New Super Mario Bros. Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a sidescrolling 2.5D Mario platformer for the Wii, the sixth installment in the Super Mario Bros. series (after New Super Mario Bros.), and the tenth game in the Super Mario series. The game was released in Australia on November 12, in America on November 15, and Europe on November 20, 2009. It is a follow-up to New Super Mario Bros., released in 2006 for the Nintendo DS. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the first 2D platformer Super Mario title to hit a home console since Super Mario World for the SNES (released 19 years prior). To date, the game has sold over twenty-seven million copies worldwide, making it the fourth best-selling Wii game overall and the second best-selling Mario game on the system, after Mario Kart Wii.
In addition to the single-player experience, the game also features a multiplayer mode for up to four players. This is the first Super Mario game to feature co-op mode and vs. mode at the same time since the Mario Bros. game. It features more items, new levels and more enemies than the DS predecessor. It is also the first title to support Nintendo's new Super Guide mode. The game introduces two new power-ups, the Propeller Mushroom and the Penguin Suit, which turn characters into their propeller and penguin forms respectively.
Mario, Luigi, Blue Toad and Yellow Toad were celebrating Princess Peach's birthday, when a huge cake slides in. Immediately, Bowser Jr. (who masterminded the plot to infiltrate via the birthday cake) and the Koopalings pop out and throw the cake on top of Peach and the Toads, trapping her inside and leaving the Toads stunned. From there, the villains load her onto their Airship while Mario, Luigi, Blue Toad and Yellow Toad follow closely. The Toads from the castle soon use a cannon to blast away presents containing Propeller Mushrooms and Penguin Suits so Mario and the others can obtain, but they explode in the air and spread the items in nine worlds.
When Mario and the gang finally get to the final castle, they find Bowser. One of them has to jump on a ! Switch behind Bowser to defeat him, sending him falling into the lava below. After, Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, and Blue Toad celebrate their victory, they see the fake Princess Peach crying in a cage. However, she turns out to be Kamek in a pink version of his robe. Kamek then powers Bowser up, making him huge. After Bowser has been powered up, the four can do nothing but flee from the giant boss. Soon they find a dead end with a huge ! Switch. They push it, and Giant Bowser falls through the floor in final defeat as the real Princess is released from her cage. As they venture out, they see Luigi, Blue Toad and Yellow Toad arrive in their hot air balloons. Luigi lets Mario and Peach into his balloon and is accidentally left behind. The two Toads then offer Luigi a ride in their balloon. As they sail off, Peach asks Mario if she told him about the Secret World.
After the credits, Larry Koopa is seen limping toward Bowser's Castle (probably because he walked all the way from World 1). He meets Bowser Jr., who shows Larry the rest of the Koopalings trying to push Bowser, who is back to normal, right side up. They finally succeed, with a huge thud, causing the castle to fall on top of Bowser, Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings.
The story mode of the game can be played in either single-player mode or multiplayer cooperative mode. Players are allowed to be freely added and can also be removed in between levels on the World Map. The camera pans as players move and it zooms in and out depending on their distance to one another. However, there is a limit, and players who are far behind will lose a life.
After clearing World 1-3 once, a Toad runs up and tells the heroes that Bowser Jr. ordered his minions to stuff Toads they capture into ? Blocks. They can only be rescued in single-player mode. A Toad will grant Mario three 1-Ups if he is carried to the goal flag in Super Form, and one 1-Up in Small Form. Also, when Toad is saved, a Toad House will open at the starting point of the world. The type of house that appears depends on the last digit in the time limit when Toad and/or Mario touches the flagpole. If World 1-3 is cleared in single-player mode, a Goomba will appear and carry Toad to a ? Block in World 1-1, where the player must carry him to the goal.
? Blocks usually create one item for each player with lives remaining. If more than one player is playing, and all players are in their starting form, a ? block containing an item such as a Fire Flower or Ice Flower that would only appear in Super form when in single-player will produce that item for one player plus Super Mushrooms for the others.
When a player loses a life, they reappear inside a bubble. The player inside the bubble can shake the Wii Remote to bring themselves closer to the other players that are currently not in a bubble. Bubbles can only burst when a player not in a bubble comes in contact with the bubble or throws a fireball, an iceball, a shell or a frozen enemy at the bubble. A player can place themselves in a bubble purposefully without losing a life by pressing the button on the Wii Remote or the button on the Nunchuk if it is connected. The player inside the bubble cannot be harmed by anything and retains their previous form. However, if everyone has lost all their lives, or if someone loses a life and everyone else is in a bubble, then all players have to restart the level from the beginning or the midpoint flag if the players touched it on a prior attempt. The players in bubbles return to their normal form, but do not lose any lives.
When one player grabs the flagpole at the end of the level, the timer stops and the other players would have a limited amount of time to grab the flagpole before the level ends; however, there is no penalty to the players left behind other than the lost opportunity for points or a 1-Up by grabbing the flagpole.
Players play the game by holding the Wii Remote sideways or by using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk combination. If a player tilts the Wii Remote, the could perform actions such as them changing the direction of a light or it could be used for tilting platforms when they have been activated. Players can activate these by standing on them; the color and the symbol of the character on the platform determines who is controlling them.
Shaking the Wii remote activates the spin jump, as seen in Super Mario World. Players can carry objects such as frozen enemies and barrels by ( with Nunchuk) and shaking the Wii Remote near the object.
