New Super Mario Bros Wii

LQ: 9.2

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Brain grade: 8.8
Fun score: 9.6

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Other Requirements: None Thinking Skills Used: , ,

New Super Mario Bros Wii plays a lot like the original Super Mario Bros game, sending players running and jumping through side-scrolling stages filled with enemies, pits and power-ups. Players must traverse eight progressively challenging worlds in an effort to rescue Princess Peach from the monster Bowser, gaining new abilities and powers as they play. Each world is filled with several levels, and players must conquer a challenging airship at the end of each world, facing off against one of Bowser’s minions in a boss battle. Players can either go straight through the game or search each level for the hidden star coins and alternate exits, which open up new levels to explore. This game is easy to play and has no suggestive or violent content making it suitable for players ages 5 and up.


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This Game is Good for Kids Who Need Help With:

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Mario_vs_Iggy_KoopaThis new iteration of the classic Mario gameplay requires players to be alert and focused at all times. Whether exploring caves, jumping through a sky bridge, or evading Bowser's traps in his castles players are constantly facing new and increasingly difficult challenges. Remaining attentive to Mario's abilities and power-ups can mean the difference between beating a level and succumbing to the hazards of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in her mind while working.

In order to master harder levels, like the airships, players often have to replay levels in order to succeed, memorizing the locations of enemies, hazards and pitfalls in order to successfully defeat or avoid them. As the levels get harder--like the automatically side-scrolling airships--players face stronger enemies, deviously positioned traps and more challenging platforming segments. If the player hopes to advance past these parts in the level, they must recall all these numerous facets of the level as they play. Moving platforms and patrolling enemies have set patterns, so by memorizing these patterns players can predict when to jump and attack. Furthemore, player collect stars and can find hidden pathways to unlock new levels, making memorizing layouts even more helpful for the numeours play through a level must get before all these things are found.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings. Improving social skills.

As a multiplayer game, Super Mario Bros. Wii offers up many opportunities for players to work together and engage each other cooperatively. An offline game, players play side-by-side, talking about how they can work together to overcome each level's unique challenges and strategizing ways to help each other through the game. Aside from this social aspect of the game, it is also importnat for players to be aware of their own capabilities in the game. This way, they can ask for help if their skill level is a bit lower than other players, or offer help if they are the most proficient player of the bunch.

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