No really, Nintendo’s next Nintendo Direct conference or whatever it’s called is scheduled for the 22nd June 2012, aka tomorrow. Kind of quick really, considering E3 was less than a month ago, but perhaps Nintendo have decided they need some time to cover the upcoming 3DS games they didn’t give enough information about like Fire Emblem Awakening and Animal Crossing 3DS.
Or maybe it’s just an excuse for more trailers showing of Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, Paper Mario Sticker Star and New Super Mario Bros 2, or even more coverage of the Wii U and its various launch games.
Still, it’s tomorrow, so we won’t have too much longer to find out what Nintendo have planned for us this time.
Not quite sure where this was originally from, best guess would be some official site or some press release that was just made available recently. But you can now see some high quality pieces of artwork showing the Koopalings, a general level scene and all the items below:
A 50 coin block. Not sure why Nintendo has decided it was worth making official art of, but oh well.
A Gold Brick Block. Why this needs art I have no idea, looks like a quickly/cheaply done recolour of the standard brick.
The block that gives you the invincible form is back. This time however, you’re not Tanooki Mario but invincible Raccoon Mario, which makes a bit of sense. Guess they didn’t want to put both the Tanooki Suit and Raccoon Leaf in this game.
The Gold Flower. You know what this does by now. But there’s something more interesting next…
A Gold Mushroom? Hang on, if the Gold Flower makes you Gold Mario, what the hell does this thing do? Another new form of sorts?
Just the regular items from this game. Not sure why these needed new artwork, but I guess I’ll let Nintendo be the judge of that.
However, something else caught my eye here…
It’s the Mini Mushroom and Mega Mushroom from New Super Mario Bros! Haven’t seen the latter in a while, but damn it’ll be sweet to smash Koopaling heads in as Mega Mario or beat up Reznor as an invincible giant!
Some nice screenshots. I do like the sunset effect in the second one, anyone else agree?
Unfortunately, it seems world 2’s a desert again. Freaking hell Nintendo, how unimaginative can you get?
Finally, the most awesome new pieces of artwork. Click them to view the full versions, although watch out, they’re about 5+ MB in size each, and will take forever to load.
Freaking awesome pictures aren’t they?
Still, that’s all the latest screenshots of New Super Mario Bros 2, which is looking more and more interesting by the day (I’m actually moderately excited for it now!). What do you think of the artwork? Do you plan to buy New Super Mario Bros 2?
Did you immediately guess that most of it had to with the gold theme running throughout the game? If so, you win a prize for figuring out the extremely obvious, since Nintendo’s now released artwork of a whole bunch of gold Mario enemies!
So now there’s apparently Gold Goombas, Gold Koopas, Gold Bullet Bills and Gold Lakitus? Is this gold thing becoming as blatant a gimmick as the Tanooki tails were in Super Mario 3D Land? Heck, will the new gold enemies have any interesting new abilities other than dropping more money when killed? Here’s hoping.
Also, did you notice how even the main villains seem to be all obsessed with money now? The Koopalings can be seen holding coins in a recent magazine picture:
Roy’s in the money!
Or how Reznor is now standing on top of freaking coin blocks rather than their standard platforms?
What next, is Bowser going to be made out of sold gold and breathe money at Mario or something? Does anyone think Nintendo might be taking the theme of the game just a little too seriously here?
Still, if you thought it was just enemies…
Even Mario gets in on the act with a wearable gold brick block that fires coins out behind him! It’s not new, the concept originated in Super Mario 3D Land (with a ? block instead of a brick block), but I guess this game has to shove the ‘gold’ aspect in your face at every possible opportunity.
There is one unfortunate returning element though. Well I think this is a reference to the Super Guide, but it could just as easily be some fancy new Mario suit that acts as an upgrade to the Racoon form. Still, looks a lot like the cop out option is still in this, designed for the people with the brain power of your average rock.
There’s also some perfectly innocent artwork of standard Mario elements. How many different pieces of art do they really need of Spinies and Koopas anyway?
At least Raccoon Mario is back…
This Koopa’s expression is priceless though, he looks like he’s something bad enough to give him shell shock for the rest of his existance. No, that’s not intended to be a pun.
Also, Mario and Luigi go around looking like Wario and holding huge piles of gold coins:
Anyone else get reminded a little of Wario Land Shake It from all this? Not the level design (since Wario Land games generally don’t have bottomless pits or precision platforming), but the whole blatant money theme running throughout? Wario looked a bit happier with his stash though:
Still, I guess the artwork for this game looks okay, if rather generic and a bit bland. What do you think of New Super Mario Bros 2? Does the game interest you as is? Does Nintendo take the gold theme a bit too far? Heck, think Wario will show up?
Is this even the best or most appropriate ‘gimmick’ to have in a recession?
Not as if you’d expect otherwise is it? When’s the last time you’ve seen one or two Koopalings acting on their own outside of maybe educational games like Mario is Missing and Mario’s Time Machine? With Roy confirmed it was nearly inevitable the rest would show up…
But now we have proof they do!
Also, is that a clown car they’re using? I guess Bowser’s vehicle from Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros Wii also shows up in this game too. Maybe we’ll get the same boss as in the original Super Mario World?
Because as it is so far, it really does look like Nintendo is taking a lot of influence from Super Mario World in respect to what things return in the next two New Super Mario Bros games, now with the Koopalings, Reznor, Yoshis, Clown Car and various other things.
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