At the time of writing, New Super Mario Bros. for DS had an average review score of 93 (according to Metacritic). Most praise the game for pure platforming goodness with a 3D twist, while others criticize a lack of originality. Here's a sampling of the reviews:
- 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."
- GameBrink 91 - "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. While it's a shame the new power-ups are frills and the length of the main game is ridiculously short, it's hard not to recommend it."
- 1UP 80% - "Nintendo's crafted a thoroughly enjoyable game here, a solid portable experience packed with everything that makes Mario so great -- challenge, fanservice, secrets. Everything except brash imagination."