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      25.05.2014 19:09
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      The return of Mario to form

      Mario is one of the biggest ever characters in the gaming world ever and his franchise has for a long time been awaiting a new arrival which is finally here in New Super Mario Bros but has this lived up to the wait and the hopes of the fans?

      The game follows in the style of previous Mario games in that it is a platform game full of levels to complete which is a simple and much done genre of game but many of the games out there do this so badly and put people off trying platform games. Thankfully this is a game which is developed beautifully with great, bright colors and lovingly created levels that enable this to feel like a game you really want to give a chance.

      When you are playing platform games one of the biggest things that need to be right due to their simplicity is the control system and I am delighted to say that Nintendo did this perfectly as they ensured it had a control system that is simple yet works brilliantly well. Thanks to the controls being so easy to use this is a game perfect for lovers of the Mario franchise and those who have never tried a Mario game in their life. As a casual gamer when it comes to the Nintendo DS system I like to have a game I can pick up and play after having not played it for a while without needing to then re-learn how to play it and so this is a perfect game for me.

      Overall I have been so impressed with the return of Mario and can see this being the start of a period of much success for the Mario franchise thanks to its fun and simple gameplay which when married with the beautifully created worlds and levels makes for a truly brilliant game that is well worth playing.

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      25.09.2013 11:55

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      A timeless classic that never gets old

      This Super Mario Bros game was bought for my Daughters DS although I admit I play it too!!

      The objective as with most Super Mario games is to save Peaches from the baddie Bowser. It is set in standard 2D so you use the scroll buttons to move backwards and forwards, to reach the end flag pole. It's not as simple as it seems though, with lots of baddies along the way to try and deter you there's lots of jumping, dodging and tact play involved.

      As you go along, try and collect coins to enhance your lives, every 100 coins gives you an extra life. There are also mushrooms and flowers to help you grow as well as secret levels where you can gain lives and gain giant mushrooms to help you along your way.

      There's lots to explore with different ways to turn and pipes to go up and down, no game is ever the same. There are 8 worlds to complete the game with each world holding 8 levels with 2 bosses that you must defeat.

      This game has provided hours of entertainment for my 8 year old Daughter though I have had to help her a few times to get past difficult parts. She loves it.

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      15.10.2012 13:56

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      Classical gaming in a modern setting

      This is essentially a big update on the original nes and snes side-scrolling mario games. Whilst this game is essentially still 2D in its nature, the graphics are all rendered in 3D to give an added sense of depth to the game, despite it never actually being used. It does feel like a nice way to add a lick of paint to an old concept and make it applicable to modern day handheld consoles.

      What we have here is basically what one might expect from Nintendo: An excellent blend of fun gameplay, bright and clear presentation and some imaginative level design. The guys have really gone to town in creating a wholesome and fulfilling experience, using the best of many different 2D side scrollers from the past and adding some of their own imaginative new sections.

      If you're new to Mario games and haven't spent a great deal of time playing any 'hardcore' games, then you may struggle at first to get to grips with this game, like all side-scrolling marios, it is a little unforgiving for newbies. The more seasoned players will be able to jump straight in though. There is an excellent adventure to be had here, crossing over several different scenery and several different gameplay moments.

      The only complaint I can really think of here is that hardcore gamers may find the game a little short. I have heard of people completing this in one day, but you can then go back to collect some of the hidden stars in the levels for completionists, which will take a few days longer.

      Overall an excellent game that stays faithful to its roots whilst also offering new and fun challenges.

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      20.01.2012 02:17
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      Game that anyone can play, and a bonus having multiplayer and minigames available

      What first attracted me to it was the fact that the case to Super Mario Bros, had bright and cute looking characters on the front cover of the game itself. After going home and looking at some of the gameplay and reviews, I knew I would enjoy it, as sidescroller games are usually my prefered method of playing video games. I bought it for around £30 2 years ago, and it is still about that price now, which is fair considering all the things it has included and how well known and loved the game itself is.

      The game is rated for Everyone, and this is very true, as childrens will be able to play the levels with ease once they have gotten the hang of it and the minigames that are available. Whereas, there is always some challenge for the adults, as there is all the different elements of Mario instead of just playing it through, like catching all the Stars and finding all the bonus levels.

