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Console: Nintendo DS
Region:U
Year: 2006
RFG ID #: U-087-S-01070-A
Part #: NTR-A2DE-USA
UPC: 045496737313
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating:
E (ESRB): Comic Mischief

Genre: Platformer
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Players: 1-4 Wireless Single & Multi Card Play
Controller: System controls
Media Format: DS Card
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Collection Stats:

  • 667 of 7251 collectors (9.1%) have this game in their collection
  • 22 of 7251 collectors (0.3%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 2 of 7251 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.
Overview:

From the back of the box:

Jump into an all-new Mario adventure!

  • Run, jump, and stomp your way through raging volcanoes, tropical islands, snowcapped peaks, and unimaginable challenges!
  • Grab a Mega Mushroom and grow to incredible proportions, or smash through your foes in a blue Koopa shell!
  • Challenge a friend in a wireless face-off on specially designed levels, or play up to three friends in a ton of Touch Screen minigames.

Review:

Fourteen years have passed since the last installment of a 2d side scrolling Mario Brothers games. Since then, fans of the series have nearly gone insane waiting for the next installment. Months would pass with no word of a new side scrolling Mario game, and the months would turn to years. Finally Nintendo has begun to hear our cries, and with that they released New Super Mario Brothers.

The title of the game, New Super Mario Brothers, is quite a bit misleading. The game is in fact a throwback to the original Super Mario Brothers for the NES. Do not be completely mislead by my statement however; the game does include elements of Super Mario Brothers 3 as well as Super Mario World.

The game begins with Princess Peach being kidnapped by Bowser yet again, and as Mario you must once again traverse through eight worlds, which include multiple dungeons, castles, and enemies. The world maps are not up to par with that of Super Mario Brothers 3, Super Mario World, or even Super Mario Land 2, but they do serve their purpose. The actual game play is much like that of the original Super Mario Brothers. Players must traverse across a level collecting coins, mushrooms, and various other powerups in order to reach the flagpole marking the end of the level. Along the way, players must continue across obstacles such as pits, fire, and enemies. The gameplay feels similar almost to a fault of the original Super Mario Brothers.

The game does away with many of the items and quirks that were introduced through Super Mario Brothers 3 and Super Mario World. Such things include the ability to fly, which is perhaps the biggest letdown in the game. Furthermore Yoshi does not make an appearance and instead of capitalizing on Super Mario World's huge levels with multiple exits and varying scenarios, we are left with the typical 'go right' type of gameplay.

New Super Mario Brothers does however introduce many innovations and ideas never before seen in Mario games. The castles and ghost houses in the game are unique and varied and unlike the normal levels in the game they consist of much more than moving right. Unlike previous Mario sidescrollers, the bosses are all new and do not repeat. Furthermore, three new items are introduce; the tiny mushroom, gigantic mushroom, and the blue shell. The game capitalizes upon the inclusion of these items by making certain areas on accessible through utilizing them.

The music in the game is a throwback to that of the original Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario Brothers 3, and Super Mario World. There are multiple songs that have shown up in previous Mario installments, and a good amount of new songs as well. All the songs fit the game appropriately.

Besides the story mode, the game has a minigame mode in which players use the stylus to play a multitude of games from puzzles, arcade style games, and card games. Furtheremore, there are two well developed multiplayer modes.

New Super Mario Brothers is a great game all around. It fails to do anything drastically new, but with solid gameplay there really was no need. It would have been great however if the game would have kept some of the enhancements from the later Mario games. Overall, this game will provide hours of fun and enjoyment which is why New Super Mario Brothers receives an 80.

RF Generation Review Score


80%

Extra Media:


Official Nintendo Player's GuideRegistration Card
Game Recommendations- front
Game Recommendations- back
Health and Safety Precautions Booklet
Nintendo Power 203 - May 2006
Magazine Print Ad
Variations:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo DS A S New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 2006 Platformer
Nintendo DS U S New Super Mario Bros. [Not For Resale] Nintendo 2006 Platformer
Nintendo DS K S New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 2007 Platformer
Nintendo DS J S New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 2006 Platformer
Nintendo DS DK, FI, SE, GB S New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 2006 Platformer
Nintendo DS IT, PT, ES S New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 2006 Platformer
Nintendo DS E S New Super Mario Bros. [Demo] Nintendo 2006 Platformer
Nintendo DS FR, DE, NL S New Super Mario Bros. [Club Nintendo Reprint] Nintendo 2006 Platformer
Nintendo DS FR, DE, NL S New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 2006 Platformer
Nintendo DS United Kingdom S New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 2006 Platformer
Nintendo DS Canada S New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 2006 Platformer
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