Earlier this week the HUGE gaming conference, E3, took place here in the US. Among the announcements by Nintendo was a game that is essentially a Wii upgrade of a DS classic: New Super Mario Bros. For those who don’t know, New Super Mario Bros. is a game that hearkens back to the roots of a Mario side-scrolling adventure.
This new-ish title uses similar graphics, but, on a larger scale. It also allows for four-player simultaneous play on the Wii. Mario and Luigi are joined by two toads of different colors–one yellow, and one blue. Yoshis were also added to the game play, something that has been lacking in Mario’s recent adventures.
All four characters enter the stage, and play through at their own pace. The Wii allows this by scrolling the screen outwards, as the characters separate from each other. Each player can play to help the others, or for their own ends, by grabbing coins and power-ups before anyone else has a chance.
Two power-ups have been added to the repretoire, including the Propeller Suit, which allows a gain in jumping abilities–and a slowed decent, and the Penguin Suit, which allows the wearer to slide along icy pathways and shoot frozen Ice Balls at foes (similar to how a Fire Flower allows you to throw Fire Balls).
Also, making another return to the series–since appearing in Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga–are, at least two, of Bowser’s Koopalings. Screenshots exist showing Morton Koopa Jr. Larry Koopa was mentioned in a report on the game. Here’s hoping that all seven show up.
This next generation console release of something akin to Mario’s roots is pretty exciting. Sure, some of the graphics are recycled–but revamped. It’s a very exciting prospect to be playing a 2D Mario platform game, again. New Mario Bros. Wii has a vague release date of Holiday 2009!