New Super Mario Bros 2 once again attempts to set the bar for two-dimensional platformers but falls short on offering a fresh, energetic take on the series, though like any Mario title, it offers an abundance of charm backed up with numerous hours of blissful entertainment. It feels a little odd referring to the title as New Super Mario Bros when it doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the table, but what it does do is provide you with yet another fun-filled escapade.
One glaring omission in New Super Mario Bros 2 is the complete lack of online multiplayer. Without a doubt this additional feature would have increased the longevity and replay value of the game ten-fold. One can only hope that this is rectified with the forthcoming New Super Mario Bros U on Wii U. As it stands, the replay value is dependant on whether you wish to collect as many coins as possible. I must confess that this isn’t something that caused me to revisit the game.
Despite not featuring any startling new gameplay innovations, New Super Mario Bros 2 stands as a more-than passable entry to the long-running franchise. It doesn’t match the splendour of the Super Mario Galaxy games, or the recently released Super Mario 3D Land, but as a whole it’s a genuinely good accompaniment to the best-selling New Super Mario Bros series.