New Super Mario Bros.
New Super Mario Bros. is a side-scrolling 2.5D action-adventure platformer game released for the Nintendo DS in 2006, starring Mario and Luigi. It is notable for being the first side-scrolling platformer in the Mario series in 13½ years (discounting re-releases and remakes)1, with the last sidescroller before it being 1992's Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. The game features a solo story mode with Mario or Luigi, a two-player wireless Mario Vs. Luigi mode, as well as a minigame mode for up to four players. The multiplayer games support both single-card and multi-card play. Most of the minigames are the same as those featured in Super Mario 64 DS, which are no longer required to be unlocked.
New Super Mario Bros. is the first Mario platformer to be originally released outside Japan since Super Mario Bros. 2, and is the first Mario game to be officially localized to Spanish for Latin America, but only on re-releases. It received a follow-up game for the Wii, New Super Mario Bros. Wii in 2009, and eventually a sequel for the Nintendo 3DS, New Super Mario Bros. 2, in 2012.
Mario (or Luigi) and Princess Peach are walking together around Peach's Castle, when a mysterious thundercloud appears and strikes the castle with lightning. Mario goes to investigate, but while he is there, Bowser Jr. sneaks behind a bush, kidnaps Peach and flees. Mario gives chase, and Bowser Jr. drags her behind him. While Mario is chasing Bowser Jr., they go off-screen, and Mario takes a hit, reverting into his smaller form. Bowser Jr. runs away and Mario continues to chase him.
In the intro where the player keeps the title screen idle, after the part where Mario starts chasing Bowser Jr., Mario retreats from an incoming green Koopa Shell, and takes the hit off-screen. He continues to chase Bowser Jr. after jumping to hit the game's logo back into place.
In an alternate intro, Luigi walks into the scene before the green Koopa shell follows after Mario. Mario and Luigi both run from the shell simultaneously, and take the hit off-screen. Mario then jumps to fix the game's logo and runs after Bowser Jr. Luigi, who is far behind, follows after Mario in a desperate attempt to catch up to him.
The end of the first world has Bowser as its boss and after Mario or Luigi presses a switch that destroys the floor, Bowser falls into a pit of lava. Bowser's skin is burned off and he becomes a skinless, Dry Bones-like version of himself, named Dry Bowser. Later, at the game's final world, Mario or Luigi has to face this undead version of Bowser as the penultimate boss. Dry Bowser falls into a pit, but Bowser Jr. somehow finds his father's bones, and he revives him by tossing his remains into a cauldron, which results in not only Bowser resurrected, but him roughly three times in size. Mario or Luigi, Bowser, and Bowser Jr. then proceed to battle. Princess Peach is watching with fear from a platform above.
In the end, Mario or Luigi defeats Bowser and his son, sending the two into another pit and saving Peach. The platform breaks, and Peach gives Mario or Luigi a kiss, which the hero responds to with a nervous chuckle. Then they return to the castle together, and the credits roll. After the ending sequence, Bowser Jr. is shown dragging his unconscious father across the castle floor. When he notices the player watching him, he growls at the player and then continues on dragging his father.
The gameplay of New Super Mario Bros. is very much like that of the classic 2D platformers, mostly Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3, and substantially builds upon them to create gameplay both classic and contemporary. One of the two control modes can be selected in the Options menu: jumping with / and dashing with / , or jumping with / and dashing with / . Mario is controlled with the , and the Touch Screen is only required to activate the stored item, which is used similarly to stored items in Super Mario World. When Mario enters a pipe to a secret area, the top screen and the touch screen are switched, and the gameplay continues on the touch screen until Mario exits that area. During that period the stored item cannot be activated.
Moves and items
The Wall Jump makes its first appearance in a 2D game since being introduced to 3D Mario games starting with Super Mario 64. In contrast to the 3D games, Mario has to slide down a wall for a small amount of time before being able to jump. This technique lets Mario or Luigi reach new areas by bouncing off the side of any wall or vertical object, and is useful for escaping from a fall down a pit. Mario has the ability to Ground Pound by pressing down when he is in the air, allowing him to crush blocks under him. There are many new power-ups, like the Blue Shell that lets Mario or Luigi to travel like a kicked Koopa shell, the Mega Mushroom that makes Mario grow about three to five times his size (similarly to the mushroom seen in Super Mario 64 DS), and the Mini Mushroom which causes Mario or Luigi to shrink to about half of Small Mario's size, allowing him to fit through tiny pipes and passages, jump higher and longer, and dash across the top of water. However, some items remain unchanged, such as the Super Mushroom, the Starman, and the Fire Flower.
