It’s no secret that 2D Mario games, such as New Super Mario Bros. Wii, sell significantly better than 3D Mario games, including the critically acclaimed duo – Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2.
There’s no definitive reason for as to why this happens; however, New Super Mario Bros. U Director Masataka Takemoto says he thinks that, compared to the simple controls in 2D games, most people tend to be less comfortable with 3D controls and, therefore, prefer 2D Mario games over 3D Mario games.
“I don’t think it’s because one game is better than the other. It’s just that compared to 2D, there seems to be more people who are not as comfortable with 3D controls. And maybe a wider range of people were more accepting of the New Super Mario Bros. series, which may have seemed simpler to them.”
You can play New Super Mario Bros. Wii with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk combination, but the forthcoming New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U doesn’t support that control method. New Super Mario Bros. U launches alongside Nintendo’s new console on November 18th in North America and November 30th in Europe and Australia.
New Super Mario Bros. producer Takashi Tezuka was asked about which recent 2D platformer impresses him. Tezuka revealed that he was very impressed by Retro Studios’ Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii. New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns were being developed at the same time and when Tezuka saw the latter while it was in development, he thought “the graphics were so pretty.” Tezuka said that Donkey Kong Country Returns had a positive impact on him.
There has been a 2D platforming renaissance as of late, with games like Braid, Super Meat Boy, and Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Is there any game that influenced you or that you’re particularly impressed with?
“The Donkey Kong game that we just had out on Wii, Donkey Kong Country Returns–I actually got a glimpse of a ROM while they were still in development. The graphics were so pretty that I thought, wow, that looks really nice. We were working on New Super Mario Bros. Wii at the time, and that really became an impetus. That really kicked us in the butts. I don’t know if “influence” is the right word, but it had an impact.”
The postal service of Belgium has decided to issue some rather colourful New Super Mario Bros Wii postage stamps which are available for purchase in a sheet for a respectable €4,99.
Japanese gaming bible Famitsu is reporting that Nintendo have sold an incredible 4 million copies of New Super Mario Bros Wii in Japan alone.
New Super Mario Bros Wii is now the first Nintendo Wii title to reach the 4 million milestone in less than 12 months in Japan, a feat Nintendo will no doubt be proud of.
Marketing research firm NPD has revealed that New Super Mario Bros Wii has outsold a plethora of top titles including the critically acclaimed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in the United States during January.
1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii – Nintendo Wii – 656,700
2. Mass Effect 2 – Xbox 360 – 572,100
3. Wii Fit Plus W/ Balance Board – Nintendo Wii – 555,700
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Xbox 360 – 326,700
5. Mario Kart W/ Wheel – Nintendo Wii – 310,900
6. Wii Sports Resort W/ Wii Motion Plus – Nintendo Wii – 297,600
7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – PlayStation 3 – 259,000
8. Army of Two: The 40th Day – Xbox 360 – 246,500
9. Just Dance – Nintendo Wii – 191,900
10. Darksiders – Xbox 360 – 171,200
- NPD software sales figures for January 2010
It’s been revealed that Nintendo’s critically acclaimed New Super Mario Bros Wii is the eighth best selling Mario title of all time in Japan.
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