New Super Mario Bros Wii has been out for a year almost now. Few games entice me for a year, but I have to confess I still can’t get enough of it. It is a wonderful mesh of new technology combined with an old concept. There is a princess to save, evil Kooplings to beat, and mushrooms to be found. Here’s why you should be playing.
The game has the charm of the old Mario games. You are the little plumber who can. Your friends can be your brother Luigi or two little “Toads,” sadly just named Blue Toad and Yellow Toad. There are eight main worlds to be conquered as you have to beat Bowser and all of his cute little Kooplings. You get special powers along the way, like the helicopter hat or penguin suit, which allows you to freeze little gombas or koopas and throw them at each other. However, it adds in the fact that instead of the old “one player at a time” route, you and your friends are all jumping in together and trying to squash the bad guys.
It also adds in some intelligent use of the “wiimote.” Shake your remote, when you are wearing your helicopter hat, and you go flying across the sky. Raise and drop your wiimote, and you “ground thump” on some bad guy’s head. Little things like this make the game a little more “real.”
Replaying levels also helps. Scattered throughout the levels of the game are 3 star coins. Gather these go unlock secret videos telling you how to pass certain parts of the game. But defeat Bowser and then gather all of the coins in an entire world, and true power of the star coins becomes apparent. They unlock the individual stages of Rainbow World. Each world unlocks a stage. I must confess, unlock the regular levels, these are truly difficult. Sadly, I have only managed to beat one of these stages. Granted, as of right now, I have only managed to unlock one also. Who knows what happens when you beat them all?
If you ever played the old Mario games, I wholeheartedly recommend you play it. I will be honest, it’s a little more difficult than most children can handle, I would think. I enjoy it immensely, and so did my wife. It’s one of the rare games we could all play together. Here’s hoping Nintendo gets a sequel put together soon, because this was perfect!