New Super Mario Bros U is a lot of fun. It’s a blast to play co-op, it has a very balanced difficulty level, and surprisingly hasn’t bored me yet. I love Super Mario games as much as the next guy, but there really is only so much you can take before you get bored, it happens naturally and it’s not the game’s fault. However it isn’t really anything more than your standard Super Mario game and you shouldn’t expect this package to bring you anything truly innovating. It’s a standard package with standard gameplay that will feature the solid presentation you’d expect from a Nintendo game.
In this game, instead of Bowser kidnapping Peach he invades the castle and throws you away with a giant mechanical hand. Other than that it’s the typical Bowser kidnap story. The Bros and Toads land in a new area that features Acorn Shrooms. This is one of the new Shrooms in the game which grants you Flying Squirrel powers (essentially the same as the tanooki tail or feather cape, slightly mutated). Other than that the game features new baby Yoshies that will eat up enemies on the level while you hold them and have a power to help you on your travels. An example being, purple baby Yoshies fill up with air like Kirby to help you float or yellow baby Yoshies lighting up dark areas like a lantern. The game also features the ability to have a fifth player control the Gamepad and place platforms to help… or hinder the heroes, as well as the HD graphics you’d expect in this day and age. Other than that New Super Mario Bros U is a very standard package similar to NSMB,
NSMB Wii and NSMB 2 before it.
Although this isn’t a bad game, I can’t out rightly recommend it to just anyone. Unless you really crave some classic side scrolling action or you can find it for less than the MSRP ($60) it’s not worth the investment. If this game was, say, $30, I could recommend it. It really is a solid game that I personally haven’t got bored of yet, but it’s truly more of the same. It is a great side-scrolling platformer, but we’ve all been there done that. If Nintendo brought some actual innovation to the NSMB franchise, I would be ecstatic, but until then, expect to see more games featuring slight mutations to the things we have already done and done.
*More of the Same
I give New Super Mario Bros U a standard 3/5