Nintendo Life writes: "Now we've had chance to play the final version of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, it's time to tell you the hard truth about Nintendo's latest plumbing escapades. Well, the hard truth is, it's a lot of fun and impossible to play without a smile on your face.
Although a lot of emphasis has been put on the series-first multiplayer, solo play is still possible and feels exactly like series high-points Super Mario World and Super Mario Bros. 3. You move between levels on a top-down map - though you can play any unlocked level in Free Play mode if you dislike walking about - and once you've cleared the world's final castle you can move onto the next world. There's mid-world castles, piranha plants to climb and all the stuff you would expect in a Mario title, though no sign of any warp whistles."