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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is how you make a throwback., November 15, 2009
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This review is from: New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Video Game)
The only really bad thing about New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the excessively long title. Nintendo could have been justified in simply calling this game Mario Bros. 4 or Super Mario World 2, because it fits right in with the legendary series of 2D games from the NES/SNES era.

Mario is one of a very few characters who survived the jump from 2D to 3D. Mario 64 was revolutionary, and Super Mario Galaxy even more so. So it might seem odd that Nintendo would go back to a traditional side-scroller in the midst of 3D gaming. I for one am glad they did. Yes, there is something to be said for the nostalgia factor: the game goes out of its way to reference previous games in the Mario series, from the enemies to the music. But make no mistake, this is a NEW game with NEW, very CHALLENGING, levels. It may come as a surprise to those who were introduced to Mario via Galaxy or New SMB on the DS just how much harder this game is compared to those. NSMB Wii has a difficulty level on par with Mario 3 or Mario: The Lost Levels (aka Mario 2 in Japan). This game is relentless with agressive enemies, tricky platforming, and those classic secret areas that you can often see but can't fathom how Mario can reach them!

The gaming community has been very nervous about this game's new feature that allows you to "skip" a level after dying eight times. Will this create a culture of gamers who cheat and don't get to feel the sense of accomplishment that those who stick with the game for hours upon hours honing their skills? To that I say, relax. If you don't want to use the feature, you don't have to. Further, the feature doesn't show you how to reach all the secrets in the level. It's not an instant "I Win" feature. Anything that allows game designers to make creative levels without fear of holding back because they might make the game to hard is a good thing.

The multiplayer feature of this game is frantic and fun. It's an interesting mix of collaborative and cooperative play that works great. Added games like Coin Battle and Free for All make this a very complete package.

This game should herald a new beginning for 2D games. With a market saturated with FPSs, I for one am glad that there's still a company making "traditional" platformers and realizing that the gaming past can still influence the future of gaming.
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Initial post: Nov 17, 2009 8:05:33 AM PST
Ana Riet says:
I agree with your entire review, except for the title part. "New Super Mario Bros. Wii" fits the game perfectly, IMHO, as it is exactly what it describes: a completely new way to play Mario, therefore I don't think adding a number to the series would work.

And just a consideration: "Super Mario World 2" already exists. It's "Yoshi's Island". :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2009 10:26:44 AM PST
K. Gray says:
Yeah, I know what you mean, but I still think the title they chose just seems clumsy and cluttered. And I've heard a lot of people call Yoshi's Island "SMW2", but to me the gameplay is too different and the focus really IS on Yoshi in that game.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2009 10:54:56 AM PST
It's not just that a lot of people call it that - that's the official name of the game. "Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island."

I think in the title they were reflecting the change with New Super Mario Bros. (for the DS) and then specifying the system that you play it on (Wii). "New Super Mario Bros Wii" is a pretty concise and to the point title. No one is left wondering what the game's about.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 11:36:41 AM PST
sandpiper says:
I think the name is fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2009 10:26:26 AM PST
K. Gray says:
I stand corrected. I was not aware of that.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 1:54:43 PM PST
Yea i agree. I'll bet if it was "super mario world 3" it would have some a couple million more copies too.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2010 6:01:52 PM PST
Nah, I totally disagree with anyone who states that the title doesn't work. the whole game is a BLAST FROM THE PAST! Seriously, Why would you want to name it anything else. Mario is once again, blowing away the competition! Welcome back,Mario! Pure genius went into this game.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2010 5:03:33 PM PDT
Kyle N. Fout says:
Yoshi's Island was originally called just that, Yoshi's Island. It's a great game but it's distinct from the Mario Bros. series and doesn't fit in very well. When it was brought to America the subtitle "Super Mario World 2" was added.

The problem with Super Mario Bros. 4 is that Super Mario World was originally had the subtitle Super Mario Bros. 4 in Japan, but that was dropped in America. If they called it Super Mario Bros. 4 it would confuse Japanese people, if they called it Super Mario Bros. 5 it would confuse American people, if they called it Super Mario World 2 it would confuse American people. So basically all of the good names were ruined, haha.

You're definitely right, though. The name is too long.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2011 8:34:46 PM PDT
Primogen says:
I agree about the title, I HATE the "new" part, Super Mario Bros. Wii would have been fine.
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