Posts Tagged ‘ mario ’

New Super Mario Brothers!

Mario Bros. Screenshots

The Good: This game is an update to the old school, side-scrolling Mario games.  It turns out that Mario has aged very well because this game is great.  Now up to 4 players can play on the same screen on any level.  This makes the game hectic and very fun whether you are trying to help each other and beat each other. Player 1 must play as Mario, but other players can choose to either be Luigi or a toad, shaded in various different colors.  And there are 2 new suits for Mario, the penguin suit and the propeller suit.  The penguin suit is really just a glorified ice power, but the propeller suit…Most. Useful. Suit. Ever.

A view of the propeller suit!

On a more technical note the graphics are quite good, very clean, very Mario.  Well done and do not get in the way, but still make the world look beautiful.   You guessed the storyline I’m sure.  Bowser captured Princess Peach…. NOOOOOOOO!.  Okay, anyway, you have to fight through 8 worlds to reach Bowser at the finale and defeat him to get the princess.  On a side note, this final Bowser battle is great.  It is different from all other battles in the game and very challenging/fun.  That is the main game, but doesn’t speak to how fun the journey is to get there.

A picture of all the Bowsers

A piece newly added to this is the Star Coins added in each level (3 in each).  These are challenges placed in each level in order to unlock star worlds.  In order to unlock a star world you have get every star coin in the corresponding world. This means there are 8 star worlds and each one corresponds to a world you had to play through to get to Bowser.  Get all star coins in world one and unlock star world 1.  The Star Coins are very challenging, VERY challenging.  Now, they are fun, but sometimes it seems so impossible, like trying to build the Empire State Building out of LEGOs, somebody probably can, but they spent way too much time trying and now lost all semblance of social skills.  But, when do get them…..oh the satisfaction!!

Mario about to get a Star Coin

The last thing, which is also a new feature, is the ability for a player to “bubble” in which you cannot be harmed and the other players can pop you in order to bring you back into action.   This is very useful when you are in multiplayer and certain sections are just easier with one person or when you are a moment from death bubbling can be very economical.

Couldn't find a good picture of mario in a bubble, but heres a soap bubble

The Bad: When there is more than 1 person on the screen at a time, you have to stay together or one of you will get pulled along, and probably directly into a fire.  The multiplayer is great, this is true, but it has some innate flaws like the fact that you will kill the person you’re playing with even if you don’t mean to.  This will cause a lot of unnecessary death and annoyance.  Speaking of annoyance, some levels are just that.  I appreciate a challenge, I really do, I think they make games, but this game pushes the line (and occasionally passes it) of being irritatingly difficult over just challenging.  Last negative aspect is the controls for me.  Only a small problem but sometimes you will “bubble” when you don’t mean to (the A button to bubble) because your finger will slip.  This is a bit agitating.

Overview:  If you have a Wii and you like Mario (and what Wii owner doesn’t?) then this is a great game for you.  It is the second best Mario game for the Wii (see This for that review).  But if you like old school Mario definitely pick this up.  And make sure you have a friend to play with in order to get the full experience.  Also, do not go in thinking you are going to be good just because you were good at the old ones.  It’s different, but equally as fun.

Gameplay: 8/10

Controls: 7/10

Graphics: 9/10

Scrrenshot of regular graphics during gameplay

Characters: 8.5/10

Extras: 9.8/10

Overall: 9.2/10

Hours to complete: 10-15

(Including star coins and star world 20+)

A look at a trailer giving a good display of gameplay throughout the game including the propeller and penguin suits.

Mario Party 8

Mario Party 8 Screenshots

Front of Mario Party 8

The Good:  Now, I know that there have been 8 Mario Party games, but this is the first one I have ever played.  So, what’s the good?  The sheer amount of mini-games available to play.  there are dozens of mini-games. Yes, some are MUCH better than others, but for the most part any mini-game that is chosen (and they are chosen randomly in single player and multiplayer, you can only choose the one you want in the tent where you can practice) will be very enjoyable.  The reward system: when you play mulitplayer you get cards (money), depending on how many turns the round was, if your playing single player you get cards at the end of the Star Tournament, which you must also win to unlock the 2 hidden characters.

