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New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Instead it’s a glorious celebration of the ignoble art of screwing over your mates. If someone looks like they’re about to pick up something worth a lot of points, and you have the chance to bump them down a chasm before they get there, human nature says that’s what you’ll do – even if it means following them to their doom and losing a life. Cue much moaning and many promises never to play this evil game ever again.

But we kept coming back, whether we finished as winners or otherwise. To play a single level takes barely three minutes, and during that time it’s very like one of the scrolling stages in Smash Bros. You’ll be itching for revenge or anticipating another chance to prove your superiority, but either way it’s easy to start another round and settle a few scores.

The aim is to finish with the highest points total at the end of the level. Enemies are worth a few points, items are worth lots and hitting the flagpole at the end can net you thousands. The biggest bonus comes from adding up all your remaining lives, so there’s an incentive not to get involved in risky scrambles for difficult items that might not net you a huge total.

Characters bounce off each other, which can make things quite hectic when every player decides to try leaping for a small ledge or squeezing through a narrow gap. You can also do a butt-slam to shake people off the edge of a platform or clear a bit of space when trying to land in a busy area. And all the time you’re jostling for position and fending off attacks from your so-called friends, there’s a platform game to complete.

Each level has three giant gold coins to collect, hidden off the beaten track. Whoever manages to grab all those will probably win at the end, so nobody’s likely to take kindly to seeing one player deviate from the path and start wall-kicking towards a different area. The screen zooms out further when the players separate, but only to a certain point – eventually anyone left too far behind the lead character will lose a life.

The demo version includes a couple of boss levels, marking the return of the Koopa Kids from Super Mario 3. They behave the same way as before, spinning across their little platforms until they receive three blows to the head and expire. The player who delivers the last kick wins some bonus points. Needless to say no Koopa Kid lasts long when faced with two Mario Bros. and a couple of psyched-up Toads.

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26 comments

  • noofer7 - July 25, 2009 5:16 p.m.

    Hmmm... @Thegamingkid I agree, but if they made one it would probably be crap compared to Brawl...
  • fergfighter - July 24, 2009 11:51 a.m.

    :'( i wish my parents got me a wii for christmas, but noooooo. i get fucking overlord shittiest game of all time. i didnt even esk for it :( ReCAPTCHA: Rosenberg scared!
  • Spybreak8 - July 23, 2009 5:55 p.m.

    I'll stick with my Castle Crashers.
  • gmcb2011 - July 22, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    ^^^ No.
  • Thegamingkid - July 22, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    Why the hell did they make this, But not super smash Bros for DS!!!!! I HAS to come out! Imagine...Doing Final smashes with the DS Pen, Maybe They can add some DS excluseve charictors! Such as, That Dude from spetrobs! (I forget his name) And others, Maybe Baby Bowsar? Theres still more to come! I bet You all agree when I say, WE WANT SUPER SMASH BROS ON DS!!!
  • Unoriginal - July 22, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    And this needs to be on the Wii why? Im not seeing anything that couldn't be crammed on to a DS.
  • killerwhalen - July 22, 2009 3:11 p.m.

    I planned on buying this for single-player alone, but the multiplayer has me....intrigued... *Puts corn-cob pipe in mouth* Recaptcha: The Cabinet
  • Cyberninja - July 22, 2009 11:23 a.m.

    i was buying this anyway now i have more backround
  • key0blade - July 22, 2009 1:54 a.m.

    Saving $200 for Modern Warfare 2 (Prestige Edition, no shit) and some other stuff, maybe, maybe not, depends if some other stuff is good
  • big rudy - July 21, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    Hey, Luigi's my best character.
  • marioman523 - July 21, 2009 10 p.m.

    Hopefully there's more of a challenge in this one than in the DS version...
  • HungryBeaver - July 21, 2009 9:55 p.m.

    Looks pretty good. Doubt ill ever play it though - Fifth! haha
  • Kotsu - July 21, 2009 8:39 p.m.

    I think this would actually be a game that me and my sister would play together.
  • motang - July 21, 2009 8:36 p.m.

    I don't think this game really needs any preview. :)
  • Jellyjiggler29 - July 21, 2009 8:32 p.m.

    Looks pretty good, wish it was for DS though, and Galaxy 2 looks better but hey I'm always happy for a new Mario platformer.
  • looijee91 - August 17, 2009 3:46 a.m.

    looks crizazy mancant wait to get my hands on it! wooooOOOOOOO
  • Conman93 - July 24, 2009 5:42 p.m.

    This looks good, but it will be very very hard to beat smash bros as best multiplayer game on wii
  • crazyqazqaz - July 24, 2009 4:08 p.m.

    Woo!! This and Mario Galaxy 2! Maybe Nintendo aren't doomed afterall... Well I haven't played my Wii in ages, time to whack it out and get playing!! @ TheGamingKid, what u're proposing is crap, it'd be way 2 fiddly to move quickly from the D-Pad 2 the stylus! Are you mad!?!
  • infected123 - July 23, 2009 11:51 p.m.

    ooh a platformer. how lame.
  • RadarQJD - July 23, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    So you're forced to use Mario in Single player mode? Nooo! I want Luigi, damn it! Give me an answer , someone! I can't stand the grief!

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