Wii Nintendo New Super Mario Bros.

Last updated date: July 22, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9

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We looked at the top 1 Wii Games and dug through the reviews from 22 of the most popular review sites including Common Sense Media, Metacritic, IGN, Wired, Kotaku, GameSpot, Nintendo Life, Euro Gamer, Game Informer, Just Push Start, Game Critics, Video Gamer, Giant Bomb, Noob Feed, Gaming Trend, Nintendo World Report, VG Chartz, Game Zone, Trusted Reviews, Games Radar, Entertainment Fuse, Nintendo Everything and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wii Game you should buy.

Overall Take

You can't go wrong with a Mario game! Our #1 Wii game offers the first ever multi-player Mario adventure. New power-ups like the Ice Flower and Propellor Suit are a welcome addition. This game is a blast for kids and adults alike. In our analysis of 117 expert reviews, the Wii Wii Nintendo New Super Mario Bros. placed 2nd when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Wii Game for a detailed review of all the top wii games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
22 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
5,382 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
New to the game are power-ups such as the Ice Flower, the opposite of the Fire Flower stand-by, that'll freeze enemies in place and turn them into slippery platforms or obstacles to pick up and throw and the Penguin Suit that enables non-slippery walking on ice and spectacular swimming underwater.
- IGN
November 13, 2009 | Full review
Playing through the adventure solo is fun, and at times brings back that great old Mario feeling of discovering secrets and pulling off desperate acrobatics with perfect timing.
- Wired
July 20, 2019 | Full review
The level design is some of my favorite for this long-lived franchise, making use of not just creative environments and elements to add to the challenge of the marching stream of enemies, but also working the use of light and darkness into the game in imaginative ways.
- Kotaku
November 3, 2009 | Full review
The Super Guide is the game's way of helping you past sections you may find tough and is activated as an option once you lose eight lives in any particular level. If you choose to use the guide, a computer-controlled Luigi will sub in for Mario and essentially run through the entire level for you (including any boss fights that may be part of the level).
- GameSpot
November 13, 2009 | Full review
There's also no shortage of variety between the various musical tracks and truth be told there's not a bad tune in the entire game. The game features not only tons of classic sound effects from past Super Mario titles, but also a whole host of new sounds to further liven up the playing experience
- Nintendo Life
November 15, 2009 | Full review
It ought to be redundant to mention the controls in a 2D Mario - they're tight, tactile, supple and intoxicating, of course they are.
- Euro Gamer
Classic Mushroom Kingdom baddies look great, and environments are lively and vivid
- Game Informer
November 13, 2009 | Full review
Up to four people can play simultaneously, Mario, Luigi, and the other two Toads are the playable characters. You can add or drop players while in the World Map.
- Just Push Start
New Super Mario Bros. Wii evokes concepts and imagery presented in its predecessors.
- Game Critics
February 3, 2010 | Full review
Four-player multiplayer is the headline new addition, but other modes and features are arguably more successful. The new Super Guide feature is genius: If you fail a course eight times, you can have Luigi complete it for you.
- Video Gamer
November 18, 2009 | Full review
The more interesting additions are things like the propeller suit, which gives you a burst of flight when you shake the Remote, the ice flower, which shoots ice balls that freeze enemies, and the penguin suit, which lets you walk normally on ice, lets you slide on your stomach for long distances, and also lets you shoot the same ice balls that the ice flower offers.
- Giant Bomb
November 15, 2009 | Full review
The level design is very creative and highly memorable; especially some of the more difficult platforming stages. The visuals throw a lot of vibrant colors which gives the game a nice “fun” appeal to it.
- Noob Feed
April 29, 2010 | Full review
The controls handle like a dream, as you would expect from a Mario game. Yoshi is back, and he handles just like you would expect. The graphics are crisp and clean, looking exactly like a traditional Mario game updated for the 21st century. Everything is exactly what you would want in a new sidescrolling Mario game.
- Gaming Trend
February 26, 2010 | Full review
Multiplayer, secrets, and star coins notably extend the game's life.
- Nintendo World Report
November 18, 2009 | Full review
The best thing to happen to 2D gaming since LittleBigPlanet. NEW Super MarioBros. Wii is a blast to play alone or with others.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
Graphically and sonically, meanwhile, NSMB Wii is best thought of as a polish on the style established by NSMB DS and Super Mario World. It’s bright, exuberant and lovable, alright, with some nice use of the Wii’s 3D horsepower to manipulate and scale objects, enemies and chunks of landscape
- Trusted Reviews
February 6, 2011 | Full review
A handful of brilliant levels
- Games Radar
November 14, 2009 | Full review
The graphics are crisp, clean, and make this probably the best looking side-scroller I've ever seen.
- Entertainment Fuse
The title’s new suits add a new spin on the gameplay and a dose of fun to the mix while making great additions to the series long history of power-ups. Most players will find the red propeller jumpsuit to be an instant favorite, while the penguin suit offers a plethora of gameplay advantages within the stages it is found.
- Nintendo Everything
December 30, 2009 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It also lacks online multiplayer in a generation where such a feature is expected.
- IGN
November 13, 2009 | Full review
The one thing I truly didn’t like is that the game forces you to use motion control in certain situations. When a character gets a Propeller Suit power-up and wants to fly up into the air, you have to shake the Wiimote. Want to pick up an item? Shake.
- Wired
July 20, 2019 | Full review
