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New Super Mario Bros. 2 Confirmed

by Andrew Brown - April 20, 2012, 8:47 pm PDT
Total comments: 33 Source: Nintendo Direct

A true sequel to 2006's 2D revival game is coming, sooner than you think!

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is coming to 3DS in North America, Europe, and Japan in August, Satoru Iwata revealed during Nintendo Direct today. Nintendo of America confirmed the North American release on Twitter shortly after. Nintendo of Europe confirmed it during their own Nintendo Direct the several hours later.

The brief imagery shown featured Raccoon Mario, with a full flying ability just like in Super Mario Bros 3 complete with a P-charge bar in the lower left corner. The screenshots also showed climbable spider webs, a sparkling golden Mario charging through a castle level, and a level crowded with shiny golden enemies.

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Talkback

AdrianwiiApril 20, 2012

Looks like a good game but the graphics should be more updated. The game should of been called "New Super Mario Bros 3D" because New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the 2nd version.

EyothrieApril 20, 2012

P-wing!

KarmacodeApril 20, 2012

I was hoping with "New Super Mario Bros. 2" they would incorporate some SMB2 elements.

StrawHatChopperApril 20, 2012

NOA confirmed on their Facebook page that NSMB2 is releasing in the US this August!

tendoboy1984April 20, 2012

"No release markets outside of Japan were confirmed."


Really guys? It's Mario, it will be sold everywhere.

tendoboy1984April 20, 2012

Now I can finally get rid of NSMB DS. Hopefully the 3DS version will have a level editor.

EnnerApril 20, 2012

So this year we will getting New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. Mii? Well, I guess Nintendo wants to make it's bottom line look good for investors.


I hope there will be a bunch of new and interesting mechanics and levels in both games that excite me, but given previous entries of the series I expect the games will be safe and familiar. They will probably be fun to play, though.

tendoboy1984April 20, 2012

LEVEL EDITOR PLEASE!


K thnx

TrueNerdApril 20, 2012

I demand to know what team is behind this and the Wii U version. Hopefully these games are more inspired than their predecessors.

AdrockApril 20, 2012

Flying opens up the level design considerably. I would like Nintendo to move on from the New series because I feel like its constricting their creativity. Still, the leaf power up has potential to spice up the gameplay. I'll be buying this since I buy every Mario game and I like 2D games. Seems like a step backwards from Super Mario 3D Land though.

FZeroBoyoApril 20, 2012

Like it or not, New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii both sold incredibly well. That trend could very well continue with this game.

ThomasOApril 20, 2012

At least they didn't continue the add-words-to-name pattern and name it "New Super Mario Bros. Wii 3DS".

tendoboy1984April 20, 2012

Quote from: ThomasO

At least they didn't continue the add-words-to-name pattern and name it "New Super Mario Bros. Wii 3DS".

Technically, NSMB Wii was the 2nd game, so this should be called "New Super Mario Bros. 3".


Hopefully the Koopa Kids are back! And since this is taking many cues from Super Mario Bros. 3, I expect to see a level with the Kuribo Shoe...

Luigi DudeApril 20, 2012

The fact that this is coming out in August means NSMB Wii U probably isn't going to come out until sometime in 2013.  Since the Wii U isn't going to come out until November, there's no way in hell Nintendo is going to release two 2D Mario games within 3 months of each other.  Mario Galaxy 2 was done by the end of 2009 but Nintendo delayed its release over 6 months because they didn't want it to take away any attention for NSMB Wii's during the 2009 holiday season.  Considering gameplay wise, Galaxy 2 was very different from NSMB, and yet Nintendo delayed it 6 months, I wouldn't expect NSMB Wii U to come out until at least mid 2013 now.

I mean really, just look at how the holiday season would go this year if Nintendo released both games.  One 2D Mario game for $40 on a $170 system, while another ones $50 on a $300 system.  Yeah I'm pretty sure Nintendo knows which game the majority of the Mario audience would by this holiday and sense the Wii U is launching this November and will really need the holiday sales to give it a great launch, using a NSMB just isn't an option anymore since the 3DS will have just gotten a similar game and take away most attention a Wii U version would originally have gotten during the same time.

motangApril 20, 2012

Can't wait!  ;D

AdrockApril 20, 2012

Quote from: Luigi

Yeah I'm pretty sure Nintendo knows which game the majority of the Mario audience would by this holiday and sense the Wii U is launching this November and will really need the holiday sales to give it a great launch, using a NSMB just isn't an option anymore since the 3DS will have just gotten a similar game and take away most attention a Wii U version would originally have gotten during the same time.

