When the Wii originally came out, my wife and I were both interested in it. But at the time, we were young and buying a NEW console felt like a big investment. So we waited it out for a while, and finally bought a Wii in the summer of 2009 as an anniversary gift to ourselves. The very first game that we bought along with the console was New Super Mario Bros Wii.
It seemed like a really cool and unique thing to have a co-op Mario game. And we played it quite a bit back then. Although to be honest, the co-op part actually made the game feel more difficult than it is. It's easy to get in other players' way and mess things up. So we never did actually finish that game.
Over the years, I've dabbled with this one on and off myself. At this point, I think I've played every entry in the NSMB series. And this one is one of the better ones. Which is saying... something. See, I don't actually think that the NSMB series is great. None of them hold a candle to classic 2D Mario games. But they're enjoyable.
Actually, wait - just to sidetrack for a second here... I think I'd rank NSMB2 on 3DS as the best in the series. That one was pretty awesome as I recall. And then this one and the Wii U entry are probably tied for second. The original DS game is probably last, because that one is just kind of a weird cakewalk.
ANYWAY. I probably rank this one higher than it deserves to be based solely on the nostalgia. Which seems weird. 2009 doesn't seem THAT LONG ago in pure numbers. But man, we were living this totally different life in 2009. We were in our twenties, living in a one bedroom apartment. Just a completely different life. So playing NSMB Wii is like taking a warp-pipe (sorry) back to those days. And it does make me smile.
Not that my life isn't awesome now. It is! We have a beautiful daughter and a nice home and we're so much more secure and everything. It's a great life. But, y'know, the pandemic that's going on right now - we could all use some nostalgic escapism.
My one complaint about this game is the dumb motion controls that feel totally shoehorned. I hate that. And I don't think the new power-ups are all that interesting. To be honest, I try to just stick to a classic flower fireball. That makes the game feel more pure and fun to me.
I played for a while last night using the Wii U gamepad as a portable monitor, and made it to World 3. I'm having a good time.
And inevitably I start to lose interest. Maybe my problem with the NSMB series is actually just that the games overstay their welcome. Like, they're throwbacks to classic 2D Mario games and yet they're built to be two to three times as long. My brain can't really handle that enigma. These are old school platformers, so why not make them the length of old school platformers? I think that if this was a four hour game, I'd be happy (and the majority of gamers and critics would be annoyed).