New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Common Sense Media says

Ingenious remake is a classic for both old, new fans.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

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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.

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Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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 (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 9 years old March 7, 2011
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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 it's without blood.They jump on enemies though and can kill enemies with other enemies of power-ups.Of course, there are a lot of positive sides about this game.It's pretty easy to play, 2 to jump, control pad to move, shake the wiimote to spin, hold 1 to sprint.It's pretty simple to play, and newcomers get the controls very easily.Mario and Luigi, and the two toads, are the goods guys, trying to save Princess Peach who is (and always) kidnapped by Bowser, or his Koopalings.Mario is the most popular Nintendo character so that's noticable.Great Game, great detail, great role models, and if you want a family game, get this game.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 7 years old April 2, 2011
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7
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i can not get on it
Kid, 12 years old December 18, 2010
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7
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New Super Mario Bros. WII

New Super Mario Bros. is a very addicting game. I will sometimes stay up to midnight playing it. The game does have the classic mario violence like jumping on koopas and bowser, but its nothing violent for kids over 6. There is nothing else to say about this game other than its alot like the original and has a very fun story line. I would recommend this for any Mario fan over 6.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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