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Months ago Nintendo revealed it was working on a new 2D Mario for the 3DS. Rumors of other new Mario games surfaced with Nintendo nabbing the web address for Super Mario 4. Still, even with all the writing on the wall, we were still taken by surprise when the publisher unveiled New Super Mario Bros 2 for the 3DS (along with four brand new screens).

The early images show a style very similar to both the console and handheld versions of previous New Super Mario games, with polygonal figures in a 2D world. Most interesting of all to us is that first image, which shows the return of Raccoon Mario, the cover star of Super Mario Bros 3. Though we did get Tanooki Mario in 3D Land, this is the first time in a very long time that the simple tail and ears version is back.

Keen-eyed readers will also note that the screen with Raccoon Mario does also has the classic P-meter while the others do not. Perhaps it only appears on screen when using the Raccoon power-up. Could the power be limited to certain levels, similar to the restricted use of Yoshi in New Super Mario Bros Wii?

What we do know for sure is the New Super Mario Bros 2 will be out on the 3DS this AUGUST in the US. That's right, in less than four months! The quick turnaround does pushes us to question if it can meet the incredibly high standards of the Mario series, but it also makes us wonder about Nintendo's bigger plans. Are they releasing a new portable Mario so far ahead of fall to make room for a full Mario launch game on the Wii U in November? Perhaps it's just wishful thinking, but it'd be so great were that true.

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37 comments

  • Hobogonigal - June 5, 2012 10:31 p.m.

    He's been trolling here for ages, surprised he's not been banned to be honest. Anyway, don't feed the troll, he lives on our attention.
  • Moshua8D - June 23, 2014 12:53 p.m.

    Funny thing is, this wasn't a troll.
  • musashi1596 - April 22, 2012 7:05 p.m.

    Oh look, yet another Mario title. Bet nobody saw that coming. *Yawn*
  • kxu - April 22, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    2D again Sr.Nintendo ??? http://todosjoga.com.br/
  • WTeen8 - April 22, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    I prefer Cape feather to super leaf, but oh well. Let's hope this plays well. Never played the original DS version, only the Wii version. ohyeahandnintendoanychanceofmother3comingtoamericaon3dsthat'dbegreatmaybebundleitwithearthboundi'dtotallybuyit.
  • WTeen8 - April 22, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    comment cut-off -dleitwithearthboundthat'dbegreat But still, NSMB2 seems interesting. Gold Metal Mario?
  • Lindsaaayerin - April 22, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    I guess I'm one of the few people who is happy to hear this news. Raccoon Mario with a P-meter!! I just played the hell out of Super Mario 3D Land then signed on to see this. I'm just a sap for Mario games...
  • CitizenWolfie - April 22, 2012 2:56 a.m.

    I did enjoy NSMBDS but it was really, really easy. And like a lot of other people commenting on this page, I'm not a huge fan of the 3D polygon models and would rather see a return of the 2D sprites as they have a lot more charm. But I guess the polygon route makes it easier to implement the 3D aspect. I hope this one has more of an "Overworld" instead of just a straight line with the occasional double path.
  • Fuzunga - April 21, 2012 11:44 p.m.

    The 3D models and environments are an instant turnoff. I want Mario to look like Rayman Origins. Oh goodness that would be nice.
  • PReNDeL21 - April 21, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    A new NSMB was kinda unexpected, especially since it was announced this short of time between the release date. Nintendo will probably pull a M. Night Shayamalan on us at E3
  • badgraphix1 - April 22, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    It's New Super Mario Bros. I don't think we're going to see anything we couldn't already predict come this year's E3.
  • IceBlueKirby - April 21, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    This is awesome news. I'll take a new Mario sidescroller any day, regardless of whether it does anything new or not. A little nostalgia goes a long way for some people.
  • BladedFalcon - April 21, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    Except it's not even proper nostalgia product, otherwise it would be in 2d sprites and not those yawn inducing polygons.
  • IceBlueKirby - April 22, 2012 1:16 a.m.

    Eh, it's the gameplay that matters in that department, not the sprites. If it plays like an old Mario game, I don't care how it looks.
  • Redeater - April 21, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    "question if it can meet the incredibly high standards of the Mario series" I'm sorry but this makes me laugh.I have been waiting forever for a new Mario game that will top 3/World and have yet to see one. Instead Nintendo has given us not one but two 2D Mario games that have failed to do anything spectacular. Nintendo is going to have to convince me with something more than a raccoon tail if they are going to get me to bite.
  • Redeater - April 21, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    I do find it funny that after looking at a few of these pictures it crosses out quite a bit of the "What we want to see in SMB4" list. Dammit Nintendo! Don't go Sega on me.
  • shawksta - April 21, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    3 if you count the Wii version which for something reason isnt counted for, Somethings odd about this especially if THIS is 4, which i have my doubts about. NSMB, if anything just game us Modern 2D Mario, it felt good but isnt better than SM3 or World by a long shot, hopefully some day they'll go back to the 2D days, otherwise they are doing an excellent job with 3D Mario.
  • tehtimeisnow - April 21, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    this will going to b a horrable gane all nitedno dose is make the same bad games every year seruoisely this will fale so hard cuz people would rather play real ganes on xobx or iphone
  • J-Fid - April 21, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    Your comment just sent the the English language backwards 50 years. Congratulations.
  • PReNDeL21 - April 21, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    No se habla ingles. I like my Xbox and my iPod Touch as much as the next guy, but, this is just...I dunno.

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