During the live press conference at this year’s E3 event, Nintendo started off their presentation by dropping a big ‘ole bomb in the form of New Super Mario Bros. Wii. If I must say so myself, the new game looks darn fun and the features are equally compelling.

While the demonstration for New Super Mario Bros. Wii didn’t last very long, the video was descriptive enough to showcase some cool new features that have yet to appear in a Mario Bros. platform game. Some of the new features are obvious enough to make Co-Optimus look twice. Yes, I’m talking about four-player co-op platforming.

The four-player appeared to work seamlessly on-screen and the entire game progressed whether the last player was being left behind or not. It was typical side-scrolling Mario gameplay (although, it was actually in 3D) and it featured everything most side-scrolling Mario games have become known for, including item boxes – they now drop up to four items for each player – and nifty add-on features that made appearances in the recent Super Mario Galaxy. Yep, costumed suits are available with special functionalities. The only suit on display during the conference demonstration was the propeller suit that allowed players to fly for a bit over objects. Although, you can rest assured that more will be available in the full game.

New cooperative features have also been implemented that allow players to pick up and toss around other players to knock out bad guys, get over obstacles or reach hidden areas. Also, when a player dies they respawn in a bubble and when the respawned player reaches a safe area, another player can pop the bubble to get them back into the action.

In addition to all this, the end-of-level tallies rack up players’ score, enemy dispatches, and other tidbits of info that showcase the players’ efficiency during a level. Of course, with four-players, it means someone is always going to look like a ‘tard when the level is finished and someone has the lowest score. Can you say “Welcome back competitive local co-op”? Yeah, I think you can.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is due out this Holiday Season. For further E3 coverage, gaming news, info and updates, be sure to stay tuned in with Blend Games.

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