New Super Mario Bros. 2 comes out this Sunday, August 19th, but over on Mario’s Hat, you can already check out my review for it. That’s right; the site’s namesake and subject of one of its first stories has finally been reviewed.
To reiterate: I like it a lot, and it is a really good game. It just doesn’t do a whole lot “new” except with the metagame (read: coin collecting) and the things which help facilitate that. If you allow yourself to be drawn into the money-grabbing madness, then there is a lot of fun to be had, even in familiar surroundings.
Two points I didn’t really get to make in the review: One is that the idea of this basically being a Wario game with Mario stealing the lead role is a fallacy. It plays nothing like a Wario title at all in any way; the collecting of coins is literally just about the only thing they have in common, and Mario has been doing that since he was kicking critters out of pipes with his brother.
The other is that if you go for the download version, your mileage may vary on download times. One colleague of mine, Matt Furtado, says that it took an hour for his to download. Mine? About five to ten minutes.
With that out of the way, I guess it’s time to look towards New Super Mario Bros. U.