New Super Mario Bros

LQ: 9.1

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Brain grade: 8.3
Fun score: 9.8

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

New Super Mario Bros takes the original platforming formula which made the Mario franchise so popular and updates it with new graphics, enemies and power-ups. In this game, Mario must once again rescue Princess Peach from the evil King Koopa, otherwise known as Bowser. Players will track Bowser through eight worlds in the Mario universe while navigating dangerous terrain and defeating Bowser’s minions. Levels scroll from left to right, with players jumping over pits, collecting items and using several new abilities and classic power-ups in an effrot to finish each level before the timer runs out. The game features no inappropriate content, and is relatively easy to play and understand, making it suitable for players ages 5 and up.


THIS GAME IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Self-Control

Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors. Managing anger and frustration.

While playing New Super Mario Bros, players will be sometimes become "stuck" in very challenging levels of the game. The platforming and jumping mechanics of Mario games are difficult to master, and player will often have to retry a level several times before overcoming it. During these times of struggle, players must maintain control of their frustration and not adapt an overly aggressive play style. Doing so requires players to maintain control of both their character on screen as well as their emotions about the game. In order to progress through each world, players must use caution and not become upset from multiple failures. Cool-headed players who are able to stay positive and "stick to it" will eventually find success in New Super Mario Bros.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Precision jumping has always been the key to beating Mario games and the New Super Mario Bros. is no different. Because players will constantly be barraged with projectiles, hazardous obstacles, lava, bottomless pits, and a plethora of dangerous enemies they must pay strict attention to their character's health (in the form of power-ups) and their surroundings. Player's must sustain their attention throughout the level and familiarize themselves with the controls if they expect to reach the next world.

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