This one has some difficult to translate Japanese commentary in the background due to the fact it’s meant to talk about things like the coin rush mode, but it shows a huge amount of new footage of the game including more of the ghost house and numerous difficult new castle levels. Let’s analyse it!
Well, we’ve all seen Boo Rings in Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros Wii, right? Here’s their underwater equivalent, Fish Rings! No seriously, circling Cheep Cheeps seem to be a new obstacle in this game.
Do the fish change facial expressions every few seconds like the ghosts?
There’s also those sinking Mushroom platforms found in New Super Mario Bros. Better run quickly Mario!
However, next we have something I don’t think we have seen in the New Super Mario Bros series, boulder like spike balls rolling around snow levels. They remind me of those metal spiky balls from New Super Mario Bros and its Wii successor, I assume these are the NSMB 2 palette swapped equivalent.
But the video is just getting started. The real interesting additions to the game are to come. After a short few words and clips showing the other modes…
We get the overworld! It looks much the same as in New Super Mario Bros for DS, except much cleaner and more modern looking. It’s nothing special, but it looks decent enough and it does its job just fine.
Why does the grass have lines going across it? Did Bowser use a lawnmower again?
We also see the title screen, which now seems to have a coin counter on it. No, the red line isn’t in game, that was added by the ‘special effects team’ presumably responsible for the video on Nintendo’s website. But still, interesting to see the counter right there on the title screen.
Later, we see some new footage of Mario in a castle in Raccoon form. Looks like we’ll need to do some flying in actual levels now, as in need to fly to beat some of them. This exact example doesn’t look too hard (follow the blocks of floating money), but some of the later examples could be a different story.
After some footage showing footage of all the items from this game (Raccoon Leaf, Fire Flower, Mini and Mega Mushrooms) and pointless footage of various StreetPass features, we get some of our first footage of an underwater level in New Super Mario Bros 2! Better get used to dodging lots of Bloopers…
Keep in mind these Bloopers aren’t just falling away here, they’re turning around and trying to hunt poor Mario down. And there’s at least six on screen in the area to make your life a misery…
The next area puts lots of Bullet Bills and Banzai Bills with snake blocks…
If Raccoon Mario or Luigi fall, they’re not getting up again in one piece.
And hope you like dodging giant killer boulders in narrow underwater passages, because those are in this game. Oh well, at least they one hit kill any enemy they come into contact with, like the poor Blooper in the video found out the hard way.
If you’re become increasingly convinced that this could be the hardest 2D Mario game in a while, you’re not the only one. And the levels later in the video make it quite clear Nintendo is pulling no punches with the difficulty. Thanks to the super guide being an option, the harder levels will annihilate you. Period.
What the hell. Is that an UNDERWATER spike gauntlet? Yes, it’s an underwater tower/castle where you have to narrow dodge massive spike columns that constantly smash into each other. I guess the blocks give you a clue about where to wait to avoid being crushed, but… this level looks hard.
And this one has Mini Mario Bullet hopping!
Looks like it’s become an accepted gameplay technique, since this area seems to require you to bounce off Bullet Bills to survive. Oh dear, another hellish level in the marking, who wants to bet people will complain this one’s too difficult online?
We also get more of the ghost house from the first trailer:
As you can see, it looks like a pretty tough ghost house to finish, set in a vertical tower or something and with stairs that drop off into nothing. Also, am I the only one getting Super Mario World vibes from this game? And even more from every video of it?
What the hell? The Koopalings chase Mario in a castle level, in Bowser’s Koopa Clown Car? That’s pretty awesome. Apparently they shoot magic spells at him and stuff, which is a very nice idea for a castle gimmick if you ask me. Is this the final castle?
And to end the ‘analysis’ of the video, here’s Mario and Luigi happily jumping around and collecting coins in a bonus level.
There’s also the first ever Japanese commercials for the game, which can be seen here:
As well as some pretty neat art of Reznor. I think this is the first ever time the character has ever had official artwork of him, right?
