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March 7, 2014 / Jett

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Review

I have never played a Super Mario game and said to myself, “You know what this series needs more of? Coins.” In New Super Mario Bros. 2, it’s the entire hook of the game. Coins are in abundance for you to collect and the game is constantly urging you to collect one million(!) of them. Having taken out Bowser yet again, it’s clear to see that the coin angle is a poor Band-Aid solution to compensate for a sub-par Super Mario game.

Once again, Princess Peach is kidnapped by Mario’s arch nemesis and it’s up to him to save the day. Fans of Super Mario 3 will be excited to hear that the raccoon tail returns as a power-up, though most levels don’t really make great use of flight. As a whole, the level designs are a huge letdown. Filling the screen with coins does not compensate for uninspired level designs that are just boring to run through.

Part of my disappointment with this one comes from franchise fatigue, as there have been many “new” Super Mario releases in the last few years. It also doesn’t fare too well when compared to Super Mario 3D Land, which is superb. However, even when compared to games within this particular branch of the franchise, this is the worst one.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a rare miss for the portly plumber. It’s misguided creativity made for a coin angle that didn’t add anything positive to the gameplay, while the levels themselves failed to inspire any sort of positive emotions as I played through them. With so many other great Super Mario platformers on the market, there’s no reason to go back and try this one.

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