As of now, the New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS is doing well with the critics. At the time of writing, the game held a 93% average review score.
- IGN 95% - "Before New Super Mario Bros. entered my life, Yoshi's Island was, to me, the greatest platformer ever created. That title may now have to go to New Super Mario Bros."
- GameDaily 90% - "On paper, New Super Mario Bros. is the kind of game that makes hardcore Nintendo fans get on their knees and weep in sheer joy over the eighty new levels of new 2D Mario action. If you're not already in that camp, New Super Mario Bros. is the kind of game to take you there."
- GameBrink 91% - "In the end New Super Mario Bros. is a very fun and worthy if not short addition to the stellar Super Mario Bros. series. While it lasts, it's some of the best platforming to date and features what I consider to be the best Nintendo DS graphics to date."