It's possible to ride on Yoshi as well. In addition to his usual ability to devour enemies, he can retain many different objects in the game in his mouth including hammers, fireballs, iceballs, shells, Toads, power-ups, and other players. Yoshi can also use his Flutter Jump, a move first introduced in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Similar to Super Mario World, Yoshi can eat five apples in a course to produce an egg with a power-up or 1-Up. Yoshi cannot be harmed by sharp objects and enemies such as Spinies and Piranha Plants as long as he lands on them. Yoshi(s) brought to the end of the course must be abandoned, therefore, there are only certain levels in which players can ride Yoshis.
Toad houses and enemy encounter screens return from Super Mario Bros. 3; items obtained are stored in an inventory that can be accessed with the button ( button with the Nunchuk) on the map screen. Unlike New Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World, there is no spare item box, so players can't activate items during levels. Pressing on the map allows the player to go to any previously visited world.
Up to five stars can appear on a player's profile. The first appears after the player has beaten Bowser for the first time (using any method), the second appears when all levels (excepting Warp Cannons/Pipes and Toad Houses) have been beaten, the third appears if all Star Coins from Worlds 1 to 8 are obtained, the fourth appears when all Star Coins in World 9 have been obtained, and the fifth appears once the player has beaten every level (including Warp Cannons, etc.) and has collected every Star Coin. The stars will shine if the Super Guide block did not appear at all during the game, even if it is not used when it appears.
Debuting in the game, the Super Guide provides players assistance to clear levels. When the player has failed to pass a level at least eight times, a green box will appear at the start of the level. When the player hits the green box, the level will restart in auto-pilot mode: a computer-controlled Luigi will play the level on his own. The Super Guide will show the player how to beat the level, but does not use shortcuts, take damage or reveal secrets. While the Super Guide is running, the player can press the button on the Wii Remote at any time to take control back; the game will start exactly where the Super Guide left off. Once the player has taken control back, they cannot turn it back on in the middle of the level. The level will still be passed, even when the Super Guide assistance is used, though the level will still be red, and any stars on the profile will not shine. If the player takes over, they will continue to play as Luigi, rather than Mario. Losing a life as Luigi will allow one to control Mario again, without losing a life.
The game has nine worlds with a world map similar to New Super Mario Bros. There still are Toad Houses, towers, castles, Warp Cannons, Warp Pipes (in World 2), Beanstalks (in World 7) and horizontal "platform" Pipes (in World 6). Enemies also patrol the map screen. If the enemies come in contact with them, they must play an Enemy Course. Players must collect eight Toad Balloons to make a chest with a Toad trapped in it appear. If Toad is saved, three Super Mushrooms are rewarded. Each Enemy Course is different on each world.
There are 77 courses in the main game. Kidnapped Toads will sometimes be hidden in previously beaten levels in single-player mode. If the Toad is carried to the level exit without being damaged, Mario will be rewarded with three 1-Ups. However, only one 1-Up will be rewarded to Mario if the Toad took damage before reaching the goal. If the Toad is damaged twice, it's defeated, and Mario can't bring it to the goal anymore.
The Toads are only held captive at the following courses:
Other than the game's main campaign, which can be played with up to four players, New Super Mario Bros. Wii offers special multiplayer challenges. Those challenges have some levels taken from the campaign, and some newly created levels. There is a Free for All mode and a Coin Battle mode. Free for All mode has players competing for a high score, while Coin Battle mode has them competing for the most collected coins in the level.
World 9 is unlocked after completing the game. There are 8 stages in that world, and each stage is unlocked by collecting all the Star Coins in each of the preceding 8 worlds.
Items and objects
According to Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto had been struggling to add multiplayer in a Mario game for a long time. They further explained that Miyamoto tried to experiment with multiplayer aspects at the start of most of his Mario projects. This can be seen in pre-release screenshots of games such as Super Mario 64 DS and New Super Mario Bros., as different multiplayer aspects were evidently intended for both of those games during the earlier stages of development. But when the experiments with multiplayer failed to come to fruition, the developers focused back to what they were used to, single-player, and, for both of the aforementioned games, multiplayer was put on the back burner and became a mere tag-on that used both the game's engine and a series of dissimilar mini-games. One of the reasons multiplayer was not achieved previously was due to technical limitations. With the Wii's hardware, it allowed Miyamoto to make sure the game had all the items and enemies in the screen at once, and having the camera focusing on all the players at once.
Additionally, Nintendo is planning to add the new "demo play" feature to their future titles, with New Super Mario Bros. Wii being the flagship title for the feature. A patent on the game, then called "Kind Code", was filed by Miyamoto on June 30, 2008. It showed that it could come in three modes: Game (in which the player plays the game normally until they get stuck, at which point they can view a video that appears on the screen's top right corner on how to bypass the situation in question), Digest (in which the player watches the developers play through the game until the player decides to join the game at a particular point; the game cannot be saved in this mode), and Scene Menu (where players go directly to specific parts of the game without loading their games or watching the digest). In the final game, the Digest version of the "demo play" mode was released as "Super Guide".
References to other games
References in later games
Pre-release and unused content
Princess Peach was going to be a playable character, and the Mega Mushroom was going to be a Power-Up. Pink Yoshi was going to be Red Yoshi and Light Blue Yoshi was going to be Blue Yoshi. There was no Ice Flower and Mini Mushroom could be obtained via Roulette Block.
Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development developed the game, with the director being Shigeyuki Asuke and the producers being Takashi Tezuka and Hiroyuki Kimura.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Trading Cards are a set of trading cards based upon the game. Each booster pack contains four regular cards and one each of Tips & Tricks, Standee, Foil and FunTats.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Intermediate / Advanced Piano Solos
A book published by Alfred Music Publishing was released, containing sheet music for seventeen theme songs from the game.
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