Hopefully those videos should get people even more interested in buying New Super Mario Bros 2, or less skeptical about the game if they’re too stubborn to even consider it, since Nintendo seem to be amping the difficulty up and adding all kinds of interesting new level gimmicks in this title!
What do you think of the new trailers and artwork!
Remember how everyone was going on about how samey New Super Mario Bros 2 looks and how it seems the game isn’t doing anything too different from the DS and Wii installments? Well even though the announcement of Gold Mario and the footage showing this new gimmick showed some new ideas, Nintendo has gone even further with their latest trailer and shown exactly how new the game really is.
Here’s the trailer:
And Nintendo’s version:
For instance, it looks like there’s an all new graphics style in at least one level in the game, black and white Castle Bleck style versions of the Super Mario Bros 3 tileset! It’s a visually striking and overall quite interesting new graphics style I must say, and it’s the first time bar those scenes at the end of SMB 3 levels that Nintendo have ever done the monochrome white outlines with black coloured objects thing in a mainstream game!
A very visually striking New Super Mario Bros 2 level, or what Castle Bleck would look like in shades of blue rather than black.
The end of the trailer shows something very interesting too, appearing/disappearing block pathways. Not block trains/snakes, the kind found in Super Mario Galaxy that appear block by block. Pretty nifty I say, even if the fans did it many years earlier:
There’s also one… well not bad thing, but annoying element returning as well. You know those falling volcanic rocks/meteors from New Super Mario Bros 8-8 and New Super Mario Bros Wii 8-1? Those return, and are in the same level as the appearing/disappearing block pathways. Did I mention they can destroy the appearing blocks and make your life a misery? Nintendo looks to be going all out in world 8’s difficulty this time!
This is going to be the next generation’s equivalent to Tubular or world 8’s Airship level in SMB 3. The one people talk about dying fifty million times on.
There’s also what looks to be either a special world level or bonus area with rainbow coloured platforms and a crystal clear sky with a rainbow going through it. It’s nothing particularly ‘new’ to the series, but it does look nice enough and is a definite visual departure from the rest of the bonus worlds in the series.
Above: I do have to say this looks really quite nice.
There’s also what seems to be a lot more spikes and mines to avoid in this game, with the trailer showing Mini Mario desperately trying to dodge them while running across a lake filled with Cheep Cheeps, as well as avoiding some spiky columns in the sky. It’s probably nothing special, but it reminds me a little of Yoshi’s Island and the thorns that’d knock out Yoshi/kill him instantly on contact.
In addition to the above, we also get our first glimpse at a ghost house from New Super Mario Bros 2. Looks like you’ll be able to turn Boos and Big Boos into gold via switches and the Gold Mario power up, and that those spider webs from the forest levels will also be ghost house obstacles as well. Wonder if the Big Boo boss fight from Super Mario World will show up? I mean, we’ve already got the Koopalings and Reznor, might as well complete the set!
Think this’ll return? Think we’ll be able to throw objects upwards again?
Finally, I might as well put to rest the myth that New Super Mario Bros 2 is merely like a ‘hack’ of New Super Mario Bros 1 or recycles tilesets and backgrounds. Yes there’s a lot of similarities in the style, but if you look carefully enough you’ll realise that not one of the backgrounds or foregrounds is reused from another game. Have a nice comparison image or five:
This is hardly the most similar two first levels in history, is it? The former has far more detail and far more of a Super Mario Bros 3/World feel to it while the DS one went for a style sort of remniscient of Super Mario 64. They look nothing alike bar the general similar ‘layout’/castle placement.
And the cave is the same. New Super Mario Bros 2 looks a lot more like the Wii game, except the background seems a lot more faded in the 3DS title than either of its predecessors.
Right is the background, left is NSMB DS, bottom left is the 3DS title. The background is completely different, as is the foreground tileset. It’s not like the Wii game either, since it seems the Wii one has clearly prominent windows in the distance whereas the 3DS game has none.
