As the first of the traditional, side-scrolling Mario games to be developed specifically for Nintendo 3DS, gamers will find a great mix of the familiar and the not so familiar when they play New Super Mario Bros. 2.Read full description
As the first of the traditional, side-scrolling Mario games to be developed specifically for Nintendo 3DS, gamers will find a great mix of the familiar and the not so familiar when they play New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Available now to buy or download, New Super Mario Bros. 2 comes packed with more than 80 brand new courses which are stacked with all sorts of secrets and hidden surprises to discover. At first glance, its classic Mario platform action, but there are also some major differences to look out for – like the opportunity to collect an incredible one million coins for the first time ever!
But the gold rush doesn’t end there, as there are three all new gold-themed elements that will help you out throughout the game. The first of these is the Gold Flower power-up, which sees Mario become the amazing Gold Mario. Not only does this transformation allow you to shoot Gold Fireballs at enemies and blocks, it will also mean you can turn them into valuable coins. In addition, if you’re quick enough, you’ll also get the chance to turn 10-Coin Blocks into special Gold Blocks, which can then be worn over Mario’s head to collect a steady stream of coins as he runs before the power runs out. The third option for collecting coins will come when you spot a Gold Ring on a course. You’ll need to be skilful enough to jump through it, but when you do you’ll see all your enemies turn to gold – then all you need to do is collect the additional coins they produce in their own unique way.
Those who buy New Super Mario Bros. 2 will also be glad to hear that the game has retained some of the more classic elements of the franchise that have made it so popular over the years. This includes the Super Leaf power-up which changes Mario into fan-favourite Raccoon Mario and lets our hero float in mid-air attack, block enemies with a tail swipe and fly for brief periods of time.
But there are plenty of new challenges and features to enjoy too. For example, New Super Mario Bros. 2 lets you complete the entire adventure in co-operative mode, so you and a friend can team up to rescue the princess as Mario and Luigi (as long as you each have a Nintendo 3DS system and copy of the game). There are even three special moves to master in co-op mode that will help you as you take on each of the courses together. Coins that are racked up in this mode will count for both of you, so why not see if you can get a friend to help you reach that big one million target!
Other new features include Coin Rush mode. This challenges you to collect as many coins as possible, but without failing once. This mode will really get your competitive juices flowing, as it selects three random courses for you to attack and only gives you one Mario to do it in. You can then store and share the results with others via StreetPass and pick up scores to try and beat. Theses collaborative and competitive fixtures of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will keep you coming back for more – even after you’ve managed to rescue Princess Peach!
When I started playing, the game seemed quite average and the idea of a million coins to collect was somewhat mad. It was only after half that I noticed its advantages. The game is fantastically designed, has a lot of shortcuts to discover not to mention some coins are well hidden. The game is also very long, especially when we want to squeeze out that sweet 101% of the title. Coin rush extends already long game. A worthy successor to the refreshed masterpiece that New Super Mario Bros was.
On it's own, it's not a bad game at all - it's pretty good. However, if you will compare it to other entries or expect something the same quality, you will hate this game to the passion, because its gameplay is aiming for something else. First of all, don't expect something like NSMB from DS or NSMB Wii, because then you will be incredibly disappointed. There is not as much content like in those two games and it is shorter, with only 6 main worlds and 3 that are unlockable, which sadly is not an easy task and it's obvious designers knew this game is short so they made it hard to prolong the game. Which was completely unnecessary, because if those were not hidden, the game would've been better. Second of all, the gameplay slightly changed. While it's still classic 2D Mario, the main difference is that it concentrates on collecting coins, it even gives you counter of how much coins were collected through the game. Because of that decision it feels shorter, BUT at the same time it's addicting and turns on your greedy side of things, because you want to collect the money and it gives it a little more purpose than one up ;) Although personally, I think it would've work better if they made it Wario game, since he's one greedy guy. Graphics are exactly what you expect - nice to look at, for 3DS quite good, music also is good, and as for controls, it's Mario, so you already know what to expect. Overall, good game, but lower your expectations - it takes time to like it. At first I hated it, later I learned to really like it in it's own way.
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