Fans of the long-running "Super Mario Bros." series have now had about a week to explore the 80-plus stages and six worlds of Nintendo's latest addition to its popular franchise. Some, perhaps, have no doubt even bested the game's challenge of accruing 1 million coins.
Full disclosure: This reviewer is not one of them. But "New Super Mario Bros. 2" is a blast to explore regardless of Mario's in-game class level.
Games in the "Super Mario Bros." series -- whether they carry the "New" title or not -- have become staples of consistency. New editions aren't overhauled so much as tweaked, the core movements -- a run, a jump and a squat still about cover the controls -- haven't changed much in nearly 30 years since "Super Mario Bros." made its debut for the NES.
In a review last week of "New Super Mario Bros. 2", The Times wrote, "For all the tradition at play here, the 'New Super Mario Bros. 2' (3DS, $39.99) feels decidedly current, largely due to one simple addition. To survive these days, the working-class plumber must now scramble for money at every turn.