While the little Italian plumber has been something of a success on all of manner of platforms, this summer he promises to be going for gold once more on the 3DS XL and Nintendo 3DS. I’ve always been a bigger fan of his handheld adventures than anything else, so needless to say I’m thrilled. So what can we expect from New Super Mario Bros. 2? Well, it seems the usual dashing, jumping, diving, stomping, bouncing, smashing and flying is all present and the Mushroom Kingdom is as familiar as ever. You’ll still be pitted against the usual Koopas and Goombas with a Princess that needs to be rescued – and yes, your brother Luigi will also be on hand to help along the way.
But is Nintendo doing anything different with this Super Mario Bros title? Well, it certainly seems so. In fact, the company has taken a bit of a bold move in encouraging gamers to keep coming back to the platform adventure title with one or two very special tricks. For example, Mario will now be able to collect up to one million gold coins as he goes about his mission, though I would guess this is a challenge that will take the gaming community at least some time to master – as just one mistake and its back to square one. Needless to say, the race to do it first will be immense! However, that isn’t all this recent addition in the Super Mario games franchise offers as the company has also been talking about the Coin Rush mode. This option will give the player three randomly generated courses that are chosen from the stages they have completed. Their job is to do all three of these, back to back, but only using one Mario.
This means that one false move and its game over. As the levels are randomly generated, this could well give the game an amount of longevity not often seen on this kind of title – especially as there are over 80 playable stages to complete. Of course, New Super Mario Bros. 2 isn’t the only game featuring the plumber that is due to arrive in stores this year. Announced at E3, the 3DS and 3DS XL game was unveiled alongside New Mario Bros. U, which is being launched in support of the company’s upcoming home entertainment system that builds on the Wii. It will be interesting to see hoe the two fare and if the character and all of his chums still have the kind of pull that they have always had.