Well, then, wouldn't it make more sense to delay the 3DS game so Nintendo can launch Wii U with a Mario game?

tendoboy1984April 20, 2012

Quote from: Luigi

I mean really, just look at how the holiday season would go this year if Nintendo released both games.  One 2D Mario game for $40 on a $170 system, while another ones $50 on a $300 system.

I'd love to know where you got those prices from. The Wii U Mario game could be downloadable for all we know.

Luigi DudeApril 20, 2012

Quote from: Adrock

Well, then, wouldn't it make more sense to delay the 3DS game so Nintendo can launch Wii U with a Mario game?

Yes it really would.  Having a NSMB for the Wii U launch would have worked perfectly sense it would have been exactly 3 years since NSMB Wii came out which would have given the Wii U version a huge amount of attention.  Nintendo has now taken away a lot of NSMB Wii U's hype since there's already a newer NSMB that be fresh in everyone's mind with nobody really feeling a need to buy NSMB Wii U right away because they'll have just played the 3DS version.

This kind of makes me wonder if there's going to be something radically different about the Wii U version now that really sets both games apart because the Wii U game is going to need something to get people's attention because right now the 3DS version is going to overshadow it if both games end up similar.

Quote from: tendoboy1984

I'd love to know where you got those prices from. The Wii U Mario game could be downloadable for all we know.

NSMB Wii sold over 20 million copies as a $50 game before Nintendo even started packing it in with the systems.  I don't need to find any facts because Nintendo is a company that loves money and if they know they can sell a game like NSMB on a home console for $50 and sell 20 million copies, they're going to release its sequel for another $50.

EnnerApril 21, 2012

Maybe it isn't New Super Mario Bros. Mii anymore but Super Mario Bros. 4 by Good Feel.

I don't know if this is crazier in the wishful thinking department, but perhaps New Super Mario Bros. Mii is smaller game than expected and is loaded on to every Wii U as the launch period pack-in. Maybe there could be some connectivity between New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. Mii as well.

tendoboy1984April 21, 2012

Quote from: Enner

Maybe it isn't New Super Mario Bros. Mii anymore but Super Mario Bros. 4 by Good Feel.

I don't know if this is crazier in the wishful thinking department, but perhaps New Super Mario Bros. Mii is smaller game than expected and is loaded on to every Wii U as the launch period pack-in. Maybe there could be some connectivity between New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. Mii as well.

Super Mario World is Super Mario Bros. 4 (in Japan, it has "Super Mario Bros. 4" as a subtitle).


Technically, that would make NSMB DS "Super Mario Bros. 5", and NSMB Wii "Super Mario Bros. 6". That would mean NSMB 2 (3DS) is "Super Mario Bros. 7".

AdrockApril 21, 2012

Quote from: Luigi

This kind of makes me wonder if there's going to be something radically different about the Wii U version now that really sets both games apart because the Wii U game is going to need something to get people's attention because right now the 3DS version is going to overshadow it if both games end up similar.

I was thinking the same thing. What if Wii U still launches with Mario but it's not a "New" series entry? What if it's it's own line? That would certainly draw attention more than a sequel would, granted it doesn't suck. That would be the best case scenario.

Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)April 21, 2012

Quote from: Adrock

Flying opens up the level design considerably. I would like Nintendo to move on from the New series because I feel like its constricting their creativity. Still, the leaf power up has potential to spice up the gameplay. I'll be buying this since I buy every Mario game and I like 2D games. Seems like a step backwards from Super Mario 3D Land though.

Yeah, I feel pretty much the same way. This is a very safe announcement, delving into familiar territory. Not necessarily a bad thing, of course; I greatly enjoyed both NSMB and NSMB Wii, and I'm sure this will be lots of fun as well. But will it be as clever or unique as Super Mario 3D Land? I'm leaning towards 'no', though who can say at this point with just a handful of screenshots to go on? Here's hoping that they've got some real surprises in store.

TJ SpykeApril 21, 2012

Quote from: tendoboy1984

Quote from: Enner

Maybe it isn't New Super Mario Bros. Mii anymore but Super Mario Bros. 4 by Good Feel.

I don't know if this is crazier in the wishful thinking department, but perhaps New Super Mario Bros. Mii is smaller game than expected and is loaded on to every Wii U as the launch period pack-in. Maybe there could be some connectivity between New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. Mii as well.

