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Hallelujah: New Super Mario Bros!

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, June 6, 2006
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In the handfuls of free minutes I had between work sessions on the new Book, I was playing (errr… testing) a new game that I considered to be worth covering in both the Book and Backstage: New Super Mario Bros. ($35) from Nintendo. In short, there hasn’t been a portable game release in the past five or more years as significant as this one.

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New Super Mario Bros. was originally understod to be a remake of the classically accessible 1985 NES hit, but has turned out to be much, much more. The only reason you haven’t heard more about this game is unfortunate timing: Nintendo decided to release it a few weeks prior to the U.S. launch of the Nintendo DS Lite console, and is probably saving most of its marketing muscle for a joint promotion. It was a tough call for consumers: go out and get Mario and an old, not-so-hot DS, or wait a few weeks and get both together.
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Will it really be that hard to wait? If you haven’t seen it yet, the answer is YES. In short, platform (run/jump/explore) games are great on portable systems, and there is no platform series better than Mario - when Nintendo’s on the ball. So when I say that there hasn’t been a Mario game this great in 10 years - yes, I’m looking right past you, Mario Sunshine - I really mean that there hasn’t been a 2-D platform game this good in that long, either. People who were intimated by Mario’s 3D adventures will find that this is the game that will bring them back. It’s a bit like like the movie Superman Returns: what would Mario have been like on the SNES after the first two games, if Mario 3 and Super Mario World hadn’t happened?
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You don’t get raccoon Mario, stone Mario, or any of the other oddball suits or flutes that appeared in the beloved Mario 3; instead, there’s a gigantic, world-crushing Mario, a nano-sized sneak-into-crevices Mario, and a turtle-shell wearing Mario who can retreat for safety or spin around in Koopa style. In all honesty, these suits are almost gimmicky: they’re fun to play with a few times, but most of the game’s excitement is in the secret-discovering, run-and-jump action that made the early Mario games great - little things like Mario 1’s flagpoles have been brought back for giggles, and there are plenty of hidden levels to be unlocked. Then, in addition to worlds full of Mario 3-quality level designs, there are two big wireless modes: minigames, and even a cooperative mode where Mario and Luigi can roam the single-player levels together.

Please do me a favor on this one: if you’re on the fence, just get it, especially if you can hold off until next week and snag it with the Nintendo DS Lite ($130). My girlfriend, who hasn’t played a game in ten years, can’t stop playing NSMB, and even a gamer as jaded as me finds the game engaging. Games like this are making the DS platform hugely worthwhile, and now is certainly the right time to buy in.

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1

With any luck maybe they will run a promotion that gives you NSMB free with you buy a DS Lite or maybe even some type of discount. I would be all over this if I didn’t have to buy an engagment ring soon… sigh. Maybe we can get this registered! =)

Posted by JeremytheIndian on June 6, 2006 at 10:40 AM (PDT)

2

does this play on the ipod or somthing

Posted by Jeremy Joyner on June 6, 2006 at 12:37 PM (PDT)

3

Cmon now, did you even bother reading the article? This game is clearly made for the Nintendo DS. And even without reading, just look at the pics. Does that even look like it can fit on the iPod’s screen?

Posted by Nobody on June 6, 2006 at 4:01 PM (PDT)

4

Can’t say enough for it either.  I beat the (main) game, and it’s still fun to replay to get the star coins.  It’s definitely a buy.

Posted by Dan (papayaninja) on June 6, 2006 at 4:41 PM (PDT)

5

since when is ilounge also dslounge??

Posted by formatc1702 on June 6, 2006 at 6:40 PM (PDT)

6

#######1702:

Since when does content posted on the “Backstage” area have to be strictly iPod related?

Posted by Cameron T. on June 7, 2006 at 11:56 AM (PDT)

7

since when is intimidated spelled intimated?
Sorry jeremy i dont care about typos but it was funny… good job pointing out this game it looks sweet… almost reason enough to buy a ds lite.

Posted by juano on June 7, 2006 at 9:42 PM (PDT)

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Actually the Mario and Luigi game isn’t co-op, it’s a versus mode involving (I believe) 5 looping stages in which the Mario brothers each try to get a certain number of stars before the other.

Having said that…I wish there was a freaking co-op.

Posted by Michael on June 8, 2006 at 1:27 AM (PDT)

9

Well as #######1702 put it, “since when is ilounge also dslounge??” So why is this on the ilounge if it’s not ipod related.

Posted by Jeremy Joyner on June 8, 2006 at 11:29 AM (PDT)

10

if it wasted your time to read a non-ipod related article on ilounge, how much more time did you waste by posting to complain about it?

Posted by jim on June 8, 2006 at 12:32 PM (PDT)

11

i’m not sure how down with this i can be if there is no tanooki suit

Posted by liam on June 19, 2006 at 2:38 AM (PDT)

12

We’ve been covering DS on Backstage since 2004. Welcome.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 21, 2006 at 7:31 AM (PDT)

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i’m usually not really a big fans of games, but i grew up with NES super mario bros. with all the commericals on tv about the new ds lite: lighter and brighter and only $129. i decided to pick one up for myself. i purchased the NSMB and i love it. i’ve been playing the game for 3 weeks straight. stilling trying to get to world 4…but i did complete the game. the ds lite and NSMB is awesome! brings back memories smile

Posted by fondoo on July 4, 2006 at 8:07 AM (PDT)

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how do u get on world 4

Posted by nathan on March 24, 2008 at 7:22 AM (PDT)

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