onto the 3DS and the Wii U (when it launches) beginning with New Super Mario Bros. 2!

There is a large number of amazing details I could tell you about, but I’m blogging from an iPad on a trip and frankly it’d be a pain in the butt. I’ll do a big, informative, gushy post when I get back though.

Via GoNintendo.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Announced! Coming in August!

April 20, 2012

SAY WHAT?!?!?!?! I didn’t think this Nintendo Direct would announce a new Mario game!!!!! In any case, here we are. New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be coming August to the US. I’m going to go ahead and point out the obvious here but, MARIO IS FLYING WITH THE RACCOON EARS AND TAIL!!!!! Check out the other pics of the game below.

Via Tiny Cartridge.