Think the Wii is dead after Pandora’s Tower? Think again. The Wii’s actual swansong is here thanks to its awesome mod community, which is made possible due to flexible homebrew development tools and software apps. Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii is a mod that has been in development for three years, and a sequel to the team’s previous project, Another Super Mario Bros. Wii. I’ve done a small let’s play video of the latter on our YouTube channel, showcasing the dedication this team has. I fully support this type of homebrew as the New Super Mario Bros. disc is required in order to access fan-made DLC. Also, mods have been a completely acceptable practice in PC gaming…yet sadly this has not been officially carried over to consoles due to the companies’ fear of completely cracking open the infrastructure. Well, since the Wii has the least amount of security compared to its competitors, unofficial modding has been one of its major advantages. While Another NSMB was simply a level swap edit with the same world map, audiovisuals, and gameplay concepts, its sequel steps it up a notch. As its trailer showcases, expect a completely redesigned world map, new levels, new challenges, new gameplay elements, new audiovisuals, and even a new suit. Don’t mind the compressed footage as I expect the graphics to look just as good as the original. I’m blown away by what has been shown thus far…the level design in particular is Nintendo-like in quality, unlike many hacks out there. This is by all means a full-on sequel that makes Nintendo own New Super Luigi U looks like, for a lack of better word, green.
Congrats to the team for finally releasing this gem. I’m happy that the release of the Wii U didn’t discourage them from continuing their work on it. I’ve completed the download as I wrote this news post, and I’ll be setting up a let’s play stream with subsequent YouTube mirrors as soon as possible. Keep it locked to COE for more info and coverage.