Reviews: New Super Mario Bros

A decent series that has unfortunately overstayed its welcome

New Super Mario Bros is a series of platformer games made by Nintendo in the mid-late 2000's. Seen as successors to their classic Mario platformer lineup from the NES/SNES era, while they were financially successful and were hardly bad games, they overall leave a lot to be desired in terms of design. It's too bad, because the first game was rather good and creative, at least compared to the sequels. It was about as "New" as New Super Mario Bros. was going to get.

The single biggest issue with this series is that contrary to its title says, there is very little "New" about the New Super Mario Bros. series. It is very repetitive and uncreative through four (five if you count Luigi U). The games are so interchangeable you're better off just playing one game, and leaving it at that. The enemies are all the same, the graphics are all the same, the plot is all the same, the gimmicks are all the same, the music is all the same. Everything is the same in this series.

For successors to the classic 2D Marios, I can't help but be disappointed in the constant re-hashing the New series does. The Game Boy Mario games were more creative and had more spirit than the New series.

That said, these are still decent games worth a look. They have good level design, good control, the very basics of what makes games good, but they're not all-time classics.

New? Where is the new? I don't see any new, Do you?

Ok, so Mario manages to get his girlfriend kidnapped by Bowser and family for the 100th time. Mario goes to a grass world, and then to desert world and beach, ice, and jungle, or mountain in any order and then there is the sky and lava where Mario fights Bowser....along the why he fights the koopalings who are easy and take only 3 hits oh and mario might run into a boo hous..and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Yeah, this is my problem with the series. The only one that tries to be "new" is the Wii one with it's multiplayer. Other than that, it just a rehash of basic world themes with forgettable levels. It feels the same. This is a problem since the older Mario games played and looked different from each other and they tried new stuff. The New Super Mario Bros games, however seem content with playing the Nostalgia Card and assuming that gamers would be too entranced by nostalgia to overlook the fact the games are mediocre at best games that can't hold a candle to say Mario World or Mario Bros 3.

If you want a platformer in the modern ages, go get Little Big Planet 2 Donkey Kong Country Returns and Tropical Freeze, or the two Rayman games. If not, then there is a whole library of platformers in the past that could provide a much better and satsfying experience that New Super Mario Bros can't provide.

These games are just mediocre forgettable games designed to appeal to nostalgia and nothing more.
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