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- Experience over 80 new courses as Luigi
- Show off your skills as you master each challenging course
- Share triumphs with the community via Miiverse (Broadband Internet access required for online features. For more info, go to support.nintendo.com)
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Luigi takes center stage in his first starring role in a platform adventure! Show off your skills as the green-hatted hero, complete with his trademark high jump, as you experience over 80 new courses! This special packaged version of New Super Luigi U celebrates the Year of Luigi and does not require New Super Mario Bros. U to play.
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Luigi takes center stage in his first starring role in a platform adventure! Show off your skills as the green-hatted hero, complete with his trademark high jump, as you experience over 80 new courses. This special packaged version of New Super Luigi U celebrates the Year of Luigi and does not require New Super Mario Bros. U to play.
With Mario nowhere to be found, it’s up to Luigi to save the day in a brand-new adventure that takes place in the world of New Super Mario Bros. U. Experience new gameplay challenges as you guide Luigi, complete with his high jump and unique slide, through all-new courses. Enjoy high replay-ability and satisfaction from mastering each course, and then share your triumphs via the Miiverse feature. Up to five players** can jump into the fun, with Nabbit taking the place of Mario as a playable character. Help Luigi finally prove he has what it takes!
- Take control of Luigi in his first starring role in a platform adventure
- Level-up your New Super Mario Bros. U experience with more than 80 new courses
- High replay-ability and satisfaction from mastering each course
- Play with distinct Luigi physics, including his unique slide and higher and longer jumps
- No time to waste as each course begins with only 100 seconds
- For the first time, play as Nabbit, invincible to enemies and obstacles
- Share triumphs with the community via the Miiverse feature*
- Play using a Wii Remote controller, the Wii U GamePad controller, or a Wii U Pro Controller
- This special standalone packaged version does not require New Super Mario Bros. U to play
* Broadband Internet access required for online features.
** Additional controllers required for multi-player mode, sold separately.
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* All the worlds are the same from New Super Mario Bros. U (Acorn Plains, Layer Cake Desert, etc.). I was expecting new worlds with completely new levels just for Luigi. I was most disappointed with this.
* Most of the cut scenes are the same (minor tweaks based on the lack of Mario as a playable character)
* Each level in each world is a re-hash of the original (although some do feel completely different)
* Almost every level you only get 100 seconds to complete it. There are no checkpoint flags and the levels are short. I don't understand this design decision as I like to take my time and not feel rushed through a game. I like to figure out the best path and the best way to grab Star Coins instead of just plowing through a level. You can argue this adds to the challenge (and it does) but I don't care as I personally don't like speed runs.
* Luigi's handles differently than Mario. He can jump higher and "float" down after a jump. He soars through the air compared to Mario. This makes completing the levels more fun and I do like this change of controls. The amount of ground Luigi can cover in a short amount of time is amazing. Perhaps this is why there is a 100 second time limit (which I still dislike).
* This game is more challenging than it's Mario predecessor. This can be good or bad. I like the challenge and after I swallowed the bad taste of the level rehash, short time limit, and same worlds, I found myself immersed in the game trying to get all the Star Coins. However, younger kids (perhaps 7 or below) may find this game simply too hard. However, they can help out with the GamePad (touch enemies to stun them and create platforms to help out) or they can be the Nabbit character, who is invincible to enemies. However, this may only hold the younger kids' attention for so long.
So, I'm going to let you decided if this game is something you'll like based on the above. I'm not going to recommend it one way or the other. This game is a challenge and I believe if you know what you're getting into then you'll have fun.
Please note: Mario does not appear at all as a playable character. After beating the game, you can play as Luigi using the standard physics of his brother.
To put it kindly, the Wii U has had a rough first year. The sales have simply not been there, and Nintendo is fighting tooth and nail to get the install base up for their new machine. One of the key factors has been lack of software titles. Nintendo skipped the full blown dog and pony show of E3, instead issuing a Nintendo Direct (an online presentation of the new software titles that the company was launching). In April 2013, we first learned about "New Super Luigi U", a full blown game starring Luigi. To say we were surprised due to "New Super Mario Bros. U" had jut launched November 2012 is putting it lightly.
However, this isn't the whole story. "New Super Luigi U" straddles the fence between a "brand new game" and an extensive "downloadable content" addition to an already existing game. I personally believe we have gotten a retail version of "NSLU" for a two fold purpose: this DLC is long enough to merit a stand-alone release, and, much more importantly, acts as a stop-gap release in preparation for the all important Christmas season for the admittedly very slim library of Wii U games that have been available in its first year.
