Time to put this issue to bed: New Super Mario Bros. isn't a spin-off, it's the true sequel to Super Mario Bros. that the 10 million people who never buy 3D Mario had begged Nintendo to release for over a decade and a half.
It depends on how you look at it, I suppose. I always felt that they were their own series of games; throwbacks to retro Mario gaming. The fact that the series started on the DS also helps with my reasoning. However, there's one console release with another one on the way and they're all platformers, so it's understandable why some view the NSMB series as part of the main series. It's a matter of perception, I think.
No, it's a dull, lazy, generic side series IMO because they simply dont deserve to be mentioned alongside games like Mario 3, World, etc...
I believe we call that "geared toward a younger audience"
What exactly makes them lazy and generic compared to their retro brethren? The whole reason NSMB exists is to satisfy fans of those games.
Lazy because those games mentioned at their respective time were impressive and innovative. And while those games were awesome and nostalgic now, it just doesn't fly anymore. It is a lazy and generic attempt of a big name with a new coat of paint.
Poprocks doesnt understand what Nintendo USED to be about. Back then they werent trying to reuse old ideas, they were trying to come up with new ones, which they did, and the result was games that truly felt unique and special. I dont feel any of that when I play the NSMB games. Sorry I just dont, and it's mostly because Miyamoto isnt slaving over them like he used to.
@trenken311 The industry was in its infancy when Nintendo came out with all of its new franchises. And besides, if you want them to support new IPs, maybe you should go out and support them when they publish them like Pushmo or Dillon's Rolling Western. And I'm well aware what Nintendo has been about since its beginnings; providing fun family entertainment through video game consoles. That's what it has ALWAYS been about.
So what their saying is that we get another mario game with a new coat of paint. Although still enjoyable, Mario has been relatively stagnant. The move to 3d has been a change but other than that a few new suits and yoshi its thr same game.
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