Seems like the guys from Penny Arcade have some qualms about the multiplayer aspects of New Super Mario Bros Wii. Which is funny, because I bought this game foremost to play with Linda. I suppose we’ll see come Christmas.

New Super Mario Brothers Wii is marriage poison.

I wouldn’t play this game with any person you want to see again. In its multiplayer interpretation, which I suggest be referred to as “Divorce Mode,” choreographing your platform jumps in a way that does not interfere with another person’s basic game interactions can be quite difficult – particularly in portions where player movement itself can kill teammates while you progress the level, or when the natural scroll of the camera can kill those who lag behind. One of these two things is almost always happening, though. So hm.

That is to say nothing of the proper distribution of powerups, which is a process fraught with concentrated danger.