Super Mario Brothers (SMB) has been a title that is now being passed down the generations. This latest outing into Mario’s world of stolen princesses and castles goes back to the basics, 2 dimensional scrolling world exploring at its finest.
SMB has something for everyone, for beginners the controls are intuitive and the levels easy to follow. Any advanced players trying to hit the 100% complete will really find it a challenge to be the best. The difficulty curve manages successfully to train the player and get them through the levels without anyone throwing their controller at the screen in frustration. However, your chosen character WILL die; it is inevitable; unless you have the skill of a ninja plumber and reactions like a praying mantis, it will happen. Dying is not an issue and is a part of the game and the journey.
Pro players be warned; the challenge mode will own you should you feel brave enough to go for the 100% completion, practice makes perfect…but you may need a lot of practice.
Presentation – Visuals, Sound and Theme
The theme to this Mario game is a throwback to the Mario legacy. With the Wii U’s new HD quality, this genre has never looked better and the characters and animations are endearing and wonderful to watch bounce around the screen. The music and sounds are a classic mix of modern and old classics and will undoubtedly haunt your dreams in a friendly fashion, should you play for extended periods of time.
With different worlds offering different sets of enemies, obstacles and mechanics, there is a lot of variety to the side scrolling running and jumping. This mixes up the play with new power-ups that make the game feel fresh and continually entertaining. Mini-games to provide chances at gaining lives and power-ups mix up the story mode and provide another level of variety.
Multiplayer – In the Gamewagon
This game is a constant favourite in our Gamewagons and is almost age irrelevant. It caters for various skill levels and ends up generating a great deal of noise, whether the players succeed or fail. Great fun and a real special addition to the Wii U, this is a popular choice.
The multiplayer is chaotic but in a manageable sense. The kinds of chaos and maniacal play style that will make you laugh and shout. It can be taken seriously with the eye on progression through the story mode. This is difficult to maintain when players can block each other and jump on each other’s heads in a hilarious fashion, this can even lead to secret areas and so is worked into the game.
A must play on the new console and one that kids and adults alike will love. It did not take us long to fall in love with the games style and has kept us entertained for a long time. Using the Wii U pad can aid your team through the levels. Using the touch screen can stun enemies or create platforms for Mario and the gang to make progression easier. However, there are some personalities that also work out they can hinder rather than help and this creates some really fun moments.
Tips and Tricks
Staying alive in Mario can be tough; this section will show you how to get through the game as stress-free as possible.
Stay healthy – More lives can be earned from collecting 100 coins, toad huts and secret boxes scattered through the levels. Keep your eyes peeled. If you manage to hit the top of the end-level flag, you will be awarded a 1-up. This can be done easily using the raccoon flying suit.
Bubble Yourself – When playing with a team it is possible to save yourself from a sticky situation with the A button. This will place you in a bubble so you can whisk yourself back to your teammates. Caution; if you all bubble at once it will count as a wipe and you will have to restart the level from the beginning or the last check point.
Smooth moves – Using your jump correctly is vital in Mario. If you jump three times, whilst sprinting, produces a mega jump that will shoot you into the air. Alternatively, use a team mates head to propel yourself upwards!
Beat the Bosses – The various bosses usually are defeated by jumping on their head. Wait for a safe moment to take this opportunity. Learn their patterns and attacks and they should not prove too hard.
Direction-pad – Move your character using left and right. Pressing down ducks below overhead threats.
1 – Sprint/Use ability/Hold Yoshi
2 – Jump
A – Bubble yourself in multiplayer
Shaking the controller – Adds a little more air time in your jump or activates your special jumps from power-ups and Yoshis.
This review was created by one of our experienced Game Experience Managers Charlie Osler. To learn more about Charlie and the rest of the team click here.