Excerpt: I will openly admit that I am not impressed with New Super Mario Bros U. This game is still selling for sixty dollars brand new. I bought it used for forty dollars. Which is still way too much money for this home console Wii U video game. The big selling point for New Super Mario Bros U is you can turn your television set off and play it on the much smaller Wii U Gamepad.
Summary: New Super Mario Bros. 2 was a good game, but I couldn't help feeling disappointed with it. The first New Super Mario Bros. felt like a breath of fresh air, a welcome return to the past in an age where such simplicity had been forgotten. The right bit of nostalgia at the right time can feel incredibly new. The sequel was not that. Already following New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario 3D Land , it didn't feel old-school as much as it felt plain old.
Excerpt: Mario is one of those games that Nintendo just know that they can count on, so what better way to launch a new Nintendo console than with a Mario game amongst the launch line-up? New Super Mario Bros. U is the fourth game in the series, and comes only three months after the release of the third game on 3DS. But the truth is that the world can never have too many Mario games. For those unfamiliar with The New Super Mario Bros.
Summary: " New Super Mario Bros. U " may not be ‘New’ any more, but it is the best of the recent 2D series, with the few new mechanics doing enough to keep it fresh and some great level design. With the current Wii U lineup it also proves one of the essential purchases (along with Zombi U and Nintendo Land) for Nintendo fans and gamers who already have the third-party ports on other systems.
Excerpt: Back when the original ‘ New ’ genus of the Mario Bros. canon was released unto the world in 2006 it was heralded as a backwards-engineered marvel, a retro revolution. ‘Finally,’ the masses cried, ‘Mario’s back. No more open worlds, no more contrived companions. Mario’s back in the two dimensions he’s only ever belonged in.
Excerpt: The Wii U's launch was received with mixed reactions across the gaming world. While the debut of Nintendo's newest console hasn't been as successful as the Wii, it has proved to be a relatively innovative piece of technology. The Wii U's launch titles have showcased how the GamePad can have us experience games in new ways, including being able to stream certain games to the GamePad so friends and family can use the TV for other purposes. New Super Mario Bros.
Excerpt: Part of Mario’s charm lies in how you can describe nearly 30 years’ worth of plots in one simple sentence. New Super Mario Bros. U, though, features the only royal abduction that actually cracked me up. Just as Mario, Luigi, and two Toads sit down to cake, Bowser’s gigantic mechanical hand crashes through the roof, daintily moves Peach’s chair out of the way, and then pounds the boys into the floor and hurls them halfway across the Mushroom Kingdom.
Pros: It’s a-Mario! For sheer, unbridled joy, it’s tough to beat a Mario game. They revel in the simple act of play — right down to the springy buzz of jumps and dance interludes. Mario U doesn’t deviate from that formula … or any other. Core to that equation: sterling level design. Mario U does have a few family-friendly leanings, but make no mistake, this thumb destroyer won’t take it easy on you. Nothing falls under the statutes of torture, but right around World 3, the ...
Conclusion: New Super Mario Bros. U is clearly a must buy for those who have picked up the new Wii U home console from Nintendo and it might also be one of the main reasons to get the new hardware. The game is solid when it comes to core mechanics and as classic as possible without turning off modern gamers, but the Challenges and the Boost Mode also introduce some interesting new ideas to the series.
Conclusion: A solid entry in the Mario franchise. It doesn't do anything to shake up the formula, but I think this is one of those franchises that have proven time and time again that you don't mess with a good thing.
Summary: While New Super Mario Bros. U still doesn’t revolutionize the platformer genre or even this particular franchise, the return of a more cohesive world and the addition of a fifth player via Boost Mode is a step in the right direction. Further, the game succeeds in being one of the best looking titles in the franchise, bringing with it some well detailed environments and impressive looking sprites.