GameFocus writes: "It's become a bit of a debate recently what is the best way to get your Mario fix. Discounting all the wrong people who pipe up about anything involving Karts, Tennis or Parties; it usually boils down to a preference of 2D or 3D.
For me personally, while I was enamored with Super Mario Galaxy, side-scrolling Mario will always have the key to my heart. So, the promise of a new 2D Mario game that incorporated elements from both Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World had me chomping at the bit for its release. The fact that it works in up to 4 players in co-op sealed the deal that I would need this game as soon as humanly possible, regardless of reviews."