Mario is a true
gaming institution and we've seen the world's happiest plumber
engage in a variety of games over the years. However where this
character shines is when he goes back to basics and "New" Super
Mario Bros 2 (now with added 3D fun) returns players to a simpler
time of side-scrolling arcade action.
In essence, the game
is a port of the Nintendo Wii version (not that there's anything
wrong with that) and the developers have successfully moved this
franchise onto the illustrious 3DS console. Best of all, New Super
Mario Bros 2 feels like a classic 8-bit game with a dash of 3D and a
twist of 21st century gaming which creates a fun, addictive and at
times, frustrating gaming experience.
The story of New
Super Mario Bros 2 once again focuses on Mario and his brother Luigi
who must rescue Princess Peach from the nefarious Browser and his
allies, the Koopalings as you collect power-ups, grab those gold
coins and challenge a variety of enemies and bosses. Like the
original, Mario and his brother must work their way through six
worlds, including two bonus worlds and even a third bonus world when
you rescue Peach that is oozing with old school paradigms. The
developers also ensure that by keeping to the original formula, it
doesn't over populate the gaming world with 21st century
complexities. Thankfully the controls are perfect on the 3DS which
assists with the gameplay.
However the gameplay of New Super Mario Bros 2 can be quite frantic
at times as you attempt to dodge obstacles, avoid getting hit by
enemies and make the occasional leap of fate to reach a place in the
gaming environment that seems impossible. Fortunately you have a few
power-ups to assist in the process of achieving your goal such as
the White Raccoon Suit for invulnerability or the Super Leaf which
gives Mario the power of flight. Although you cannot go past the
fire flower power-up which gives Mario access to fire to take on his
enemies. With more side-scrolling goodness than you can poke a stick
at, this game will keep most people entertained for endless hours
and best of all, there's multiple ways to finish the levels with
lots of secrets to be found. You’ll definitely be playing this game
again or with another person.
New Super Mario Bros
2 even features a strong multiplayer mode that allows the game to be
played co-operatively with one player being Mario and the other
Luigi. Although not as fun as the Wii version, multiplayer still
works quite well on the 3DS, especially the Coin Rush mode which
requires gamers to challenge each other in order to collect the most
coins and not to lose a life during the three stages. For me
however, co-op mode is what makes this franchise so entertaining.
Graphically, New Super Mario Bros 2 features everything you would
expect to see in a Mario game with some great gaming environments
and special effects. Some of the worlds that you visit, be it under
the sea or in the desert look quite spectacular on the 3DS. At
times, you may find yourself dying because you have been distracted
by something in the environment. 3D is an option and is used
sparingly. By keeping the 3D quite subtle, it doesn’t hamper the
gameplay but rather, creates this strange pseudo 8-bit gaming
experience. Add in the classic Mario sound effects and Nintendo have
ticked all the right boxes.
For gamers looking for a truly enjoyable title and more importantly,
a game that plays extremely well on the 3DS, than look no further
because this game is it. Just don't expect to be blown away by the
innovative gameplay as we've kind of seen it all before but hey...
it's awesomely good fun. So what are you waiting for? Go out and buy New
Super Mario Bros 2 now because you'll be playing this game until
the cows come home.
Another home run from Nintendo!