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A Fresh Dose Of New Super Mario Bros. Wii For Your Weekend

Screenshots! Video! Ice flowers!

Last week I got a delightful hour of hands-on time with New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Oh, you didn't read it? It's cool, I'll wait for you. Please, go ahead. 
 
I only urge you to read my hard work because, after feasting your eyes upon these new assets Nintendo has released for the game, you might not bother reading at all.  

 

  
 

 
Seriously, the preview makes a nice companion piece to these assets! Validate my hard work, won't you? 
 
While you're at it, how are you feeling about this game? It's only a month away, hitting retail on Nov. 15 in the U.S. and all. Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad

Last week I got a delightful hour of hands-on time with New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Oh, you didn't read it? It's cool, I'll wait for you. Please, go ahead. 
 
I only urge you to read my hard work because, after feasting your eyes upon these new assets Nintendo has released for the game, you might not bother reading at all.  

 

  
 

 
Seriously, the preview makes a nice companion piece to these assets! Validate my hard work, won't you? 
 
While you're at it, how are you feeling about this game? It's only a month away, hitting retail on Nov. 15 in the U.S. and all.
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Posted by Fallen189

PENGUIN SUIT WAT

Posted by august

I know it's dumb, but I wish they went back to sprites for stuff like this. The last 2d Mario game that actually looked like a Mario game to me was World.
 
The suits and ice flowers are pretty awesome though.

Posted by SJSchmidt93

Can't wait for this. 
 
It'll be my fourth Wii game I get, 50% of them will be Mario. :P

Posted by Seraphim84

This is gonna be 100%'ed in one sitting, just like the DS version.  I guarantee it

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

I just wish it had online play. Everyone I know that lives in my area is off in Iraq. I would love to be able to play this on four players with my friends that live elsewhere.

Posted by eroticfishcake

This looks SUPER!
 
I wish the boot was back though.

Posted by GunnBjorn

Man, so many great games that come out on different platforms. 
Makes me wish i owned them all.
Posted by Willy105
@august said:
" I know it's dumb, but I wish they went back to sprites for stuff like this. The last 2d Mario game that actually looked like a Mario game to me was World.  The suits and ice flowers are pretty awesome though. "
That's nostalgia. The new gamers today (all 8 billion of them) will see this as the real Mario.
Posted by warbadger

Most certainly, yes

Posted by august
@Willy105 said:
" @august said:
" I know it's dumb, but I wish they went back to sprites for stuff like this. The last 2d Mario game that actually looked like a Mario game to me was World.  The suits and ice flowers are pretty awesome though. "
That's nostalgia. The new gamers today (all 8 billion of them) will see this as the real Mario. "
We counting gamers on other planets now?
Posted by TripMasterMunky

Looks fun, but I won't get it. Probably be pretty short like the DS version. But I'll take 2D Mario over 3D Mario anyday.

Posted by BRG9000

God, Nintendo is going to make another killing on this. And my money's gonna be in their pocket just like everyone else's.

Posted by circle_of_iron

I'm soooo looking forward to this game.  Some awesome 2D Mario is where it's at!

Posted by Dalai

Ah yes, the way Mario should be!  This could be my GOTY of 2009.

Posted by spiceninja

Wasn't the ice flower in Mario Galaxy?

Posted by JackSukeru

Still looks great. Makes me wish I knew someone who didn't suck at Mario games.

Posted by Turbo_Toaster

Yoshi :3

Posted by Lonely_Ogre

Hmmm...not sure, looks kinda gimpy, like something's missing. Doesn't look as solid as the original 2d games. I'll keep an eye on it, but probably won't get it anytime soon. I agree with august, I would like to see some sprites return. The models look disappointingly boring in their 3d rendition.

Posted by Teptom

I can't wait for this game.

Posted by Masonvd

Can't say I'm to excited, it looks like they took 90% of the resources straight from NSMB, even the music.

Posted by TerraDelu

I think it will be great. A big thing for me though isn't just playing through and getting 100% (which will happen, I'm sure) but getting my friends and family that haven't played games since the SNES to play with me again. I know it's cheesy, but it's true. As a side note, as mentioned before by someone else, this is really only the 4th or 5th game I will have bought for my Wii. Booo.

Posted by Diamond

When I think of material real things that the original NSMB lacked and this seems to lack the list is really short.  One thing does stand way out, the music.  The New Super Mario Bros theme is horrible, I hate it.  This game is filled with remixes of it too.  When I think about the songs I've loved in Mario games, each of the GOOD Mario games of the past had at least a handful of completely original and AMAZING songs, songs I'd sing along to and still enjoy.  Now even the better songs are just remixes.  I don't know who wrote those original Mario songs but they need to get that guy to come up with some good new works.  Give him time...
 
Maybe New Super Mario Bros on DS lacked something more, I think it did, but I can't think of anything too major.  The old Mario games introduced innovative game mechanics each time, and while newer Mario games still do this, the concepts are more derivative than they used to be.  SMB3 - suits, the map, warp whistle, koopa kids, all sorts of great stuff.  SMW - Yoshi, the fences you grabbed onto, crazy SNES style effects, better secrets on the map...  Yoshi's Island - all sorts of advanced 2D effects, throwing eggs, all sorts of new gameplay mechanics.  Mario64 - analog control & fully 3D world.  Super Mario Sunshine - the FLUDD?  Seriously?

Posted by LordKorax

Nothing screams quality like cheesy synth chorus hits.

