The ultimate Wii game of 2009 has
arrived... New Super Mario Bros. Wii! Paying homage to the
original side scrolling
Mario games of yesteryear, New Super Mario Bros. uses the same
winning formula that made this franchise so popular as the player
collects coins, defeats bosses and of course uses a variety of
Oozing with classic gaming, Nintendo have
revolutionised their platforming success with the inclusion of the
innovative motion control of the Wii, new Mario power-ups and best
of all, up to four players at once for a true Marioextravanganza and
as Mario would say Here we go!
Although the title looks like previous
side scrolling Mario games,
Nintendo have added a nice shine and polish to the characters in
this game and even though its essential a 2D game, the characters
In single-player mode, the player must traverse Mario
through a variety of different worlds, each with their owns themes
and eventually some interesting bosses to fight as you jump, run and
powerups to victory. As opposed to other Wii games, you use the
wiimote on its side like a traditional arcade controller, however
some of the new power-ups such as the propeller for Mario need the
player to shake the control up and down for Mario to get air which
is very cool indeed.
Control wise, it's pretty much left, right and
jump. In relation to the new powerups such as the Ice Flower and
Fire Flower, the gamer must shake the controller to activate them
and our favourite new powerup is the Penguin Mario. In
single-player mode, there are flags which must be reached throughout
the level which serves as a checkpoint and thankfully these are not
far and few.
Defeating enemies is generally by bouncing on their
heads or using a new power-up like the Ice Flower to freeze them and
then smash their ice cube. Of course, the turtle shell is still a
favourite as it wipes out whatever is in its way. Bosses are a
little more challenging but still the same rules apply.
The single-player mode New Super Mario Bros. is very cool, however
the multiplayer aspect of the title is phenomenal as up to four
players can play on screen at once.
In terms of multiplayer, gamers
can play either Mario, his brother Luigi or two Toads and it would
have been cool if Princess Peach or someone more memorable was
essence, the characters are the same but where the game shines is
through the cooperation of each of the players which also adds a
challenge aspect to the game.
Because if you die, you reappear in
the world in a bubble but you need another player to pop the bubble
which is frustrating when they are grabbing all the bonuses. This
also means that you can virtually finish the game together unless
you all die at the same time which would be fairly rare. With two
players it's manageable but when you're playing with four, it's a
true Royal Rumble. As you race players or challenge them in a coin
battle to see who can collect the most coins, multiplayer like this
was unthinkable when the game was originally released.
Apart from the main theme of getting from A to B, players must also
collect Red Coins and Star Coins which helps in boosting your score
and you can also opt to rescue toads in order to usher them to
safety. This is tricky because when you carry them you are limited
to what you can do but throwing them around is fun.
Veteran gamers should have no issue with the
controls or designs of the gaming environments, it's basically quite
mathematical and if you watch the levels and how the characters
move, figuring it out should be no problem. However, if you die too
many times, the game will bring in Luigi to finish the level for you
which is very cool.
You can even see how you should have been doing
that jump or defeating that particular character. There are even
videos of secrets and tips available to the player which are
unlocked by star coins. In terms of online mode, the game is lacking
anything substantial but with such a well designed game, one can
understand Nintendo's decision.
Graphically, the title is rather plain but it actually works quite
well from the Spartan environments to the colourful characters and
3D characters that move quite well. Add in some special effects and
although the game looks like its original conceptions, the game does
have a 21st century twist to it. The music is oozing with Nintendo
goodness and once again Charles Martinet comes back to voice our little
plumber from Brooklyn. Of course, the voices and sounds of Mario
always puts a smile on my face. Another nifty little effect is that
some of the sound effects come through the wiimote which is quite
Even after all these years, the classic Mario gameplay still remains
quite strong and as you progress, the game does become challengingly
more difficult which is all part of the world of Mario. With
mesmerizing music and gameplay to boot, New Super Mario Bros. Wii
is an addictively entertaining experience that once again proves the
old analogy that if it aint broke, don't fix it! Bravo!