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  • Summary: The first new 2D Mario platformer since Super Mario World has arrived. Boasting "incredible" 3D graphics to accompany classic 2D gameplay, this fast-paced adventure will have Mario fans cheering as they make their way over fields, under water, through castles and into the air. New andThe first new 2D Mario platformer since Super Mario World has arrived. Boasting "incredible" 3D graphics to accompany classic 2D gameplay, this fast-paced adventure will have Mario fans cheering as they make their way over fields, under water, through castles and into the air. New and familiar enemies are everywhere, not to mention "mind-blowing" challenges made possible by the dual screens of the Nintendo DS. Not only that, but players can link wirelessly with a friend to play as both Mario and Luigi in multiplayer mode. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 62 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. As pure a game as you could ever wish to play. Adrenaline, frustration, addiction and the largest hunk of retro gaming pleasure that you could purchase. If you own a DS, and you don’t even give this a chance, you might as well get your consoles listed on eBay. Give up. Buy it. Now.
  2. 95
    Before New Super Mario Bros. entered my life, "Yoshi's Island" was, to me, the greatest platformer ever created. That title may now have to go to New Super Mario Bros.
  3. Never slowing down, never faltering: New Super Mario Bros. redoes the past with new action and some new surprises, once more in retro-materialized gold. Whether you're from the old school or a student of the new school, you're going to love New Super Mario Bros. no matter what.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    90
    Old school 2D works just as well as it did 15 years ago. The difficulty level is set too low, but even if you rush through the game, there is still loads to explore afterwards. [Aug 2006, p.50]
  5. 90
    Simply the best platformer to be released on any handheld.
  6. New Super Mario Bros. is a solid platformer and a nice homage to the Mario series, but it's not Mario's big return to 2D gameplay like everyone thought it would be.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    Nintendo sweetened the pot with what feel like dozens of mini-games, and you're liable to find two or three that can hold your attention. [Sept. 2006, p.81]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 176
  1. Jan 4, 2011
    10
    I love this game - especially the wireless multiplayer! My brother and I laugh so hard because it is so good - the BEST multiplayer I haveI love this game - especially the wireless multiplayer! My brother and I laugh so hard because it is so good - the BEST multiplayer I have ever played!

    Here's my Top 50 games of all time:

    The Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past
    Super Metroid
    The Legend of Zelda
    Metroid Prime (Trilogy)
    Banjo-Kazooie
    Resident Evil 4
    Tetris DS
    Words with Friends (Scrabble)
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Mike Tysonâ
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  2. Jessica
    Sep 9, 2008
    10
    As the last game I played constantly before I bought my DS, this game truly made me one of the happiest people, period. It reminded me that As the last game I played constantly before I bought my DS, this game truly made me one of the happiest people, period. It reminded me that games could be interesting. The story remains the same, save Princess Peach from Bowser and Bowser Jr. Nintendo seems to make fun of itself by sending you through about 20 castles to eventually save her and at the end of the credits, hint at a new game. Nintendo adds Star Coins which unlock special items, extra lives and eventually new skins for the menu screen. Overall, amazing game! Expand
  3. Feb 16, 2012
    10
    The single-player mode is the most challenging I have ever played in a Mario game, and the wireless multiplayer works well, too. DefinitelyThe single-player mode is the most challenging I have ever played in a Mario game, and the wireless multiplayer works well, too. Definitely one of the best DS games I have ever played. Expand
  4. AnonymousMC
    May 28, 2006
    9
    Great game, really fun, a bit on the short side but that may be because one feels compelled to just keep playing. DS-centric gameplay is keptGreat game, really fun, a bit on the short side but that may be because one feels compelled to just keep playing. DS-centric gameplay is kept at a minimum to keep the classic mario feel. Power ups are kind of weak, fire power is still the all around best you can get, turtle outfit is useless outside of swimming stages, and giant mushroom is only usefull on certain stages. Still a totally awesome game and very easy to recomend for purchase with excellent replay value, and plenty of side distractions. I just wish it lasted longer! Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2020
    9
    A great return to the classics with interesting new powerups and an intriguing level design that makes for a fun end enjoyable game all theA great return to the classics with interesting new powerups and an intriguing level design that makes for a fun end enjoyable game all the way through. The multiplayer is fantastic, and the minigames are fun and addicting. Definitely the best of all of the New Super Mario Bros. games. Expand
  6. Sep 14, 2019
    8
    The return of the 2d mario platformers is a very underrated game. I think this is due to the overload of 'New' Super Mario Bros games inThe return of the 2d mario platformers is a very underrated game. I think this is due to the overload of 'New' Super Mario Bros games in recent years. If you (somehow) forget all of those and the legacy they created, this games is really enjoyable. I think the artisic choice works, especially for this game being a handheld platformer. The level design could provide a bit more challenge, but in saying that there are some tough levels as the game goes on. The soundtrack is the best in the 'new' series and had an original feel before the other 'new' games came out - the bowsers castle/boss theme song is an underrated gem. It also had some fantastic, memorable minigames and multiplayer modes which really gave this game some more life and worth. So, even though this game isn't as good as past 2d Mario platformers such as Mario bros 3 and Mario world, it still holds up today and is a great purchase for the DS system Expand
  7. Jan 14, 2021
    4
    [First paragraph is all about how I review games, and not the actual review]
    I want to start off by saying a five to me is an average game. I
    [First paragraph is all about how I review games, and not the actual review]
    I want to start off by saying a five to me is an average game. I feel like the current review score is outdated since you never see games get a five. if you see a big release game get a 6 for example, you know something went wrong with the game. I think that it's silly to have half the scale that you never use. So for example I rate my games somewhere along the lines of 1-3; Bad, unfunctional, or just not for me. 4-6, an average game, has clear flaws yet also clear upsides. 7-9, mainly great through and through. I only give 10's to a select few games. They have to have impacted me, or the larger gaming scene in a major way yet still be a game I would otherwise give a 9 off of quality, even when ignoring the impact it has made. I think reviewing games like this are far better than the current system, which can often blur the lines for consumers on how good a game actually is, and my hope is that over time these companies will start to do something like this too. Or even better yet, get rid of scores entirely and just write a review summarizing your experience with the game. I really only do scores on metacritic because you have to and it helps me compare other games I’ve reviewed on metacritic to each other.