Posted by SoothsayerGB

Damn looks good.  Just to bad I'm not buying that crap console.

Posted by mrsmiley

Looks fun. Good to see them going back to what made Mario great: 4 people playing at once and running into each oth-
 
WAITAMINUTE!!!!!

Posted by Famov
@SoothsayerGB said:
"Damn looks good.  Just to bad I'm not buying that crap console. "

Your loss. 
 
This game? Day one. I've already got the money set aside.
Posted by Willy105
@august said:
" @Willy105 said:
" @august said:
" I know it's dumb, but I wish they went back to sprites for stuff like this. The last 2d Mario game that actually looked like a Mario game to me was World.  The suits and ice flowers are pretty awesome though. "
That's nostalgia. The new gamers today (all 8 billion of them) will see this as the real Mario. "
We counting gamers on other planets now? "
Nah, just outside the internet.
Posted by august
@Willy105 said:
" @august said:
" @Willy105 said:
" @august said:
" I know it's dumb, but I wish they went back to sprites for stuff like this. The last 2d Mario game that actually looked like a Mario game to me was World.  The suits and ice flowers are pretty awesome though. "
That's nostalgia. The new gamers today (all 8 billion of them) will see this as the real Mario. "
We counting gamers on other planets now? "
Nah, just outside the internet. "
Okay... let me back up here just a second. I'll try to keep this simple.
 
You do realize that there are less than seven billion human beings alive at  the moment. Right?
Posted by Hailinel

This game looks like it's going to be a blast.  They had a playable version on the show floor at PAX.  I can't wait to get my hands on the whole thing.

Posted by Metroid545

looks like its time to bust out that crappy old wii

Posted by Boom_goes_the_dynamite

Idk, I'm not too excited for this.  I know I should be excited but I just feel *meh* towards it, but I will definitely have to try it.  But what I really want to see Nintendo make is a DK or Yoshi centric game that isn't racing or bongos.  Something like the original DK games and something like Yoshi story, nothing against mario but when was the last time we had something like I just said from Nintendo?

Posted by Al3xand3r

Meh, the super skills video is far better but all the outlets choose to show this instead... even though super skills is right in the front page of the official website...

Posted by jamescheong

Anyone else think a side scrolling Mario loses all charm when it's done with 3d assets? Meh.

Posted by The_jewish_lord
@koi said:
"Anyone else think a side scrolling Mario loses all charm when it's done with 3d assets? Meh. "

yeh
Posted by Claude

The one that scares me about this game is the focus on multiplayer. My friends that visit don't play games like this, they're more of the Wii Sports Resort crowd. I'll just have to wait and see what the single player offers before I buy.

Posted by The_jewish_lord
@Claude said:
"The one that scares me about this game is the focus on multiplayer. My friends that visit don't play games like this, they're more of the Wii Sports Resort crowd. I'll just have to wait and see what the single player offers before I buy. "

maybe?
Posted by madder128

:D can't wait for this
Posted by The_jewish_lord
@madder128 said:
":D can't wait for this "

that is fuckin wonderful
Posted by Coleslaw893

Can't freaking wait. Been waiting for a SMB game on a console since I was 5.

Posted by The_jewish_lord
@Coleslaw893 said:
"Can't freaking wait. Been waiting for a SMB game on a console since I was 5. "

dont lie. no one played vgs at 5 years old.
Posted by Cornman89

I don't get it. I'm totally cool with the Bombcast crew and other people being psyched about this game, but... I still don't get it. I REALLY don't get it.

Posted by RHCPfan24

This looks like a fun, happy game. I may need that in between all the violence of MW2 and Uncharted. Also, what happened to Mario Galaxy 2? I thought that was a holiday release but apparently not.

Posted by HeavyMental

the music is aweful
and why 2 toads damn it ....

Posted by Blair

I can't fucking wait.
 
I ALWAYS appreciate your work, Brad.
 
Much love and much respect, buddy.

Edited by Kajaah117
@koi said:

" Anyone else think a side scrolling Mario loses all charm when it's done with 3d assets? Meh. "

A little, yeah. I'm OK with the look, but I can't help but wonder how good it would look if it got the Wario Land: Shake It treatment. High-res 2D assets are awesome!
 
@Claude said:
" The one that scares me about this game is the focus on multiplayer. My friends that visit don't play games like this, they're more of the Wii Sports Resort crowd. I'll just have to wait and see what the single player offers before I buy. "

I'd imagine it'll be like Smash Bros. Brawl campaign, except obviously better. There will be a few things here and there you'll only be able to access with a partner, but for the most part you can play alone without missing out on anything significant. At least I hope that's how it will work out.
Posted by Coleslaw893
@The_jewish_lord said:
" @Coleslaw893 said:
"Can't freaking wait. Been waiting for a SMB game on a console since I was 5. "
dont lie. no one played vgs at 5 years old. "
I really hope that was sarcasm. I know a kid who started playing games at age 3.
Posted by shaun832
@Coleslaw893 said:
" @The_jewish_lord said:
" @Coleslaw893 said:
"Can't freaking wait. Been waiting for a SMB game on a console since I was 5. "
dont lie. no one played vgs at 5 years old. "
I really hope that was sarcasm. I know a kid who started playing games at age 3. "
Just ignore him. He's been spamming stupid replies on the forums for the past hour or so.
Posted by Bartman3010

So wait, whats the difference in the Ice Flower and the Penguin Suit? Do penguins get to do some extra motion-controller related moves?

Posted by Dalai

Total nostalgia porn.  Love it!

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