How could we not pick Mario? We have spent the last 20 years playing Super Mario across every console we had and with every new console has come a new world for Mario and his bro to explore meeting new challenges and characters along the way with an ever increasing level of graphical complexity and super gameplay.
So what’s new in the latest offering?
New Super Mario Bros. U is a new, side-scrolling adventure featuring Mario, Luigi, Toad … and your Mii character. Now’s your chance to step inside the Mushroom Kingdom and explore new worlds, new power-ups and new ways to play. Up to five players* can jump into the fun, with up to four people using Wii Remote controllers and one on the Wii U GamePad. The experience is different, depending on which controller is used.
The Wii U GamePad controller offers a new way to experience multiplayer Mario fun. Create Boost Blocks out of thin air to help players navigate tricky stages or access hidden or hard-to-reach items, and distract onscreen enemies, all with the tap of their finger or stylus. You can now swoop through levels and cling to walls when Mario transforms into Flying Squirrel Mario, or gently float through the air while hanging onto Balloon Baby Yoshi.
In addition to the main Story Mode, in which players must rescue Princess Peach, New Super Mario Bros. U features more exciting game modes, including:
- Boost Rush – Using Boost Mode, two to five players work together fato clear many different courses in the fastest time possible. The scene auto scrolls, forcing you to move ahead through the course. As you collect more coins, the scene scrolls faster. Once you’ve completed your run, you can watch a replay of other players’ Boost Rush to help strategize for your next attempt.
Check out this great video from the IGN guys of the Boost Rush Mode.
- Challenge Mode – Numerous single-player and multiplayer challenges incorporate a series of familiar Super Mario gameplay concepts in a fun, competitive way. These challenges offer high replay value as players try to achieve the best score and unlock new challenges. Boost Mode Challenges help players practice the teamwork necessary for effective Boost Mode gameplay. After finishing, players can watch a replay of their Challenge to strategize for next time.
Check out this video from the GAMEXPLAIN guys of the Challenge Mode.
- 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, and discover new ways to find the fastest route through each stage.
- Play on the big screen or the small screen. Switch single-player gameplay from the TV to the GamePad at any time to continue playing even when others are using the TV.
Families and friends can experience Mario together like never before with Miiverse. See other players’ comments and accomplishments while you play, and leave your own feedback for others to see when connected to the Nintendo Network (broadband Internet access required).
Nintendo have shared a new Wii U demonstration video that you can see below that shows off three of the upcoming console’s features—the Nintendo Network ID account system, the Internet browser, and their new social network, Miiverse (and how it can be integrated into games). It shows a bit of New Super Mario Bros. U’s world map, too.
We honestly think that Mario and chums and have never looked so good and with the new GamePad features and the new modes this really could be the best yet.
Take a look at the below video trailer and give us your opinions of the game so far, and for our US visitors let us know what your first impression is, seeing as you have got your hands on this already!
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