New Super Mario Bros. 2 Is Essentially A Score Attack Game

By Spencer . June 8, 2012 . 11:34am

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The first thing I noticed when I played New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the coin counter had four digits and that’s because coins show up everywhere. Jumping through a gold ring made Cheep Cheeps carry a trail of coins when they hop out of the water. Bouncing on one of the flying fishes rewarded Mario with five coins. Shooting a Piranha Plant with a fireball gave Mario another five coins. New coin blocks rotate between a five to fifty coin bounty just for hitting them. Collect all eight red coins after hopping through a red hoop and you’ll get a gold mushroom worth another 50 coins. Extra lives shouldn’t be a problem in New Super Mario Bros. 2 if 100 coins equals a 1up, but for the demo players only had one life.

 

So, I was more careful than usual when I went through the second level, a sand area and a showcase for the Gold Flower. Hidden in an underground area, the Gold Flower lets Mario shoot fireballs that turn blocks into coins. This level had a Star Coin hidden behind bricks that I had to break using a gold fireball barrage. Defeating enemies with gold fireballs also gives Mario a coin bonus too. Still want more coins? If you touch the top of a flagpole you get a 2x coin bonus. By the end of the second level, I was pretty close to the 1,000 mark.

 

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The third stage was a fortress area, which scaled vertically and had new skeleton goombas waddling around. I skipped past most of the obstacles by flying up the fortress with the raccoon tail. Like Super Mario Bros. 3, you need to get a running start, but can run back and forth to gain enough momentum to fly.

 

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Remember Super Mario World? Reznor is back. These tiny triceratops stand underneath question mark blocks. Players have to bop the blocks to defeat him. After clearing all three areas, I got another double coin bonus.

 

I played New Super Mario Bros. U earlier this week and the block creating Boost Mode is designed for exploration or speed runs. New Super Mario Bros. 2 felt more like it was geared towards score attack gameplay where players will compare how many thousands of coins they can earn from each level.

 

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is slated for release on August 19 in North America.


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