Ray Reviews New Super Mario Bros. Wii

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

RayMy review of New Super Mario Bros. Wii is now available! It should be a fairly brisk read. Full Review

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14 Comments

  1. TheNinjaMouse says:

    Geez, it seemed like for every thing that Ray liked about the game, there was also something he didn’t like. By the end of the review, I was kinda surprised he gave it a 9.

    • Ray says:

      I always feel the reviews are boring if I just continually lavish praise – especially on elements most anybody can agree deserves the praise. I tried to focus more on opinions I had that would be less likely found in other reviews.

  2. MetaRidleyR27 says:

    Nice Review Ray! I agreed with most of your points, and found your few complaints to be legitimately warranted. Just one question, is that five gold stars, or five sparkling gold stars? There is a very subtle difference between the two. 😛

    • Ray says:

      They’re sparkling. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what they all mean. Anyone care to fill me in?

      • MetaRidleyR27 says:

        As far as I know, they are:

        1. Beat Bowser.
        2. Collect every star coin in Worlds 1 through 8.
        3. Finish every level, including all secret goals.
        4. Collect every star coin including World 9.
        5. Every dot on the world map is blue, including levels, cannons, and Toad houses.

        If you complete any or all of these requirements without ever seeing the Super Guide block, your stars will sparkle. There’s also a rumor that getting all five stars without ever dying will give you platinum stars, but I’m not too sure on that one.

      • Ray says:

        Thanks, MetaRidleyR27. I believe the platinum star rumor was debunked. I feel sorry for whoever deserved them.

  3. Highwater Trousers says:

    Besides the design choices and the other points you brought up, was there anything specific that you would have loved to see in this game? Something that could be considered a great improvement to the series? I’m not trying to nitpick or anything, I’m just curious.

    • Ray says:

      This is pretty out there, but I think there’s something to be had with a story in which Mario and Luigi are forced to team up with Wario and Waluigi for a 4-player game. Each one could have a slightly unique ability to them.

      But seeing that Nintendo’s just going for classic style gameplay, doing some cooler 3D tricks would have been nice. Something just as simple as the zooming around the characters when they finish a level (much like Galaxy’s ‘you got a star’ finish).

      Really, we just need some innovative new things never seen before. How about letting me ride on Birdo and shoot eggs, or what about brand new themed worlds? An entire level dedicated to mini-mario? Or maybe even playing as a Koopaling and attacking the Mushroom Palace?

      The ideas are pretty endless to me. There’s just way too much potential, so I understand the difficulty of keeping it focused, but this title doesn’t feel like it’s really trying for this.

      • Supersonic24 says:

        That’s the thing I hate about Nintendo. They always stick to the basics and very gradually improve. The worst part is, until now, their main franchises only had about 1 game per system. It takes FOREVER for a Nintendo series to evolve.

      • TheNinjaMouse says:

        Well, at least Nintendo understands what works in a series and sticks with it, rather than burdening a game with undeveloped gimmicks and unnecessary characters. *cough*SonicTeam*cough*

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