As a huge gamer myself, I would like to take the opportunity to review the latest game that I bought “for my son” (honestly, it was for him). New Super Mario Bros. for Wii. This game is best Mario platformer that I have ever played, period. It takes all of the best aspects from the original 1983 NES classic Super Mario Bros., then some from Super Mario Bros. 3 and from the SNES game Super Mario World. But it has also included an offline multiplayer mode that is unrivalled in the gaming world at the moment in this reviewers opinion.
I will admit that while I bought this game for my son, I bought it with the intention of playing it with him (a lot). And that we do, at least 4 times a week (I try to keep the sessions to an hour or less, but as my can attest, I often fail). The fun factor is brilliant.
The new power ups that the game has include the propeller suit, which shoots you high up into the air, the new “ice flower”, which is the opposite of the old “fire flower” that you used to see in the previous games. The ice flower turns the enemies into ice statues that can be picked up and thrown to kill other enemies. Another power up includes th penguin suit which makes walking on icy surfaces no problem at all, and also allows you to swim… like a penguin.
You can opt to control the game with either the nunchuck attached to the controller, but I think the best way to control the game is the have the controller turned on its side so that it looks like an old NES controller. Activating power ups can also be achieved either by the old school “button push” or the new school “shake the pad up and down”. I find that shaking the pad is sometimes quite awkward to do during play, but is good fun never the less.
If I had to say something negative about this game it would be that for some strange reason Nintendo have neglected to include online play. With the potential for this to be such an awesome experience online as well as offline, it does leave me a little confused as to why Nintendo have left this out of the game. Perhaps they are leaving it for a future installment.
In conclusion I would have to say that this is my favorite game for the Wii by a good long way. Mario Galaxy was close, but the multiplayer with this game is too much fun. The longevity of the game is brilliant as well you will keep coming back to play it, time and time again. I thoroughly recommend this game.
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