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4.0 out of 5 stars Mario Takes U, November 18, 2012
This review is from: New Super Mario Bros. U (Video Game)
There is no question about New Super Mario Brothers U, and the hype that Nintendo has made with the game, and the stamina of the new Nintendo Wii U. But, if there is one thing Nintendo has showed with Mario, simply is the magic has never grown old. That has shown to be the case with any Mario game, and this no doubt is exactly the strength. When New Super Mario Brothers came out for the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii, it delivered with multiplayer action, and madness as you try and save Peach from the clutches of Bowser. But with the new game, comes a new challenge as well. But this time around, is it more for its money or less than a bite from a piranha plant.

New Super Mario Brothers U is a great launch title for the Nintendo Wii U, as you can play Mario or one of his friends, Luigi or Toad, in a exciting challenge to save Princess Toadstool. The game takes you on eight different levels, against Bowser and his koopalings who fly around now in fierce airships, Wendy, Roy, Ludwig, Larry, Morton, Lemmy and Iggy. Along the way Mario also encounters returning foes like Spike from Super Mario Brothers 3 and Baby Yoshi's that now can become balloons, to help you collect star coins along the way that make great appearances. There is also new power ups here too like the flying squirrel suit that can help Mario glide from platform to platform without falling down and missing power-ups. There is also a few new challenges as well including boost mode, which can help you either speed up to collect coins, or lose a life at the end, trying to make it to the flag pole.

There are two ways to control Mario, with the Wii U Pad, or simply with the Wii-Mote like a NES-style control, as was the case with New Super Mario Brothers Wii. Personally, I preferred the classic NES style because it was easier to play. The graphics in the game look amazing, and the gameplay is strong, as you can challenge yourself, even by tapping the Wii U pad to add blocks to help you gather coins, and block enemies from harming you. Yet, there are a few disadvantages to the game. The first one is that if you have mastered New Super Mario Brothers Wii, you might find this game a bit too easy to play. The second of all is with the Mii-verse where players can make comments on your gameplay. It might be alright, but it can be a bit frustrating and can hinder you from making it to the goal.

All in all, New Super Mario Brothers U is still a great game, and a good launch pad for the Wii U. I was honestly hoping for more to drive this game into a home run, but I basically got what I was playing all the time, fun. The game definitely is a good sequel to what made New Super Mario Brothers Wii so captivating in the first place. Yet, I was craving for much more in on the fun. Nevertheless, this is still a great game for the Wii U, and for die hard Mario fans young and old that have never gotten tired of the fun of saving the Mushroom Kingdom. If there is going to be a sequel for the game, there could be more in on the fun.

Graphics: B

Sound: B

Control: B 1/2+

Fun & Enjoyment: B+ for solo play; A- for multiplayer

Overall: B 1/2+
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2012 11:21:29 PM PST
I heard this game was hard! Can an average player get through it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 11:43:02 AM PST
Absolutely. If they have played New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and controlled it with the Wii-Mote, like a NES controller, it wouldn't be as hard to master.
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