While playing as a group the only annoyance I found was that when another player died, it momentarily paused everyone on the screen to play that brief, catchy death melody. That stutter in time cost me more than a few lives when it hit.
- Kotaku
November 3, 2009 | Full review
Multiplayer can be frustrating if you're taking it seriously
- GameSpot
November 13, 2009 | Full review
But it is a shame that some moves, notably the propeller jump and picking up some items, require you to shake the remote rather than press a button.
- Euro Gamer
My only real complaint with the motion controls is that their inclusion means this game can’t be played with the Classic Controller. It’s a shame, as it would have been a perfect fit.
- Game Informer
November 13, 2009 | Full review
The increased difficulty may turn off some of the younger crowd, but the multiplayer should help with that a bit.
- Just Push Start
The basic platforming is still intact, but the intensity of the older games is almost entirely absent. Each stage is punctuated by safe spaces that keep the pace of the game hovering somewhere between tame and tepid. Mario even runs slower, controlling more like an actual overweight plumber than the nimble Jumpman of games past.
- Game Critics
February 3, 2010 | Full review
Not as special as the best Mario 2D platformers.
- Video Gamer
November 18, 2009 | Full review
The game really comes alive when you're playing in a group, but it's so crazy that if you're trying to play seriously, it'll just be frustrating. Also, the game pauses for a split-second whenever anyone grabs a power-up or dies. If you're mid-jump or just really focusing on what you're doing while another player is off dying or getting mushrooms, the pause is really disorienting.
- Giant Bomb
November 15, 2009 | Full review
However, the graphics aren't as clear and a little fuzzy around the edges which is a little disappointing but not a huge deal breaker.
- Noob Feed
April 29, 2010 | Full review
One addition was the much-ballyhooed multiplayer, which allows four players to be onscreen at the same time. With the wrong group of people, this can be frustrating and limiting. It sucks when you’re the only person who knows how to play and you end up carrying each and every level. A player that’s more talented than others may find themselves having to wait for other players to catch up before proceeding, or having to bail out other players repeatedly.
- Gaming Trend
February 26, 2010 | Full review
Underwhelming map designs and recycled world themes.
- Nintendo World Report
November 18, 2009 | Full review
But morethan a handful of them feel like clones. To make matters worse, the backgrounds,character models, Mario’s movements, etc., are just barely upgraded versions of what we saw on Nintendo’s handheld.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
NSMB Wii is not quite new enough or daring enough or imaginative enough to rank with the plumber’s very best, and I can’t help feeling that, in allowing for single-player and multi-player action, the game misses out on some of the ingenious co-op puzzling we’ve seen
- Trusted Reviews
February 6, 2011 | Full review
Motion controls detract from the experience
- Games Radar
November 14, 2009 | Full review
The only real knock I have with this game is the single-player difficulty. I beat the entire game with 50-plus lives in just under 6 hours and was left wanting more. With an abundance of items and 1UP chances available, there is no reason why you should die repeatedly on any stage or against any boss (all you need is to jump on all their heads three times, works every time).
- Entertainment Fuse
Online Play: Not everyone has friends which wait on stand-by to be invited over to play video games, so the addition of an online feature for the title would be greatly appreciated, especially if it allowed players to play through the game and saved their progress so that when the player decides to play offline, none of the progress they’ve made would be lost.
- Nintendo Everything
December 30, 2009 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Developers at Nintendo have dreamed of creating a simultaneous multiplayer Super Mario Bros. game for decades. The Wii console finally makes that dream come true for everyone. Now players can navigate the side-scrolling worlds alone as before or invite up to three others to join them at the same time on the same level at any point in the game for competitive and cooperative multiplayer fun. With the multiplayer mode, the newest installment of the most popular video game franchise is designed to bring yet another type of family entertainment into living rooms and engage groups of friends in fast-paced Super Mario Bros. fun. New Super Mario Bros. Wii offers a combination of cooperation and competition. Players can pick each other up to save them from danger or toss them into it. Mario, Luigi and two Toads are all playable characters, while many others from the Mushroom Kingdom make appearances throughout the game. Players can even ride different Yoshi characters and use their tongues to swallow enemies, items and even balls of fire. In some areas, players use the motion abilities of the Wii Remote controller. The first player to reach a seesaw might make it tilt to help his or her character reach a higher platform – or might make it tilt incorrectly just to mess with other players. New items include the propeller suit, which will shoot players high into the sky with just a shake of the Wii Remote, and Mario’s new ability to transform into Penguin Mario. At the end of each stage during the coin battle multiplayer mode, players are ranked based on the number of coins they have collected.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wii Nintendo Super Mario Galaxy 2
Overall Score: 9.9
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Wii Nintendo New Super Mario Bros.
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 22
3. Mario Kart Wii
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 20
4. Mario Party 9
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 19
5. Wii Nintendo Sports
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Wii Go Vacation (Bandai)
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 8
7. Wii Scooby Doo First Frights (WB Games)
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 4
8. THQ Wii uDraw GameTablet
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Wii Games

