Published on November 28th, 2009 | by prime0
Super Mario Bros. Wii
Summary: Mario returns to the Wii, but this time he’s returning to his classic 2D roots to deliver a Mario gaming experience unlike any other. With up to four players and tons of extras, this is a game that simply cannot be missed.
Some people would argue that heading back to its two-dimensional roots for Super Mario Bros. Wii is a step backwards for Nintendo. Those people are wrong though, as the original Mario games are some of the most beautifully designed and playable games ever created. And we’re also pleased to say that this new Mario game is still as playable and ridiculously addictive as any Mario game that’s come before it.
As you’ll see from these shots, graphically it’s functional rather than groundbreaking. There’s the odd nice graphical touch – a torch effect being a highlight – but generally it looks very similar to New Super Mario Bros. on the DS. But that’s not where the similarities end, as the gameplay mechanics are also very familiar, too. The joy with Super Mario Bros. Wii is that any Mario fans will be right at home here, instantly able to pick up a controller and play, joining the action in seconds. You can still drop down through secret exits to bonus rooms, knock boxes to reveal coins, collect Star Coins and leap onto the flagpole at the end of each stage for a bonus life.
There is still plenty of innovation to be found here, though. Most importantly, is the four-player mode. You and up to three other friends can control an admittedly limited range of characters, where the sole aim is to the end of each stage. You can play cooperatively or you can fight to the virtual death, but there are no specific multiplayer game modes to speak of.
Usually, we were relieved to discover that all this additional multiplayer mayhem was not done at the expense of a riveting single-player mode, meaning that Super Mario Bros. Wii is pure distilled gaming genius, whether you’re playing on your own or with friends. Although playing with a few mates has the edge. Just. And the new multiplayer bonus games (Free For All and Coin Battles) dissolve hours at a shocking rate.
Super Mario Bros. Wii proves that, at the end of the day, gaming genius isn’t about flashy graphics, complex narratives or pointless gimmicks. Instead it’s about the gameplay and clever game design. Gameplay that grabs you from the moment you pick up the controller till that point several hours down the line when it has to be forcibly removed from your rigid claw-like hands.
This game may have a dimension less than most Wii games but it more than makes up for it in the other departments. Trust us, you simply have to own this game. Like, now.