New Super Mario Bros.

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
New Super Mario will woo old and new fans.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 79 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Mario stomps his enemies and sometimes throws fireballs at them.

Language
Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main game doesn't take advantage of the Nintendo DS's touch screen or its microphone, but the 18 Mini games do. Several of the levels are challenging, so parents might want to encourage their kids to carefully plan how to get through all the obstacles. Parents should also note that Mario's modus operandi is to stomp on most enemies, but sometimes he must use other tricks, including throwing fireballs.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. March 18, 2019

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 de... Continue reading
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byParent25 April 28, 2011

Love it!

I love it. I haven't played all of the worlds yet, but have watched my dad play them. My favorite character is Luigi. I like what Mario says when I start... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 9, 2011

Good game and easy to play! :D

I really loved this game! :D It's probably one of my favorite DS games ever! It's very easy to play yet challenging, and it's not too long nor to... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 16, 2020

A good game

Hi, so this game is actually good, but there is gambling in Luigi's minigames, there are waiters that hold wine in those minigames.

What's it about?

Mario, the world-famous Italian plumber who put Nintendo on the video gaming map, is back in mega-sized glory with NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. for the Nintendo DS. There are three main play areas: the single-player game, Mini games (single or up to four players) and a two-person wireless Mario vs. Luigi hunt-for-stars race. In the single-player games, as in previous versions, Princess Peach, the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, has been kidnapped, and it's up to Mario to rescue her. Players run through grassy terrains, over tropical islands, inside volcanoes, on top of mountains, and much more, defeating a host of familiar bad guys, including Spinies, Koopas, Goombas, Hammer Brothers, Bowser Jr., and Bowser along the way.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lasting appeal of Mario. What makes him so likable? Why would Nintendo remake this game for a new system? Is it just to introduce a fun game to a new generation, or can you think of other reasons?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $34.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: June 12, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: December 02, 2019

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