Back in the day New Super Mario Bros.
was first released, it was an ambitious, yet successful attempt at a Genre Throwback
to old-school Super Mario Bros.
titles. The fact there would be a sequel was only the first in a long line of rejoice-inducing
elements that come back for this series and its modern take on classic Mario side-scrollers.
- NSMBW marks the return of the Koopalings to official 2-D Mario platformers (in between this game and Super Mario World, they were in Hotel Mario and Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga and were going to be in Super Princess Peach). Also, this marks the first time they appeared alongside Bowser Jr., and many people were happy for that, too.
- Not to mention, Yoshi, Kamek, the difficulty... hell, there was practically a new one every time a new preview went up.