(This is an older blog that I wrote in the past)
They are similar in graphics and style, but much different in gameplay. I like both games equally and they are unique in their own way. For instance, the Wii version has a lot of power-ups, but the 3DS version doesn't. But that's okay for me, because the objective in the 3DS version oversees the amount of content in it. As some of you might already know the overall objective is to collect 1,000,000 coins, which so far I have collected a little over 100,000 coins (Now being roughly around 1,200,000). But that made me wonder: From all the other Mario platform adventure games their main objectives were to save princess peach from either Bowser or Donkey Kong, and now New Super Mario Bros. 2 has considered that a side objective. Is collecting coins more important than saving the princess? This may seem like a dumb question, but if you watch the video "Iwata Asks: New Super Mario Bros. 2" you will see that my proposed question is relevant.
Here is the video I mentioned:
New Super Mario Bros. Wii is very fun yet too easy. The graphics are awesome and have great detail. As for the graphics for New Super Mario Bros. 2, they were a big step-up from Super Mario 3D Land (The graphics in that game had very poor edging including the scenery, objects and characters). Overall, both games had phenomenal graphics. I wonder why both games had the same exact music? Lets Explore that now!
Both Mario Bros. games have identical music. It seems strange for Nintendo to use the same exact music in two separate games. There is a possible reason as to why they did that. Takashi Tezuka, the Producer of the New Super Mario Bros. franchise was making two New Super Mario Bros. games at once. They made NSMB. 2 for 3DS and are making NSMB. U for the new Nintendo home console: Wii U. Since they were making two games at once, they didn't want to make twice the amount of different music. But nonetheless the song tracks for both Wii and 3DS are equally awesome!
About the games:
New Super Mario Bros. Wii has basic controls -- left or right on the D-pad to move around, 2 to jump, hold down 1 and move around to run, pretty straight up. This game has many power-ups such as red mushroom, fire flower, ice flower, propeller helmet, penguin suit, mini mushroom, and star. This game is up to four players (Which makes it insanely hard at times). This game also has two extra modes that are just as challenging as story mode -- Free for all and Coin Battle. New Super Mario Bros. Wii has a total of 9 worlds and roughly about 77 levels in the entire game (So that would be 231 star coins to collect!). If you don't have this game for your Wii, I would highly recommend getting it even if you are not a Mario Fan.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is more similar to the Wii version than it is the DS version. It also has basic controls -- use the circle pad to move around, A or B to jump, and X or Y + circle pad to run. This game unfortunately has very little power-ups -- red mushroom, fire flower, big mushroom (It's first appearance was in the very first New Super Mario Bros.), raccoon suit, mini mushroom, star, and the newly arrived power-up the GOLDEN FLOWER. It can transform blocks into coins, it has a large exploding radius (the fire flower has no explosions at all), and it can kill enemies within its exploding radius. But sadly, just like the Yoshis in NSMB. Wii, you can only use this power-up in the level you are in. Once the level is completed, it goes away and you’re left with the mere fire flower (HOW SAD!!!). Okay, enough elaboration on the golden flower, now back to the things in this game. New Super Mario Bros. 2’s story mode can be played with a buddy who has the game as well. There is an extra mode to this game -- Coin Rush. I'm not going to spoil it for you if you haven't played the game yet (but it's awesome). New Super Mario Bros. 2 has a total of 6 worlds and 3 special worlds. There are 80 levels in this game (216 star coins to collect). If you don't have this game then I would highly recommend you beat the Wii version first then purchase this version.
WAIT A MINUTE! How come there are more levels in NSMB. 2 but less number of star coins?
That is for you to find out!
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