New Super Mario Bros. Wii Press Conference Impressions

New Super Mario Bros. is heading to the Wii, and Nintendo gave us a brief demo at its E3 2009 press conference.

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Mario's been around for more than 20 years and has featured upward of 200 million games sold worldwide. Back in 2006, Nintendo returned to where it all started, Super Mario Bros, with a remixed version for the DS. New Super Mario Bros was released to critical acclaim, and since then Nintendo fans have been waiting for a sequel.

During this morning's press conference, Nintendo's executive vice president for marketing, Cammie Dunaway, announced that a sequel would be coming this year--not to the DS, but rather to its home-console sibling, the Wii. Although Mario has featured in two and three dimensions before, this time around Shigeru Miyamoto decided to take him into the "fourth dimension" with four-player competitive and cooperative multiplayer.

Product manager Bill Trinen introduced New Super Mario Bros Wii to the audience at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Developed in Nintendo's Kyoto studio, New Super Mario Bros Wii will let you play with up to four friends with characters that include Mario, Luigi, a blue toad, and a yellow toad. Four helpers including Dunaway grabbed a Wii Remote and played through a typical Super Mario Bros stage during the demo. The level features brown dirt underfoot, green rolling grass, and the quirky cylindrical hills of the Mushroom Kingdom that Mario fans are more than familiar with. How you play the game is completely up to you. Friendly play is a viable option, and for fans of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, all-out battle against your coplayers is also possible.

In the side-scrolling platformer, you can pick up and carry players and choose whether to protect them from attack or throw them at an enemy, presumably injuring them in the process. When players lose a life, they return within a bubble, and you can choose to burst the bubble to let them back in or let them bounce around helplessly. New SMB Wii features Mario regulars such as warp pipes, hidden areas, and coins. In the demo, the four players went underground to a typical coin room and raced to collect the most coins.

The camera automatically zooms out to show all players, but you can be left behind if you're too slow, which might cost you a life. A new propeller suit, collected with a P icon from a question-mark box, lets you perform a high jump and drift slowly back down to the ground. At the end of each level, a scoreboard shows how each player fared, with overall scores and extra stats. New Super Mario Bros Wii will be coming this holiday season and will be playable on the E3 expo floor, so be sure to check back for a more in-depth preview later on.

Discussion

33 comments
stewie1000
stewie1000

awesome i cant wait till dis im the ULTIMATE MARIO fan

bluesteel13
bluesteel13

Looking forward to this expecially the multiplayer.

Hockenberry
Hockenberry

I dont like how everyone makes a big deal about multiplayer and co-op nowadays, but the game actually does look good. It is nice to see Nintendo releasing a good game for once lol. But yeah this looks really good but can someone tell me, is this a remake from the first one or does it have a new story line? My friends and I were wondering. Thanks!

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

This game is going to be really fun but I wish it had Wifi that would make it ten times more fun.

lightning_kf
lightning_kf

mhder Basically what he's trying to say is: GOOD GAMES.....TAKE "TIME" TO MAKE. Unless you want these beloved mascots to become unfavorable shovelware that people hate on the Wii. Let the lazy 3rd-party developers throw out crappy games for quick bucks and leave the 1st-party big names alone. Hell I'm upset that a new Kirby hasn't been announced, but it would be worth it if HAL takes the time to make one to look spectacular. Good games are NOT rushed. God gamers nowadays. Want so much in short time then complain when it's crap.

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

I am a bit in the middle over the 4 players at once. It does offer a new set of ideas and it could be really funa dn it seems to target the casual audience and hardcore.

pakhair
pakhair

I m interested..........

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

I'll say it again. Wii, no. DS, yes. Then we have a deal. Stop making this and go make a new F-Zero for a change.

wiiwiieddie
wiiwiieddie

I hope the levels arnt the same as the ds

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Thank God they returned to 2D/3D. Thank you Nintendo, this looks awesome.

mhder
mhder

To all the people whining about star fox etc: Nintendo tends to make games when the have an idea for it. They don't make games for the sake of making it. If they did, games would end up like ~ like ~ those movie games. You force a game out of a theme and it turns out to be crap. If nobody has a new or innovative idea for Star fox or fzero, they won't force a game out of the franchise just for the sake of it like companies do with movie titles. By waiting for the right idea to come along, they ensure that they get a half decent title. If you've seen any Miyamoto interviews, you heard him say they propose game ideas etc BUT never do they say- we want to make a mario ??? -> now brainstorm ideas and make it work. They go from ideas to the title, not from the title down to the ideas. And after all these years, I think it's a formula that works more often than not.

gmax
gmax

Even more Mario...

npramsey
npramsey

@ Sharvie: Nintendo has gone off the deep end doing new things. They virtually abandoned their old market, and fans. Its nice to see them making new games instead of peripherals and lifestyle software. Other platforms are relying on sequels lately too, and I'm quite content with that.

Sharvie
Sharvie

I wish they'd come out with something new. While i do enjoy the Mario games, they can get tedious.

grorusso
grorusso

dam it! were's kid icarus,were is f-zero,were is starfox,were is kirby,were is earthbound,were is,castlevania,were is my naruto shippuden clash of ninja revolution 3? and what the hell,wii vitality,wii fit plus,wii sports resort, darn stop with all these silly "for everyone *caught people who dont want to do exercise or play sports around people/public caught*games" is over! nintendo it's over how do they want to win the console wars and bring hardcore gamers with all of this? hopefully this game and metroid,no more heroes 2,red steel 2 and others will at least lift up the already dead "Nintendo Wii" seriosly do they plan on making the same error as the gamecube?

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

new super mario bros: four swords adventures

dark_being
dark_being

That's the new idea? 4 players? not much of a selling point...

Phalanx-2k6
Phalanx-2k6

I was really disappointed by this years E3, sorry Nintendo but I'm with Microsoft this year. Vitality sensor, what were you thinking...?

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Nintendo, STOP MAKING MARIO! We want star fox, pilot wings, kid icarus. If you want a "darker" game you already have one in your history and in your own wii shop channel, its called CASTLEVANIA! REMAKE IT.

uwtrack400
uwtrack400

When will Wii make its own games and stop using the same game over and over.

thrubeingcool13
thrubeingcool13

@ naruto: How can you possibly make fun of something "casual" when you watch a japanimation show that all the 12 year olds watch?

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

Lot's said E3 09 sucked, but it didn't..... It's definitely better than last years... Mario game, has broke history. The first console which has 2 3D Mario Games ...and the 1st Multiplayer Mario, w/ traditional gameplay! Mega Cool!

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

Finally a multiplayer Mario platformer. :D

Naruto
Naruto

I wonder if Nintendo will ever introduce a new original IP that isn't super casual.