      The graphics are great in this game, and you can tell they have been well developed and thought out. Every world is different to the next, varying in detail and colour, but always eyecatching and bright. The cute characters throughout Marios world are sure to keep your attention. Although it doesn't really rely on the touchscreen much in the Story Mode which is a bit of a flaw for a DS game, you still get to use it for powerups which is a bonus.

      Playing through the Story Mode that is included is main plot of the game and focuses around the similar plot of rescuing Princess Peach from the evil Bowser. There are three saves within the game, which is great if you have a family who are just constantly borrowing games like mine, as you can each play the game at your own pace without worrying about someone spending all your stars or ruining the Mario lives you have worked so hard to keep up.

      Within this mode there are 8 realms, and each differ in their look. There is the normal Mario cute world, the desert, a tropical island and much more worlds. The environments are always colourful and detailed and guaranteed to immerse you within the Mario World. Two realms throughout the game are unlockable and you have to find the entrances to them throughout the game itself.

      In each of these realms, there is about 9 - 10 levels, and extra levels you can unlock if you want to spend your stars. Although they start off easy, they get far more challenging as they go along, and can take several trys before you eventually complete it. At the end of each level there is also a Boss level where you must fight Bowser, and these are particularly good as they are different each time as Bowser always uses a new power.

      Collecting the stars throughout the games can be addictive, however also difficult at the same time. Many of my friends have found getting some of them so difficult they use an Internet cheatsheet, but I want to make this game last as long as I can because its so great, I'm willing to invest hours in just getting that final star!

      Aside from Story Mode, there is also the ability to play many of the minigames that are included which focus around the Super Mario characters. These games mainly rely on the touchscreen to.You are able to play singleplayer but if you have a friend with a DS you can choose for them to play with you to! Having this was great fun, as if I am on long car journeys, I am able to play against my sister to keep her entertained.

      Within the minigames section, there really is something for everyone. Ranging from the Action section, Puzzle section, Table section or Variety section - you can pick and choose whatever game you are in the mood for. These games can keep me entertained for hours, as I am constantly trying to beat my high score and as the levels increase, they get so challenging its almost impossible.

      Super Mario Bros have also included a multiplayer option, although not similar to the Story Mode. You are able to compete against someone else with a DS or for more options the gamecard itself (however I have never tried this). I played this against my sister and it took us about 1 hour to finish it, as you play as Mario and Luigi fighting to get the most stars, but it proved to be more difficult than I thought it would be to beat her.

      Overall, I would say Super Mario Bros is a great game for the price it is offered at. It contains so much to do and would keep you busy for months as there is always something to do on it. Being able to play multiplayer just adds to the great quality of this game, as many DS games do have this feature, but have never developed it as much as Super Mario Bros.

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        26.10.2011 13:18
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        A must for every DS owner

        Funny, I owned a SNES but I never had a Super Mario game, I always wanted it but it was harder to get in ma corner of the world - since as soon as it came in the store it was snatched by somebody else. Hard times back then hehe. When one of my friends finally got their hands on the game and I borrowed it it was a love at first sight and as soon as I purchased Nintendo DS I knew getting Mario games is a must.

        Now there are quite a few to choose from but I wanted to start with a platformer game and this one ranked the best. The price for this game in the shops is average - you can get a new one starting from £11.20 on Amazon (plus shipping) but I opted for used on from Ebay and snatched it for £8 (I advise caution though since there are lots of fakes sold on Ebay, my copy of this game seems to be legit - reading many "How to spot a fake DS game" was sure helpful) .

        The game is awesome! That is a fact. And I could well finish the review right here and by this I would not "damage" the potential costumer since when he or she would have bought the game the conclusion would and will be the same.

        Graphics are just amazing, I think that developers really did take the the most out what Nintendo DS can offer and on the other hand still kept the "original" feel of the Super Mario Bros game-style. How to describe the graphics - they walk a thin line between 2D and 3D.