A look at all the characters....

With the cards you can buy figurines, other mini-games and various other things at the shop.  Okay, the reason you buy Mario Party, the multiplayer.  It is fun and the more people, the more fun.  There are 6 boards to choose from, and they are all pretty good, but the Koopa one is the best, I think.  The Wii Remote adds to this game without a doubt.  The ability to use motion sensing during the mini-games makes them more intense and sometimes challenging, but the most important part is the motion forces you to get into it.  This is always a good thing.

The Bad: The bad in this game is, well, alot.  The single can be fun, but gets old especially since that is the best way to earn cards in order to get rewards.  The graphics are also another negative to this game, they are…okay.  They look like a last-gen console though.  This game would fit on the Gamecube without question, when it comes to looks.  There are not very many characters in this game either, only 14, and only 2 are locked at the beginning.  Okay, now what I think is the biggest negative in this game is the lack of online play.  This game would be hugely more fun if you could get online and mini-game with people from around the world and earn points and status, but it is simply missing.

The Overview: The overview for this game is simple.  If you have a couple friends and you all want to get into the game, it is very fun and worth it.  However, if you are looking for a game to sit down and play alone or single player matters or a game you can get obsessed with, pass.  There is just not enough to this game for it truly be fun for any single player.  This flaw could have remedied with online play as well, but since that is missing, I must give this game only a mediocre review.

Gameplay: 7.5/10

Controls: 6.5/10

Unlockables: 5/10

Graphics: 5.5/10

The look of a typical Mini-game

Overall: 7.0/10

Mariokart Wii

Mariokart Wii Screenshots

Front of Mario Kart Wii Box

The Good: This game is easy to pick up and play, for anyone. However, getting three stars on every grand prix and truly finishing the game 100% is incredibly frustrating, crazy intense and unimaginably fun. In the beginning you start with very few tracks and few characters, but you begin to unlock tracks based on beating the grand prixs available from the start. As for characters, you unlock the numerous amount of characters by doing various things throughout the game.

Character Chart Once All Have Been Unlocked

A nice add-on to this game that was absent in other Mariokart games is the rating system. After each grand prix the game will rate your performace E-A and 1-3 stars, E being the worst and 3 stars being the best. Beating grand prixs, getting stars, doing well in time trials. All of these things will earn you various items, such as bikes, karts, and characters. Thats right, everything is unlockable. Okay, the online part. You can compare your time online in time trials and there are online races where you can race people from around the world and earn points to well, show off. Now, one more thing that this game does that makes it stand out is there are tournaments set up by Nintendo quite often and they are very fun. You can attempt whatever the goal in the tournament is as many times as you want and submit your best time and then when the tournament is over it will show you how you stack up against other people who attempted as well. This is a great racing game that will suck away many frustrating hours of your life.

The Bad: The bad of this game is the fact that skill can only do so much for you during races. When you are in first place you will get the “shit storm” which will include inking, red shells, blue shells (DOOM), a POW block, lightning, and god knows what else thrown at you in the course of less than 5 seconds. This makes luck a huge factor in your success, which is unfortunate. Another issue is that it is unclear how the stars you get after a grand prix, are assigned. This can be frustrating when you are trying to get 100% of the game complete. A negative to the online play is hackers. There are some online times in Time Trials that are literally impossible like .143 seconds to complete an entire race. These are annoying, but you can still compare to people who are not hackers, which are very easy to identify. Oh, there are also hackers in online races, they suck and will annoy you, but they are not too common.

