New Super Mario Bros. Wii

One level takes place on a raft floating through a dark, water-filled cavern. All the point-scoring items are on rocky platforms overhead, forcing players to make risky jumps into the gloom, where enemies lurk and death is a mistimed jump away.

The unusual feature here is the raft’s searchlight, which cycles between each character in turn, illuminating them for a moment and leaving everyone else in darkness. Fireball-chucking cousins of the Hammer Bros. also cast a little light on the situation, making it such a dangerous level that we were obliged to set aside competitive urges and concentrate on making it out of the tunnel alive. Hopefully there’ll be more levels like this in the full game, as a counterpoint to the non-stop backstabbing that comprises the rest of the demo.

The demo left us with many unanswered questions, such as how will the game be structured? Is it essentially a series of battles that take place in Mario levels or is it actually a proper Mario game? We’d certainly like to see a mode where you don’t spend quite so much time robbing or getting robbed by other players. Versus play is great and it really works in this game, but we’d quite like the chance to explore and attempt the kind of death-defying precision jumps that define Mario platformers without having some cheeky sod use us as a stepping stone at the apex of our flight. Maybe that’s what the solo mode is for, but as we mentioned already, the levels aren’t entirely designed for lone players.

The only other issue we have with the game is the control system, which uses the remote’s D-pad and two buttons. Although that’s enough to take care of all of Mario’s basic moves, this game has a lot more in it than NSMB on DS. There’s a spinning attack, for instance, that you have to activate by shaking the remote – the harder you shake, the longer the spin lasts. That’s not really the most convenient way of doing things, and we didn’t bother with the spin move all that much as a result. With any luck there might be a GameCube or Classic Controller option.

Finally, how substantial is the game going to be? It does feel at times like it ought to be a multiplayer bonus mode from a bigger Mario title rather than a standalone game. It needs a healthy selection of modes and a ton of levels if it’s going to make a serious impression in its current form. But these are early days, and maybe we’re just miffed because we kept losing. Damn you, Luigi!

Jul 21, 2009


  • 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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