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Why Nintendo, why?
on February 15, 2010
First of all, I hate giving games a bad rating. If I spent a decent amount of time playing it, I "usually" think it deserves a decent rating.
Single player: Far too easy!! Just getting through the levels is easy, they provide enough 1-ups, and tip videos for getting them, that you will play most of the game with 50+ extra men. You ca collect "Star Coins" and find hidden exits to get 100% completion, but even those are fairly easy to find. I spent around 20 hours getting perfect. Not much single player 'replay value' after you've got perfect.
Multiplayer: Fun, but only the 2nd player choses who to play as, either Luigi, or one of 2 toads. You can do some amazing things with friends who are the same skill level as you, or understand each other's playing style. Otherwise, you can be held back by a slow player, or killed by a fast player.
Online: None!! In a title that has so much publicity for multiplayer, Nintendo decided not to let you play online. That feature alone would have meant a lot of additional replay time for me. And the extras they could have, tournaments, sharing your replay videos, finding random people to play with at 3am...
Overall: A good game, fun to get back to the roots, but too easy, and not much reason to pick up off the shelf when I'm looking for some solo play. Really disappointing when I think of all the time I sunk into the other 2D Mario platform games.