New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Ingenious remake is a classic for both old, new fans.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 102 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The game encourages people to work together in order to accomplish goals. Players can break open others trapped in bubbles, toss them up to hard-to-reach places, or work together to solve puzzles. But some might not like the cliched "damsel in distress" storyline in which Princess Peach is, once again, kidnapped at the start of the game.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mario and Luigi are presented as the good guys who can work together, as well as with the two Toads (but the game doesn't develop the backstory of these characters). Some might frown on the brothers' strong Italian accents and stereotyped phrases, such as "Mamma mia!" or "It's a me!" In this world, Princess Peach is always getting kidnapped and needs rescuing.

Ease of Play

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is quite easy to play. Gamers simply hold the Wii Remote sideways to control their character, pressing the 1 and 2 buttons to jump or shoot, and shaking the controller to float around. But adding/droppping out players and selecting various worlds is a bit more tricky.

 

Violence & Scariness

As with past Mario Bros. games, the protagonists can jump on enemies to destroy them, toss a turtle shell at them, or throw a fireball. But this "violence" is quite tame and cartoon-like.

Language
Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that New Super Mario Bros. Wii offers fun cooperative gaming for players of all ages. While this "E-rated" game has some light cartoon violence, it is of the jump-on-top-of-baddies variety. The game encourages group play on the same television (perfect for siblings or kids and their parents). There is no online interaction with strangers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy October 12, 2012

Keep it up Super Mario!

I love the video game New Super Mario Brothers.When I bought the game at Best Buy,I heard some of the people in line praising to game.So I couldn't wait to... Continue reading
Parent of a 5 year old Written bykelliemejia929 June 6, 2010

Great game but a little frustrating for little ones

My son loves the challenges of this game but it can be frustrating for him at times.
Kid, 9 years old March 7, 2011

Fun, Fantastic, Mario game amazing for kids and family -

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a fan favorite for family and kids around the world.Over here, the violence is mild and tame, although you kil non-creatures, but i... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 1, 2011

NEW Super Mario Bros. Wii

This game brings the fun of the old game and adds amazing graphics to the story. The violence in this game is on the classic Mario violence its just cartoonish... Continue reading

What's it about?

What better way to reinvent one of the most popular video game franchises of all time than by adding simultaneous multiplayer fun? This is precisely what Nintendo has done with NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII, the first game in the series to let up to four players jump, climb, fight, and fly through the vast Mushroom Kingdom -- all at the same time, on the same television. Featuring more than 80 colorful levels, this new "platformer" game has you running from the left side of the screen to the right -- just like the past games -- to collect coins, bounce on baddies, and reach the flagpole at the castle. But this time around, you can share the screen with up to three friends, each of whom holds a Wii Remote sideways to play. At the start of the main mode, gamers select a character to play (the mustached Mario, his brother Luigi, or one of two Toads), each with their own unique abilities, and attempt to rescue the kidnapped Princess Peach (on her birthday, no less). Worlds range from lush green towns to cloud-filled skies, dry deserts to icy levels, dark dungeons, and so on.

Is it any good?

This game is absolutely fabulous. If any game this year can bring together family or friends in front of the same television, it's this "Everyone"-rated title that's easy to pick up but hard to put down. Of course you can play New Super Mario Bros. Wii by yourself if you want, but the game was
designed primarily for group play with its handful of cooperative and
competitive modes, along with minigames. In fact, some actions require
more than one player to pull off, such as hopping up and down on a
seesaw to reach high areas. You
can also pick up other characters and toss them into the abyss, ride
Yoshi (and use his tongue-lashing attacks), or don special suits that
let you fly, slide, or freeze baddies. As with its predecessors, this
game includes many well-hidden secrets and surprises as a reward to
those who explore. It could be extra coins and power-ups, underground
caverns or the ability the warp to future worlds. Arguably the
finest Nintendo Wii title of the year, New Super Mario Bros. Wii is an
extraordinary game that should yield many weeks and months of
multiplayer fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Nintendo went from last place to first in the multibillion dollar "console wars" by reinventing how we play games -- namely, motion-sensing control, social interaction, and appealing to a wide audience. Obviously this formula worked, so did Microsoft and Sony miss out with its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, respectively? Or do you, in fact, prefer the more intense, high-definition experiences on these two platforms?

  • Do you prefer playing a Mario game alone or with others? Why?

  • What is it about Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom that is so appealing? Why do you think this franchise is so popular?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: November 15, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief

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