Nintendo has launched both a new video game and a new system on which to play it. American gamers can now get their hands on New Super Mario Bros. 2 and the new Nintendo 3DS XL portable system. Nintendo 3DS XL offers screens that are 90 percent larger than the original Nintendo 3DS, and sells at a suggested retail price of $199.99.
"The larger screens of the new Nintendo 3DS XL really bring all your games to life," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "The colors and visuals in New Super Mario Bros. 2 look great, especially when all the levels are packed full of gold coins."
The newest game to play on the system (or the original Nintendo 3DS) is New Super Mario Bros. 2, the follow-up to the best-selling Nintendo DS game of all time, which sold more than 10.3 million in the United States alone. For the first time, Nintendo is giving consumers a variety of ways to buy the game. Shoppers can purchase a packaged game as usual at retail locations nationwide. They can go to a participating retailer and buy a code to download the game directly to their Nintendo 3DS system over a broadband Internet connection. Or they can simply purchase and download the game on their own from the Nintendo eShop using a wireless broadband connection. Regardless of purchasing method, the game sells at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
There are also new connectivity features in New Super Mario Bros. 2, such as Coin Rush mode. Players can go for the high score while rushing through three levels back-to-back and can try to top their own coin tallies; or see if they can beat the scores of players they encounter via StreetPass. Players with wireless Internet access can also add their collected coins to the global coin total via SpotPass.
For the first time in a portable Mario game, two players, each with a Nintendo 3DS system and game card, can play through the entire game together as Mario and Luigi over a local wireless connection. While playing through the levels together, each player will get double the amount of coins. Additionally, this unique cooperative mode lets one player become the leader and take charge of what is viewed on the screen. This allows veteran gamers to help players who are not as familiar with a traditional 2-D side-scrolling Mario game. It also encourages healthy competition as players battle for leadership in this mode.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is rated "E for Everybody" by the ESRB.