Again, the 3DS title has nothing similar to the DS one as far as beach graphics go. The clouds are a different style, the hills are a different style, there are more palm trees and decoration and the water is totally different. It looks a bit more like New Super Mario Bros Wii, but the graphics look a lot more faded as if the background elements are further away from the level.
Finally, the castles are nothing alike. New Super Mario Bros DS was always a bit of an oddball game here, it had castle graphics that were never seen again in anything else and had a rather different style that’s not shared with either the Wii or 3DS games. New Super Mario Bros 2’s castle looks more like a toned down version of the Wii game’s ones.
Hence in conclusion, New Super Mario Bros 2 is a lot more original than people think and the trailer kind of proves it with all the new gimmicks and additions. What do you think of the new elements Nintendo has added like the appearing block paths and semi monochrome SMB 3 like areas?
It’s been finally revealed in Coro Coro Magazine, as well as the ‘official’ method to get it in Japan as of this point in time. Basically from August 11th to September 14th, you’ll be able to get a level 50 Genesect over wifi for Pokemon Black and White 2. This pretty much implies there’s not much longer to go before it gets released in other regions as well.
Here’s the scan confirming it:
So with the news that Genesect has finally been officially confirmed as a Pokemon and is being made available to Japanese Pokemon Black and White 2 players in just over a month, what do you think of the whole thing? Does this mean when the game launches here Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe will hold events announcing its release and give it out over wifi?
Having problems using your 3DS or deciding whether to buy one for the first in your life? Well fret no more, here’s a FAQ about the 3DS console with information about all the built in apps, the console’s basic features and all the things you need to know about buying one. Hope this guide answers people’s questions!
Buying a 3DS Console
Where Can I buy a 3DS?
You can buy a 3DS console in any shop that sells video games or on any website which does the same. If you want to support Nintendo 3DS Daily and Nintendo 3DS Community, we recommend you buy it from our shop here:
It depends on the region you’re living in (or I guess what region you might import the console from). In the US as of this moment in time it generally retails for between 182 and 187 dollars.
In the UK/Europe it’s sold for about £120 or €158. This may be higher or low depending on where you buy the console or if the site selling it gets a commission from every 3DS it sells.
In Japan it’s sold for about 15000 yen.
Finally in Australia the console is sold for approximately $250. Yes their prices are kind of high.
Is the 3DS region locked?
Unfortunately yes. So you should probably buy a 3DS that can play games released in the region you’re currently living in/spend most of your time in. Unless you’re one of those people who’s willing to import every single game you’ll ever buy from Japan, in which case good luck with that.
Will the 3DS damage my eyes or those of my family?
It shouldn’t do. Some people have reported adverse effects due to the 3D, but they are a minority and the whole worry about the 3D effect has been blown out of proportion by sensationalistic tabloids and media sources wanting to cash in on people’s technophobia (fear of technology).
Can the 3D effect be switched off?
Yes, the 3D thing is entirely optional and can be disabled by turning the 3D slider on the right side of the console down so it’s in the off position. This will probably not make most of the games more difficult to play or anything, the majority of them merely use it to add depth. And even the very few which use it to help the player overcome visual tricks like Super Mario 3D Land are entirely playable with no 3D.
How long does the console’s battery last?
About 3-5 hours. This isn’t quite as noticeable an issue as you’d expect, but it’s still rather short compared to the battery life of a DS or a Game Boy.
Is the 3DS just a DS model like the DS Lite or DSi?
No, the 3DS is an entirely new console with its own games that aren’t playable on older systems. Think of it as like the difference between the Game Boy and DS or the NES and SNES. This question comes up quite a lot due to Nintendo’s misleading marketing and some poor choices with branding (such as keeping the DS name and just adding 3 in front of it).
You will need a 3DS to play 3DS games. They do not work on a DS/DS Lite/DSi. Don’t even try.
Is the 3DS backwards compatible with DS games?
Yes it is. However, it’s not compatible with Game Boy Advance games, so you might want to avoid trading in your old DS for one if you still like/play any Game Boy Advance games since they’re also not available on the Virtual Console yet.