    [Actually talking about the game]
    New Super Mario Bros, was the first game I’ve ever played. For that, it will always have a special place in my heart. With that being said, if I want to review this game properly I have to let go of nostalgia for the time being and do a critical examination of how this game holds up, the game being compared to other platformers past and present, and much much more.
    When New Super Mario Bros (NSMB) released, it was made to bring back 2d Mario to its former glory. At the time it came out, it definitely changed the way Mario used to play. What this led to in the future was a stagnant period for Mario where almost nothing changed at all between the 2d games. NSMB is the most creative of the “New” games, yet in comparison to other platformers it is basic. The worlds feel generic, even when the game comes out, and it is a very easy game. Now, games don’t have to be backbreaking difficulty for me to enjoy them, but I do need a good sense of difficulty progression, which I feel this game lacks.The music is really forgettable on the whole as well. Not all is bad though, because the boss designs are great. A boss designed around the area inhabited is always nice, and this game does it better than most in the 2d mario series. Having to fight a mole in a tank, a cloud koopa that was then put into Mario Galaxy, and a pokey while mini mario, are all cool bosses. Speaking of mini Mario, I love the idea of beating a boss while handicaped get you to the secret world’s. It’s an unexpected, but welcome choice that I haven’t seen many games do.
    Now, how does this game compare to other platformers? The best place to start off is it’s direct lineage. Comparing this to Mario 3 and World, this game really does not compare. The controls and level designs of the old games outmatch NSMB in almost every way. The classic Music outmatches the “New” games also. Now with that, how does it compare to newer 2d Mario games. I think it's the best out of those games. It is the most creative of those games and has the most replayability. Going outside the Mario series, it’s behind most of the pack. Out of some of the games I've played over the recent years, I would recommend many other platformers before this one. Sonic Mania, brings back sonic to its roots and probably even beyond what it was at at its peak. Shovel Knight has some of the best character design and gameplay around. DKC Tropical freeze is insanely creative and has some of the best level design around. Celeste has an impactful story and endless potential for replayability/speedrunning. This isn’t all to show NSMB is a bad game, it’s not. Creating a platformer is probably the hardest genre to be successful in for the fact of the sheer quality and quantity there are in the industry. So I think in the grand scheme of things this game falls in the middle of the roads for platformers. It clearly doesn't outclass the games I named above, yet it doesn't reach the lows of other platformers around.
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