The Nintendo Wii is, both literally and figuratively, a game-changing console. The system brought an unprecedented level of physicality to mass-market video games, and it modernized smash-hit Nintendo franchises like “Super Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda.” The only hard part about owning a Wii is choosing which game you’ll play over the weekend. 

Every video game is shaped by its platform, and Nintendo’s best Wii games all capitalize on the console’s motion technology and groundbreaking controllers. Each player uses a wireless Wii Remote (or “Wiimote”), which communicates with your screen using gesture recognition. Translation: You control the onscreen action with a flip of your wrist.  

The best Wii games take advantage of the system’s controls in ways that feel natural. “Mario Kart for Wii” is a great example: Instead of hitting a button to make a sharp turn, you can attach a steering wheel for a more on-the-track experience.  

“Mario Kart for Wii” is one of the console’s most popular titles. It has a massive character roster to choose from, and the 32 unique tracks (with 16 tracks just for the Wii) keeps players guessing at every turn. The Grand Prix, Versus and Time Trial modes are perfect for single players or groups. Battle mode pits drivers against each other in a virtual demolition derby.

The “New Super Mario Bros.” is loaded with fresh power-ups. You can slide over long stretches of icy terrain with the Penguin Suit, reach new heights with the Propellor Mushroom and freeze Koopas with the Ice Flower. 

For the first time in Mario history, up to four characters can play on the screen at once. You’ll blaze through all eight worlds much faster with Luigi and Toad helping you out, then go up against Bowser to save the Princess with time to spare. 

