New Super Mario Bros.[a] is a 2D side-scrolling platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. It is a part of the New Super Mario Bros. series and was released in 2006.
The game’s plot is similar to those of other side-scrolling Mario games. New Super Mario Bros. follows Mario as he fights his way through Bowser’s henchmen to rescue Princess Peach. Mario has access to several power-ups that help him complete his quest, including the Super Mushroom, the Fire Flower, and the Starman, each giving him unique abilities. While traveling through eight worlds with a total of 80 levels, Mario must defeat Bowser Jr. and Bowser before finally saving Princess Peach.
New Super Mario Bros was commercially successful and received positive reviews; praise went towards the game’s improvements made to the Mario franchise, while criticism was targeted the game’s simplicity and its similarity to previous games. The game has sold nearly 31 million copies worldwide, and is the best-selling game for the DS and one of the best-selling games of all time. The game’s success led to a line of sequels that released for the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and a planned release for the Nintendo Switch in January 2019.
Mario rampages through a level after using a Mega Mushroom power-up, which grows him to an enormous size for a short period of time. Mario and surrounding objects are seen with a 2.5D effect.
New Super Mario Bros. is a side-scrolling video game. While it is seen in 2D, most of the characters and objects are 3D polygonal renderings on 2D backgrounds, resulting in a 2.5Deffect that visually simulates 3D computer graphics. The player can play as either Mario, or his brother, Luigi. Similar to previous Mario games, Mario (or Luigi) can collect coins, stomp on enemies, and break open blocks. Moves from 3D games featuring Mario reappear in New Super Mario Bros., including the ground pound, triple jump, and wall jump.Enemies from previous games, such as Boos, are also reintroduced.
Ten levels are available in each of eight worlds, which are shown in the Nintendo DS’ bottom touchscreen while viewing the world map. The map of the currently selected world appears in the top screen, which is used to navigate between the world’s levels. The goal of each level is to reach a black flag at the end of the level. At the end of each world, a bossmust be defeated before proceeding to the next world. There are six power-ups available in New Super Mario Bros.; the game allows the player to store an extra power-up when he is already using one, a feature carried over from Super Mario World. Three power-ups from Super Mario Bros. return: the Super Mushroom makes Mario grow in size, the Fire Flower lets Mario throw fireballs, and the Starman makes Mario temporarily invincible. Three more power-ups are introduced in New Super Mario Bros.: the Blue Koopa Shell lets Mario withdraw into a shell to protect himself and perform “shell dash” attack, the Mega Mushroom grows Mario to an incredible size, and the Mini-Mushroom makes Mario very small.
The game’s multiplayer mode pits two players against each other as they play as Mario and Luigi in one of five stages, trying to be the first to obtain a preset number of stars. Both players can attack each other in attempts to steal the other player’s stars. Jumping on the opponent’s character will make them lose one star, while performing a ground pound will lose them three. In addition, some minigames previously available in Super Mario 64 DS have returned and now offer multiplayer options for added replay value. The minigames are divided into four categories: Action, Puzzle, Table and Variety. New Super Mario Bros. contains eighteen minigames for single players and ten minigames for multiple players.