Since it took the stage at this year’s E3 conference, a lot of attention has been placed on what titles will emerge alongside Nintendo’s Wii U when it hits the stores this autumn. The firm showcased two new Mario games at the event, but personally I’m more interested in the handheld one.
Sure, when that Wii U hits, hopefully with New Super Mario Bros. U, I’ll be all over it. But one of the greatest things about that little Italian plumber as far as I’m concerned is how his adventures seem to work so well on a smaller, more portable screen (or screens). The levels never seem cramped, the action always seems fun and frenetic, plus the new larger 3DS XL promises about as much size as I could possibly need.
But it isn’t just that. New Super Mario Bros. 2 has a whole bunch of fresh and exciting challenges that even having just heard about have already whetted my appetite for its August release. Most notably, of course this includes the ability for the first time to collect a total of one million coins.
I predict there will be loads of people across the globe trying to be the first to do this, I also predict it won’t be something many of us will be able to achieve, but I’m thrilled at the prospect of giving it a go and don’t intend to give up until it’s done. A clever way for Nintendo to give the game extra longevity? Definitely. But I think that’s a positive.
If that wasn’t enough, this new Super Mario Bros. 3DS and 3DS XL title has a very special feature called Coin Rush mode. This offers even more to make the game last longer, with the chance to have a bash at completing three randomly-generated levels from the ones you’ve already completed. The trick though, is that you have to do this with only one Mario – a single mistake and its game over!
It certainly looks like it is going to be a big year for Nintendo’s little mascot and it’s great to see that both New Super Mario Bros. 2 and new Super Mario Bros. U look like they have not forgotten what classic platform gaming is all about. I have yet to upgrade to the Nintendo 3DS XL, but this could well be the time to do it.