Super Mario World is Super Mario Bros. 4 (in Japan, it has "Super Mario Bros. 4" as a subtitle).


Technically, that would make NSMB DS "Super Mario Bros. 5", and NSMB Wii "Super Mario Bros. 6". That would mean NSMB 2 (3DS) is "Super Mario Bros. 7".

Not at all. Fans don't get to pick which count. That would be like saying that Halo 3 should have been called Halo 4.

TrueNerdApril 22, 2012

And where does Super Mario Advanced 3: Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2 fit into that numbering system?

Quote from: TrueNerd

And where does Super Mario Advanced 3: Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2 fit into that numbering system?

It doesn't, you're mixing up names.
The SNES version is Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island,
The GBA version is Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorApril 22, 2012

42.

Padawan of WinduApril 23, 2012

While I squealed in joy while watching this get announced during Nintendo Direct, I was definitely one of the people hoping for a new art style.  I mean, look at Mario 1,2,3, World, and World 2.  Look at how vastly unique each one of those games look.  Now look at New Super Mario 1, Wii, and 2.  Nearly identical.  That's my only disappointment.  Raccoon tail and flying make me truly happy; finally!  Bowser's children better be in this, too, that was my absolute favorite part of Mario Bros. Wii!

Ian SaneApril 23, 2012

I remember an article in some old game mag in the 90's comparing Sonice to Mario and the big praise of the Mario series was that each game had major changes to the formula while Sonic's four Genesis games were much more conservative and conventional as sequels.  Here we are now and Mario is conservative.  The NSMB series is intentionally conservative and safe.  I'd argue that that is anti-Mario and anti-Nintendo.

I became a Nintendo fan because they weren't cookie cutter.  Now they're the conservative retro sequel company.  There is nothing surprising or interesting about the announcement of this game whatsoever.  It's just "oh yeah, they're making a cookie-cutter sequel to a game that was embarassingly generic to begin with."

I swear the Nintendo of today would never have made Yoshi's Island.  That was WAY too daring of a game, especially one to be marketed as a sequel to Super Mario World.

Another bummer about this is that the super cool fan idea of having NSMB 2 be based on SMB2 is not happening.  Having a modern take on each individual classic Mario game is a much cooler and much more original idea than just having a generic retro series.

It is kind of odd that they're taking a major mechanic from Mario 3 and this is the third NSMB game, but they still called it New Super Mario Bros. 2. If they were going to do this, they should have gone all-out with the Mario 3 stuff, including an art style in more of its vein, and called it New Super Mario Bros. 3. Seems like a real missed opportunity.

GoldenPhoenixApril 23, 2012

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

It is kind of odd that they're taking a major mechanic from Mario 3 and this is the third NSMB game, but they still called it New Super Mario Bros. 2. If they were going to do this, they should have gone all-out with the Mario 3 stuff, including an art style in more of its vein, and called it New Super Mario Bros. 3. Seems like a real missed opportunity.

Would have been interesting if they did do the series like SMBA only that they reimagined each game visually and  design in places. They would still be "new" games but be another interpretation of the original games. Right now they seem stuck in a weird realm of overly simplified, generic looking, yet trying to pull in nostalgia elements.

That'd be one way to get me to quadruple-dip and buy those games all over again on the eShop. Maybe get Miyamoto in there to revisit his choices, and make some modifications based on hindsight.

Evan_BApril 23, 2012

Or, you know... it could have communication abilities with NSMBWiiU, which would drive the interest up for the latter.

I mean, I'm not really that upset with this announcement, on second thought. Whenever Nintendo releases a sequel, it's always good in some way. Galaxy 2 is leaps and bounds better than the first, and I think they'll add some cool stuff to this game, too.

tendoboy1984April 24, 2012

Quote from: Evan_B

Or, you know... it could have communication abilities with NSMBWiiU, which would drive the interest up for the latter.

I mean, I'm not really that upset with this announcement, on second thought. Whenever Nintendo releases a sequel, it's always good in some way. Galaxy 2 is leaps and bounds better than the first, and I think they'll add some cool stuff to this game, too.

NSMB Wii was a sequel to NSMB DS, and they improved upon that game in every way (graphics, multiplayer, level design, sound design, bringing back the Koopalings, etc.). So I have my hopes up for NSMB 2 (or as I call it, the actual NSMB 3).

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