Hi, today I'm going to talk a little about one of my Nintendo 3DS games: the New Super Mario Bros 2. I've never been a fan of the Super Mario franchise, but I have to say that since I first played the New Super Mario Bros in my old Nintendo DS I ended up loving it. Just because of that, when I discovered the second part of that wonderful game, I decided that it had to me mine.
The game mechanics are simple: like any other Super Mario game, the objective is to save Princess Peach from the evil Bowser. Just like the classic ones, the game is set in 2D, so in order to finish the level we will have to scroll right until we get to the flag. It's not that easy, though, because between the start and the flag there are multiple traps and enemies to defeat.
The different thing about this game is that is plenty of coins. It doesn't matter the level you are playing, in any of them the player is able to collet a huge amount. And why would the Nintendo guys want to do that?? Well, the reason is quite simple: they wanted to do something different. All Mario games stand for the same, saving the princess... yeah, that's a good thing, but normally when you achieve that you stop playing the game forever. Nintendo developers were clever, because they found a way to keep people playing: the 1 million coins challenge. Yeah, that's right, you have to collect 1 million coins in order to unlock some secret and exciting feature of the game. And what's that? Well, in fact, I don't exactly know, because I haven't made it that far yet, but I heard that what you unlock is nothing else than a new wallpaper for the game... but, oh, well, the intention is what counts.
This million coin challenge is quite new and refreshing, that's true, but there's something I don't really like about that. Given that every 100 coins you get a live, it's so easy to get lives, so this makes the difficulty os the game much lower than any other Mario games. When I got to the final level I had about 200 lives, so I just had to go in there and try lots of times until I got it right and passed the game. In other circumstances I may have had only, 9-10 lives, so this would have required a better movement measure.
Despite this, New Super Mario Bros 2 is a good game, a little easy but good in the end, so I recommend it. Anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS should buy it.
Another New Super Mario Bros and this time in 3D, it wasn't a question of whether to buy this game or not it was a question of when.
If you're a fan of Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom then you probably already know how this game works, it's a 2D platformer where you play as Mario who once again has to rescue Princess Peach from the evil realms of Bowser. You collect coins and jump on turtles and collect various powerups to turn you big or into a raccoon. As with most Nintendo games it's not a serious game but more a bit of fun.
This version of the game sees a new feature where you can turn into gold Mario and all the enemies turn into gold coins and you leave a trail behind you. There's an aim in the game to try and collect 1million coins but I found that nothing really happened when you completed this and was a bit of a let-down.
I found that the 3D didn't really contribute to the game and have it turned off most of the time, however it's still just as fun. One of my favourite features with the previous DS version of New Super Mario Bros was the mini game mode, I found them really fun and a break from the main game but Nintendo have omitted that from this game which I found quite disappointing, instead they've replaced with a side game of playing levels trying to get as many coins as you can which I don't find as fun.
However don't be too put off by the cons of the game as the pros definitely outweigh these.