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I will never forgive this game for starting the whole Wii/Wii U Mario blandness era. New Super Mario Bros. DS was fun, unique and creative. This one makes me shudder in disgust, because it was the first of what would be three New Super Mario Bros. sequels. It represents everything wrong with the boring age of Mario games in the late 2000s/early 2010s.
I sincerely believe that people would like New Super Mario Bros. a lot more if we hadn't gotten three god damn sequels. Because by its own merits, this one is super unique and creative. Sure, the general world ideas are kinda boring (grass, desert, ice etc), but the leveldesign is absolutely top notch.
But that's not why I love NSMBDS. The main reason I love this game is the local multiplayer. The minigames are fun, but the 1v1 jump 'n' run battle mode is where its truly at. I've spent countless hours playing this with my brother and we still have a blast when we play it today, it makes me wonder why we never got anything like this again.
I used to deeply dislike Mario Kart Wii. The controls felt unresponsive and wrong and the item balancing seemed nonexistent to me.
Now I understand that especially the latter is part of the fun. And once I got used to the controls, Mario Kart Wii gave me feelings of flow, speed and fun unlike any other entry in the series. This got especially apparent when I played Custom Tracks, it felt like I finally unlocked the true potential of this game.
It's pure frantic fun, isn't that exactly what Mario Kart should be all about?