General System Questions
How do I remove someone from my friends list?
Select your own friend card, aka the furthest one to the left, then click the left icon above it where it says settings. There’s an option to delete friend card, so click it and then select the ones you want to delete. Confirm they’re to be deleted and done.
How do I move things to folders?
First, go to the right on the main 3DS menu and select an empty square, then click ‘create folder’. Next, once you’ve set up the folder, go to the app you want to add it to it, then click and hold it. This will let you move it to the folder.
How do I open up a game/app’s manual?
Select the game/app by moving the cursor over it, then click ‘manual’ in the bottom left. This works as a handy alternative to the printed manual that comes with most games.
What’s this whole 3DS ambassador thing?
If you bought a 3DS before the price cut and can prove it, Nintendo will let you download some free games from the eShop, including ten GBA games. Here are the games you get free:
Balloon Fight Donkey Kong Jr. Ice Climber Metroid NES Open Tournament Golf Super Mario Bros. The Legend of Zelda Wrecking Crew Yoshi Zelda II: The Adventure of Link F-Zero: Maximum Velocity Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Mario Kart: Super Circuit Mario vs. Donkey Kong Metroid Fusion Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Wario Land 4 WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ Built in Applications
StreetPass Mii Plaza
How do I get play coins?
You get them for walking 100 steps. In case you were wondering, this isn’t far at all. Indeed, you can get this by walking around a room a few times if you’re bored, shaking the 3DS up and down for about three minutes or just doing everyday chores.
If you have a dog and walk him or her, you will probably have ten play coins by the time you return to the house. If you take kids to school or go to school/work/college/university and it’s a remotely fair distance away you’ll probably have walked more than a thousand steps in just getting there and back.
How many coins can I get in one day?
Normally? Is there a way to get more?
Mess around with the system clock every thousand steps. This is extremely useful to know if you’re walking a long distance (like on a country walk or hike) and want to be appropriately rewarded for the effort.
How many coins can be carried at any one time?
I hear it’s 99.
How do I get puzzles?
Collect pink puzzle pieces via StreetPass/SpotPass.
How do I get puzzle pieces?
Trade them with other players via StreetPass or buy them for 2 play coins a piece
StreetPass Quest/Find Mii
So what is this game then?
It’s a game where you have to rescue your Mii from evil ghosts and monsters who are keeping him or her captive in a cage. You do this by hiring either heroes (Miis you’ve met via StreetPass) or wanderers (cat or dog like characters with a level between 1 and 2 that cost 2 play coins each).
What level are wanderers at?
They’re always at level 1 or 2. This makes them okay for StreetPass Quest 1 and probably near useless for StreetPass Quest 2.
How do I unlock StreetPass Quest 2?
Get all the hats in the first game. Or in other words, beat it twice.
How do I defeat ghosts with shields?
Use a Mii whose shirt is the same colour as the shield and attack with the sword. Don’t worry, you’ll get the relevant two or three strikes at the enemy after breaking it.
How do I defeat armoured ghosts/enemies?
Use a Mii or wanderer at level 2 or above.
How do I defeat them without doing the above?
You can always bypass shields and armour by using magic or spells. For example, the fire or water spells can easily bypass any defences and be a good substitute for a Mii with the right shirt colour. If this fails, you can also try a Mii with the poison ability, since poison works on any enemy and always does one damage a turn. Then it’s just a case of stalling until they’re dead.
How does ‘elemental damage’ work?
Blood Ghosts (red ghosts) take more damage from water and less/none from fire, Blue Ghosts take more damage from fire and less/none from water.
What are the list of spells and their effects? How do I use them?
The spell a Mii or wanderer can cast depend on their shirt colour. Here are the spells and the relevant shirt colours required:
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How do I get past the dark room?
Use a Mii/wanderer with a white shirt
How much health does each enemy have?
You can see how much health each has in this list:
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Keep in mind any past the first Ultimate Ghost are from StreetPass Quest 2.
How do I change whether the heroes are dogs or cats?