As in the western release of Super Mario Bros. 3 and most later games, Mario or Luigi does not power down to Small form if he is powered up with a Fire Flower or Blue Koopa Shell when he takes damage; he instead reverts to Super Mario, unlike in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World.
Another secret is Challenge Mode. This means the player cannot scroll the camera to the left or downward like in Super Mario Bros. It is only available when the player has completed the game. To unlock it, the player should go to the map screen (any world) and press , then press , , , , , , , . It will also show an arrow pointing right on the world maps and levels touch screen. This means that Mario cannot turn back in all the courses (including towers), which adds the feeling of the original game even more.
It is also possible to play as Luigi in single player mode by holding down ++ when selecting a file. There are no gameplay differences between the brothers. The character does not get locked as default - players can choose a different character every time they load the game. After the final boss has been beaten, a star appears next to the Save Game function. When the player has completed all levels, there are two stars next to it. When the player collects and spends all the Star Coins in the game, there will be three stars on the save file.
Within the levels, whenever the music plays a vocal riff "bah bah" (or in the case of the underwater levels, bell trees), some enemies and power-ups move to the beat. This includes the Overworld, Athletic, Underground, Desert, Beach and Volcano themes. Examples of enemy/object movements include Goombas hopping, Koopa Troopas turn to face the player, Spinies switch direction, power-ups hop and Cheep-Cheeps do side flips. Goombas can actually dodge a Koopa Shell with the hop. This also happens in every other game in the New Super Mario Bros. line.
If Mario finishes a level with the last 2 numbers of the time limit the same except for 00, the "Course Clear" theme from Super Mario Bros. plays in place of the normal one. Fireworks also occur, appearing the amount the numbers specify (e.g. 2 blasts for x22, 7 blasts for x77). A Toad House will also appear on the first space of that specific world (unless there is one there already).
Worlds and levels
The game features a world map, with alternative and secret paths (like Super Mario World). Alternate paths can be unlocked with Star Coins. There are three in each level, usually adding an extra challenge for the player apart from simply reaching the flagpole. Some Star Coins are in clear sight while others are hidden in Warp Pipes, up Beanstalks, or other inconspicuous places. On the world map, signs block paths that require five Star Coins to open. After a player defeats Bowser and Bowser Jr. in Bowser's Castle, a new, mysterious Blue Toad House will appear just above World 1. It is a market, and for 20 Star Coins, the player can buy a wallpaper for the bottom screen. The fifth and final background is only available after all of the 32 Star Coin Signs have been opened. Sometimes Hammer Bros. and Flying ? Blocks appear on the map; offering items within the beginning of the level.
Mario or Luigi only has to go through 3 of the eight worlds — using the World 1 cannon to go to World 5, and World 5 cannon to World 8. After World 2, Mario gets to either of World 3 or World 4, and the world following both of those is World 5. After World 5, Mario can get to either World 6 or 7 in the same fashion. Mario or Luigi must defeat the World 2 or World 5 bosses in Mini Mario form to instead reach World 4 and World 7, respectively.
2 - means the exit is obtained by defeating the Castle boss whilst in either Mario or Luigi's Mini form, and means that the exit is obtained by using the world's cannon.
The following is the number of Toad Houses, of each type, per world.
Story Mode characters
Story Mode bosses
Enemies and obstacles
New enemies are marked with an asterisk (*).
There are nine different bosses found in New Super Mario Bros., with Bowser and Bowser Jr. encountered multiple times. With the exception of Bowser, Bowser Jr. and Petey Piranha, all the other bosses in the game made their first appearance. Furthermore, none of them have appeared in any other games except for Dry Bowser.
