Video Game: New Super Mario Bros. 2

New Super Mario Bros 2 is the direct sequel to New Super Mario Bros. 1, following New Super Mario Bros. Wii in that regard, and the third overall game in the New Super Mario Bros. series. The first New Super Mario Bros. game was the side-scrolling Mario title for the Nintendo DS, just as New Super Mario Bros. Wii was for the Wii, and now New Super Mario Bros. 2 fills the same role for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the thirteenth Super Mario game in general.

Most notably, the game's existence was leaked in early 2012 among various (typically Nintendo-like) sales charts, as well as through a registered -- and vague -- domain name/HTML address as soon as in April in the same year. Later in the same month, Nintendo confirmed the game's actual title, as well as a worldwide near-simultaneous release date for August 2012.

The game features further throwbacks to Super Mario Bros. 3 (akin to Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7) — namely, Raccoon Mario's first polygonal appearancenote  (just as Super Mario 3D Land did the same for Tanooki Mario) as well as the classic P-Charge Bar featured in Super Mario Bros. 3. Reznor also appears as a boss in the tower stages.

But the big change in this game is the focus on coin collection. Mario is tasked with the optional, non-essential goal of collecting a million coins during his adventure, and new ways to earn money are everywhere, from golden enemies to Gold Fire Flowers that turn whatever the fireballs hit into coins.

The title was released on July 28th, 2012 in Japan (along with the Nintendo 3DS XL) and was released on August 18, 2012 and August 19, 2012 for Europe and North America, respectively. It is notably the first full retail game to become available as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop.

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New Super Mario Bros 2