E3 2011: New Super Mario Bros. Mii Hands-On Preview

We experience some Mario-themed multiplayer madness in this hands-on preview of New Super Mario Bros. Mii.

New Super Mario Bros. Mii was among the tech demos designed to show off the capabilities of the Wii U that Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned during the Nintendo press conference this morning, and we got our hands on it at the Nintendo booth this afternoon.

As its title suggests, this demo is very much in the mold of Nintendo's 2009 side-scrolling platformer, New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The clearest difference between that game and this one is that here, you can play as a Mii, though you can also choose to play as Mario, Luigi or Toads of various colors. Our time with the game was spent playing with three other players, and we confirmed one thing for certain: As in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, other players here are much more likely to be a hindrance than a help. With four players running and leaping across the screen, it's very difficult to stay out of the way of others. Thus, we often found ourselves colliding with other players in midair and falling to our demise. Of course, you can have some fun deliberately making things harder for your fellow players, but a team of four that spends its time working against each other isn't likely to make it very far.

We used the Wii U's tablet controller while other players used Wii Remotes. The screen on the tablet seemed to display exactly what was onscreen. We were able to use the tablet controller's touch screen to choose a character and a stage before play began. But after that, we used the D pad and buttons to move and jump--just like our remote-wielding friends. As a result, New Super Mario Bros. Mii didn't seem to highlight any unique strengths of the Wii U.

Aside from the larger controller with a screen on it and the opportunity to play as Miis, the game felt extremely familiar. Aside from being in HD, the visuals looked essentially indistinguishable from those of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and the levels we got to dash through were challenging, with quickly moving platforms and tricky jumps galore. We had fun with the demo, but we didn't feel that it was a particularly strong showcase for the Wii U's technology, at least at this stage. New Super Mario Bros. Mii may just be a tech demo that will never be seen again, but if this turns out not to be the last we see of it, we'll bring you more information on it as it becomes available.

For more info on Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U, be sure to check out our Nintendo Wii U: Everything You Need To Know feature or watch Nintendo's E3 2011 Press Conference to see the full reveal!

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ukokira1
ukokira1

this is one of those demos they should turn into a game.

StarkJJ
StarkJJ

Just a demo intended for the show...

chyng85
chyng85

Still a colorful platformer~

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

@thelostkin No No No, simple no. Allow me to clearify what gamespot has posted. This.. New Super Mario bros. Mii is nothing more than a tech demo. The above gs article said: "Mii may just be a tech demo that will never be seen again..." As of yet, this game is just a tech demo. It is not an actual game. Sadly, it seems like a mostly pointless tech demo that was only there to show the quality of the streaming. See what is on the screen, well no worries! what you see on the remote is exactly the same because the system streams quickly with no lag!

mm5048
mm5048

Its nice, just if you don't have the one for wii. If you do, it seems a bit redundant. A good release game for sure tho.

ONI_Gerbil
ONI_Gerbil

@carolynmichelle Much appreciated, and I apologized if I came off harsh. :)

thelostkin
thelostkin

wait a minute.. so they are releasing the same game except this time you can play as a Mii or different characters? are you kidding me? how about giving us a new super mario brothers wii 2?

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Hey, more New Super Mario Bros is fine with me.

Bubble_Man
Bubble_Man

And to think Nintendo used to be associated with innovation. Looks like those days are gone.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

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carolynmichelle
carolynmichelle moderator staff

@ONI_Gerbil Right you are. The story's been edited to reflect that.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

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KaBo0m
KaBo0m

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MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

@Jipset Well, at least Miis are more interesting than Blue Toad and Yellow Toad.

Jipset
Jipset

Looks good, but like the article said, it needs features that set it apart from it's predecessor (playing as a Mii isn't interesting at all IMO).

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Doesn't sound bad really. New elements are rather needed, a rehash with new characters isn't typically Nintendo's style, but so far it sounds very promising.

ONI_Gerbil
ONI_Gerbil

Reggie clearly said, TWICE, that these are TECH DEMOS. He did not imply in any way that this game will exist for the WiiU in the form that you see it, or exist at all. Please refrain from writing as if its an actual game in development. Don't forget, the Metroid tech demo for the Wii was simply a visual image that came nowhere close to what Prime 3/Other M released. Tech demos guys, not games.

trugs26
trugs26

Oh I thought this game was one of those games that aren't actually being developed for commercial release.