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Submitted by legendoflex 762d ago | opinion piece

New Super Mario Bros. Needs a ‘Classic’ Hardcore Difficulty Mode

GenGAME writes: "A lot of people rightly complain that the New Super Mario Bros. games are too easy. Objectively speaking they do cut back significantly on a lot of the things that made the classic game so notoriously tough, adding more coins and extra lives, more chances to save the game, and the ability to replay levels in order to mine them for 1ups and power-ups. Older games didn’t have these luxuries – getting a Game Over sent you back to start and you only had one shot at each level, meaning that every move you made had to really count." (3DS, New Super Mario Bros Wii, New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Wii U)

BringingTheThunder  +   762d ago
or just a 'hard' difficulty
Morrigan-Aensland  +   762d ago
New super Mario is actually old super Mario. It needs a complete overall IMO. Others can have their opinions but this game is basically a super Nintendo game. It's time to upgrade this ip
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AO1JMM  +   762d ago
@Morrigan-Aensland,

Not just no, but HELL NO!
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Hisiru  +   762d ago
Mario is still as fun as always but I would like to see a hard mode (no it doesn't need a hard mode, I just think it would be a plus).
ChickeyCantor  +   762d ago
"Others can have their opinions but this game is basically a super Nintendo game"

I wish it was.

Hell if they go back to the feel of SMB3 then they can make tons of em.
AO1JMM  +   762d ago
Odd I do not remember a hard difficulty in the classic super mario bros.

It does not "need" any such mode at all.
Jadedz  +   762d ago
I'm not opposed to it
Remember that block that appears if you get neutralized, frequently?

Just add that, and it won't be such a bad idea.
xflo360  +   762d ago
old super mario was cute but deadly, and thats what made it so addictive!
It was the same with the original tomb raider as you knew one mistake would mean big trouble and thats what made it a classic!
tweet75  +   762d ago
i got this feeling in the second quest of super mario 3d land. You want a hardcore super mario challenge beat every level in both quests and get every coin in every level. Possibly the hardest challenge in any mario game.
fight4love  +   762d ago
would be great to have a hard mode, leader-board, and online multilayer. however i seriously have doubts its going 2.
kingofe3  +   762d ago
From what people say, you know the people who own the game, the game is quite challenging. There is an online leader board, but it's country specific plus there is an worldwide coin total that counts every single coin collected. However, there is no online multiplayer.
TruthbeTold  +   762d ago
If your goal in playing these games is the simple point A to point B which is these game's base, then sure it's not very hard. Try getting every big coin on every NSMBWii level without getting help from a strategy guide or online, and still make a claim that it needs to be harder.

Point A to point B ranges anywhere from easy to pretty challenging on these games. Adding in the added challenge of not dying while getting these obscurely placed and hidden coins makes the levels that much harder.

To even further this point, games like DKCR are like this even moreso.

So if jumping over 'goombas' alone just isn't enough for you, (goomba's being synonymous here with all of the game's challenges) then dedicate yourself to completion. Suddenly some of those 'goombas' will seem more strategically placed.
ChickeyCantor  +   762d ago
"f your goal in playing these games is the simple point A to point B which is these game's base, then sure it's not very hard. Try getting every big coin on every NSMBWii level without getting help from a strategy guide or online, and still make a claim that it needs to be harder."

I'll claim it. I got all those stars. And it wasn't that hard. But then again years of mario experience might help anyone severely.
TruthbeTold  +   762d ago
I hear you. I'm an old school Mario player myself, and I was able to get all of the coins without too much trouble. I most definitely couldn't say that it wasn't a challenge though.

Getting every star with both Mario and Luigi on Super Mario Galaxy 1 was definitely more challenging than getting every coin in NSMBWii. I'm just saying that the latter shouldn't be classified as not hard enough. But even so, there are all manner of skill levels out there. I don't think the game NEEDS a higher difficulty if the bulk of people truly go for completion without help.

Personally, I wouldn't be averse to some hardcore difficulty DLC for people like us, or a Hard mode. But for the average gamer, I think the difficulty level is part of the appeal, and I doubt there's much incentive for Nintendo to go through the trouble of adding it just for the relative few.

If there's anything they continually prove with their actions, it's that they don't plan to cater much to their most skilled and dedicated gamers outside of the occasional bone they throw...

*Man. You need some bubbles Sidar. You must be defending the Wii U too much lately. lol

Bubbles up.
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meganick  +   762d ago
The author of this piece may want to revisit some classic Mario games like Mario 3 and Mario World. I just did that recently, and even without warping, they're not THAT hard. In fact, New Mario Wii felt just as challenging as those games.
Jirachi  +   762d ago
"A lot of people rightly complain that the New Super Mario Bros. games are too easy." yeah no there's just too lazy to make an effort to do self impossed challenges. If it's ok to tell someone who's bad at a game to practice,then it's hypocritical far people wanting a challenge to complain that THEY CHOSE NOT TO TRY. A game is only too hard if you don't make an effort to get better,a game is only too easy if you never try to make it harder.
legendoflex  +   761d ago
Why should I have to go out of my way to be challenged by a game?
Jirachi  +   761d ago
Because People have to go out of there way to practice,Or are you a hypocrite?

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