Saturday, December 26, 2009

Review: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Played on: Wii

Everyone who was alive in the 80s/90s at least knows of Mario. Most gamers grew up on the Mario story and game line. Mario himself has appeared in over 200 games. Here's a list. If you have been around gaming at all, you have seen him at least once.

Well, Nintendo decided to bring Mario back and to recreate the platform game with one major adjustment, you can have up to four players. This may not seem like much, but in a world swamped by 1st person shooters, we now have a new platform game, a throw-back to the old Mario, and it is the first Mario game since 1983 to have multi-player (excluding party games and racers).

Visuals: Men around the world will hate this, but it's a really cute game. There are lots of bright colors reminiscent of a bright child's room (or acid trip). The large hills in the background are nice and colorful, and polka-dotted. It has all the cute images of old Mario games but they look a lot better (mostly just because they aren't in 16-bit 2-D). One of my favorite additions is that the background interacts with the music. As the music goes, the flowers dance and jump to the beat! Now, before I get too distracted, it is a platform game. There aren't a lot of movie like cut-scenes though a few do exist. The gameplay can be smooth or you might watch your guy mess up a jump a few more times then you (or he) would like.

Audio: The music is fun and lively without being overpowering or obnoxious. The game does have some new music as well as old music that has been updated for the new game. There aren't any painfully annoying sound effects. Much of the game does have the same music so it might begin to be a bother after a few hours, but that's just theory. I haven't had any trouble with it.

Involvement: If you don't want to play, there are a few instances where you can help your guy try to figure out how to get to a certain place or reach a far coin, but if you really want to get involved, pick up a remote. The multi-player aspect of the game is really fun and the game play is relatively easy to pick up. Now, for the most part, the game is played in a classic manner (you move the character by hitting buttons) but there are a few moves that use the remotes motion abilities. Have your guy walk you through the first few minutes and then enjoy the classic fun of Mario.

Overall: If you have a Wii and your gamer has not yet bought this game, and you forgot to get it for him for Christmas, head to your local game store and pick up a copy. It's a great throw-back to the old Mario, but with a new look and remastered music. If you play him or if you just let him go solo, this game is a lot of fun and really entertaining to watch. I struggle to find a negative critique.

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