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New Super Mario Bros. U

Developer / Publisher: Nintendo
18 November 2012
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Princess Peach is held captive in her castle by Bowser, Bowser Jr., and the Koopalings who invade and use a giant mechanical arm to throw Mario, Luigi, and two Toads far away. Mario and friends must now travel across this new land returning to Peach's castle in order to save her. On the way, they encounter seven Koopalings each controlling their own worlds, plus Kamek, Nabbit, Bowser Jr., and many minor enemies like Goomba.
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New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe - Nintendo Switch
This game is my personal babysitter, whenever I have to take care of my nieces, I pull this out and they're enthralled and have a great time. Those kids love Mario. Even if they could be playing way better Mario games. But they're kids, they need something basic and simple so they don't become overwhelmed. Although I do need to be careful cause one time one of them pressed the home button and accidentally opened Resident Evil 4. Maybe it was a sign from god that they need to play Resi 4 but if I do that, I'm gonna get a restraining order.
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Honestly, this is just another basic Mario game, it was originally on Wii U but later released on Switch. New Mario Bros U is actually a decent newer entry, but it really pales in comparison to the classic games. The level design in this game is pretty damn basic and most of the levels in this game are just too easy, and the boss fights in this are incredibly bland and feel very similar. There are a variety of levels in different settings, but I really can't give this game too much praise because it really doesn't do anything new or interesting, the story is typical Bowser kidnapping the Princess and the game plays exactly like every other 2D style Mario game and the power ups in this aren't really the most interesting either. I mean its fun enough and with 2 players it can be interesting, but I'll take the original Mario Bros., 3, and World over this any day of the week.
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This was really fun, unfortunately I'm just very bad at this game and was incapable of beating it. I liked that Van Gogh inspired level a lot.
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Built for enthusiasts, not to make them
The central power-up mechanic, the Super Acorn, is probably the most balanced flight power-up since the Super Leaf in SMB3, which was 22 years old at the time of this game's release. In addition to being able to stick to walls, it allows for a downward-slanted glide that surpasses the player's maximum running speed, with one large gust of upward momentum permitted by tapping the RT button. Should you use the gust, Mario descends much more quickly with slowed horizontal momentum. So you are somewhat punished for using its largest benefit at poor times, and rewarded for using the Acorn in smart ways, because your momentum will be preserved.

Aesthetically, this is the best looking NSMB game by a mile. HD textures and HDMI output aside, the colors pop compared to the duller DS and Wii entries, and the hand-drawn backgrounds are quite beautiful. The camera is also zoomed out quite a bit more, which I preferred immensely. Knowing what's coming is paramount in these sorts of titles.

My largest complaints are commons ones - it appears that Nintendo didn't really care much about any criticisms of the Wii version, notably its strict, generic world order, poorly design boss fights, and confusingly drab choice of P3 and P4 characters. All three problems are still present in NSMBU, and their continued existence put a ton of people off from even playing this game. I realize that the Switch port has been somewhat successful, but the days of 2D Mario selling a billion copies are over until major changes are made struturally. It makes no sense to pour half a decade of creative movement mechanics into every new 3D Mario release, and keep the equally profitable NSMB series away from any sense of evolution. With every new 3D Mario release, the NSMB formula feels more dated.

For those reasons, NSMBU is not going to make new fans. I sincerely doubt it is going to appeal to anyone as a single-player experience unless they are platformer enthusiasts. If you are, and you have a tolerances for Nintendo tropes, there is a high-quality, polished platforming experience here for you to explore. It just isn't going to shatter your world or provide any unique take on the genre. It's "merely" the best in a series that excels at treading water.
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antcpz New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-06-16T23:40:47Z
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3.5
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Ellipses New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-06-16T21:18:55Z
2024-06-16T21:18:55Z
1.0
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noahcritic New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-06-14T23:37:10Z
2024-06-14T23:37:10Z
3.0
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Tjconey12 New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-06-14T01:38:07Z
2024-06-14T01:38:07Z
3.0
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Noooohahaha New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-06-13T23:33:23Z
2024-06-13T23:33:23Z
3.0
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SynnGD New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-06-11T20:12:11Z
2024-06-11T20:12:11Z
3.5
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goeie_oko New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-06-09T12:23:48Z
Wii U • XNA / XSA
2024-06-09T12:23:48Z
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Molten_ New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U 2024-06-05T06:44:21Z
Wii U • US
2024-06-05T06:44:21Z
4.5
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Molten_ New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-06-05T06:43:36Z
Wii U • XNA / XSA
2024-06-05T06:43:36Z
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JmoZ New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-05-29T09:25:58Z
2024-05-29T09:25:58Z
3.5
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roketto121 New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-05-25T21:48:16Z
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2024-05-25T21:48:16Z
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thatmusicguy New Super Mario Bros. U 2024-05-24T16:31:31Z
2024-05-24T16:31:31Z
3.0
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  • HardBloodNelza 2023-06-04 04:09:16.085108+00
    100% completed ugh God what a relief. I can finally play games I actually enjoy and not hate-complete this shit anymore.
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    • xNobility 2023-09-02 00:42:54.093572+00
      Why would you 100% a game you hate lol
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  • brewkirk 2024-01-09 00:15:28.213809+00
    the "stale ass-end of a bread loaf" of 2d mario platformers
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  • kaifmo31 2024-02-05 02:18:36.564963+00
    i find it interesting when people slag off the NSMB games as if they came out too fast too quick when they came out in 2006, 2009 and 2012 (might i add in the midst of TWO Galaxy games), like realistically its not as if the market was flooded with 2D Mario's. i get they all (sort of?) stylistically look the same (nobody complains about Galaxy 2's pretty identical visual style and gameplay to the first) but i feel like there's just a weird narrative placed upon these games as if they're the spawn of satan and so GROSS and GENERIC when each one of them are good fun platformers. i suppose the problem people have though is that they don't try to be much more than standard 2D platformers, while 3D Mario was innovating and trying new things. though we got Wonder in the end lol
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  • kaifmo31 2024-02-05 02:22:42.942804+00
    another thing, despite the "New" in the title interestingly i feel like the games kinda went for an old-style release pattern which i would like to offer as a counterpoint to the "there's too many NSMB games" argument - i wouldn't say Wii is a direct sequel to the original but moreso a "console-equivalent" version in the way old NES games like Castlevania/Metroid/Mega Man all had shitty Game Boy counterparts which weren't demakes but new games altogether with their own release patterns (NES Mega Man 1/2/3 compared to GB Mega Man I/II/III). there's simply CONSOLE NSMB (Wii, U) and HANDHELD NSMB (1, 2) and if you think about it that way the fact four games were released in a fucking SIX year time span isn't that big of a deal
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  • No1TheAvalancheFan 2024-06-05 23:42:10.809379+00
    probably just nostalgia talking but i love this game
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    • No1TheAvalancheFan 2024-06-05 23:44:04.375747+00
      though, nsmb wii is better
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