I know that I grew up on Mario games: while I missed out on most of the NES stuff since I was just slightly too young for it, one of my first major forays into the video game world was with Super Mario World, which revolutionized the world of side-scrollers forever. The levels were complex and a heck of a lot of fun, the design far brighter and more interesting than anything that had come before it. Even the fact that it had secret worlds, bonus levels and alternate level endings (remember those keys?) really set it apart from the competition and then it was on for a crop of new side-scrollers like the Mario sequels or the Donkey Kong Country franchise. Really fun stuff.
And while Mario has strayed from the original formula in games like Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars by Squaresoft, the Mario sports series, the Wii-based Mario Galaxies 1 & 2 and a ton more titles, it’s always fun to get back to basics and enjoy some revamped nostalgia.
Which is exactly what the new Super Mario Bros. Wii has brought the world! Here’s a review from The Sydney Morning Herald…
Returning to his side-scrolling roots, Nintendo’s red-capped mascot has finally given Wii owners a taste of the nostalgic gameplay for which he is renowned.
Rather than a Mario-by-the-numbers remake, this fresh instalment brings with it some Wii-specific touches.
While the on-screen charm and chaos will be familiar to Mario fans, the chance to play co-operatively is a first for this decades old gaming franchise and it’s both a blessing and a curse, depending on your choice of gaming companions.
While it’s possible to play the game alone as Mario, up to three friends can jump into the action at any point, which can be both exhilarating and, at times, frustrating. One minute you’ll be working together to reach hidden areas and items, then a moment later you’ll be screaming at each other over stolen power-ups, being pushed off ledges or left behind.
The game is designed to be played with the Wii Remote held horizontally and operated like a traditional controller, plus the Wii’s Nunchuk controller is also supported for those who prefer analog controls. The motion-sensing feature of the Wii Remote is put to good use, activating certain actions when it’s shaken or tilted, though, thankfully, this option is not over-used.
Veterans of this series can expect some gruelling, though rewarding, challenges in the later levels, while inexperienced players can, for the first time, take advantage of the new Super Guide feature, in which the game offers to complete difficult sections automatically. As a penalty, however, all-important star coins, which are needed to unlock later levels, are not collected during this time.
While this latest instalment doesn’t feel as innovative as earlier releases and an online component to play friends afar would have embellished the game further, New Super Mario Bros. Wii remains a solid addition to this much-loved series.
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