New Super Mario Brothers, first impressions

Wow, I don’t know where to start. I picked this up over the extravaganza weekend but just now had a chance to really give it a whirl and I feel like I’m twelve years old again. There hasn’t been a game that has done that in forever. The only reason I’m writing this and not playing is because I just finished the first world as my DS’s battery was about to die and I decided I’d best shut it down and charge it for the night instead of moving on to the next world.

So far, so freaking good.

But how can a game I played almost twenty years ago be any good? Because it’s the quintessential Mario elements – easy and responsive controls, cartoonish appeal, vibrant colors, beautiful music and two dimensions. The platforming presents the same enjoyment as it did years ago and even though there are a few differences in the levels, I could still find the 1-up mushroom in the 1-2 level. I wish I hadn’t started playing so late as I want to keep playing. Curse you, early morning alarm!

It feels good to be a Super Mario Brother again!


  1. It’s too short 🙁 Other than that it is fantastic. There’s lots of replay value too, which helps with the short length of the game.

  2. agentgray says:

    Getting all the stars now. Still loving it.

    Tony, you’re such a Nintendad.

  3. Mike – I figured as much. It seems like it shouldn’t be too hard to make it through, but replayability looks promising.

    ag – “Nintendad”! I love that! I’m so stealing it.

  4. The Salesman says:

    I’ve just ordered Mario Kart DS off amazon for 17.99, but i really need that nostalgic feeling of when i first played Super Mario Bros, NEED….NOW….Ahhhhhh!

    *no, that ahhh was a sigh….seriously it was!*

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