9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
SMB is still one of the best,
This review is from: New Super Mario Bros (Video Game)
Its been going on for years and even still. They still find a way to bring some fresh and new thing to the series. Myself i found New Super Mario Bros. to be very good and while there were a couple points in the game that i wasnt really fond of. It in no way detracts from the overall fun of the game. With a lot of the old staple enemies back for another round, Bowser (obviousl), his son (little annoying thing), goombas and various other enemies that most SMB fans will know from sight. What i like about this one in particular is how each of the worlds are different and this requires you to alter your game play. Like on the ice world you can't go flying through the stages and expect to make it through in one piece. While on the stage with the volcano erupting around you and rocks flying in the air destroying any and everything. You have to move quickly while avoiding or dispatching the enemies that are there as well. Which isnt hard in of itself but these enemies are bombs so if they get lit by the crashing rocks. They ignite and will run your way to bomb the mess outta you and take you out depending on whether you pay attention to them of course.
Also each of the different worlds has various areas that you need to have a certain number of stars to access. Like one where you can get extra items and another where you can get a mad number of extra lives (my favorite). You pay the star toll (5) and get access to it. You go in and there you have six blocks that get scrambled around. Each one of the blocks has either an extra life, a times 3 which gives you three, a times 2 which doubles your extra lives that you can get and the one you want to avoid. The bowser block that stops your run right there...you still get what you collected before hitting that block. But if you didnt get anything then its over and the area disappears from the map. Luckily you can save before going in there (for those that dont like the outcome) and can reset. I don't myself but its up to you.
There are eight worlds to explore throughout the game. You don't have to access all the worlds in order to finish the game. There were a couple worlds that i didnt even go to. It's pretty much up to as far as what you want to go through or not. I would advise going through them all if only to gain more lives (but not necessary). Also you can always go back into the worlds that you've already beaten and play them through again however many times you want to. Also a good way to build up your extra life total as well. You are also able to start at the mid point of a level once you make it halfway through a level as evidenced by a mushroom flag that pops up on your screen while your playing. So even if you die you dont have to redo all that you just accomplished.
I found myself remembering back to when i first started playing Mario Bros. back in the day. It's still that good and can't help but hope for so much more in the future whether it be on the DS, Wii or whatever other system they decide to release it on. Because from the ending i saw it leaves things wide open for a sequel.
Love it and hope for a lot more SMB in the future. Excellent purchase for the price and its a game that you can allow your children to play as well. There's a bit of rough stuff in the game but nothing that should keep a kid from being able to play this game. Not that its just for kids cause that's not the case...just saying. New Super Mario Bros. is kid friendly. So enjoy, remember when and have a blast SMB will take you there and back again...over and over!!