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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Bad news: New Super Mario Bros. U opens with all the issues that have hindered previous entries in the series. Uninspired level design, a repetitive soundtrack, and a flat-lining difficulty level that bores more than it engages.
Summary: U-niversal appeal (God help me) 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.