So yeah, New Super Mario Bros. 2... GAAAAH! Inconsistent naming hurts my head so much!
Not to mention, I THOUGHT I was excited for this... But then it turns out I wasn't. The only thing that really itrigued me was that they actually used Raccoon Mario instead of Tanooki Mario. It seems they paid attention to the people who kept whining that the Tanooki Suit was basically NOT the Tanooki Suit, but rather Raccoon Mario, so why even bother making it the Tanooki Suit...
People like me.
But yeah, nice to see that consistency fixed... But really, that's it, there's NOTHING to be excited about with this game. There's already been 2 Mario sidescrollers before, and they're great. Even if the Koopalings were in this one, I doubt it would get me any more anxious with anticipation... Maybe a little, but the thing is, it's the Mega Man 10 problem; Nintendo seems to be taking the easier (I'm hesitant on saying "lazier" because making games is hard work) route with this. Basically same idea, same gameplay, little to no difference in story, just throw in some new power-ups and that's it...
I'm sure the game will be good, and I'll still buy it, but I'm a little disappointed, honestly. I was really hoping for a Super Mario Bros. 2-sytle game, THAT would have been a nice change!
Yes, it is not the most original name, but I see what Nintendo is doing and it is a sensible business choice.
Because for every whining person internet, there's 10 people IRL that would buy this game ASAP for their little kids.
As far as I see it, this is being done to sell consoles. All of the NSMB games have sold millions more than Galaxy/Galaxy 2/3D Land.
So of course, they're just making this game to sell, which is Nintendo's goal as a business.
Not applauding this decision, but I can see the reasoning behind making this game...
And who knows? Maybe it will be great! We only have pictures so far. I'm going to wait a little more before judging.
Incidentally, this reminds me of a certain Shigeru Miyamoto quote made a year or so back: "Video games aren't art; they're products." This really shows what he means; there's nothing new to this new game, but people are obviously going to buy it, so Nintendo's just giving them what they want.
I love Mario games and I'm probably going to buy this one. It DOES have the Raccoon Tail, curse my nostalgia!
I have noticed a trend though. While Mario games continue to be good, pretty great even, they have started to fell kind of samey. I mean the platforming is good and all but it feels like the creative spark is kind of gone, at least in my opinion. Maybe it's because there's only SO much you can do with a 2D platformer that doesn't involve shaking things up mechanically. Maybe it's because they've been pumping out Mario games more frequently then in years past. Maybe it's because I'm just getting older and slightly more cynical.
I kind of think Nintendo should give Mario a break on the 3DS and let some of the other guys carry the weight for a while. A new Zelda, Metroid, Pokemon, or older franchise fans want like a 3D F-Zero should come out. Give the plumber a break from the main games, release a few spinoffs, and let people WANT another Mario game before making one.
A new Mario game? I must speculate about it! I had a gut feeling they'd announce another one with the NSMB name, but I didn't expect them to call it New Super Mario Bros. 2. If only they called it NSMB3, then they'd put a shadow of the raccoon tail on the logo.
At first, I was a bit disappointed that there we're any elements from SMB2 present in the screenshots (like vegetable throwing and Shy Guys as actual enemies for once). Then I realized that Nintendo of Japan announced this, and their SMB2 was different from the Doki Doki Panic reskin everyone else got. So basically, this is "New Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels".
I am glad that Racoon Mario (which is more iconic than the Tanooki Suit, imo) and the P-Meter is back (with temporary flight to boot), so I'm looking forward to that, but they'd better not do the "TANOOKI MADNESS" thing. If we're getting more SMB3, I'd really like to see the Hammer Suit, Frog Suit, and Kuribo's Shoe reappear. I also noticed that Nintendo was more eager to announce Luigi's inclusion in the game, so that might mean he'll be playable from the very start for once.
Also, Iwata mentioned that this game will "set a new standard for Mario platformers". I do not know what to make of that.
But in the meantime, I'm going to wait until we get more screenshots and videos before I decide whether I'm going to get this.
...and I probably am, since I gotta get some more 2D Mario action!
In fact, making "original" Mario games is a risk for Nintendo. Super Mario Sunshine? Remember the backlash it got for shaking things up a little?
Mario Galaxy and Galaxy 2 sold well, but the numbers were dwarfed by New Super Mario Bros Wii. Heck, New Super Mario Bros on the DS sold more than the DS port of Mario 64, one of the most acclaimed Mario titles.
I don't doubt this game will outsell 3D Land, too. (and with good reason, 3D Land is one of the worst Mario game in comparison with the other ones.)
As for giving Mario a break... didn't we get Mario Kart 7 and won't we soon be getting Mario Tennis Open?
