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New Super Mario Bros U

 

 

SCORE: 69

 

New Super Mario Bros U 

 

I will openly admit that I am not impressed with New Super Mario Bros U. This game is still selling for sixty dollars brand new. I bought it used for forty dollars. Which is still way too much money for this home console Wii U video game. The big selling point for New Super Mario Bros U is you can turn your television set off and play it on the much smaller Wii U Gamepad. If one or more family members are using Wii Remotes and no one is using the Wii U Gamepad; then an additional family member can tap on the Wii U Gamepad to stop platforms, trap enemies, provide platforms for the family members playing, and unearth secret hidden blocks.

In other words one person can use the Wii U Gamepad to make the game easier for the family members playing New Super Mario Bros U. This can also be used to collect all of the Star Coins. New Super Mario Bros U is very close to previous New Super Mario Bros games. Collect all the Star Coins in every single level in a world, and that opens a secret level in Star Road. The game has to be beaten to open Star Road though.

New Super Mario Bros U is interesting in how easy it is to skip levels. Every single world has at least one branching path. We pick one path or the other. To progress we only need to complete one of them since they loop back to the same point. This is also done with two entire worlds in New Super Mario Bros U as well. Luigi returns in the form of the Super Guide. If you die enough times in a level, then an alarm block will appear. Hit it to see Luigi beat the level for you. When he is done you can progress on or try to perform the level yourself.

We hit the exact same levels we are used to in New Super Mario Bros U. Field, desert, ice, water, giant, cave, cloud, and boss lava. The level of rehash in New Super Mario Bros U is very high. This includes graphics, and sounds. The graphics do look nice, but there is little new, and it feels more like a remix than a real full game. We also have to face ghost characters, as well as bone versions of characters.

The fortresses and then castles are in each world. Most of the time they are ridiculously easy. Which I would normally be pleased with, except this game cost an insane amount of money. I feel like I did not get my moneys worth out of New Super Mario Bros U. I spent most of time playing New Super Mario Bros U with a Wii Remote. Which made it feel even more like rehash. When I did use the Wii U Gamepad I could not understand why I could not turn off the images on the Wii U Gamepad. Since it is easier to play and see things on the TV set. My advice is to save your money and pass on New Super Mario Bros U.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 78%
Sound: 82%
Replay/Extras: 53%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 74%

System: Wii U
Publisher: Nintendo

Rating: ‘E’ for Everyone
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