Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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The New Super Mario Bros Wii- Save the Princess, Save the World!
New Super Mario Brothers (Wii)
Member Name: lorrainek858
New Super Mario Brothers (Wii)
Advantages: Stays true to the original games, great multiplayer functions
Disadvantages: Story maybe a bit repetitive?
I grew up playing games on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), most of my favourite games when I was younger included my favourite plumbers Mario and Luigi and their dinosaur friend Yoshi, and of course Princess Peach, who always seems to be running into bad luck and getting captured by the villain in this game King Bowser. I honestly spent hours trying to rescue the Princess in games such as Super Mario Bros 1, 2 and 3, Super Mario World 1 and 2, The Lost Levels and of course Mario 64 when Mario became for 'advanced' on the Nintendo 64 console. The Mario Franchise has brought gamers worldwide countless hours of entertainment, and their games were one of my favourite past times when I was a child.
Fast forward to the future and Mario has been revived in a format that is much like the old games from the past for the Nintendo Wii, this was great news for me being a long term fan of the franchise. As soon as the game came out I was straight out to the shops to get myself a copy. I bought this copy in Game for £34.99 and I just could wait to get home and play it.
Okay, so as usual Princess Peach has got herself into trouble and been captured by King Bowser and his children again. In this game she is captured by the Koopa Kids (King Bowsers Children) at her own Birthday Party (how unlucky), they take her away on their flying ship and Mario and Luigi and co. quickly jump to her aid and set out on their journey to save her. Meanwhile the Toads People (Princess Peaches loyal subjects) blast off aid for the heroes in the form of penguin suits and helicopter heads (these are brand new Power Ups in the game that spice up the old fire flowers and racoon tails). The game then starts in world one 1.
Like many Mario Games there are 8 worlds for Mario and co. to work through before he can save Princess Peach, at the end of each world there is a castle at each world, these get progressively trickier the further you get in the game.
Also like many Mario games there are small castles at the half way point of each world for Mario and co. to tackle, the famous 'Ghost Houses' also feature in this game and also red and green Mushroom Houses make appearances in every world in this game giving you the chance to win extra lives and different items such as mushrooms, fire flowers and racoon power ups.
The villains that Mario comes across in this game are the same old favourites some examples are the Koopas, Spike, Thump, Monty Mole and Boo to name a few.
Mario levels are very similar to the old games also, where he works his way through a world filled with blocks with coins and prizes in them and also tunnels that lead that when entered bring you to a different stage in a level. This game really is a treat for the hardcore Mario fans, also I don't think it would be hard for someone who enjoys games and is not familiar with the Mario franchise to have fun playing this game.
In each level there are 3 Mario Coins that a player must aim to collect, this is another well known feature of the Mario games, as the game progresses it gets harder to locate and capture the Mario Coins, this makes the game more challenging as you are not only trying to make it through a level you are also trying to find coins to complete the game 100% and also if you locate all the Mario Coins you can open a 'secret' world with 8 more challenging levels in it.
You can skip from world to world if you find 'secret exits' in some levels which leads Mario and co. to cannons that shoot him off to worlds further in the game, this is helpful if you are looking to skip to the more challenging levels in a hurry, however is also a shame as you don't complete the game 100% unless you go back and complete the easier levels at a later time.
Yoshi also appears in this game as Mario's faithful dinosaur/horse, you can ride Yoshi through selected levels, this is a great feature of this game in my opinion as my personal favourite Mario game ever made is the Super Mario World game where Yoshi made his first appearance.
This game stayed true to the old game formats, it also has added a number of new features which gives the game a bit of an edge.
The first new feature that excited me about this game is the new Mario Power Ups available to play with, these give Mario special powers within levels and make game play more interesting. There are three new Power Ups in this game, they are the Penguin Suit, Propeller Mario and Ice Mario. The Propeller Mario allows Mario to fly, this Power Up is triggered when you are wearing the propeller suit (found in select levels in the game) by shaking your Wii controller, Mario then soars through the air making the game much more interesting than just simply walking through it. The Ice Mario Power Up allows Mario to shoot ice balls much like the Fire Flower Power Up, villains that are hit by the ice balls are then frozen on the screen and cannot harm Mario, also iced villains can be picked up and smashed by Mario within the game. The Penguin Suit is my favourite new Power Up on this game, this allows Mario to shoot ice balls the same as the Ice Mario Power Up but it also allows Mario to swim with much less effort and more steadily in water levels (also Mario looks really cute in his little Penguin Suit).
There have also been two new mushrooms Power Ups added to this game, they include the Super Mushroom and the Shrinking Mushroom. The Super Mushroom grows Mario to into a giant for around 30 seconds within the game, this allows Mario to destroy everything in his path and gain lots of extra points and extra lives on the score board. The Shrinking Mushroom allows Mario to shrink down to a tiny size, this results in Mario becoming more vulnerable to villains but this is traded in for him being able to jump extra high and also fit down tiny tunnels that are normally placed for the purpose of level secrets.
Playing co-operative is a new feature that is really interesting on this game, it means that everyone can play together at the same time, making their way through each level as a team. This is a great feature as it can get boring waiting for your turn on the older Mario games, in this game everyone works together to progress to the next stage. When my fiancé and I play this mode it always turns into a competition to see who can complete the game quickest or who can get the Mario Coins within the level.
This game is fantastic for multiplayer, you can play with 1-4 players at a time, every player can play through each level at the same time and at stages players need to co-operate to gain Mario Coins or find secrets within levels. Playable characters within this game are Mario, Luigi and also a Yellow Toad and a Blue Toad.
The graphics on this game really don't disappoint, they stay true to the old Mario games. This game is played in a 2D format, advancing from one side of the screen to another. I am really glad that Nintendo decided to stay true to past games in this way as I think that this is part of the 'charm' of the better Mario games. The graphics are both simple and efficient to their purpose, each world is decorated in a detailed and colourful way and the game is drawn up in a cartoon display just like past Mario games.
The Mario level music is also very similar to the old Mario games. This is great for Mario fans, as the music on older games is unique to Mario games and easily recognised as it is upbeat and catchy. The tempo of the music increases if your timer only has 100 seconds left on it to 'hurry you up' to complete the level.
This is a great game for both Past Mario fans and also new potential players. I love the Mario games and although the story is repetitive, it never gets old, there is something traditional about saving the Princess and living happily ever after for me. I love that this game (as well as other Mario games) has a definite beginning, middle and end and also a lot of cool secret levels for more advanced players. I would definitely recommend this game to a friend, it is a non offensive, light hearted game (that can be played from ages 3 and up according to the box, however think it would take a quite exceptional 3 year old to complete the game at such a young age). I give this game 5 out of 5 and really enjoy playing it with my fiancé and the family.
*Also posted on ciao under lorrainek90*
Summary: A fantastic buy, a really great buy for Mario fans
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