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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 198
  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:

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    Metroid Prime (Trilogy)
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    Resident Evil 4
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  2. JonathanF.
    Jul 3, 2008
    10
    This game is really fun. From the opening movie, through the first levels, it's very entertaining and exciting. It gets a bit tough in This game is really fun. From the opening movie, through the first levels, it's very entertaining and exciting. It gets a bit tough in the later worlds, but it's a good challenge. I think I'm going to go play right now! Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2011
    10
    Great game, got it for Christmas after receiving the Wii version last year. Have to say that it is much easier to control than the WiiGreat game, got it for Christmas after receiving the Wii version last year. Have to say that it is much easier to control than the Wii version, but I have to say that I didn't find this much of a challenge as I have already completed it and collected all the power stars, on all three of my save files. Meanwhile I still fail to jump over Super Bowsers fireballs in the last level of Wii. Expand
  4. AnonymousMC
    May 20, 2006
    9
    Right now there are two seperate old school platformers out there. One is sonic rush, the other is New Super Mario Bros. I'm not aRight now there are two seperate old school platformers out there. One is sonic rush, the other is New Super Mario Bros. I'm not a nintendo fanboy. I really like sonic games, but there's a huge difference between these two games. Sonic Rush simply gives us about twenty levels of more of the same. Rush is short and has nothing new to it. New super mario bros on the other hand successfully takes us back to the oldschool mario days while simultaniously adding tons of new , obsticles, power ups, and moves to the 2-D mario mix. The game consists of about 80 courses (much more levels than sonic rush) These additions work extrememly well with the oldschool mario world. Mario gets a few moves from super mario 64. You can wall jump, butt stomp, and do triple jumps. These new moves make mario as agile as he's ever been in a 2-D game. Then there's the new power ups. There's the Giant Mushroom power up (which is rare and hard to get) which allows you to grow to ten times your original size and for a short time obliterate the level. The shell power up puts a turtle shell on mario's back, and after a quick run you're bouncing around like a stray turtle shell. This power up is a bit unwieldly but once mastered it can be even more powerful than the classic fireball power up. The mini-shroom power up shrinks mario down to miniscule size allowing you to access different game areas, as well as allowing you to jump higher and walk on water. The bad thing about the mini-shroom is you die in one hit, and you must butt-stomp opponents in order to do damage. Some of the new obsticles are mushrooms that tilt sideways as you walk on them, platforms that toss you up into the air like a helecopter, pipes that shoot you out like a cannon, and puzzlles that require you to wall jump or have one of the new power ups in the game. There's more than one path in the game. You can unlock alternate paths by using star cions (simular to the yoshi coins from Super Mario World). Overall New Super Mario Bros. successfully mixes oldschool mario with newschool ideas to make the best mario game in a long long time. The only thing the game is missing is Yoshi. 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. Apr 4, 2022
    8
    Después de casi 10 anõs sin una entrega 2D Mario vuelve en ese juegazo para la DS! Fue tan bueno que Nintendo hasta el dia de hoy sigueDespués de casi 10 anõs sin una entrega 2D Mario vuelve en ese juegazo para la DS! Fue tan bueno que Nintendo hasta el dia de hoy sigue vendiendo mods de ese juego a 60 pavos, pero bueno una cosa no tiene que ver con la otra. Ese juego, el primero, si que estaba genial y era muy fresco en su momento. Expand
  7. Sep 20, 2022
    0
    Super Mario Bros is a very good game. It was developed by Nintendo in 1985. It’s one of the most easily accessible games as it’s available onSuper Mario Bros is a very good game. It was developed by Nintendo in 1985. It’s one of the most easily accessible games as it’s available on most devices. Super Mario Bros is also very simple and easy to get the hang of. This makes it a very good family friendly game as it’s suitable for most age ranges. Additionally, it’s enjoyable, there are many levels to complete meaning it’s also long lasting.
    It’s very well made, well-polished and has hardly any bugs in the code. In addition to this the characters are all very easily recognisable now and have become household name, adding a level of nostalgia to the game this makes it more appealing to people.
    Overall, I would definitely say this game is relatively good. Especially when you compare it to games made at the same time.
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