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Globe and Mail reviews New Super Mario Bros. Wii

The marvellous thing about New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the game that will serve as Nintendo's primary hardware seller this holiday, is that it's about as familiar as a game can be without a player actually having played it before.

An unapologetic homage to the nearly quarter-century-old Super Mario Bros. games that helped make Nintendo the behemoth gaming company it is today, it's a decidedly old-school two-dimensional side-scrolling platformer – what my school chums used to call a "run-to-the-right" game back in the day – that features music, graphics, and play mechanics that almost anyone who has ever wielded a game controller will instantly recognize.

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