I promised in my Battlefield 4 review that I would review this game, and here it is.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a 2009-released, Nintendo-developed game, exclusively for the Nintendo Wii (obviously).
All Mario games are an incredible amount of fun. It’s pure gaming, and captures the essence and art of it. By the time this game came out, the formula for Mario games was known: Eight worlds, each of different setting and increasing difficulty, filled with several different levels. This game though, had something unique. You could play through the game using up to four players. Player one would be Mario, and players two, three and four would have a choice between Luigi, Yellow Toad and Blue Toad.
That dynamic would prove to be the centrepiece of making this the best gaming experience I’ve ever had.
My friend had a Wii, and so did I. He had two controllers, and so did I. for Christmas one year, I get this game, and I would go over to his house with two other friends, and we’d play it. We played from start to finish and maxed the whole game out (including Star Coins) together. That is what I love about gaming. We had to cooperate with each other to get through the whole game, and we really were a team.
That isn’t a review though. That’s a personal experience. Now let me tell you, this game is amazing. With the returning classic Fire Flower, there are three new power-ups (as seen in the picture above). The Freeze Flower gives you the ability to chuck ice at your enemies, and it is actually difficult to use. Which I liked. I had to learn to adapt to that. Once you freeze your enemies, they can still thaw out, so you need to destroy that block of ice too.
The Penguin Suit also has ice-throwing abilities, but at the same time, you can slide on your belly across icy surfaces, which is a lot of fun. That’s something you need to remember. This game wasn’t made for a brilliant story or competitive multiplayer, it was made for the fun of it. And it delivers with that.
The Flying Suit is just incredible. You can soar high, and I mean really high. That made room for different sorts of levels, where you have to fly around to make it to the end. It was great.
There are even levels where you can ride Yoshis! Need I say more?
The game itself is pretty challenging. Maybe that’s just the inner eleven year old talking, but this was hard to beat, even with four people, especially World 8. We probably spent as much time on the final boss battle as we did the rest of the game! But like I mentioned in my Battlefield 4 review, that’s the point of it. We jumped around and celebrated like we’d saved the world when we finally beat Bowser. After that, we thought it was done, but the game unveiled World 9, in which we would need all Star Coins from individuals worlds to play individual levels. For example, for level four, you would need every Star Coin in World 4. We found every one in the game. We beat the special world.
I’m sure I’m not alone here. I hope a load of people had the same experience as me playing this game, especially as a four-person unit. I don’t think anything will ever come close to this in the future.
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