Summary: The "other" brother rarely gets the respect he deserves. While Mario is off chasing the spotlight, Luigi is often content hanging back, kicking the dirt while his big brother saves the day. But this is 2013 -- the Year of Luigi -- and everything changes. This time around, Nintendo has opted to morph the original New Super Mario Bros. U into New Super Luigi U by way of DLC that's available now, and a standalone disc coming at a later date.
Excerpt: Nintendo has nicknamed 2013 "The Year of Luigi." The brother in green will finally have his time in the spotlight now with Mario sitting out for the new release of New Super Luigi U . The new release is currently available as downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U from Nintendo eShop, but it is also releasing as a special standalone, retail version for Nintendo Wii U in late August.
Conclusion: A rather expansive DLC pack, New Super Luigi U actually stands up well on its own. It offers up a healthy challenge and plenty of fun for those who enjoyed New Super Mario Bros. U and games past.
Excerpt: One of the common criticisms aimed at last year’s New Super Mario Bros. U was that it was too easy for veterans of the platformer genre. Nintendo clearly took this complaint to heart because the game’s first expansion pack, New Super Luigi U, is a challenging but highly addictive and rewarding experience which offers some of the most enjoyable 2D levels in Super Mario history.
Excerpt: Are you one of the gamers who said: "New Super Mario Bros U is too easy?" Did you want the difficulty cranked up a notch or two? or thirty? If so, Nintendo has some DLC for you - New Super Luigi U. This is an add on to New Super Mario Bros U. Later this year Nintendo plans to release a stand alone version - which means you won't need New Super Mario Bros U to play it.
Challenging platformer may be frustrating for younger kids.
Common Sense Media
3 July 2013
Summary: Parents need to know that New Super Luigi U is an expansion to New Super Mario Bros. U that offers dozens of new levels, most much harder than anything encountered in the original game. You must own the original game to play this expansion. It has the same kind of mild cartoon mischief and violence as in Mario games past -- expect lots of shell-hopping and fireball flinging -- and little else to worry about.
Excerpt: The sidescroller is such a constant that for some players it’s akin to a drug addiction. The more they play, the tougher the next platformer has to be to hit the same high. Multiple downloadable and indie games have seriously ramped up the difficulty in 2D throwbacks to meet this demand, but the similarly backwards-looking New Super Mario Bros. series has kept the gameplay simple and approachable. That was certainly true for Wii U launch game New Super Mario Bros.
Pros: Feeling tested by a New Mario game for likely the first time, 80 new stages for a good price, Numerous cute Easter Eggs hidden throughout
Cons: Losing voice from shouting at TV in frustration, Uneven multiplayer gameplay, Nabbit's cheap abilities