As the first of the traditional, side-scrolling Mario games to be developed specifically for Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS, gamers will find a great mix of the familiar and the not so familiar when they play New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Available now to buy or download, New Super Mario Bros. 2 comes packed with more than 80 brand new courses which are stacked with all sorts of secrets and hidden surprises to discover. At first glance, its classic Mario platform action, but there are also some major differences to look out for – like the opportunity to collect an incredible one million coins for the first time ever!
But the gold rush doesn’t end there, as there are three all new gold-themed elements that will help you out throughout the game. The first of these is the Gold Flower power-up, which sees Mario become the amazing Gold Mario. Not only does this transformation allow you to shoot Gold Fireballs at enemies and blocks, it will also mean you can turn them into valuable coins. In addition, if you’re quick enough, you’ll also get the chance to turn 10-Coin Blocks into special Gold Blocks, which can then be worn over Mario’s head to collect a steady stream of coins as he runs before the power runs out. The third option for collecting coins will come when you spot a Gold Ring on a course. You’ll need to be skilful enough to jump through it, but when you do you’ll see all your enemies turn to gold – then all you need to do is collect the additional coins they produce in their own unique way.
Those who buy New Super Mario Bros. 2 will also be glad to hear that the game has retained some of the more classic elements of the franchise that have made it so popular over the years. This includes the Super Leaf power-up which changes Mario into fan-favourite Raccoon Mario and lets our hero float in mid-air attack, block enemies with a tail swipe and fly for brief periods of time.
But there are plenty of new challenges and features to enjoy too. For example, New Super Mario Bros. 2 lets you complete the entire adventure in co-operative mode, so you and a friend can team up to rescue the princess as Mario and Luigi (as long as you each have a Nintendo 3DS system and copy of the game). There are even three special moves to master in co-op mode that will help you as you take on each of the courses together. Coins that are racked up in this mode will count for both of you, so why not see if you can get a friend to help you reach that big one million target!
Other new features include Coin Rush mode. This challenges you to collect as many coins as possible, but without failing once. This mode will really get your competitive juices flowing, as it selects three random courses for you to attack and only gives you one Mario to do it in. You can then store and share the results with others via StreetPass and pick up scores to try and beat. Theses collaborative and competitive fixtures of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will keep you coming back for more – even after you’ve managed to rescue Princess Peach!
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Reviewed on 01/01/2013 by
New Super Mario Bros 2 is an awesome game. I have beaten it many times and I still play it. It's not boring.
Reviewed on 29/11/2012 by
one of the best super mario ever!!!!!!
Reviewed on 09/11/2012 by
An excellent game, lots of different challenges and great fun. I have a very happy daughter!
Reviewed on 22/10/2012 by
New Super Mario Bros 2 is very funny and has just the right level of challenge. It's not too easy like Super Mario 3D Land. There are lots of hidden shortcuts and the game is full of unlockable zones and levels to improve the game's duration. With 9 worlds to play (I still haven't finished it yet), this game guarantees hours to play. I don't like the half world bosses because they're basically always the same, and even if there's a lot of new stuff I think something is missing, so it jus misses out on 5 stars. The idea of coin collecting and coin rush mode is clever and it adds hours to the gameplay.
Reviewed on 01/10/2012 by
Prompt delivery Great game, Unlimited fun!
Reviewed on 25/09/2012 by
New Super Mario Bros 2 is great! I love playing!
Reviewed on 06/09/2012 by
New Super Mario Bros 2 caters for all skill levels, whether you're a novice or a true gamer. It starts out as a deja vu feeling of all the other latest Mario games. You run, jump, shoot and find the hidden star coins which you will need to complete the game. It's so nice to see Tanookie Mario back, I've missed being able to fly but that's not all there is to it. I got to the end credits and found myself going back, with a need to find each and every star coin (even if I had resort to a little cheating). I'm a player that needs to rush through a platform game to see what's next and then backtrack to try to find every hidden item. Even if I do manage to find them all I can see myself going back for a third playthrough, I love the new gold Mario. Nintendo have delivered one of the best Mario games in a long time with Super Mario Bros2 for the 3DS i highly recomend this game and if you're stuck for a gift idea for an oldie, teen or anyone, new gamer or not, you can't go wrong with a Nintendo 3DS xl and the New Super Mario Bros 2 game