chavosaur Well, as I stated in my Status, I caved in and decided to purchase NSMB2. I ended up buying it on the Eshop, which I am actually very happy with. It means I do not have to switch out my cartridge's, I have not noticed any slowdown in the game, and its just convenient.

So onto my small little Review.
Now here is the biggest thing I recommend. DO NOT go into this game with a sense of wanting to beat it. If you do, your going to blast through the whole game in like 2 hours and really feel like you wasted your money. I've put an hour into the game already and am just now on world 2. Why? Because there is so much to take in.

See, I have always been skeptical about 3D on the 3DS. And I was also skeptical about NSMB2 reusing many graphics from the original. But turning on the 3D has never immersed me more into the game. I was Shocked when I slid up my 3D slider, too see the graphics brighten up. To see the depth enhance, and really feel drawn into the world. I have never seen a gold coin shine more, or notice the detail they worked hard to implement in the game.

Now I know most people's opinion right now is, "This guy is just trying way to hard to justify his 40$ Purchase." And in a way, maybe I am. But continue to hear me out on what is really charming me about this game.

Now even with 3D on, and being a downloaded title when I have barely any room with on my SD card, there is NO slowdown. The game runs so smooth, and the graphics stay crisp.
Collecting is of course the main objective of this game. Gotta grab all that loot! The concept of wanting to grab tons of coins really reminded me of Wario, and before I bought the game, I was turned off to the Idea of collecting a bunch of coins.
But the new power ups, and opportunities of coin collecting really make it entertaining. Its so neat to pick up speed like your playing Sonic the Hedgehog, and watch coins shoot out of your head into your coin count.
Or to pick up that Golden ring, and throw a koopa shell and chase it, loot filling your pockets along the way.

Then of course we have the star coins. Now, don't get me wrong, I never really have a problem finding star coins in mario games. They are normally placed in horribly obvious places. But I personally feel Nintendo really attempted to make the game a hunting game, and decided to actually hide some of their star coins . Like i said, I have clocked an hour into the game, only on world one, and still am hunting for certain star coins that are eluding my grasp.

Now onto some complaints of mine.

Coin rush is an interesting feature. It will randomly generate 3 levels for you out of a certain world, and your goal is to rush to the end grabbing as many coins as fast as possible. Personally, this seems like a waste. I feel as though Nintendo could have gone a much better route by implementing mini games, like they did in the original NSMB. Trust me, if where ever you live lacks streetpasses, coin rush is going to be useless to you.

As I said before, if you go into this game looking to play through it, it is NOT going to take you long. Probably 2 hours tops. And that is a downright shame for this game. Mario games are platformers sure, but It takes a lot for someone to justify a 40$ purchase on a two hour game. I DO NOT recommend it to anyone who does not feel like hunting and collecting things. And I seriously feel like the game could have been lengthened a bit more.
Thankfully, Nintendo has promised DLC in the future, but I personally feel like it is a waste to buy dlc. Not because i'm one of those, "DLC should never exist, it should be on the game in the first place, herpderp," Kinds of people. Its because, thinking like the majority would, I couldn't justify paying money for more levels that would add maybe 20 mins to my game. Unless they plan on adding extra worlds, or even mini games, I won't be buying DLC. (Much rather wait for MK7 DLC)

The sound in this game is just like every other Mario game. LITERALLY. It feels like they ripped soundtracks from all previous Mario games, added a tone or two, and slapped it in the game. I love Mario music (I actually have some on my iPod), But this was just laziness on Nintendo's part.
Not to mention the fact that Luigi Sounds ridiculous now. Then again, Ive never really taken the sound of Luigi seriously...

I've covered all the bases I can think of so far in my experience with the game, I tried to be as honest as possible as well. It's like I said, maybe i am just trying to justify my 40$ purchase of the game. But I am actually a little charmed by the game, and I must say, its looks and feels pretty nice.


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