Nintendo unveiled its recent 2D side-scrolling Mario game on June 21, and to the undoubtful eye, it might have seemed like a familiar throwback to the new Super Mario Bros. spin-offs. from back in the day. But longtime fans quickly noticed that Super Mario Bros.Wonder seemed full of extra animated embellishments that make it something so much more.

The premise of Super Mario Bros. The wonder is that Mario and up to three other characters go through 2D platform levels that move in real time thanks to a trippy Wonder Flower booster. Luigi, Peach and Toad also join Yoshi and Daisy this time, and anyone can become an elephant. But what has already excited fans so much are the small details that give the impression that Nintendo is really trying to bring extra life to the retro presentation.

“Haven’t seen this kind of personality and style since the days of 2D Sprites. Gorgeous,” Twitter user StephenJPlant wrote alongside screenshots of some of Mario’s new facial expressions as he marveled on the floor. “The comparison to their NSMB series equivalents is pretty funny,” GuyWithThePie added. “Nintendo was very much okay with the fact that Mario 2D looked directly like this for about 6 games.”

Throughout the Wonder trailer, you can see Mario making a number of different faces and gestures as he runs, jumps and climbs. Short excerpts of characters like peach and daisy imply that they have a similar variety of expressions.

Nintendo has always been praised for its attention to the small details that result in a smooth, tactile platform experience that is greater than the sum of its parts, and these additions are a perfect example of this.

Originally published as New Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo DS it offered a 2D version of the hit franchise to complement the 3D adventures of the sandbox plumber on console. However, the games were never as good as the NES, SNES, Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games that they spiritually channeled, even when the subseries came to Wii and Wii U.

With Wonder, the first new Mario game since Super Mario Odyssey six years ago, it looks like Nintendo is going to go the extra mile. Some fans have worried that the 2D game could be a palliative to end the Switch’s run until a successor hits the market. However, Nintendo rarely delivers in half measures, especially with the flagship hardware in the holiday season. I hope Wonder looks as good as it does when it comes out on October 20th. You can click on the slideshow at the top of the article to preview some of the other custom expressions that fans have called out since the preview.

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