        Game is quite simple to play, it can be played worldwide no matter in which language the game comes since there is no written storyline or goals that need to be achieved by understanding the mission. There are 8 worlds (you need to go through 6 to get to the finish, two of the worlds need "special" conditions to be unlocked) and each of this worlds has a set of themed levels in which you need to get from the start to finish, jumping, running, bouncing and if lucky shooting. That is basically it. At the middle of each world there is a mid boss and at the end a boss. Levels are quite easy to finish, some of them can give you a bit of a headache (depending of your skill) but although easy they are immensely fun. It is a kind of game that entertains and relaxes more than agitates which I just love.

        I finished the game in less than a week, only a few hours of game-play but the game is really re playable - I love the levels and whenever I am bored and need something easy and passive (but fun) to entertain my mind I reach for this game and play the levels again. True that in every level you can find 3 special star coins (which can be cleverly hidden) and I have not jet managed to find them all so this adds to game-play too.

        There is more than just the regular Mario play (you can play as Luigi too by the way) there are also lots of mini games which you can play either yourself or with your friends. Now as the regular game does not take the full advantage of touch screen mini games certainly do. You can choose from many different kinds of games, card games, memory, puzzle, action games - each of them fun and a great way to scare the boredom away.

        There is also a Mario Vs. Luigi multi player game that needs two DSs to play, I was not fortunate enough yet to try this out (it needs only one game) but since my partner is more and more interested in my Nintendo DS I feel the time will come soon (and so will the update of the review).

        I am not yet a DS expert, I have only played a few games but this one certainly leaved a very good impression in me, not only because of the nostalgic feel of it but also because it really is a great game. I think this is one of those games that is a must for every DS owner.

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        25.10.2010 20:32
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        A pretty good game

        If you love Mario any game you see involving that character seems fun and this is no exception. The game is based around Mario aiming to recapture the Princess who has been taken. You have to travel over 8 worlds in order to find her and make sure she is returned safely to you.

        You begin on world one and you get to take on levels throughout. You collect coins and when you reach a set amount you win an extra life and you have plenty of enemies aiming to stop your progress. You have weird shaped monsters which can fire balls of fire and ice at you and even jump up and down as well.

        Your aim is to try and kill them if you can or use them to your advantage as some of the time you need them to unlock new areas which are hidden.

        Each level has 3 giant coins and these are useful when you want to unlock other aspects of the game such as extra lifes or bonus material which will assist you in your voyage.

        You can earn extra bonus material just by finding the items on the game things like a fire shooter and mushrooms to make you bigger or smaller. You have to work your way through the game and find hidden paths and tunnels and the game is full of mystery.

        You have 2 castles per world to complete and you have plenty of monsters in those castles to stop your progress. The graphics make the game good and fun to play with plenty of bright colours and all characters look realistic even on a small screen like the Nintendo DS console actually has the game play is very quick. You have a timer on each level and sometimes the timer can easily decrease to zero but you usually have around 7 minutes per level and sometimes even more then this.

        The game can be used in multiplayer format as well and I think the game works well because we all know what Mario is and there is a story and plenty to be doing. You will keep playing this game even if you manage to complete it which I have found no easy feat at all.

        There is sound to the game which is very useful as well because sometimes you cannot view ahead on the game so listening out for familiar sounds which you associate with enemies firing at you could be an advantage overall for you.

        I wish you could play as other characters and there is a way to unlock Luigi which I will not spoil for people but the game could perhaps add a few regular characters we all might wish to see and this would add plenty more things to look forward to on the game.

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        29.09.2010 17:19
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        Essential for any DS owner

        Where would Nintendo be without Mario? For over 20 years its been a flagship title for all Nintendo consoles and loved by old and new gamers alike. Everyone should play at least one Mario game (or has) and this game is by far one of the best Mario games to date.

        New Super Mario bros (not sure where the 'new' comes from but anyway...) is a 2D platforming adventure which uses the DS to bring Mario to life. As usual King Koopa has stolen princess Peach and its up to Mario to go and rescue her through 7 quite fiendish levels.

        Mario in my opinion is always better in 2D as its just what people rememebr from their old school days. The 2D here however does have 3D elements in it which really rounds the charectors up and looks amazing on the DS. Its pretty much a sure fire winner. It has everything you could ever wish for and the developer here knows that going away too far from its 2D roots would have been chaos.

