Fans of 2D Mario games (or Mario games in general) may be happy to hear that Newer Super Mario Bros. DS, a fan mod of New Super Mario Bros., is now available for download courtesy of Newer Team. The game features 80 all-new levels, original music, and updated gameplay aiming to give a new look at the best-selling DS game released in 2006, which sold over 30 million copies and stands as the best-selling game for the Nintendo DS as well as one of the best-selling games of all time.
This isn’t the first time a popular Nintendo game has spawned a fan mod from passionate fans, and actually isn’t even the first fan mod from this team. Newer Team previously released Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii in 2013, a fan game based off Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
While Newer Super Mario Bros. DS is now available for download, history implies that it may not stay that way. Many fan projects in the past have been shut down either by direct actions taken by Nintendo to protect their copyrights, or were closed down by their creators before Nintendo could take action against them.
Over the years, a number of fan projects have sprung up online and attracted the attention of Nintendo fans across the Internet. Many may be familiar with Project AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) which was originally released online by some fans to celebrate Metroid’s 30th anniversary, drawing attention as a quality fan remake, before getting hit by a DMCA takedown from Nintendo.
Another popular fan project was Pokemon Uranium, released on the same day as Project AM2R, which amassed over 1.5 million downloads at a time when Pokemon Go was near the peak of its popularity. Facing pressure over the rising popularity of their project, the fan team removed their download links for the game and chose to shut down operations to avoid facing legal action.
Despite these and a number of other popular fan projects being shut down in the face of legal action from Nintendo, people still continue to develop fan projects such as Newer Super Mario Bros. DS out of their love and passion for Nintendo and the games that they love. Although Nintendo protecting their copyrights may not change, hopefully they will view these fan projects as a product of the creativity of their fans and draw inspiration and encouragement from them rather than just seeing them as potentially harmful to game sales and something that simply needs to be erased from the Internet.
Watch the Newer Super Mario Bros. DS trailer here:
Chris started loving video games at a young age, playing Super Mario World and Star Fox on his parents’ SNES. Although Nintendo (the Switch in particular these days) is still front and center for him, he also spends a fair amount of time on his PS4 and PC. He is also a huge fan of the Fire Emblem and Star Fox franchises. Chris enjoys watching basketball as well and is a huge fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Plays: Switch, PS4, PC.