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New Super Mario Bros. U
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After the release of more 3D-centric titles, cult Mario fans thought that they had seen the end of the original NES/SNES gameplay. This particular game brings back those glory days in a big way.
New Super Mario Bros. U takes it back to the old 2D NES/SNES era, with new console hardware to give the graphics more fidelity and color texture. The environments are beautifully rendered and give the simple side-scrolling gameplay intensity. The retro overworld maps are really expanded upon in this title, with so much to see and discover. Though the environments are beautifully designed, they never take away from your focus on the titular character.
This title takes gameplay back to typical Mario fashion, with enhanced side-scrolling and a vast overworld that lets you explore every nook and cranny of it. The plot never changes: Bowser has taken Princess Peach captive again, this time in her own castle. Mario, Luigi and their helper Toad are cast away to a faraway land and must find their way back to save Peach and the Mushroom Kingdom. In a familiar style, you must make your way through different levels against obstacles and enemy Koopalings, Goombas, Nabbits, and bosses like Bowser Jr., reaching a flag at the end of each level.
If you fail a flag goal several times, a guide box will appear with Luigi to show you how to maneuver the challenge. You’ll also get several multiplayer modes depending on your controller. In Boost mode, a player using a GamePad can aid another player (on screen) by stunning enemies or placing blocks, allowing the on-screen player to perform speedruns.
I personally preferred the Wii U GamePad to the Wii Remote or Pro Controller because it’s what I’m used to and due to its ease of use for 2D side-scrolling with the D-pad and individual action buttons. You won’t need to input any cumbersome combinations on analog, and I did find the Wii Remote slightly better when it came to activating power-ups and the more difficult boss battles.
Replay Value: 4.5
This title brings back the old Mario gameplay the way older players liked it. It combines new overworlds and characters with the classic exploratory play and older bosses that will make you immediately feel that kindred familiarity. With multiple levels, hidden stages to be unlocked by star coins, different trials, new powerups, great multiplayer modes and so much to discover in the multiple environments, this game is a must replay for me.
New Super Mario Bros U brings back the novelty of the original NES titles and lives up to the legendary name of the franchise. It has a great combination of simple and more difficult challenges. You must perfectly time your runs and gain a good understanding of the game’s physics if you are to achieve ultimate success. This is definitely one of the best platformer games, and it brings back the old joy of Mario gaming.
With this title, you’ll experience the old Mario in all its glory all over again.
Pros : Exhilarating gameplay.
Captures the old Mario vibe perfectly.
Offers many different levels.
Cons : Audio and some of the visuals are a little lackluster.
Replay Value 4.5