Five words sums up New Super Mario Bros
U.... "Launch day", "Full HD" and "Awesome". Playing New Super Mario
Bros U is a true gaming moment on the new Wii U console that is fun
fun fun! Not only does it feature amazing FULL HD crystal sharp
graphics but it offers some very entertaining gameplay thanks to the
new Wii Gamepad controller and the best multiplayer experience ever
in this franchise.
Swoop through levels and
cling to walls when
Mario transforms into
Flying Squirrel Mario,
or gently float through
the air while hanging
onto Tiny Balloon Yoshi.
The Wii U GamePad
controller offers a new
way to play multiplayer
in this game. An extra
player can jump into the
action using the new
Boost mode, creating
platforms out of thin
air to help others
navigate tricky stages
or access hidden or
Boost mode also makes
cooperative speed runs
possible for the first
time. Use the GamePad to
interact with and
manipulate enemies and
objects in real time,
allowing for new ways to
find the fastest routes
through each level.
Play on the big screen
or the small screen.
Switch game play from
the TV to the GamePad at
any time to continue
playing even when others
are using the TV.
together like never
before with Miiverse.
See other players'
you play and leave your
own feedback for others
to see when connected to
the Nintendo Network.
Even though the majority of gameplay
has been seen before, the improvements made to this game on the Wii
U still make it one of the best launch games of the console.
At its core, New Super Mario Bros U is
a classic slide scrolling arcade game that requires gamers to get
from point A to B as they solve a variety of puzzles and fight their
way through a never ending hoard of enemies. In terms of story,
Nintendo continue with the new mythology of this franchise as Mario
and co must rescue Princess Peach from the dastardly Bowser
As soon as the game boots up, the world
of New Super Mario Bros U is oozing with Nintendo goodness that
starts in the Acorn Plains and then moves into a variety of
colourful gaming worlds from haunted houses to jungles and deserts
and lots more. Best of all, each world has various elements on how
to complete them with multiple exits, ensuring greater replay value
and longer gameplay.
On the Wii, the Gamepad controller definitely creates an interesting
yet fun gaming experience which can either be played on this device
or the big screen. This is a great little feature if someone else
wants to watch TV or if you want to watch TV and continue your
gaming session at the same time. For multiplayer, you can hook up
your old Wii controls for up to four players.
The four playable characters include
Mario, his brother Luigi and two Toads. Another interesting feature
is that if you have four Wii controls, the fifth person can then use
the Gamepad to interact with the gaming environment such as creating
platforms or obstacles. It definitely makes for some interesting
The only setback of multiplayer is that
it is local play only. However the game is linked to the Miiverse
which allows players to leave little notes in the gaming world that
can be shared. Strange!
As you navigate the world in either solo or cooperative play, there
are plenty of points and power-ups to collect such as turning
enemies into coins or Mario becoming a flying squirrel or getting
your baby Yoshis to eat your enemies. These bonuses definitely help
spice up the action but when you're playing with others, it becomes
a mad dash to these power-ups. All in all, the gameplay works
flawless for single and multiplayer.
Graphically, New Super Mario Bros U
looks crystal clear on the Wii U, thanks to the high definition
graphics. It's easily the best looking Mario game created and
although it's a 2D side scroller, Nintendo have ensured that there
are plenty of special effects to make the game look like a next-gen
title... to an extent anyway. The soundtrack is classic Mario as are
the sound effects.
In the end New Super Mario Bros U is an extremely fun game on the
Wii U which proves classics can still make it in a world of games
such as Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty. The visuals look amazing,
the gameplay, although quite retro is pure Mario which makes this a
must have title for the console.