“Mario Party” also still ranks as one of the best multiplayer games in Nintendo’s history. Players choose a character, then take turns rolling digital dice to move around the board. When they land on a space, they might have to play a minigame or challenge other players. The winner earns stars, and whoever has the most stars at the end of the game wins.   

The Wii’s “Mario Party 9” was a fun addition to the series, but it was met with some raised eyebrows. The unforgettable main Party Mode screen got a huge facelift: Instead of players moving around the board like analog game pieces, “Mario Party 9” had them all ride together in one cartoon car. 

Some players like the change of pace, while others feel that the switch up took away from the game’s competitive feel. Regardless, “Mario Party 9” has the minigames and multiplayer madness of its predecessors. 

The first “Super Mario Galaxy” game was a smash hit for the Wii, so Nintendo expanded the game’s story for a sequel. Mario floats from planet to planet in this 360-degree universe, knocking down Koopa Troopas and kicking Goombas into the stratosphere. The standard “Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach” storyline is intact, but this time Bowser is the size of a planet — and it’s up to you to knock him down a peg. Fans love its stunning graphics, nostalgic N64 levels and the return of Yoshi. 

Now that you’ve read our rundown of the Nintendo Wii’s smash hit titles, check out our Tips & Tricks to get the most out of your games. 

DYWM Fun Fact

The Wii remote was unlike any controller Nintendo had ever created. The wireless, motion-sensor technology created a phenomenal gaming experience. Despite the high-end tech inside the Wiimote, there was one thing that Nintendo couldn’t seem to get right: the wrist safety strap. 

The first Wiimotes were shipped out with a loose cable that hung around your wrist to stop your remote from flying out of your hand. Plot twist: It didn’t work very well. The strap was downright dangerous if it failed during a rousing round of golf or bowling. Customers started complaining, saying the Wiimote was flying out of their hands and cracking their TVs or injuring their fellow players. One woman even brought a class action suit against Nintendo, saying that the Wiimote’s faulty strap damaged her 52” TV after flying out of her son’s hand. 

Nintendo quickly released a second strap that had a plastic slider for a more secure fit, but the problems continued — strike two. Nintendo’s third version of the wrist strap had a locking slider, which resolved the issue and let fans get back to their favorite Wii games.

The Wii Game Buying Guide

  • Before you buy your game, check and see if your it requires any extra Wii accessories. You don’t have to buy the steering wheel accessory for “Mario Kart,” but it makes the game a lot more fun. 
  • Make sure you have enough Wiimotes for friends to come over and join the multiplayer fun. “Mario Party 9” and “Mario Kart” can liven up any get together. You also might want to buy a silicone cover for each Wiimote to protect it from drops. 
  • Find out how old your players will be before you select a game. Our top four picks have content that’s appropriate for all ages, but very young children might get frustrated by fast-paced games like “Mario Kart for Wii”. A slower-paced game, like “Mario Party 9,” will cause less frustration.
  • The Wii comes bundled with a second controller called the Nunchuk. It connects to the Wiimote via a small cable, and its joystick and trigger buttons will help your characters move more precisely. If you buy extra Wiimotes for multiplayer blowouts, you might need to buy Nunchuks.
  • Always loop the strap at the bottom of the Wiimote around your wrist before playing. Make sure it’s securely fastened with a close fit by shortening the strap with its plastic slider. The Wiimote can fly out of your hand if you forget to tighten the strap, putting you at risk for broken windows and damaged controllers.
  • The Wii’s motion-sensor controls make it downright addictive, but make sure you stop and take breaks during long gaming sessions. The repetitive motions can irritate tendons in your wrist, and learning to play with your opposite hand is more trouble than it’s worth.
  • Storing your Wii games in their cases instead of placing them on the TV or a table will prevent scratches that damage your game. You can also wipe down your Wii games with a clean, damp cotton cloth. Make sure you use straight strokes and wipe from the inner rim to the outer rim.