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Oct 10, 2014Sorry for the delay on reviews. I got a new Wii U, and to be honest, I'm writing this review from my GamePad. This compilation offers a greatSorry for the delay on reviews. I got a new Wii U, and to be honest, I'm writing this review from my GamePad. This compilation offers a great game, New Super Mario Bros U, with its colourful art and genius level design, but it also gives you Mario U's expansion pack, New Super Luigi U. So, New Super Mario Bros U is another entry in New Super Mario series, and looks mostly like an HD version of Mario Bros. Wii. But the levels have changed. For starters, levels and worlds now have their own names. The music, whilst most of it is familiar, has changed too. On the Graphics side of things, New Super Mario Bros. U looks excellent. But there is another platformer on the Wii U, Rayman Legends, that looks considerably better. When it comes down to gameplay, Mario Bros. U is typical Mario, and by that I mean THIS GAME DOES GAMEPLAY GREAT. I haven't encountered a single glitch so far, and controls feel correct and responsive. The level design is also great, as usual for a Nintendo platformer. New powerups like the Flying Squirrel suit are also here. Overall, New Super Mario Bros. U is a great game with great (but not perfect) graphics, responsive gameplay and original Nintendo level design. But, it is another 2D Mario game that's a lot like the other New Super Mario Bros. games and the game can sometimes get frustrating if you lose all of your lives.
New Super Luigi U is a lot like Mario U, but it has significant changes that make it feel like a Luigi game on its own. The first change you'll notice is that you only have 100 seconds to complete the level. So Nintendo have made the courses shorter, but more difficult. As if New Super Mario Bros. U wasn't difficult enough, this game is right up there with Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels, difficulty-wise. So, if you sped through Mario U's levels, and thought they were too easy, or you just happen to be a big Luigi fan, then this is for you. However, not all Mario players have the ability to speed-run through these levels, particularly younger children. And Luigi U is a lot more frustrating than Mario U. Overall, New Super Luigi U is a great game, though it isn't accessible to all players and is still frustrating when all lives are lost.
New Super Mario Bros U's multiplayer is still a little chaotic, due to being able to jump on each other and kill your friends if you leave them behind. As usual, the first player picks Mario and the others pick either Luigi, Yellow Toad or Blue Toad. There is also a challenge mode, a set of challenges tougher than the levels in Luigi U. These challenges have you speed-run through a level, use the Wii U GamePad for boost blocks or get constant 1-Ups. Mario U and Luigi U both feature Off-TV-Play via the Wii U GamePad, which is useful if your house is being bombarded by Football on TV fanatics. Another mode is Boost Rush, where you go through a pack of levels, but you have to make sure you stay on the screen, as the level moves fast. You also obviously have to watch out for obstacles and enemies. Finally, there is the returning Coin Battle mode from Mario Bros. Wii, where up to four players battle in levels for coins. This package, New Super Mario Bros. U+New Super Luigi U, is a great all-round great compilation. It includes two great 2D Nintendo platformers all on one disc. And it's now being bundled with the 32GB Wii U Premium Pack, so there's a good reason to buy a Wii U and get ready for the console's great upcoming games.… Expand
Jan 12, 2015I was probably one of the first to get the game as I received it as a gift along with my new Wii U back in 2013. It's a great compilation andI was probably one of the first to get the game as I received it as a gift along with my new Wii U back in 2013. It's a great compilation and a great reason to pick up a console. Please note that if you want to see a separate review of both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, you'll need to check out my reviews on those pages.
New Super Mario Bros. U was a Wii U launch title that tried but didn't really use the GamePad well. Thankfully, it still has the genius level design like the rest of the New Super Mario series and cheerful art style that always keeps me coming back. One of the levels in Soda Jungle (styled like Van Gogh's Starry Night) is particularly beautiful.
The multiplayer from New Super Mario Bros. Wii is back and its as hectic as ever. It still doesn't really fit my definition of fun but I guess if you have nothing else to do, you should try it out. The Flying Squirrel Acorn is the new power-up in this game. It allows you glide and hang onto walls to hide from enemies. It's really unique and I'd like to see it return in a later Mario game.
Baby Yoshis also make a return. There are three types: bubble, light, and balloon. The bubble one, as you may have guessed, blows bubbles to trap enemies and turn them into coins. The light one can create a path for you in dark underground levels and the balloon one can help you get to higher places. The Baby Yoshis are a great addition to freshen up the gameplay. One of my few problems with Mario U is that when you get to World 6, there's an insane difficulty spike but that's mostly it.
New Super Luigi U was released as an add-on pack for Mario U but is now featured in this compilation as basically a side game. Mario is not in the game at all. Instead you be Luigi, who has his floaty and fluttery physics from Super Mario Bros. 2. It's the same style as Mario U but there's completely new levels and the game is much harder. In case you're not an expert and you're don't like hard things (like me), you can play as the invincible Nabbit.
In New Super Luigi U, you only have 100 seconds to complete the challenging levels featured in the game. This makes the game not suited for multiplayer at all and this is one of the few games where I definitely wouldn't recommend it. No, seriously. I'm not kidding. It doesn't really give you much time to explore the levels as you constantly feel rushed but the game's fine on its own.
Overall, New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U is a fantastic compilation that is now available separately. Together, the games are excellent and definitely worth a purchase.… Expand
Apr 5, 2014Tons of excellent 2D platforming gameplay all on one disc. If you're thinking about getting either of the two games then this is the best wayTons of excellent 2D platforming gameplay all on one disc. If you're thinking about getting either of the two games then this is the best way to do so. Nintendo was even nice enough to throw in some bonus videos. This is in my opinion the best way to experience both of these games. To learn more about why both games are awesome check out my individual reviews for them. This is an all around excellent package.… Collapse