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If you are a classic Mario Bros fan, everything you want is here. If you are looking for innovation a la the Galaxy series, or even 3D land, look elsewhere. Hard to fault it, everything is as tight as you'd expect, but also nothing really here if you are looking for something new. Personally, I wasn't, so I'm a happy camper :)
It's very hard to describe how I feel about this game. It's not technically a bad game, it's good old Mario fun, but that's all it is. People have often been using the argument on the Mario series that they're too similar to each other, which I strongly disagree with. Each Mario game has a very distinct flavor, but there's just no excuse for this one. It feels way too familiar and there's no way to disguise that. They try to pass coin collecting off as being the gimmick of the game, but it really doesn't serve a whole lot of purpose. There has to be something you do with the coins, you can't simply have more of them. That's like making a Zelda game but with more rupees. Kirby's Epic Yarn for example was based entirely around collecting, not survival. You can't die, but instead whenever you get hit you lose beads, but you need enough of them to pass each stage. This should've been like that, instead the excess coins are there just for the sake of making the game look different, and it makes it way too easy to get lives. Yes all the coins are added to a grand total, but I don't really see any good reason for that either. And there's coin rush where the goal is to collect coins, but New Super Mario Bros. Wii had that too, this is no different. I just feel like this game was thrown together in a hurry. Most of its music, backgrounds, textures, character sprites, animations, etc. are all recycled. It's way too short, it has some replay value, but the main game is barely five hours. Even the 3D looks like it wasn't tested. Whenever the 3D is turned on everything in the background gets all blurry, I feel like I need to wear glasses. I don't know why they felt the need to get this one out so quickly, it was released a mere two months after it was announced, there wasn't a particularly high demand for it, and the 3DS already has its signature Mario game. Overall, at its core New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a decent Mario game, but they didn't take the time to make it a great one.