Parents' Guide to

New Super Mario Bros.

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

New Super Mario will woo old and new fans.

Game Nintendo DS 2006
New Super Mario Bros. Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 10+

Not challenging and Bowser melts in the lava...

This game is too easy and when you defeat Bowser and he falls in the lava pit he melts into skeletal remains that writhe as he dies which is very graphically depicted for a regular DS game. I remember years ago it gave my younger cousin who was about 5 at the time nightmares about skeletons and dying in lava. It's not like the original NES game because it leaves nothing to the imagination. The game should have at least gotten an E-10 rating for ages 10 and up because of the violent images... Did I mention how easy it is too?
age 13+


oh no h ewas being rude goining on goomba ans killing shy guy dont like you kuis play is

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (62 ):

This newest version pays homage to its roots but extends the license in new, exciting ways. Our kid testers, both seasoned players and those new to the license, loved it. The game offers a variety of modes, a range of environments, and plenty of secrets to unlock.

Teen testers enjoyed the retro feel of the game and reveled in the unique play elements. New to this handheld version is a Mega Mushroom that makes Mario grow so big that he barely fits on the screen, and a Mini Mushroom that makes Mario so tiny and light that he can fit through pipes, walk on water, and do floating jumps. Players also liked exploring Mario's ability to jump off walls and his super bounce, which allows him to pound the ground from above to attack baddies or break through objects.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: June 12, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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