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  • Summary: New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a traditional side-scrolling adventure game featuring Mario, Luigi and loads of other favorite characters from the popular Mario series. The game was created specifically as a pick-up-and-play experience that can be instantly enjoyed by players of all skill levelsNew Super Mario Bros. 2 is a traditional side-scrolling adventure game featuring Mario, Luigi and loads of other favorite characters from the popular Mario series. The game was created specifically as a pick-up-and-play experience that can be instantly enjoyed by players of all skill levels on the Nintendo 3DS system Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. 91
    With its well-balanced gameplay and the high long-term play value, New Super Mario Bros. 2 offers a nearly perfect Jump & Run experience. The levels and boss fights could be much more difficult.
  2. Aug 3, 2012
    85
    It is impossible not to be drawn in by the simple perfection of New Super Mario Bros 2's mechanics and level design – this is as pleasurable and effortless as 2D platforming gets. But it's also impossible not to be disappointed that it's over so quickly, and doesn't offer anything really new.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 14, 2012
    85
    New Super Mario Bros. 2's tricks may be old, but they are still some pretty darn good tricks. Length is one of the game's rare shortcomings. [Sept 2012]
  4. Aug 1, 2012
    80
    Whatever the case, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is an ideal second course for 3DS owners that enjoyed Super Mario 3D Land so much.
  5. Sep 5, 2012
    75
    Of course, New Super Mario Bros. 2 contains many elements at its core that are worth gold, but due to conformism, sometimes latent, is satisfied with not taking advantage of opportunities to worth more.
  6. Aug 26, 2012
    70
    Nothing on offer here is bad per se. It is very competent in all of the disciplines you'd expect a title with this pedigree to be competent in. But somewhere along the fast track into store shelves Mario's magic got lost. Coming out shortly after the much fresher and more inventive 3D Land didn't do it any favors. And as a successor, six years after the first NSMB, these little updates don't do enough to justify the '2' in the title. This might just be the first Mario game that has you playing it mostly because of twenty year old automatisms.
  7. Aug 8, 2012
    60
    This New Mario is more than ever a gold-hungry race. There's not much novelty there, but an almost shoot'em up like approach to patterns and skill in order to reach the goal of 1 million coins. But the game remains easy, and with the addition of a DLC policy, it seems like even Nintendo itself doesn't care that much anymore for pushing the boundaries of game design and appearing different.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 195
  1. Aug 21, 2012
    10
    This is really the definition of fun, through the entire game you are experiencing pure joy until the sad day when you beat the game and thinkThis is really the definition of fun, through the entire game you are experiencing pure joy until the sad day when you beat the game and think well this really was a one in a life time experience, though it won't because thanks to the dlc you could get more juice out of the awesome gem called NSMB2. Expand
  2. Jun 6, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game gives you the chance to understand how to play I mean that -if you download the DLC course packs in the Coin Rush mode- you will face the toughest levels ever in the history of the Super Mario Series and you will be able to play 30 more levels and try to get the highest score amount of coins by playing it as many times you want to boost the coins bar. Also, you earn achievements if you reach the total of 1,000,000 and 9,999,999 coins collected, which is an other reason to make you want play the game -achievements-. What's more, you enjoy for first time 3D game graphics in real, which is so influential! However, a disadvantage is that there are no mini games, like in the first New Super Mario Bros. Expand
  3. Mar 16, 2014
    9
    This game is pretty easy compared to other New Super Mario games, and plays it pretty safe by not innovating on much, but coin rush isThis game is pretty easy compared to other New Super Mario games, and plays it pretty safe by not innovating on much, but coin rush is addicting. despite the low difficulty of the main story, its still fun. I'm a sucker for platformers and mario games in general, so I really enjoyed it. Expand
  4. Feb 4, 2018
    8
    A good game with some okay level design, and some good level design. The textures feel decent and the controls are pretty spot on. The game isA good game with some okay level design, and some good level design. The textures feel decent and the controls are pretty spot on. The game is very easy and short, within under 8 hours I was on the last world. While the game lasts, it is fun and some level ideas are great and some haunted house ideas are amazing. However, due to the length and (some) level design I will give this an 8/10. Expand
  5. Feb 1, 2015
    7
    Graphically this is a very improved version of the original, though it feels a copy from the Wii version. If you asked me whether I'd be happyGraphically this is a very improved version of the original, though it feels a copy from the Wii version. If you asked me whether I'd be happy to play any decent Wii game in a handheld or not my response would be instant; yes. So we have New Super Mario Bros 2. Comparing with the original DS release the improvement is absurd, especially graphically. Gameplay-wise it's all the same with Mario moving around in that loosy style opposed to the tight controls of Super Mario World and the NES titles.

    I'll advocate this until the end of time, Mario must have tight controls, the wall slamming should be well executed to work. Learning curve on some advance techniques should be extended, Another derivative game like this from Mario I won't be able to endure. The bonus mini-games are fun, for like 10 minutes, That's all.
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  6. Oct 24, 2019
    6
    If you have 3DS/2DS, and wondering if you should get this or Super Mario 3D Land, definitely get Super Mario 3D Land. While this is not a badIf you have 3DS/2DS, and wondering if you should get this or Super Mario 3D Land, definitely get Super Mario 3D Land. While this is not a bad game, this game can only be mediocre at best. Still if you want some Mario platformer and have already finish 3D Land, this is not a bad choice, just very mediocre. Expand
  7. Qat
    Apr 27, 2022
    0
    Ce jeu est un jeu important de mon enfance. Malgré cela, il est pour moi le pire mario auquel j’ai joué. Même PMSS est bien meilleur. LesCe jeu est un jeu important de mon enfance. Malgré cela, il est pour moi le pire mario auquel j’ai joué. Même PMSS est bien meilleur. Les musiques sont les mêmes que sur la wii, les powerups sont quasiment identiques, tout est copié collé. Nul. Expand

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