Change your favourite animal under Mii preferences.
How do I scan a QR code?
Click QR Code/Image Options and click the option at the top to scan a QR code. You can also save a Mii as a static image or a QR code, and these will be saved to the SD card.
How do I open up new difficulty levels/options?
Clear the ones already unlocked by beating all the flying enemies and the boss to open up the next level. Repeat the process for the rest.
How often does Nintendo add games?
What can’t the browser do/support?
It can’t support flash, video or music files
What is it technically?
It’s based on the NetFront NX v1.0 browser, using Webkit as the rendering image. So minus flash, video and music, it supports whatever Google Chrome and Apple Safari do.
How do I get new stationary?
Nintendo sends out new stationary for major events like new game releases, E3, Nintendo Direct conferences, etc. You either receive an official message on one of these dates or receive a normal one using said stationary from someone else who has it.
Is the stationary region specific?
No, with one sort of exception. You can get send messages from people living anywhere and any special stationary will be added to your collection.
What’s the exception?
The mother’s day stationary. There’s a different design for it in Japan and the US, and I presume the one you get first is the one which the game saves. You cannot get both.
What does it mean by an eShop link?
Some stationary includes a link to the eShop, usually a game, video or demo. You can have this either kept or removed when a message using the stationary is sent.
How do I get coloured text?
Press left and right on the d pad.
What’s this update?
You need an update for things like coloured text, which can be gotten free on the eShop. If you don’t have this, any coloured text will show up in black regardless of who sent it.
How can I make a third sound with some instruments?
Press the L and R button at the same time.
How can I load my favourite music in 3DS Sound?
Save it to an SD card, then insert the SD card into the 3DS. For most computers you can save files to an SD card by putting it in a special slot on the side/front of the machine, but if not you can connect a digital camera via a USB cable and put the SD card into the camera to load it.
Why is there a no sound option for the L/R button instrument thing?
So that you can walk around with the 3DS in your bag/in your pocket listening to music without being interrupted by the sounds of cats meowing, dogs barking and Mario jumping.
What can you do with the visualisers on the top screen?
Various things actually by pressing the L and R buttons.
For the Excitebike scene, L and R speed up the far and near bikes respectively. You can use this to change who ‘wins’ the race.
For the Star Fox scene, L and shoot let you shoot lasers at things, and pressing both shoots two lasers.
For the guy jumping up stairs, L makes him do something with his left hand and R with his right hand. Like throwing confetti, using a fan, etc.
For the Game and Watch scene, press left on the circle pad to take control and play a mini game. Keep the ball in the air by hitting it with your head for points, with the scoreboard behind keeping score.
Coming soon, need to be asked some questions about it.
How do I get new copies of the AR cards, say if my dog ate them?
You can download them from below and print them off, the design is all that matters.
You can print them at any size and the AR images will be scaled respectively. If you’re not very good at figuring stuff out yourself or need more help, Nintendo have provided a massive version to print which will generate a life size Mii or Nintendo character:
You’ve probably heard about this competition Nintendo is holding where the best two family members who enter get to win a real car by getting the quickest times in time trial. But in case you haven’t, Nintendo UK gave me this message about the event explaining what it’s all about:
Mario Kart 7: Are you part of Britain’s Fastest Family?
Since Mario Kart 7 arrived on the Nintendo 3DS in December 2011, many will have challenged their family members to a race for the chequered flag. Now, Nintendo is asking those same gamers to instead team up with their closest kin – to show they can take on the rest of the country.
We want to find Britain’s Fastest Family and are holding regional heats across the UK for those who think they and their mum, dad or even grandma have truly mastered the art of the Mario Kart games and have what it takes to prove it on a Nintendo 3DS console.
