Sadly, sometimes the cooperative play required to finish a level hinders the fun to be had. Racing full speed through stages as individuals won’t work for more complicated boards like castles. And planning with your friends, or playing in a strategic manner (you go, then I go), stunts the boundless ambition normally capable in Mario games. However, with infinite continues and a Super Guide, this becomes a moot point.
The greatness of the multiplayer addition doesn't mean that the single player suffers at all. If you enjoyed playing New Super Mario Bros. DS alone, you'll find this game is even better. And, If you are in the middle of playing alone, a friend could join in at any time, and when they leave (which they can also do at any time), you’ll still be having fun.
As a side note, There is a backlash against Nintendo for not adding online multiplayer to this four-player wonder. This complaint is held by those who have not braved Wii online play. The Wii network tends to have serious issues. Period. Can you image jumping over a hole, having someone drop out, losing your momentum, and falling to your death? Because that’s what would happen on a regular basis with online multiplayer.
It’s the little things that make this new Mario glow for a variety of players, new and old. Stored items are shared, so using one mushroom between levels means everyone gets a mushroom; players can drop in and out of levels at whim; and in the multiplayer madness, as long as one player lives, everyone can still play.
It’s the co-op heart that makes this New Super Mario Bros. Wii a must-purchase. Fun and quality have been missing from Wii titles for a long, long time. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the first glimmer of light in a bleak sky that may signify a new day is finally dawning.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Comic Mischief.