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Re: New Super Mario Bros 2 & Kirby announcement


warioswoods wrote:

Hmm... I don't know.

I loved NSMB on the Wii, but I found the original DS game to have the blandest level design in the history of Mario's main series. Now, if NSMB2 were to take a cue from SMB2 and feature a crazy, imaginative alternate world filled with all the odd elements from that black-sheep classic, I'd be all over it. But if it uses all the same art assets as the first game, what's the dang point?

I thought so as well, and I sold the game after playing through it the first time. However I was then forced to go back to it to create a guide showing all of the Star Coins for work (www.videogamesblogger, now my former gig) and you know what happened? I fell in love with it. I don't know, I think it's like with a music album.... often times, such as with Flyleaf's Sophomore effort Memento Mori, I didn't like that album until I listened to it beginning to end and then some for the FIFTH time. And then I loved it. Same with NSMB DS, not until I was forced to get every Coin did I somehow come to the realization that it was actually brilliantly designed. Because I had the SAME exact opinion as you, in so much that I hated the game and thought it was THE worst thing Nintendo had ever done (I should add that I never have, still, gotten around to playing the Wii version). But I ended up changing my tune.

And now that my tune has changed, I'm thinking I should revisit Yoshi's Island DS, cause I had the same opinion about that game when I first played through it for my review:

My chief complaint with both games, and some of Nintendo's more recent titles, were that they weren't memorable. NSMB DS was like the epitomy of that. And I still think so, although now I no longer think the level design was horrible. Although BLAND, I do think I agree with you there for the most part. But I still think you should think about revisiting it and really playing through it with the goal of finding all the Coins, and see if your opinion changes.

"Don't tell me it's not your choice, you sold a blessed future for some noise." No Reason To Exist by Demon Hunter


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