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  • Summary: New Super Mario Bros. Wii offers a combination of cooperation and competition. Players can pick each other up to save them from danger or toss them into it. Mario, Luigi and two Toads are all playable characters, while many others from the Mushroom Kingdom make appearances throughout theNew Super Mario Bros. Wii offers a combination of cooperation and competition. Players can pick each other up to save them from danger or toss them into it. Mario, Luigi and two Toads are all playable characters, while many others from the Mushroom Kingdom make appearances throughout the game. Players can even ride different Yoshi characters and use their tongues to swallow enemies, items and even balls of fire. In some areas, players use the motion abilities of the Wii Remote controller. The first player to reach a seesaw might make it tilt to help his or her character reach a higher platform - or might maike it tilt incorrectly just to mess with other players. New items include the propeller suit, which will shoot players high into the sky with just a shake of the Wii Remote, and Mario’s new ability to transform into Penguin Mario. At the end of each stage during the coin battle multiplayer mode, players are ranked based on the number of coins they have collected. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. 100
    A truly great Mario title and a bold and brilliant new multiplayer direction for the series. Buy it now!
  2. The Wii may be more focused in hooking in a new generation of easy-going players, but for Nintendo fans from the early days, this game was made for you.
  3. Whether you buy this game for the excellent single player or as the perfect platforming battle for the friends you’re ready to lose (as it can get more than a little combative), this is one of the games I didn’t know I needed for my Wii. Unless you completely hate the original Mario games or you only play games in 3D, this is a must-buy for Wii owners.
  4. NSMBW is a stunning game in single-player, and a chaotic barrel of light-hearted laughs in multiplayer, accessible to beginners while truly challenging to long-term fans. Well done, Nintendo.
  5. New Super Mario Bros Wii is a fun game, plain and simple.
  6. Play Magazine
    85
    Can a game be worth purchasing without being brilliant? It depends on your wallet. The first few hours of multiplayer are going to be worth the sticker price, but the rest of the game is nearly inaccessible for four simultaneous gamers.
  7. The lack of a strong concept in this game brings that decades-old sameness to the fore and makes New SMB Wii the least essential Mario title to date.

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  1. Negative: 15 out of 200
  1. Oct 5, 2010
    10
    When the only negative reviews are saying "It's too hard"..you know it's really really good Mario. This is the best 2D platformer of the 00's.When the only negative reviews are saying "It's too hard"..you know it's really really good Mario. This is the best 2D platformer of the 00's. It is a joy to play and I can't recommend it enough. 16 million and going..the game is a blast!. Deserves a A+ for the brilliant gameplay. I love the graphics, esp. the enemies and Mario's animations. The Koopalings are back from Mario 3 and Mario World. Just buy it..lol. Expand
  2. DannyLy
    Dec 16, 2009
    10
    It has been well over a decade now that a side scrolling Mario game has been made. This new one takes the best elements from all previous It has been well over a decade now that a side scrolling Mario game has been made. This new one takes the best elements from all previous Mario games we love and enjoy so much, and now bringing it to the modern day for a new generation to experience. Combining classic platforming with modern day technology is an ingredient for new comers and older gamers to come together and play united. Expand
  3. Nov 1, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. New Super Mario Bros. Wii works in many ways and I'm very impressed. You can play as Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, or Blue Toad to play. Of course, Princess Peach is captured by Bowser and you have to save her by going through 8 worlds and beating Bowser and his kids. Here's a description of each world:
    World 1: The enjoyable and easy grassland world with Princess Peach's castle in it. Enemy: Larry.
    World 2: The desert world that is a bit harder than World 1. Not really hard and partly enjoyable. Enemy: Roy.
    World 3: A fun snowy world that is easy and very enjoyable. Enemy: Lemmy.
    World 4: The beach world. I personally hate the beach world the most because you have to go under water in some levels and enemies like purple cheep cheeps are down there and I hate them. Enemy: Wendy O.
    World 5: The poisonous jungle world. I love this world a lot. A bit hard and super fun. Enemy: Iggy.
    World 6: The mountains world. Partly hard and partly fun. Enemy: Morton Jr.
    World 7: The sky/cloud world. Quite fun and in between easy and hard. Enemy: Ludwig Von.
    World 8: The volcano/lava world. This world has Bowser's castle in it. Mostly hard. Enemy: Bowser.
    After completing those worlds, you continue to World 9 which is a star world.
    Overall, New Super Mario Bros. Wii is an excellent game that I recommend.
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  4. Mar 15, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is heaps of fun to play! It's one of those games that you can sit down with your friends playing for hours, trying to get every last coin, star, and powerup. The multiplayer is really solid, the level design is great, and the graphics are, well, Mario. Although it's not the hardest game in the world, you will need to replay levels over and over to get it perfect. And that's just it. The replayability is one of the best parts of the game. There are some levels of this game that you can play as many as ten times in a row, and not get bored of. However, the best experience is when you're playing with two other people away from everything else in the world. Just sheer Mario, super-fun, platforming gameplay. So, if you're looking for a super fun game to play, buy this for ten bucks somewhere.
    (Although, and as much of a Mario fan as I am, I find games like Super Meat Boy to be more fun. If only that game had multiplayer.)
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  5. Oct 2, 2012
    8
    This game is about Mario the main player (which you play if player one) and you have to save the princess, Mario
  6. Dec 6, 2020
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I didn't remember much of my experience with this game when I played it 9 years ago and I was 7 years old. Now that I finally decided to play it again thanks to a friend of mine, I can say I had a pretty good time. However, it's nothing amazing.

    The ideas introduced in this game tend to either work or don't. The Propeller Mushroom and Penguin Suit are cool, but other power-ups like the Ice Flower seem redundant (since Penguin Suits are utilized almost just as much) and the Mini Mushroom are super underutilized as opposed to the DS game. I'm also not a big fan of the level design. My least favorite levels tend to be gimmicky, like the ones where you tilt the Wii Remote. Unlike games like Super Mario Galaxy, where they managed to make this fun, (in my opinion) they aren't fun at all here. The Multiplayer just outright failed. You already know why.

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii doesn't really feel very inspired if you ask me, as it just takes a big bite out of the DS game. However, this game at least does enough to stand out from it. (Which is something I can't say for any other New Super Mario Bros. game after it) This is the first Super Mario game that didn't entirely have its own identity.

    The good parts of this game are legitimately pretty good though, and the highlight for me has to be the final boss, where Bowser grows huge and attempts to kill Mario in cold blood as he tries to escape him. The presentation is nothing to write home about, but the graphics look decent, and the soundtrack is perfectly average. (With the exception of the Staff Roll and some of the World 8 themes, those are great)

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a good game, but there are Mario games I would choose over it. I will admit that this is one of the better New Super Mario Bros. games.
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  7. Oct 17, 2020
    0
    No me deja iniciar cuando se inició comenzar y me aburrí está mi sobrevalorado está saga ojalá se pueda Nintendo por este timo que para mí esNo me deja iniciar cuando se inició comenzar y me aburrí está mi sobrevalorado está saga ojalá se pueda Nintendo por este timo que para mí es el mayor tomos de la historia Expand

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