Summary: Right smack in the middle of Nintendo's "Year of Luigi" came 'New Super Luigi U,' an expansive DLC casting Luigi in amped up versions of original 'New Super Mario Bros. U' levels. Whether it's Nintendo's way of doing yet another 'New' sequel without calling it a sequel or promoting the lifespan of a crucially important Wii U launch title, 'New Super Luigi U' has been positioned to appeal with both veteran and new 'New Super Mario Bros. Players.
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.
Conclusion: Concept: Bring over 80 new and challenging stages to Mario’s Wii U debut
Graphics: Identical to the vivid visuals from the original game
Sound: Predictably cheery tunes accompany Luigi, the Toads, and Nabbit
Playability: Continues Nintendo’s track record of quality with the franchise
Entertainment: A strict time limit makes the new stages frantic, but the new urgency is fun
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.
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.
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.