Review: New Super Mario Bros. 2 | Game Podunk

GP: "It's hard to believe but New Super Mario Bros. is a series that has been around for 6 years now. Six years - this is why I feel old nowadays. The original 2006 game marked a return to the classic 2D side-scrolling nature that Mario games were initially known for and was critically acclaimed for capturing the magic of the NES games, yet bringing the gameplay into a modern era. One Wii sequel and six years later, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is set to do what its predecessor did but this time on the 3DS and with a whole new incentive: coin collecting. Lots and lots of it. Does it succeed, or is the series starting to show signs of age?"

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TheLiztress2780d ago

You know, I don't think it's possible to fully grow tired of playing a Mario game.

deletingthis346753342780d ago

I grew tired of it over a decade ago. The games are all the same. Even the story is the same in every game. Bowser kidnaps Peach, and Mario to the rescue. Big whoopee. Make something new already.

MHenderson2780d ago

I miss you, Mario... You visited for Super Mario 3D Land, but now you never call now. What happened, man? Where'd you go?

onegirlgeek2780d ago

Sorry to hear it didn't bring more new things to the table, but I'm glad to see someone say the focus on coins isn't bad. Still on the fence about this one, but I'll probably end up getting it. Great review, though!

live2play2780d ago

yea not alot of groundbreaking ideas

but the platforming is top notch

alot of neat ideas by a new team that changes the way you go through a stage

almost each stage has a cool idea that makes it stand out from the rest of the stages

just because its not innovative and groundbreaking
doesnt mean it cant be very fun and enjoyable..

DivineAssault 2780d ago

Its a solid game.. The backgrounds are dull & there isnt very many power ups in it but other than that its still fun.. Yoshi, the frog suit, tanooki suit, wouldve been a treat but what can u do? It looks decent & plays well so 7.5-8.5 i think is a fair review

Samus HD2780d ago

I would have gone from 8.0 - 9.0.
But this game is one of the best marios. It dosen't do well only because it hasn't something new... But if you don't judge it that way it has a 9.0 and over for sure

DivineAssault 2780d ago

whats the point in releasing a NEW game if it doesnt have anything NEW in it? It must be judged that way being that this is the 3rd installment in the series.. Each has added something except this one..

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Samus HD2780d ago

you may be right.. But it's a direct sequel, it isn't something different, so they added some things, new power ups, new game modes... So what I'm trying to say is that this game is enjoyable and very fun and doesn't have any bugs or something that doesn't fit (may be better than the DS one), but the score just isn't right for me (My opinion of course)

GamePodunk2780d ago


7.5 is by no means an outrageous score. Take a look at its rating on; as of this writing, it's at 77.76% (across 23 reviews).

Anyhow, 7.5 is still a good score by our rating system since we use the full 10 point scale, meaning 5 is average, not 7. And the reviewer still liked the game a lot; he just didn't think it merited above an 7.5 due to the fact that they reused a lot of stuff (music, world themes) and that more could have been done to innovate the series in general.

Samus HD2780d ago (Edited 2780d ago )

5 is average for movies
But for games 5 is a bad score - I mean every game with 5 or lower score is a shitty one and you can't deny that

Skateboard2780d ago

The damage control for a 7.5, loving it. Its a Mario game and you guys were expecting a 10 ? X D no no.

live2play2780d ago

"Its a Mario game and you guys were expecting a 10 ? "

so we are going to ignore super mario galaxy 1 and 2
super mario 3d land, nsmb wii
super mario 64 and so on...

because those games got tens
and they are mario games?

ok i get it

its its a troll comment what was i expecting a smart comment? XD no no

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