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: 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: Mario is like a rock, steady and unchanging. Princess Peach will always find herself in the grasp of Bowser, a villain who has yet to write a single ransom note. Once again it is up to Mario, Luigi, and two generic Toads to hop and stomp their way across eight worlds. Only by doing battle with Bowser’s family, than then ultimately himself, can you hope to save the Princess. Or you can let your friends play around with the running and the jumping and place blocks.
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! New Super Mario Bros U is yet another great addition to the series, even if it is more of an iteration in a series than the overhaul it was on the Wii with the inclusion of multiple players at once.
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. It may not change your mind if you’re already sick to death of these spin-offs, but everyone else should get a lot of quality mileage out of this one.