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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: The ‘New’ moniker is getting a bit old since there have now been four New Super Mario Bros games, and one already this year. They have all been barrels of fun so I’m not complaining about the games existing, just the irony in the title!
Conclusion: New Super Mario Bros. U definitely plays things safe and mostly sticks to the framework established by the “New” offshoot series established back on the DS, but the tougher design and beautiful look make it a great Mario game no matter how you look at it.
Excerpt: Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and her retainers were seated around a table in the castle, enjoying a pleasant meal, when suddenly Bowser’s huge airship broke through the domed ceiling overhead. A giant mechanical hand emerged and then hesitated before finally swooping toward the group.