Additional Downloadable Content (DLC) arrived Thursday for New Super Mario Bros. 2 following the Nintendo Direct announcement. This release features two packs: Gold Mushroom Pack and Coin Challenge Pack B. Once again leaderboards are available for the Challenge Pack and another set of stages is scheduled to come out in November.
Stage 2 of the Coin Challenge B Pack features Banzai Bills leaving coin trails after touching a Gold Ring.
Compared to the previous DLC from earlier in October, the difficulty increases for the coin collecting in the Gold Mushroom Pack and the Coin Challenge tosses new challenges to players to overcome. The Gold Mushroom Pack features many blocks and pipes containing the golden fungi to boost the coin counter. Coin Challenge Pack B offers runs through a ghost house with timed blocks, and comets and coins hurling toward the ground.
Imagine it is 1992, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) has only been out a year, but the great Super Mario Bros. 3 seems bleak graphically in comparison to the system’s launch title Super Mario World. With developer’s focusing its attention to the 16-bit console, thoughts of seeing the Super Mario Bros. games featuring an upgrade were distant. In 1993, however, Nintendo released Super Mario All-Stars, a compilation of the original series with the addition of the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2, known as the Lost Levels. These Mario games have seen re-releases with the Super Mario Advance series from 2001-2003, but the compilation made a reappearance with the Wii in 2010.
Super Mario All-Stars was released in North America August 1, 1993.
This collection was the first remakes of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games for the SNES. The new collection fixed glitches from the original games and included new features such as a saving system for every game, the correct path sequence for castles includes sounds, the jumping physics once hitting a block in Super Mario Bros. and The Lost Levels and the ability to select a different character upon defeat and the 7-up in the bonus game in Super Mario Bros. 2. All of the graphics were upgraded from 8-bit to 16-bit along with the enhanced music capabilities of the new system.
Game Freak released a new set of Pokémon games Sunday with Pokémon Black & White Version 2, which is the first true sequel since the franchise began in 1996. The hero (or heroine) once again battles for the eight badges of the Unova region and battles only to take on the Elite Four and become the new Pokémon champion. Sounds the same, but it’s a working formula that seems to include more and more enhancements with every release.
Two years after the events of Pokémon Black & White, the main character encounters Bianca, who happens to be helping out Prof. Juniper research Pokémon. Bianca has traveled to the southwest corner (previously unavailable in Black & White) of the Unova region to meet the hero. She allows the hero to pick a starter (Snivy, Tepig or Oshawatt) and hand out the Pokédex, which happens to have a few upgrades. The Unova Pokédex now contains 301 entries compared to the first’s 153. Second, an upgrade comes shortly into the game with the Habitat List, making finding a particular Pokémon easier to locate.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS has new levels to play in its Coin Rush mode through Downloadable Content (DLC). Nintendo recently released three packs containing three levels apiece, each following a different theme. The Coin Challenge Packs have leaderboards online for global competition. More have been announced and will be released in the upcoming months.
The beginning of the first level in Coin Challenge Pack A.
Upon unlocking Coin Rush and receiving the Spot Pass that the Shop has been opened, players can choose packs to continue with new challenges. The Gold Rush Pack contains courses filled with Goombas, Cheep Cheeps and Twomps with plenty of coins. The Coin Challenge Pack A (the first of the challenge packs) features levels with lots of pipes, switch platforms and tons of Sledge Bros. The appropriately named Nerve-Wrack Pack contains a P-switch-based level, jumping atop Koopa Paratroopas over giant lava pits and bullet bills in a cannon-type stage.