        In terms on longetivity the game packs alot into its card. You have two secret islands, coins to collect and you also get an array of mini games to play too. Just becasue its Mario however doesn't mean its easy either and at times can be infuriatingly hard.

        The only problem I have with the game is the price. its been out for a long time now and Nintendo (and game retailers of course!) refuses to budge on the price of £30! Yes it may be a fantastic game but not even Halo or Metal gear Solid can stay at full price for four years!!

        Overall it is possibly one of the best Mario games ever made and essential for any Ds owner. Get it now.

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        20.09.2010 20:13

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        5/5 must buy!

        NEW Super mario bros. is a nintendo ds game released in 2006 with revolutionary new features. as you know there has been quite a history of these games in the past but this one has the graphics gameplay and new features.with ds download play you and your friends and family can enjoy this game even if only one of you has the game card. they will host the game and others can simply join in the fun!
        with the ds touchscreen the minigames can be alot of entertainment where all parts of the mind have to be applied to pley. these minigames varie from action/card games/puzzle/skill and others. the main story play consists of 8 whole worlds that you can journey trying to rescue the pricness peach from the cluthces of bowser and his castles of doom!
        you will also find giant bonus stars on the way to aid you in your quest, these stars can unlock new hidden realms of the mario world.
        good game

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        05.09.2010 19:48
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        Easily the best DS title available.

        New Super Mario Bros. on the DS is one of the true successes of the platform, a game that succeeds for being both new and old at the same time. Essentially it is the latest in a series that has offered high quality since the 80s and yet it feels surprisingly new despite its familiarity.

        The setup will be familiar to anyone who played a Mario Bros. title before. Princess Peach has been kidnapped by a member of the Bowser family, the Mario brothers have set forth to rescue her. By leaping onto killer mushrooms, turtles and other weird monsters they hope to save the day. The brothers can gain some assistance in the form of an arsenal of power mushrooms that might make them bigger, smaller or even super powered.

        Graphically the game mimics the style of the Mario Bros. titles on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, rendering the characters in full 3D but locking the perspective side-on. It's a very effective style that also serves to push the DS' capabilities significantly. Without having to render full 3D environments it's quite impressive how many polygons the little DS can push and despite the power gulf, New Super Mario Bros. on the DS does look comparable to its recent sequel on the Wii. Sure, it's rougher around the edges but it's a wonder that, graphically speaking, the wii is achieving nothing the DS isn't here except polish.

        Platforming is as strong as ever and returning to this style of game again is like visiting old friends. While we know the routine by now, the game still throws a few tricks at us and it often feels as though we never left. I remember picking this up the day I bought my DS lite and being skeptical, I found it hard to believe that Nintendo would be able to jump back into the series while keeping the level design both strong and new. My doubts were soon washed away after a few minutes, while we are seeing largely familiar elements here, there is a lot new. Levels themed around lava, ice and jungles return but we see more variations on a theme, you've never seen Mario until you've seen him flattened by snow from the branches above! A great deal of time has gone into the level design which is even more remarkable when you consider that this game is easily one of the longest entries in the series yet. The game is divided off into world, each contains around ten levels with eight worlds in total. On top of this the developers have chosen to include all of the minigames from the DS release of Super Mario 64 aswell, a nice choice for people who don't want to grab both. These are now multiplayer capable, only requiring one cartridge. A Brilliant choice.

        If you're a DS owner, you really should own New Super Mario Bros. on the DS. It's the traditional Mario gameplay that always works very well on a portable platform, the addition of the minigames means there's always something to do if you fancy a break from the main campaign and it's one of the few DS titles that can really compete with mainstream gaming as a first rate release.

        This game is also suitable for any ages, easily picked up for the younger but varied and challenging for adults .

        This can be found on Amazon and eBay but as one of the better selling DS titles, expect to pay near full price even for used. As always, beware bootleg sellers whose fakes won't run in a DSi or DSi XL, genuine cartridges will run in any DS or DSi console.

