Kikizo writes: "Mario bounces back for a second shot at 2.5D platforming - can Nintendo get it perfect once again?"
"Mario's more-or-less uninterrupted success makes him easy to take for granted, in trad/hardcore/core/purist (delete as appropriate) circles at least. "Oh yeah, him," we might say distractedly, refreshing Peter Molyneux's twitter page for the nineteenth time in two minutes, or nosing around Epic's forum. "Yeah, he's a dear. Just carries on doing his thing." In fairness some of this disaffection is owing to Nintendo's wildly successful shift towards the odious mainstream, but ultimately that's no excuse for forgetting just how superb classic Mario can be. So let me wind up in the most memorable terms I can think of: New Super Mario Bros. Wii is shaping up to be the casual gamer's Left 4 Dead."