Nintendo invented the platformer when they pitted an angry ape named Donkey against a stereotypically Italian plumber named Mario. He then became one of the most recognisable icons of the 20th century. Well, Mario is back and in true Nintendo fashion, he has knocked the entire genre on its head by redefining the boundaries.
Growing up I was a Sonic man: all that speed and blue hair! But by the birth of Super Mario 6, I was already going back and playing the infamous Super Mario Bros 3, a game unashamedly plugged by Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) in a cheese-fest of a film called The Wizard.
Mario has once again delivered on all the promises - he is king of the platform and so he shall remain. The game is as fast and frantic as its predecessors, and, as with Mario 64, it changes the horizon for game play, with innovative puzzles and level design.
I have no doubt that this game will cement the Wii as the console of choice this festive season. Full of colour and variety, this is the ultimate Christmas gift for any gamer.
Replay Value 5/5
Overall rating 5/5
Review by Eamonn Cleary