Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Super Mario Bros Wonder 3 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
While the gameplay looks familiar with pipes, enemies and boxes to bash, there's more here than meets the eye. Much of the new mechanics stem from the new Wonder Flowers you collect to unlock pseudo-multi-verse versions of the game world. From transforming into different objects like a bowling ball to lengthening Mario's neck or even the pipes turning into caterpillar-like creatures, this is a deep dive into a psychedelic range of realities - complete with talking flowers that narrate and cheer on the action.
As you progress you get access to more of these wonderful worlds, and of course the essential Mario power-ups. Along with the usual Super Mushroom and Fire Flowers, you can transform into an elephant.
The result is a game that offers a fresh way to play 2D Mario. It takes elements from the classic Nintendo games but brings a new more playful and irreverent feel to proceedings.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE.
The game includes moments when Mario is chased by monsters.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to cope with being under pressure and making accurate jumps. There's a lot to process on the screen. Like previous modern Mario games if you die, the other players can bring you back to the action.
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