Developer: Nintendo EAD
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Hours Played: 14
Progress: Beat game and earned all five shiny save file stars
Being the highest selling video game franchise of all time, there’s a lot of pressure on each new main-line Super Mario game release to outdo its storied ancestry and introduce enough new elements to justify its existence. Even more onus than usual falls upon New Super Mario Bros. 2, as the New Super Mario Bros. series already has two entries that are arguably too similar to one another and an additional New Super Mario Bros. game is likely due for the Wii U by the end of the year. Was Nintendo able to put out another gem of a Mario game with NSMB2, or is it just saturating the market with carbon-copy platformers for profit’s sake? Read on to find out what our 14 hours of hopping and coin collecting revealed.