Parents' Guide to

New Super Mario Bros. 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun platformer rewards perseverance, offers good co-op play.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 8+

Scary game for little kids

I think this game is age 8+ because there is violence and scariness in this game. GREAT MESSAGES. Also, Mario could’ve die by enemies and drown but also this is like Mario and Luigi co-op play and Luigi could’ve die too. They also and Mario save Princess Peach.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
age 6+


There’s not one single inappropriate thing or violent thing in the game. It’s a remake of the classic NES Game super Mario bros. It’s a game the whole family can play

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (24):

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is, as the world has come to expect from games starring everyone's favorite plumber, a wonderfully entertaining play. The controls are satisfyingly tight and the thrill of finding hidden areas and power-ups remains as compelling as ever. What's more, the new objective of collecting and adding to a running tally of tens of thousands of coins scratches an itch that Nintendo has been nurturing among its fans since they smashed the first coin brick in the original Super Mario Bros. more than a quarter century ago.

But it doesn't really move the franchise forward. Aside from the constant gold rush, this game feels very much like past Mario adventures. What's more, there is evidence of a bit of sloppy level design, apparent in some hazards that are unfairly hidden from view until it's too late. These problems come up only a handful of times throughout the game, but are all the more notable because we've so rarely seen such issues in past Mario games. New Super Mario Bros. 2 is among the very best and most easily recommendable games available for the 3DS, but it falls short of matching the excellence of its modern predecessors.

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