New Super Mario Bros. Wii Review

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It has been nearly 20 years since Super Mario World was released for Japanese home consoles. That was the last time we saw a traditional 2-D side scrolling Mario game on a home console — a long damn wait for some sort of sequel. Super Mario World was my first and favorite 2-D Mario game. I’ve played all the rest since then, but I will always hold that game as the pinnacle of 2-D Mario games. And even with the release of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, I will continue to hold it with high regard from at least a single player perspective.

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Checkpoint: I’ve Been Playing Games Edition

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Games. I’ve been playing some. I haven’t finished anything since Modern Warfare 2 which is why I haven’t written a review for some time.

With that in mind, I decided to jot down some of my thoughts in this week’s Checkpoint post.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii – I’ve actually finished this game with my brother a few minutes ago. Went through over the past month or so via co-operative play. It was a unique and awesome experience overall. We’ve still got World 9 and Star Coins to collect which means there’s still quite a bit of game for us to complete.

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time – 12 hours in and I can see the finish line. Like NSMBWii, there’s quite a bit of collectibles to finish up and extend play time with. They’re easy and interesting enough to get into, so I’ll be investing time searching for these.

PixelJunk Shooter – I bought this last week and completed the first three levels. I’m liking it a lot more than PixelJunk Eden simply because of the art and music. Some of Eden’s tracks were grating to the ears after awhile.

Modern Warfare 2 – Still have yet to reach level 70, but I have been spending time trying to complete challenges. Even if it means sacrificing K/D ratio performance.

Playing both Mario and Ratchet reminds me of the Winter of 2007 with Super Mario Galaxy and Tools of Destruction. Both games were great, but Super Mario Galaxy was the clear superior. This year isn’t so clear cut. Both have their own strength and weaknesses which I’ll get into with  my reviews soon.

As for what’s coming up next? I hope to start Assassin’s Creed 2 which I just picked up for $30!