This Nintendo 3DS racing extravaganza also comes with some amazing prizes for the swiftest teams past the post. Those who manage to come out at the very top of the competition – having proved themselves in the Regional Heats and Grand Final – will walk (or should we say drive) away in a stunning new Honda Jazz Si. This sporty little 1.4-litre i-VTEC car has all the fun of a real-life Mario Kart motor, but comes with a little extra comfort, space, versatility and style thrown to make it an ideal family runabout. Not only that, but the champion team will also get their own limited edition trophy to prove yours is the fastest family on the Mario Kart 7 circuit and the teams that do best in their regional contests will receive a years’ worth of Nintendo 3DS games.
Entry to the competition is absolutely free and you can submit your time at any of the Regional Heats. Your team will need to consist of two members (one of which must be over the age of 18) and there should be a minimum age gap of 10 years between the two team members. In addition, you’ll need to be a resident of Great Britain. Apart from that though, all you’ll need is the skills to show you can handle the fast-paced kart racing of Mario Kart 7 – on the big stage!
Mario Kart 7 is just one of the Mario games that have entertained people of all ages and Nintendo platforms for years now. Having emerged on the Super Nintendo in the UK back in 1993, it has since appeared on the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Wii and DS. This latest incarnation for 3DS offers the usual frenetic fun across the landscapes of the Mushroom Kingdom, with the added extra features that only come with the handheld 3DS console. This includes dazzling 3D visuals, StreetPass and SpotPass enhancement and a range of new courses and characters to enjoy.
You can find out more about the Britain’s Fastest Family tournament as well as the locations of the latest regional heats by visiting this website. Then it’s just a case of getting some lap practice in and picking a family teammate to join you!
This is a pretty great deal if you ask me. Win a whole years worth of games and a free car for doing well at Mario Kart 7? That’s great, especially with all the awesome games coming out this year! It means you get games like Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, New Super Mario Bros 2 (presumably), Paper Mario Sticker Star, Epic Mickey Power of Illusion, etc for absolutely nothing!
Unfortunately, there is one catch. Namely you had a family member who’s also good enough to win the competition, and the age difference between both parties should be at least ten years. You also need to be a British citizen to enter, but that’s not exactly unexpected and makes perfect sense for both prize distribution and legal reasons.
And finally, the entry dates for the regional heats are below, due to the fact it doesn’t seem to be stated on the website:
HMV TROCADERO: 17 Aug – 18 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV OXFORD CIRCUS: 24 Aug – 25 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV CROYDON: 3 Aug – 4 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV KINGSTON: 17 Aug – 18 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV BRIGHTON CHURCHILL: 24 Aug – 25 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV CANTERBURY: 10 Aug – 11 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV GUILDFORD: 10 Aug – 11 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV BASINGSTOKE: 17 Aug – 18 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV READING ORACLE: 3 Aug – 4 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV SOUTHAMPTON: 10 Aug – 11 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV BRISTOL CRIBBS: 17 Aug – 18 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV CARDIFF RESITE: 3 Aug – 4 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV SWANSEA: 10 Aug – 11 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV EXETER PRINCESSHAY: 24 Aug – 25 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV PLYMOUTH DRAKE CIRCUS: 3 Aug – 4 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV OXFORD: 24 Aug – 25 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV MILTON KEYNES: 17 Aug – 18 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV BIRMINGHAM BULLRING: 24 Aug – 25 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV NOTTINGHAM VICTORIA RESITE: 17 Aug – 18 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV DERBY: 10 Aug – 11 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV SHEFFIELD MEADOWHALL: 3 Aug – 4 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV MANCHESTER 90 MKT STREET: 17 Aug – 18 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV LEEDS HEADROW CENTRE: 10 Aug – 11 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV NEWCASTLE: 24 Aug – 25 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV GATESHEAD: 3 Aug – 4 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV EDINBURGH PRINCES ST: 17 Aug – 18 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV GLASGOW BUCHANAN ST: 10 Aug – 11 Aug 10am – 5pm
HMV ABERDEEN: 3 Aug – 4 Aug 10am – 5pm
And the final is apparently taking place in October, in Birmingham.
So start your engines racing game and Mario Kart fans, your Mario Kart skills could give you the chance of winning a free car and a whole year’s worth of 3DS games with Nintendo’s latest tournament!