Mario Vs. Luigi
In this two-player mode, Mario and Luigi compete for a number of big stars. Those stars will appear at random in the side-scrolling stages. The stages are wrapped, so players that cross the end of each of those stages loop to the beginning. When Mario or Luigi are hit by enemies, hit each other, stomp on each other, or are defeated, they lose a star, which can then be again collected by any of the brothers. Getting ground-pounded causes a brother to lose three big stars. The first brother to reach the previously set amount of stars wins the game. When a brother collects eight coins, a random power up will appear – Mushroom, Fire Flower, Blue Shell, Mini Mushroom, Starman, or Mega Mushroom (which only is given to the losing player). When a brother has a certain amount of victories, he wins the match. The following stages can be played:
In addition to the modes above, this game also features a selection of minigames. Most of the minigames featured in New Super Mario Bros. are the same as the ones from Super Mario 64 DS, but some new ones are also present. The games are not divided based on the characters that unlock them by catching rabbits, and instead are divided into several categories. This game also features the option to either play several single player minigames, or play several multiplayer minigames, in which multiple players compete against each other in a series of minigames specially designed for multiple players to earn the highest score.
If the player taps the letters as the credits roll, they will make sound effects heard throughout the game, with each letter of the alphabet making a different sound, except for letters D and E, which share the same sound (however, the letter Q does not appear at all during the credits). Punctuation marks also make sound effects. Tapping the background makes the sound effect of Mario jumping. If the player completes the game using Luigi, Mario's voice clips are substituted with Luigi's ones. Photos of the levels that the player has completed and the bosses that they have faced are shown on the top screen during the credits.
References to other games
References in later games
New Super Mario Bros. received, overall, critical acclaim, with the most praise going to it being an excellent revamp and revival of the 2D platformers, while still being a new and original game in its own right. IGN gave it a 9.5/10, saying the game "marked a brilliant return to Mario's side-scrolling environments, with elements that reintroduced the classic touch". It was also given a high rating by GameSpot, who rated it 9/10. 
New Super Mario Bros. is the best-selling game for the Nintendo DS, having sold 30.80 million copies worldwide.
Super Mario-Kun adaptation
New Super Mario Bros. is featured in the Super Mario-Kun manga. Only one volume is based on the game. Though it follows the story in some segments in these volumes from the game, it continues the key plot element differences, as in every volume in the Super Mario-Kun manga series.
Differences in the Super Mario-Kun manga
Pre-release and unused content
In some demo versions used in kiosks during 2005, and in the E3 2005 trailer version, Mega Goombas were a generic species, rather than an individual boss. They appeared as difficult enemies, in one of the 2005 demos, as well as being a boss, similar to in the final game. A screenshot featuring of early map icons exists on page twelve of one of the final versions of the US manual. There were originally three item reserve spots rather than one. Spindrift was also supposed to be in the game, but got replaced by the blue spinning platforms in World 1-3 and other levels.
Above the Ceiling
In World 2, 3, and 5-Tower, Mario must go to the top of the tower. Then, they fight Bowser Jr., and must stomp on him twice. Then, he will go his usual routine trying to jump on Mario. Mario must time it right so when he jumps to the highest point, they can jump on him. Also, Mario must use the technique where they can jump higher off an enemy. He has to aim towards the ceiling, and, if done correctly, Mario or Luigi should be on top of the roof. The usual animation of Bowser Jr. running away will show and the Mario or Luigi face signal turns halfway because the player cannot see Mario.
Bowser Jr. Death by Falling
In World 5-Tower, Mario should get to the boss, then walk to the edge while Bowser Jr. charges at him. If done correctly, Bowser Jr. will charge off the platform. Then the screen will zoom out to show an empty area. The only way to escape is to fall off the platform. Once Mario loses a life, the screen will shake and teleport them to the map.
Mega Mushroom Storing Trick
When Mario finds a "wild" Mega Mushroom in a level (1-1, 1-2, 4-4, and 7-5) (not in a Toad House) they must let the Mega Mushroom run to any unbreakable Block (empty ? Block, empty brick, etc.). He must jump against the Mega Mushroom and the block in the same frame. When done right, the character will not become Mega. Instead, a Mega Mushroom will be in Mario's Item Storage.
Map & Level Design
Names in other languages
1 - Specifically, 13 years, 6 months, and 25 days between the first release of both respective titles.