Do you remember the days when Mario used to run through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Peach from the evil clutches of Bowser, instead of playing some pointless sport or board game? I do, and, thankfully, so does Mario.
New Super Mario Bros. is the first 2D Mario game since the excellent Super Mario World on the SNES back in 1991. 16 years later and Mario's still got it.
Once again Princess Peach has been captured by Bowser & Bowser Jr, so it's up to our favourite dungaree wearing plumber to save the day.
New Super Mario Bros. still has all of the classic of gameplay from the original NES and SNES titles without making it feel like an old game, but making it feel fresh and new instead. You have to work your way through each level, defeating or avoiding enemies whilst collecting coins and solving puzzles on the way. You can also unlock hidden secrets by collecting 3 Star coins which are hidden in each level. And let's not forget the Power-Ups, you still have the classics such as the Mushroom and the Fire Flower but now there are two new additions, first is the Mega Mushroom which makes Mario grow so much that he fills the screen, with this Power-Up you can smash almost everything in your path. The other Power-Up is the Mini Mushroom which shrinks Mario, allowing him to reach into small gaps; Mini Mario also has the ability to jump higher than Normal Mario.
The graphics are great too, even though the game is 2D the characters are 3D (very similar to Sonic Rush) which works really well. The level design is fantastic with some levels taking place in the sky or underwater; and the game is so bright and colourful, even the castle levels will make your Art teacher cry with joy.
New Super Mario Bros. also has a Multiplayer mode where you and a friend, who play as either Mario or Luigi, have to race through a level and reach the goal. The game includes "Single Card Download" so your friends can also get a taste of this game There are also some mini games too, but the majority of these are from Super Mario 64 DS, but they're still fun to play.
Overall this is a great game. The Single player mode is great and, at the same time, challenging. And with Multiplayer mode and mini games included, you'll be playing this for quiet some time. After all, Princess don't save themselves.