The 1 million coin reward for New Super Mario Bros. 2 has been revealed with many fans in disarray as to how Nintendo decided on the final reward. Here to soothe away the pains, take a look at our list of rewards that we would have loved to see as the prize for obtaining 1,000,000 coins. Keep in mind, this feature contains spoilers!
New Playable Character
Fans have been clamoring for a new playable character to show up in the New Super Mario Bros. series since the original game back in 2006. Disappointed after the addition of the generic blue and yellow Toads in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, fans sought out classic characters like Peach and Wario, with some even asking for a playable Waluigi. As a reward for 1 million coins, a playable character would bring in a ton of replay value, allowing for the entire game to be replayed, especially if new abilities like Peach’s parasol or Wario’s strength were added.
Super Secret World
The three extra worlds in New Super Mario Bros. 2 are nice, but nothing about them feel very rewarding or special. After hunching over for hours upon hours collecting every last coin, an entire new world and set of levels would really make the extra effort worth it. The idea of a secret world only accessed by reaching a certain, and definitely not easy, goal is something Mario fans have come to enjoy.
Coming right off the idea of adding an entirely new world to the game, how about a throwback to past titles, or even an entire world taken directly from one of Mario’s past adventures. Imagine the Forest of Illusion in the art style of New Super Mario Bros. 2, complete with enemies and all the secrets you loved from the Super Mario World original. Or what if the Super Mario Bros. 3 art style returned and was used in a secret level? So many possibilities for retro styled levels!
Game Changing Effect
For those that have played and gotten to the secret worlds in Super Mario World, a special game changing effect appears once the final level is completed. Upon returning to the World Map, the Mushroom Kingdom has skipped time into the season of Fall, having changed the appearance of the World Map and many of the enemies. Why not to the same for New Super Mario Bros. 2? It could be the time of day or a new skin on the enemies, anything that affected the entire game.
New Power Up
Completing World 8 and unlocking the special worlds in Super Mario 3D Land brought the players a special surprise. Instead of a normal Super Leaf, players were treated to a gray version that allowed Mario and Luigi to turn to a block of stone at any given moment. This power-up could be used in past levels, allowing for a new way to play the game. Why wasn’t something like this incorporated into New Super Mario Bros. 2? It could have be a new power-up or one from an older game, but at the very least, why wasn’t the gray Super Leaf featured at all?
To be completely honest, anything would have been better than alternative title screen. After promoting and even going so far as to say the reward will actually meant something, fans expected more. Anything that would have the player go back and play through some, or even all the levels in the game. Even the secret confirmation of a playable Luigi at the end of the original New Super Mario Bros. was a better reward. Here’s hoping for a better reward next time!