The Blue Shell That Will Hurt you

Overview: This is a very fun racing game, it is. It is frustrating, and I know I keep using that word, but it the one that can best describe this game sometimes. When you do finally get 3 stars on that grand prix that you have tried 13 times it will be oh so satisfying. Anyway, if you are going to buy a racing game and own a Wii, this is the one. It will be fun, and you will love it, you just may want to occasionally break your wii remote.

“special Racing game ratings”

Characters: 9.5/10

Unlockables: 10/10

Controls: 8.0/10

Graphics: 8.5/10

Screenshot of Bowser in the Middle of a Drift

Internet play: 9.5/10 (with Hackers 6/10)

Overall: 9/10

Hours to complete 100%: >50 hours (technically never because you can always get better times in time trials, but that’s not the point)

Things you should know about:

—Drifting is difficult and varies from kart to kart and bike to bike.

—The “shit storm” is no joke, it will happen to you and you will get over it.

—Staying directly behind an opponent can cause a draft and give you a speed boost.

—Inside turns can save your life over and over and over again.

—Shaking the wheel at the correct time will help you avoid POW blocks, and when on a jump shaking at the correct time will cause a boost upon landing.

—Holding the B button will allow you to hold certain items behind you and can be used as an ass-guard.

Super Mario Galaxy Instant Classic!

Galaxy Screenshots

Front of Super MArio Galaxy

The Good: This game is in-depth, very innovative, perfectly frustrating and amazing addictive. The premise is pretty standard Mario, Bowser steals the princess, gotta go help her….No one plays a Mario game for its’ in depth story line. Anyway after that the gameplay for this game is innovative and amazingly fun. Being able to run on all sides of an object (i.e. upside down camera view for a while) can be intimidating and very frustrating in the beginning, but it is intensely fun once you get the hang of it.

A typical view seen in Mario galaxy during a battle versus Bowser

The controls are very easy to learn and are intuitive. Anyone could pick it up and play, however the later stars in the game become very challenging even for the most experienced gamer. Now, this game is difficult, you will die…..a lot, but that’s okay because it is truly all the more satisfying when you finally beat the dreadnought purple coins star after you’ve died oh 50 times. And once you get all 120 stars Rosalina (new character and a very good one at that) will allow you to replay the entire game as Luigi. It does not specifically say, but Luigi is kind of like the harder difficulty level. I thought this was a great addition to the game. Get all 120 with Luigi and unlock the coveted 121st star. I won’t tell what it is, but it sure is satisfying when you get it.  Also a second player can pick up a wii remote and help you out.  Doing things like getting items, collecting star bits, and even killing some enemies.  This feature helps the game become more fun if you have a friend there as well.  Oh, on a side note, perhaps the best part of the game is the comets, throws a nice twist and makes the game incredibly fun.

Also, if your girlfriend likes cute things, she will love the lumas

The Hat Luma!

The Bad: Hard pressed to find something truly Bad thing about this game. There are minor things like how incredibly annoying some stars are (sea slide purple coins) or how long it takes to get to some observatories, (place you go to select worlds where you get stars) but there really are not many flaws to speak of. I know, not much bad about this game.

Overall: Well, I think this goes without saying, but this game is an absolute must have for anyone with a Wii. It is an instant classic that can be replayed and be equally as enjoyable as the first time. Trust I’ve played it through 3 times now. Must buy.

Storyline: 6/10
Characters: 9/10
Graphics: 8.5/10

Typical graphics in the first world of Super Mario Galaxy

Gameplay: 10/10
Controls : 10/10

Overall:9.4/10

Replay value: 9.5/10

Hours to complete: 25+ (Mario and Luigi included)

Things you should know about:

—In this game spinning is your friend, it can help you in almost every situation.

—The second player can be extremely useful for holding back enemies and collecting starbits (50 starbits= 1 extra life)

—Luigi cannot stop, after you move with him he skids for a bit, so be very precise and learn where he will stop.

—There are 1-up mushrooms hidden around the station, these can save you.

In Case you are interested Super Mario Galaxy 2 trailer here