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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. 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: 12 out of 161
  1. noahl
    Dec 28, 2009
    10
    i love 4 player it is just so hectic because everyone is screaming why the **** did you kill me
  2. Jul 30, 2016
    10
    I think this game much better, then WiiU version. Cool levels, cool power-ups, much-more hardcore and one of the best final bosses of allI think this game much better, then WiiU version. Cool levels, cool power-ups, much-more hardcore and one of the best final bosses of all Mario history. Expand
  3. 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
  4. LudwigV.
    Nov 28, 2009
    9
    Everything promised was delivered. 1 player is fun, 4 player is hectic, 2 players is perfect. The levels all offer new things, generally Everything promised was delivered. 1 player is fun, 4 player is hectic, 2 players is perfect. The levels all offer new things, generally something from an old game, coupled with an original concept. This game has enough variety to be 3X as long as it is without getting boring, but that's just not Nintendo's style. After playing through a level, I found it easy to remember which one was which; none of them were too similar. My only true complaint would be the lack of reward for doing everything. You get to unlock bits and pieces of world 9 if you collect all the star coins in each world, but collecting everything in world 9 gets you...some short fanfare, and a message that says you've done everything. Kinda anticlimatic, but Mario games have always been about the journey more than the destination. Expand
  5. Jul 19, 2013
    8
    It could seem like an old idea, but when you play the game for the first time in Wii, the first thing that you say it will be: why nobody didIt could seem like an old idea, but when you play the game for the first time in Wii, the first thing that you say it will be: why nobody did that before?Playing the classic with three friends more never was this funny. A lot of levels, bright difficulty level, from taking a walk to trying to not step into the lava... Really good game, could be a bit better technically or have more modes if you want a perfect game, but is great as it is. Expand
  6. Mar 31, 2018
    7
    This is the best Mario game. Everything has been thought through and there are tonnes of fun things that can be done with the Wii controller.
  7. AGuyWithAnActualOpinion
    Jan 22, 2010
    0
    This is the worst Mario game to have ever been created since Super Mario 3. Do yourself a favor and get Mario Party 8 instead of this if you This is the worst Mario game to have ever been created since Super Mario 3. Do yourself a favor and get Mario Party 8 instead of this if you want a REAL Mario game. Expand

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