New Super Mario Bros. Reader Review
The Super Mario Brothers series makes a welcome return after its lengthly abscence to the Nintendo DS. Unlike Super Mario Sunshine or Super Mario 64 DS, Super Mario Brothers sticks to its 2d platforming roots and is all the better for it. The game starts with Mario out walking with Princess Peach when Bowser Jr. kidnappes her and it's your job to rescue the Princess and bring her back to the Mushroom Kingdom. Now, the story is more of the same but would you really want anything else in a typical Mario game? I woudn't and it dosen't really matter because the game is so good outright.
In total you'll have eight Worlds to conquer along the way. The Worlds are various and fans of previous games may notice the similarities of the Worlds now to the previous games like World 2 for example. You will also encounter different enemies from common goombas to flying koopas you'll have different types of enemies to take down throughout the game. A lot has been carried over from the previous versions like the excellent music. The sound is fantastic throughout the game as always with any Nintendo game. In this version you can only play as Mario which is dissaponting as I would have liked to play as Luigi aswell but it's no deal breaker. Anyway the game can frustrate you at times with the nature of the levels if you get all powerups, three hits and you die but because of this it will give you a sense of satisfaction when you finally master that level you've been trying to beat for ages. Outside of the main game you have minigames some that were featured in Super Mario 64 DS. The minigames create a nice diversion but the main game is much better.
You can finish Super Mario Bros in a few days which is short but unlike other games you will have incentive to go back and play through another time as the game is so great. Nintendo continue to be head and shoulders above the rest of games publishers as 20+ years on Mario is as fun to play as its ever been which is a testament to Nintendo and the quality of their games. What you get here is a gem of a game that is right up there with being one of the DS's best. You really owe it to yourself to play this, it's nothing new but it's still just as great to play as it ever was.
9 / 10