has plenty of moves this time round. He will still run,
jump and stomp but there are a few more moves that give
him more flexibility, and he'll need it to negotiate
his way through some of the more deadly platform elements
and enemies that he will encounter. A butt bounce will
allow him to smash the blocks he's standing on. He can
grow large enough to take up the entire screen, which
allows him to smash tons of blocks and take care of
smaller enemies by trampling them. A mini-mushroom will
make Mario tiny and allow him to enter into small places.
It will also let him walk over water. A wall bounce
lets him scale walls to reach new heights or can be
used if he falls into a pit.
will twist, bend, warp, shrink, expand, hover, fall,
elevate and destruct. I don't think the developers
left anything out. Even the ground will undulate,
causing Mario to experience a rippling effect not
unlike a ship on a stormy sea. Despite all these new
elements and moves, the game doesn't take full advantage
of the DS's unique control system - not the touch
screen control system or even the dual screen for
that matter. The bottom screen is basically used just
to display your progress in each level. The touch
feature is used almost exclusively to access your
power-ups. In other words, there's nothing that you
would really miss, control-wise, if this game were
released on the GBA. However, the graphics are what
really matters and this game would never look this
great on the GBA simply because of the DS's uber-powerful
processing capabilities. This version not only looks
10 times better than the Super NES version, but it's
just as big. Think about that for a moment. That should
tell you how far Nintendo has come.
wait, there's more
The game also features a two-player
verses mode featuring Luigi. The premise is a race
of sorts, to see who can be the first to grab five
stars in a platforming obstacle course. You can purposely
attempt to injure the other player by banging into
him. This will cause him to drop his star and allow
you to claim it for yourself. This mode can be played
via sharing with only one copy of the game card. The
same mini-games from the Super Mario 64 DS game are
also included but they can be played with other players,
requiring only one copy of the game. These mini-games
make better use of the touch controls but they aren't
sounds are fantastic. It's like having an arcade in
the palm of your hands. "Is that an arcade in
your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"
Mario has a voice in this game and repeats a few Italian-soaked
clichés. Thankfully he avoids saying, "That's
a spicy meat-a-ball-a."
Super Mario Bros. is new in looks, feel and gameplay
but thankfully we still get to visit Mario's old super
stomping ground. This game is reason enough to purchase
the DS system if, gosh forbid, none of the other killer
Nintendo titles have tickled your fancy yet.
jump, and stomp your way through raging volcanoes,
tropical islands, snowcapped peaks, and unimaginable
a Mega Mushroom and grow to incredible proportions,
or smash through your foes in a blue Koopa shell!
a friend to a wireless face-off on specially designed
levels, or play up to three friends in a ton of
Touch Screen minigames.
out of 5
Super Mario Bros. (DS)
robust and richly detailed. The third dimension
is comfortably imprisoned in a 2D game.
would have like to see more use of the DS's
exclusive touch control and dual screen.
The sweet new moves amalgamated into the
old school side-scroller are perfect.
/ Sound FX / Voice Acting
music and sound effects are fabulous.
is so much to explore and discover that
you simply must purchase this game to squeeze
all of the fun out of it.
Not an average. See Rating legend above
for a final score breakdown.
ready for some new-fangled, yet old-fangled Marioing!
by Vaughn Smith
16, 2006 - New
details have been revealed regarding the upcoming
return of side-scrolling Mario, the first in over
are some quotes taken from an interview with Mario
creator and designer of New Super Mario Bros., Shigeru
New Super Mario Bros. story: "I told them
that we really dont need any story behind this
new Super Mario Bros. at all. I have narrowed down
the whole story to about half of what my team originally
came up with. Peach is kidnapped, Mario has to go
and rescue her from Bowser and the Koopa Kids. Thats
about all you need to know for the story!"
Old and New Fans: "Well, there will be many
people who play New Super Mario Bros. that have never
played a Mario Bros. game before. But at the same
time we want to evoke a kind of nostalgic feeling
in those people who used to play with the past series,
so we are now trying to incorporate as many old tricks
and tweaks as possible into this new DS version.
game will retain that familiar feel of the old games
with a lot of gameplay elements taken from Mario's
recent outings in 3D. Miyamoto mentioned they are
tweaking the game to include lots of cool secrets
such as warp pipes, walking on top of the screen etc.
The mini-games found in the Super Mario 64 DS version
will also be included in the New Super Mario Bros.
for those that missed them the first time around and
some 2-4 player single cart multi-player games will
be included as well.. Finally, the game the will continue
in the tradition of Super Mario Bros. 3 with worlds,
fortresses and bosses.
more information, please continue on to the preview
of us here at CCC cut our gaming teeth on Super Mario
Bros and it's no surprise that we're really looking
forward to another classic-style side scroller starring
our favorite plumber brothers.
New Super Mario Bros features all of the classic gameplay
you would expect from Nintendo, except that this new
adventure has been re-envisioned using 3D polygons
yet remains on a 2D side-scrolling plane.
true Mario fashion, Mario and Luigi have evolved their
moves in this new game and can execute many of the
moves found in later titles such as Super Mario 64
such as the butt stomp, wall jump etc. As you can
from the screens, there will also be some new powerups
featured such as the mushroom that M or L will have
to pump up to incredible heights. Once taken, they
grow to many times their normal stature and can punch
and kick for a short time. The DS also gets into the
action by allowing our heroes to save three powerups
which are stored on the bottom DS screen. Pressing
the touch screen drops the chosen powerup from the
top of the screen. As well, once players take a pipe
down below the surface of the Mushroom Kingdom, the
action will take place on the lower screen of the
to run into many of the same enemies that M &
L have been fighting for years now - Goombas, Lakitu,
Spinys, Thwomps and more will once again make their
appearance and attempt to stop Mario from completing
his quest - which we assume involves saving Princess
Peach from Bowser.
this game ever sees the light of day, we'll be pleased
as Peach Punch to play it. Ummm...we don't mean punch
that was made of the discarded carcass of Princess
Peach after Bowser freaks out once and for all. That
would be a bad thing. But we do mean
that we'll be excited to finally play this highly
me a sucker, but out of all the games announced this
year, the one I'm most excited about is Super Mario
Bros. DS. I've been secretly desiring another classic
Nintendo side scroller starring the world's most famous
plumber and I can tell you that moreso than any other
game announced for the DS, this one will most likely
make me purchase the whole darn package.
isn't much to say about this game, but Mario is back
and from the looks of things, takes the "super"
in Super Mario to the extreme. Check out the screen
where he grows about 50X his height. It also appears
as though some of the Mushroom Kingdom's infamous
inhabitants (such as the Goomba pictured below) can
do the same.
has always been a crowd pleaser and it's been far
too long since his last 2D side scrolling adventure.
Look for familiar faces, places and chases. I can't
wait for this one and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Stay tuned for more info.
1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor
2.5 - 2.9 = Average
3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
3.5 - 3.9 = Good
4.0 - 4.4 = Great
4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
5.0 = The Best