There’s A Mario Sidescroller for Wii You Haven’t Played Yet. Seriously.

Justin Pot 04-12-2014

Get your Wii out of the closet: some Mario fanatics put together the best fan-made Mario game in history. We’re talking 128 brand new levels you can start playing right now, by yourself or with up to three friends.


If you’re a Mario fan, you’re going to like this.

The game is called Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii, and it’s an aptly-named hack of New Super Mario Bros Wii. There’s new worlds, new enemies and even a classic power-up not available in the original game.

Sure, this game can be a little rough around the edges sometimes – it’s fan-made, after all. But if you’re a Mario fan, and you haven’t tried this out, you really should: it’s a lot of fun.

Brand New Sidescrolling Goodness

The team put three years into putting this game together, and it shows. The game starts with a look and feel similar to the original title, but play for a while and it won’t take long to start seeing completely new artwork. For example: there’s a world with autumn-inspired graphics.

Of course, this isn’t just an art project: it’s a game. And there are some unique aspects here too: the above level, for example, can only be unlocked by finding a secret entrance in another world. Switch Palaces, which fill in blocks in levels throughout the game, make a comeback. And there are brand new bosses at the end of every world.


The levels themselves are, for the most part, great. If you’re the sort of player who won’t rest until all the star coins are gathered, you’ll find a few challenges (but perhaps uniquely among fan-made hacks, nothing seems unfair).

Longtime Mario fans will appreciate the soundtrack, which is entirely new recordings featuring themes from many classic Mario titles. The same goes for level design: some classic concepts are borrowed from games in the past, such as a world where Mario switches between tiny and not.

Other worlds are wholly unique, including one halloween-themed world and another that resembles a Japanese village (complete with purple blooms!).

I won’t give away much else here, if you’re still reading you’re clearly interested. Let’s get the game set up.


How To Get Newer Super Mario Bros Wii

There’s an easy-to-follow guide for setting this up on the Newer site, but I’ll give a quick rundown here. To start you’re going to need a few things:

Emulation fans: the process is going to be a bit more complex for you, but there are guides out there for patching a ripped ISO of the original game. I recommend an actual Wii.


To get everything working you need to download two things:

  • Newer Super Mario Bros, which is the game itself.
  • Riivolution, which will patch the original game on-the-fly so you can play the new levels.

Download both packages and unzip. Put the folder named “NewerSMBW” directly on the USB or SD drive (the root folder). Put the folder named “riivolution” into the folder named “apps” (create this if it doesn’t exist).

Now you need to plug the drive into your Wii, and open the Homebrew Channel. You’ll find “riivolution” here – launch it. If your New Super Mario Bros disk is inserted you should see the option to launch the game. You’ll also see an “Install” button, which will let you launch Riivolution directly from the Wii Home Menu.

You should be up and running now. Enjoy the game!

Other Great Hacks?

This isn’t the first great hack of a game you can play on your Wii. We showed you how to transform Super Smash Bros. Brawl into a Melee-like game Miss Melee? Transform Super Smash Bros. Brawl Into A Melee-like Game With Project M Project M is a mod for Super Smash Bros. Brawl that changes a number of things, but the most notable being an adjustment to the speed to make it feel more like Melee. Read More , thanks to Project M.


But we want to know: what other great hacks have you found for classic Wii games? Let’s compile them in the comments below, so everyone can find them in one place.

Oh, and if you want more free games for your Wii be sure to check out our list of places to find Wii homebrew apps Looking For Wii Homebrew Apps? These Are The Places To Go At this point you've probably played most of the games for the console you were interested in, but if you want to find another use for the biggest console of the last decade, homebrew just... Read More . There’s not a lot of new software out there for the platform, but developers made quite a few things worth looking at over the year.

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  1. selya
    May 23, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    How can i download new mario bros on wii nintendo? I am not using PC.

    • Justin Pot
      May 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      You need a computer to do this, sorry.

  2. noo7na7
    January 1, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I have played this. It was great, and had almost everything I wanted. Only problem is, was the lag in Dolphin emulator, but that was just my PC. 9.9/10.

    • Justin Pot
      January 1, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      I've just about finished it, on the Wii, and I haven't noticed any lag. I'd highly recommend playing this on an actual Wii if at all possible.

  3. Sleightahand
    December 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    BTW, bitsnoop has a torrent of Newer Mario in wbfs format. If you use wiiflow or something similar, you can bypass the need for inserting the original disc. I am sure it works with the emulators as well.

  4. Ahm3D
    December 6, 2014 at 6:29 am
  5. Larry
    December 6, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Can the Wii be used as a media receiver to stream video from my computer ?
    I'm using Xbox 360 Media Center now, but it depends on my PC too much, doesn't like MKV.

  6. Anthony
    December 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Is this one different from the New Super Mario Bros that came out a few years ago? Does it require a Wii U, or just a regular Wii?

    • Sleightahand
      December 5, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      It's for the regular wii. You must own the original game disc to play the added levels.

    • Justin Pot
      December 5, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      This is a hack of New Super Mario Bros Wii, created by fans, with all new levels. All you need is a regular Wii, and a copy of the original game.

  7. Andrew
    December 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I sooooo had hoped this was a PC port of this game. Now I'm sad. And so are my wife and kid who watched this video with the same expectation.

    • Ahm3D
      December 6, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Dolphin x86 is a wii emulator that works on new PCs, those links are posted.
      if its still too tecky just play the NEW super Mario Bro wii on PC

    • Ahm3D
      December 6, 2014 at 6:21 am

      works well with a Bluetooth wii-Mote

    • Ahm3D
      December 6, 2014 at 6:24 am

      wii game downloads are made very very small

    • Justin Pot
      December 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Emulation is an option, you could even buy the original game instead of pirating if you wanted. But know that setting this up on a PC includes a few extra steps – you need to add the files to the original game.

      Alternatively, you can find a Wii on Craigslist for very little. I've seen them for as low as $60 near me.