While Nintendo has first issued DLC for the 3DS "New Super Mario Bros. 2" title, this content was largely confined to brief level packs. With "New Super Luigi U", which has been available as a digital download since July, is completely unprecedented in Nintendo's (admittedly very brief) history of DLC: far from being brief level editions, this game is a whole new compaign staring Luigi, perfectly in key for Nintendo's Year of Luigi which is what they have dubbed 2013.
For new purchasers, let's define what this game is specifically.
WHAT IT IS: A four player game, starring Luigi, two Toads, and Nabbit. Nabbit is invincible and impervious too any damage and cannot take power ups. The game features the exact same world map as "New Super Mario Bros U"; however, all the levels have been reworked and almost all of them start with only 99 seconds. Luigi's physics have been reworked, making him floaty in terms of his jumping and very loose, slippy traction. Due to the time limit, you have to move quickly through the levels. While four players, the levels here are claustraphobic in nature with more than two players, because of how quickly you must beat them (especially for levels where ground is at a premium). While four player mode has been chaotic in the Wii and Wii U "New Super Mario Bros." games, it is even more frustratingly difficult in "NSLU" due to short level times and the deeply increased challenge of the levels in comparison to the other two Mario games.
WHAT IT IS NOT: a full-fledged, brand new game staring Luigi.. People are comparing this too "Super Mario Bros 2: The Lost Levels" and the original "Super Mario Bros.". This analogy simply does not hold water. While "The Lost Levels" was little more than a mission pack sequel to the original; this title does not feel or play like a true sequel to "New Super Mario Bros. U", largely due to the brief running times of the levels (99 seconds) and the fact that, although the game has been released as a stand-alone title, this is first and foremost DLC (granted, very expansive DLC, the likes of which we have never seen from Nintendo). Also, given the identical world map, the game plays simply like a reimagined campaign mode for the first game. What also should be noted is this game, unlike "NSMBU", contains no extra modes and features only the 82 levels of the world map as playable content.
Likewise, the price point of this first party Wii U game (29.99 instead of the usual 50-60 dollar range) tells us "New Super Luigi U" is not on the same playing field as Nintendo's other first-party titles. Mario games are famous for keeping their MRSP (or close too it) for years after their initial release, especially Mario titles. "Super Mario Galaxy" and "The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess" did not become noticeably cheaper until the red-cased "Nintendo Choice" games of 2011-2013, four to five years after the release of these games.
Another thing to be noted is challenge. The game's difficulty ramps up from the very beginning, and it is clear even in the opening levels that the developers are designing this content for more experienced players. Such unrelenting difficulty (spread throughout the entire duration of the game's playing time) has not been seen since "Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels". Mario, obviously, is Nintendo's bread and butter, and while the Mario games can be challenging, over all they are widely accessible to players of all skill levels. Such skill level required, consistently maintained at such a high mark throughout the entire duration of the game's worlds, would simply never be considered by Nintendo on a mainstream Mario game, as that would drive away many potential customers and would somewhat hamper the impeccable Mairo brand.
Like Greenland as the largest island in the world (but not a continent), "New Super Luigi U." blurs that perhaps hard to define level between new game and simple DLC. For reasons already outlined, Nintendo has released this has a stand-alone title, but buyers should be aware that this game will not have the same amount of hours as its parent title, due to the intentionally brief, speed running design of the levels.
For those expecting a full-fledged sequel to "New Super Mario Bros U." will find this disappointing to some degree. For those who go into the game expecting a brief, fun excursion as an extra campaign mode to an already existing title, they will find a lot to enjoy about the game. Just be aware the game is extremely challenging, and due to that increased challenge, the first "New Super Mario Bros U" game will be better if you are looking for four person multiplayer, or, better yet, wait for "Super Mario 3D World", which will feature four person multiplayer in a 3D Mario game for the first time ever!
I love the physical games, as opposed to downloadable games, and with this one you get a very special game with a green box that will stand out in your collection.
To name a couple of things that I don't like: it is a little bit short, and the 100 seconds limit for every stage is annoying, you cannot take your time to explore. And the physics of Luigi are just annoying, I don't like the character to slip all the time.
Overall, it is a nice game, with pretty art style, and a lot of fun.