The first new side-scrolling Mario adventure to come out was released on this day in video game history.
New Super Mario Bros. , developed and published by Nintendo, was released exclusively for the Nintendo DS portable on May 15th, 2006 in the United States.
The game was the first new side-scrolling Mario adventure released by Nintendo since the early 1990s. Unlike those releases, which featured all 2D graphics, New Super Mario Bros. featured a mix of 2D and 3D graphics. Despite the new tech and graphics, the concept was pure Mario: he must venture on a quest through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser.
The game featured 80 levels spread across 8 worlds, and features a mix of classic and new enemies for Mario to face. Aside from classic power-ups like the Mushroom and Fire Flower, Mario also can access the Mega Mushroom. That makes him grow massive in size and be able to smash through enemies, blocks, and pipes. Opposite of that, a Mini Mushroom shrinks Mario to a tiny size to access blocked off parts of the level.
A multiplayer mode in the game lets two compete in a race to collect stars.
There are also minigames for friends and family to play against each other in. The game was a massive hit, selling over 30 million copies across the world. Sequels to the game have since been released for the 3DS, Wii, and WiiU.