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Old game, new tricks: 'Super Mario Bros. U'


July 22, 2014

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    Reminiscent of “Super Mario World” on the SNES, Nintendo has released the “New Super Mario Bros. U” on the WiiU console. Challenging levels, lots of secrets and all-new controls have turned the old-school 2D video game experience into an entertaining experience on a next-gen level.
    If not for my girlfriend wanting to play “New Super Mario Bros. U,” I would have missed out on an enjoyable video game. Although it’s a 2D side scrolling game, “New Super Mario Bros. U” introduces a huge map that splits the world up into zones rather than a linear set of levels.         
    As always, Bowser and his family of Koopalings kidnap Princess Peach, leaving Mario, Luigi and two Toads to rescue her. The objective of each stage is to reach the goal flag at the end of each level while avoiding enemies and hazards and collecting coins and items.
    The level of difficulty gradually increases the closer you get to the final boss level. Up to five players can participate simultaneously: four as players with the Wii remotes and the fifth with the Wii GamePad, which allows the player to interact with the environment to help or hinder the other players.         
    The graphics, music and sound are spot-on and totally fitting, as with all Mario games. Power-up items return and some new ones are introduced, such as the flying squirrel suit. To add to the entertainment and replay value, Nintendo has added tons of secrets and game modes for players to enjoy. I really couldn’t find any negatives with the game and that’s probably because of the many years Nintendo has spent crafting the “Super Mario Bros.” world.
    Although “New Super Mario Bros. U” doesn’t take many risks with new concepts and design, this 2D game can compete with any new title released today. With exceptional level designs and a superb difficulty curve, “New Super Mario Bros. U” is a must-play for all gamers. The classic Mario elements make for a superior gaming experience amongst a vacant video gaming quarter before the holiday rush.


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