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          29.08.2010 14:17
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          one of the best on the DS

          New Super Mario Bros takes the old 2D side scrolling games from the classic consoles such as the SNES and brings a new updated version with 3D graphics for the Nintendo DS. The game slooks like a 3D game but plays like a 2D one. If you have played the old super mario games then you will have some idea of what to expect. What you get in the new game is all the fun of those old games plus a whole lot more.

          The story is the same as ever bowser has taken peach and you must play as mario and go out to rescue her. You have to make your way through the various worlds, of which there are 8 in total to reach the final castle and defeat bowser, and there are 80 courses spread over the worlds. Not all of these courses are required to complete the main game, and 2 worlds can be skipped completely. In each world you will have to work your way through the courses in various side scrolling areas, making your way to the end to reach the flag, making you way past various obstacles such as enemies and difficult jumps. Half way through each world you will reach a castle where you have to fight baby bowser, and at the end of each world will have another bigger castle where you fight bowser, before moving on to the next world.

          There are lots of different power ups, such as the old ones super mushroom (makes mario bigger), fire (can shoot fire) and star (invincible for a period of time). New power ups include mini mushroom (makes mario super small, necessary to reach certain areas), blue shell (can hide in a blue shell at attack enemies with it) and also the mega mushroom (which makes Mario super big and can barge past anything in his way, destroying all enemies).
          This new power up brings a lot more fun to the game, and also more challenges as some areas cannot be accessed unless you have a certain power up.

          In each course there are 3 star coins to collect (240 in total). The stars coins you have collected can be used to access certain areas on the main map, for example to open locked course and mushroom huts (where you can start a course with a power up) and also will let you save your game.
          The star coins brings an extra challenge to the game, as even after winning the game you can try to collect all the coins.

          The courses are well designed with lots of fun feature such as springs that make you jump really high floating back down, underwater levels where you have to swim through the course and lots of strange and different enemies.

          The graphics are very good for a DS game, and the 3D style works well with the side scrolling game play style. Graphics are very clear and crisp.

          As well as the main game there are 18 mini games available that can be selected from the main menu screen. These use the touch screen in various different ways, with some working better than others. They are a nice addition to the game, and provided extra fun and enjoyment, with 10 of them being multiplayer, and you can compete against friends for the highest score.

          Overall this is a great game and one of the best on the Nintendo DS. The classic gaming style has been well updated to suit the current times, and will please old Mario fans and new ones alike. Would recommend to anyone.

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            16.08.2010 19:59
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            Ideal first DS game

            "New super Mario bros" Is by far the best game on DS, This classic game can be played by all ages and has many levels and secret areas that add more interest. The graphics are amazing, unlike many games the picture on the packet is the same quality as the real game, however for me it has one fatal flaw, I CAN'T GET TO TWO OF THE LEVELS!! I also can't complete the last level, this might be something to do with the way I have been playing the game but I can't work out what I have done wrong.

            Despite this the 5 levels I have been able to play have been incredible, there is a lot of stuff on this game which makes it worth the money, in addition to the 5 levels there is a great collection of mini - games to play. One other great thing about "New super Mario bros" is the sound, which is just as high quality and varied as the graphics.

            I would certainly recommend this game to anyone, it is the ideal first DS game.

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              04.08.2010 19:09
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              An excellent all round game, which is great for all ages

              New Super Mario Bros is a Nintendo Ds game which is also available on Nintendo Wii. The New Super Mario game can be played on Nintendo Ds, Ds Lite and DSi. It is a exciting and well throughout game, which excellent graphics and fun for the whole family.

              The story line for the Mario game is much like all the other mario adventure where the nasty Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach while Mario is distracted and it's your job to rescue her from his evil clutches.

              The Mario game consists of 8 possible worlds with an advantage minimum of 9 separate games within each world to complete if you wish to, and usually by completing the bonus games in the levels you are able to access extra levels or you may win a bonus mushroom or another prize which will help you to complete the trickier levels.

              The maximum number of worlds the are available to play is 8, however if you wish to play just to complete the game you don't have to go through all 8 worlds to reach the last of Bowser's castles, you can skip from world 3 to 5, and from world 6 to 8. At the end of each world there will lay one of Bowser's castles where you first have to make your way to the top and once you have passed through some double large gates it is here that you will face Bowser in a number of challenges. If you succeed it is then, that Bowser will escape to the next castle with Princess Peach, and therefore the next world.

