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'New Super Mario Bros. 2' review: a vein of gold

The rewards are minimal, but the joy lies in the collection itself Coins have been the go-to collectible for Mario games all the way back to the original Mario Bros. in arcades, but as contemporary Mario games have become more liberal with handing out extra lives, the motivation for grabbing coins has vanished. That all changes at the start of New Super Mario Bros. 2 when you are given a goal of collecting one million coins, because ... well, because the game tells you it's your goal. No attempt at (or need for) contrived narrative justification here. While the rewards are minimal — a full playthrough won't bring you anywhere near the one million coin goal, and let's just say the final unlock for hitting it isn't worth the effort — the joy lies in the...

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 Special Edition Nintendo 2DS bundle hits next month

A New Super Mario Bros. 2 Special Edition hardware bundle featuring the Nintendo 2DS will launch July 4, Nintendo announced today. The package consists of the Nintendo 2DS White + Red system, a copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 pre-installed on a 4GB memory card and all Coin Rush mode add-on content released for the game since its August 2012 release. The bundle offers more than 80 courses in total along with 30 extra challenges. Coin Rush is a mode where players collect as many coins as possible within a set time and offers courses of varying difficulty levels. The mode also features co-op functionality, allowing players who have a 3DS or 2DS and a copy of the game to play together. Nintendo did not share a recommended retail price for the bundle at the time of writing. You can learn...


Nintendo reports 52 percent increase of first-party 3DS software sales in the U.S.

Nintendo sold 2.1 million first-party Nintendo 3DS software units in the U.S. during the first 18 weeks of 2013, an increase of 52 percent over the same time period last year, Nintendo reports. Since its launch on April 24, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins sold almost 94,000 physical and digital copies. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sold more than 140,000 physical and digital units in April in the U.S.. The game sold more than 530,000 units in the U.S. since its launch on March 24. New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U, which launched in November last year, shifted 770,000 physical and digital units in the U.S. to date. Nintendo notes that data of physical sales of games in April are sourced from the NPD Group and digital downloads of games data is from Nintendo's internal sales...


Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the first 3DS game in Japan to surpass two million sales

Animal Crossing: New Leaf, sold two million copies in its first two months of release, making it the first Nintendo 3DS title to ever crack the two million mark, Japanese games industry magazine Famitsu reports via Tiny Cartridge. The game has sold 2.1 million units, which puts it ahead of other 3DS titles like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Monster Hunter 3G, and New Super Mario Bros. 2. The sales for Animal Crossing: New Leaf also eclipse those of the best-selling PlayStation 3 game — Final Fantasy 13, which sold 1.9 million copies in Japan. Animal Crossing: New Leaf still falls behind the best-selling game on the Nintendo Wii — New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which sold 4.4 million copies in Japan.


Our holiday wish is for a real Nintendo snow globe

Nintendo's holiday card brings season's greetings from some fan-favorite characters in a winter wonderland. The stars of New Super Mario Bros. 2 wish you a happy holiday season. That's Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad and Bowser — and, of course, gold coins. You can click on the snow globe they're stuck in to shake it, which will unleash a torrent of coins that might slow down your computer. But nowhere on the site is there an option to buy the snow globe in question, which makes us sad.


New Super Mario Bros. 2 Mystery Adventures and Impossible DLC packs available

At a press event last week, Nintendo announced the latest two downloadable expansion packs for New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS. These being the ninth and 10th packs available, if you need a refresher, you can catch up here. The Mystery Adventures pack opens up the game's structure with more exploration and side paths, while the Impossible pack offers a series of stages built to frustrate. Nintendo had the Impossible pack on display at the press event, and it almost stood up to its name. I'm far from a competitive Mario player, and I attempted the first stage about 20 times, getting three-quarters of the way through on my best try. A Nintendo representative on hand said it took him about two hours to initially clear the first stage. Both packs are available for download now.


New Super Mario Bros. 2 getting two more DLC level packs today

Two more level packs for New Super Mario Bros. 2, the Platform Panic Pack and Coin Challenge Pack C, will become available for purchase today for $2.50 each, Nintendo announced during this afternoon's Nintendo Direct presentation. Each pack contains three new levels; you can check out a trailer for both above. This is the third set of course packs for New Super Mario Bros. 2. Previous downloadable level packs include the Gold Classics Pack, which featured levels inspired by Super Mario Bros. games on the NES.


New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC expands with classic Super Mario Bros. levels remade (update)

Nintendo has released a set of classic, NES era-inspired courses for the coin-drenched New Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan, according to a newly released edition of Nintendo Direct. The "Golden Classic Course Pack," now available in Japan, adds new courses based on levels from Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3. New Super Mario Bros. 2's latest downloadable add-on features rearranged, coin-stuffed versions of levels 1-1 and 1-2 from Super Mario Bros. for the NES, as well as one of Bowser's castle levels. Versions of Super Mario Bros. 3 levels 1-1 and 1-5 are also featured, as is a course based on the original Mario Bros. The DLC is currently being offered for free to Nintendo 3DS owners in Japan. Nintendo will begin charging 200 yen for the "Golden Classic Course...

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Nintendo bringing Wii U, 3DS to malls across America

Nintendo will set up shop at malls nationwide during the holiday season, letting shoppers get hands-on experience with the Wii U and 3DS, the company announced today. Dubbed the "Nintendo Holiday Mall Experience," the setup will offer people the chance to try out Wii U games such as New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, ZombiU, FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Just Dance 4, Darksiders 2 and Scribblenauts Unlimited. The 3DS XL will also be playable; the list of available games includes New Super Mario Bros. 2, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Pokédex 3D Pro, Skylanders Giants, Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!! and Sparkle Snapshots 3D. "The Nintendo Mall Experience is your oasis from the shopping...


Best Buy offering buy two, get one free on select 3DS games

Best Buy is currently offering a buy two, get one free sale including eight titles for the Nintendo 3DS, the company announced on its website. Titles include Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Rayman Origins, Activision's The Trash Pack, Angry Birds Trilogy, FIFA Soccer 13, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. The third free game must be of equal or lesser value to the other two games, according to promotion. The promotion also cannot be combined with other Best Buy offers or coupons. It should be noted that all three Mario titles are $39.99 each, while the remaining five are $29.99 each.


3DS is the 'number one priority' this holiday, says Nintendo

Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL devices are Nintendo's "number one priority" this holiday season, the company's vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt told VentureBeat. According to Moffitt, Nintendo expects to see shortages of its Wii U console over the holiday season; However, a robust lineup for the Nintendo 3DS device and a new focus on digital distribution are making the handheld platform the company's main priority. "Nintendo's number one priority this holiday is 3DS and 3DS XL," he said. "We're seeing an ever-growing momentum in our handheld business. Nineteen months in, we're still a million units ahead of the pace of DS at this point in its life. As you know, DS was the best-selling gaming system of all time, and so we're pleased with that. We're seeing great momentum...

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  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Released 08/19/2012
    • Publisher Nintendo
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