New Super Mario Bros Wii Impressions!
by, 11-16-2009 at 05:24 AM (890 Views)
So I picked this up yesterday, and I've been having a blast with it. However, it's definitely no "game of the year".
For those of you expecting it to be just like the DS version, prepare to be a little disappointed. I guess I would say it's a bit clunky. Things just don't seem to respond the way I'm used to them responding. Maybe it's just me.
The multiplayer is kind of cool, but you run into issues with people jumping on top of you, and running into you. That sort of stuff causes you to die. You just have to play with the right people.
The levels are a bit more trickier. Due to the Wii's superior capabilities in comparison to the DS, they've added a number of new elements to the gameplay. I'm sure you've all seen videos of the levels where parts of the floor are spinning. Yeah, that's right! More than just cogs in boss levels spin now. :s
The power-ups seem kinda gimped. There's a penguin suit, which is mostly used for ice levels, a propeller hat that can help with flying briefly, a fire suit, and an ice suit. (Which are basically the same damn thing, one just freezes enemies instead of killing them outright, but there's a certain strategy there you'll notice once you play it. Like freezing fish and having them rise to the top and act as platforms). There's also the invincible star, and a shrinking mushroom. AFAIK there's no mushroom to turn you into a big fella. That's a shame, it was my favorite one. :(
They want you to use the waggle for only a select amount of things. It's definitely not waggle-dependent like some games. All it does is spin-jump your character, and the effects are different for each power-up you have.
It's addicting, I'll give it that much. It stands on its own fairly well, but analogous to Mario Kart there's just some things between the DS and Wii versions that you'll miss.
I've heard a number of people asking about the difficulty of the game. I'd probably place it a notch above the original. It's not too terribly hard, but then sometimes it's pretty frustrating. If you're playing with even two people, sometimes you'll just think to yourself, "Damn, this would be easier if it was just me."
I've only reached World 3, but I'd say that's far enough along to give a fair assessment of what works and what doesn't. Then again, with games like these, it's not like much will change by the time I get to World 9. I mean, it might get more difficult and I'll finally get to use the penguin suit.
If you're looking for a good multiplayer game on the Wii, I wouldn't rush out and buy this. It's pretty fun, but if you only want multiplayer I would rent it first. If you're familiar with the New Super Mario Bros on the DS, this is definitely a nice addition the line.