Posts Tagged ‘Super Mario Bros.’

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).

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!

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.

E3 2012: New Super Mario Bros. U

June 5, 2012

Today Nintendo officially announced New Super Mario Bros. U, a launch title for the Wii U. Five-player, Miiverse integrated, gorgeous HD backgrounds, squirrel suits, and tiny Yoshis! Read all about it here.

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.

Super Mario Bros. Wii U to be Shown at E3 2012!

April 16, 2012

It’s official people! At E3 this year, Nintendo will be unveiling a new Super Mario Bros. Game for the Wii U! Nintendo has said that the game will be based off of the demo shown at E3 2011. Read all about how Mr. Miyamoto announced it and read the exact quotes here and here.

Via GoNintendo.

Full List of NES 3DS Ambassador Games Announced

August 30, 2011

Earlier today, Nintendo announced the 10 free NES games it will be giving free to 3DS Ambassadors (people who bought 3DS’s before the price drop on the 12th of August and registered with the eShop) on the first of September. Here is the epic, all-star list.

  • Super Mario Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Metroid
  • Open Tournament Golf
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Yoshi
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Here is instructions on how to download them (very strange way that doesn’t seem to be very well thought out) and here are the features of the ambassador program games
Also coming later this year to ambassadors are 10 free Gameboy Advance games. Starting September 1st, you can sign up for notifications about the ambassador program by clicking something on the Nintendo Video application (I know, weird and roundabout, right?) Here are the 5 known games.
  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Metroid Fusion
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong
I am VERY happy I am an ambassador. This is going to be hours and hours of awesome game play. Some games, I’ve never played before, but always wanted to. So, thanks Nintendo!

Via GoNintendo.

The Sad Story of Super Mario

August 22, 2011

20110802-103719.jpgSo strange. I wonder why Nintendo would kill Super Mario on the cover of his first game. In case your not familiar with the game (which you should be, if you’re not), Mario is about to fall into a pit of lava.

I don’t know the original source of this photo, so I’m sorry I can’t credit you, who ever you are.