              Instead of playing the adventure to rescue Princess Peach there is another option of game play on the main menu, these are the minigames. Minigame are available to play singly or through a wifi connection other players do not need to own the game also, furthermore when multiple people are playing on minigames there are more games available to play as two or more players are needed. The minigames include of many different card games, action games, 1 on 1 and many more.

              Super Mario also has another option of game play on its main menu which you are only able to play when connected with another consol. This option is called Mario Vs Luigi where you and an opponent go head to head in five possible worlds where the objective is to catch a certain amount of stars before the other person. This game option also is available to play with someone that does not own their own Super Mario game.

              Overall I think that this game is defiantly worth getting as there is no limit to how far you can go with it and is great for playing with friends and families, especially also on journeys as you can have hours of fun. The only thing that personally I dislike about this game is the fact that in the normal game play mode you are not able to save the game until the castle has been completed. This therefore means that if fore example you have completed four levels before the next castle of Bowser, but are not able to defeat Bowser this time, if you come out of the game the four games that have been completes before the castle will have to be redone. However some players may see this as a good thing as you therefore get better at the levels, and also quicker which may mean that you are able to pick up more coins alone the way.

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              04.06.2010 01:52

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              Love this game!

              I have played Super Mario Nintendo games, since the SNES era, and I am still going strong! I have to say that this version, although it is very good, is not my favourite, in fact my favourite is the original SNES version, but that may be nostalgia more than the quality of gameplay..! The graphics are very good in the game, and the levels are all varied and are a good challenge. It is a game that will appeal to all ages of players, and one that has lost me many hours playing when I should definitely be doing something else, which is the mark of a good game! I like the super mushroom that makes you a giant, that is fun to play around with, and the little games that you can play as a side to the main levels, are fun, and make good use of the microphone and touch screen. 

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              overall a good mario game, one that all mario fans will like!

              The new super mario bros is an excellent game and brings a whole new life to mario.

              The whole idea of the game is still the same, you work your way through different levels and then at the end, you have to fight the boss in the castle. However, they have added in new things such as new powerups. You can now get a big mushroom that makes you massive and you just walk along and destroy everything in your path! They have also added in a blue shell that puts a shell on your back and when you run and press the down button, you start spinning in your shell!

              This game is good to play and the levels are fun. not only do you have to get to the end of each level but you also have to collect 3 stars on each level that help you unlock a hidden level!

              I found this game very fun and enjoyable to play. I never got bored of playing this. You can also play with your friends. You can either play the minigames together or you can vs them in a battle to get as many stars as you can.

              the graphics on this game are pretty good considering its a DS game! They are clear and visible and you should have fun playing this game!

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              A wonderful game that people of all ages can enjoy!

              Nintendo have somehow managed to never lose their touch, and have brought out yet another amazing Mario game. This game provides endless fun and is actually quite challenging and satisfying!

              I first played Mario games on the original Gameboy - yes, that massive grey brick that everyone thought was amazing back then. Since then, they have just got better and better. This one features eight different worlds, which each have many levels. Each world has a general theme - there is a snowy one, a scary haunted one, etc, and each world has creatures and plants indigenous to that world. You don't have to do every level to complete a world, like previous games, you just have to find a path to the last level where you (temporarily) defeat the bad guy, but there are lots of levels you can go back and do. Also, you earn large gold coins (a maximum of three each level, most of them reasonably difficult to earn) which you can spend on getting into exciting bonus levels.

              You also don't have to complete every world to get to the end (and, indeed, it is hard to get onto worlds 4 and 7 and took me quite a while to figure out!), but if, like me, you want to do every single level, this game will keep you busy for quite some time! It is fun and engaging, with all the old favourite characters and some new ones.

              The game takes advantage of the two screens on the DS, giving you a screen that shows you how many gold coins on that level you have got, etc, and also when you go down a tunnel you go down onto the lower screen.

              Basically, this is a great game for people of all ages!

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