New Super Mario Bros. U: When more is actually more

It’s new, kind of

One the greatest 2D games of all time takes its foray onto Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U very seriously with the soon to be released, Super Mario Bros. U. With similar game mechanics to the New Super Mario Bros. on the Wii, one would be fooled into thinking the Wii U game would be just another run of the mill release, and by Koopa would they be wrong.

The Wii U is equipped with an ample 1080p screen resolution, bringing HD to a console which was frankly lacking in the graphics department. However, since this meant those genius developers over at Nintendo had to make do with limited resources and rather focus on producing a game that was incredibly fun to play. And with the shiny HD graphics, the end result is something awesome.

Gameplay is smoother than butter, obviously

The addition of the Wii U GamePad literally adds another dimension to the game. With up to 4 Wii controllers, the Wii U GamePad can be a fifth and ancillary device to assist the plumbers and their fungi friends as they head to save the princess… again. The device is able to distract enemies by tapping on them or aid your teamies by placing blocks as temporary platforms to jump on and gain that well needed advantage, especially when gaining that free life on the end flag. And if you’re in a rather devious mood, those same blocks can be used to distract or create obstacles for your soon-to-be ex-friends.

Other than the introduction of the handheld device, a new power-up has been introduced in the form of a flying squirrel suit, reminiscent of a half racoon, half propeller-hat suit seen in previous versions. And once you catch the illusive “super acorn” you are transformed into a high-flying squirrel with gliding capabilities.

New Super Mario Bros. U will launch 30 November 2012



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