Really, the only reason we feel like there's too many Mario games is because of Galaxy 2. Otherwise the rate at which Mario games come out is the same as before.
Doofenshmirtz, I respectfully disagree. When I say "give people a chance to WANT a Mario game" what I meant was give people a break to not be playing a Mario platformer. Of course people WANT to play a Mario game, especially the 2D games. It's kind of like Zelda. Sure, Nintendo could crank out a Zelda game every year but then people wouldn't desire one as much. It's a hard concept to explain. People are always going to want Nintendo games, but if there's a period of waiting it builds the anticipation up more. I think THAT'S what Mario needs.
And it's not just because of Galaxy 2. It used to be that Mario games had about 2-3 years in between them. 85-88-90. Heck there were six years between 64 and Sunshine. But in the last four years there's been a Mario game every year, not including the spinoffs.
Mario is Nintendo's mascot and he needs a lot of exposure. I get that. I just feel there should be a bit more time for the "true" Mario games* to come out and let the gaps be filled in by the spinoff titles.
Again, this is all just personal opinion and maybe NSMB2 will be the greatest Mario game released to date. Who can say right now?
*I'm not saying spinoffs aren't Mario games or aren't good, but they're not platformers in the "official" Mario series.
I understand that. People would probably enjoy and appreciate the game more if they had to anticipate how good it will be. Though, I would love a new Galaxy game!
New, further analysis on the original four screenshots to New Super Mario Bros. 2:
The gold part is pretty interesting because Mario and the enemies appear in gold form.
Last edited by Seal; May 7th, 2012 at 02:31 PM.
So apparently Japan gets all three games in the Wario Land GB series AND Game & Watch Gallery 2, but North America doesn't yet? What the heck?
You know what was fun? TENNIS. I had a blast as a kid. And maybe a Mario and Sonic that ISN'T the Olympics would be nice.
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Mario Tennis is one of my personal favorite N64 games. I played that game as a kid for hours on end, though I never did complete the whole thing. Being able to link with its GBC counterpart and play as the characters from its RPG mode was a neat feature, too!
...That game actually made me a fan of the actual sport of Tennis, too. :l
I didn't enjoy Power Tennis as much as the first game (contrary to what most of my friends think). I don't know precisely why, but it just didn't keep me engaged like the original did. I'm hoping Mario Tennis Open keeps me hooked, though!
I'm really looking forward to Mario Tennis Open. I've always loved Mario Tennis games and the new one looks like a blast. I kind of miss the over the top individual super moves from Power Tennis, but I'll reserve judgement until I actually play the game.
I, personally, would love a new Mario baseball game.
I've been playing Super Sluggers to death and STILL can't get enough.
Also, if there were ever a spin-off where all 7 Koopalings could be playable, THIS is one of them.
I've honestly never been the biggest fan of Mario sports spinoffs. I don't have anything against them, but besides the tennis games for the GBC and N64, I haven't played any sports spinoff (unless we're counting Mario Kart?). A lot of people do seem excited for Mario Tennis Open, so I guess I could check that out once it's released.
And yeah, I'm also someone who was never interested in tennis until he played a Mario Tennis game.
Since the Kart series taught me I could like a racing game as long as it had Mario characters, I decided to rent Mario Superstar Baseball. Even got my non-gamer dad to try it.
I returned it early. Tough controls, insufficient gimmicks, awful sound. For this reason, I haven't tried any non-Kart sports games since.
I really enjoyed Superstar Baseball, but I hated Superstar Sluggers. I don't know what it was, but Sluggers felt really lacking in a lot of areas, whereas I thought Baseball was enjoyable and interesting. Sluggers was basically Baseball but with less interesting parks and only a few additional characters (some of which were fun, some of which were just kind of there). It was basically the same game but something about it just felt off to me, like they didn't care as much the first time around. But uh... tough controls? What was hard about them, I can see the other complaints but I never saw anything complicated about the controls.
Mario sports spinoffs are... interesting. I loved all the Tennis games, Golf I only got 64 and didn't like it (though apparently Toadstool Tour is vastly improved so who knows, maybe I would have enjoyed it if I played it). Hoops 3 on 3 was okay, not my favorite but fun enough. It was just kind of there, and that's why I never got that Sports Mix game they released a while back (which I think was made by Square just like Hoops was). Basically I think Kart and Tennis are easily the best of the sports related spinoffs, in my experience they're consistently the easiest to have fun with.
Edit: Oh, forgot about Strikers. Strikers is fantastic and very enjoyable, I'd say it rivals Tennis in quality. It makes every character feel so alive, and the game is just really fun and easy to learn.
Last edited by Lightningboalt; May 8th, 2012 at 09:23 AM.
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