Poll: New Super Mario Bros. Blues?

Has the new info about New Super Mario Bros. U got you in a flurry of excitement, or are you throwing a tanooki tantrum?

By Katharine Byrne. Posted 09/10/2012 10:00 3 Comments     ShareThis

Fresh info about New Super Mario Bros. U emerged on Friday courtesy of Game Informer, but with everyone pouring over new world names like Acorn Plains, Sparkling Waters, Frosted Glacier, and the melting puddings of Layer Cake Desert, the real question we’d like to put to you today is simple. Is this what you really want from Mario’s debut Wii U adventure?

After all, the story is pretty much the same as ever– Bowser has violated his restraining order again and kidnapped Peach for the nth time with Mario in hot pursuit– and the Koopalings are back for another round of butt-kicking as well, along with their mate Boom Boom who’ll appear halfway through each world as a fortress boss.

Images courtesy of Nintendo Gamer.

In fact, perhaps the most interesting piece of news is just how much inspiration it seems to be taking from previous instalments in the franchise. It’s been reported that NSMB U will feature dozens of levels through one world map, very similar to Super Mario World, with some worlds being reminiscent of Forest of Illusion and Sky World from Super Mario Bros. 3. You’ll also be able to zoom in on areas like the Cookie Dome too.

That said, it’s not all old news. The new Boost Rush mode is said to feature continuously scrolling levels, forcing players to pick up the pace as they try to complete certain challenges, and it will also feature multiple branching pathways. The baby Yoshis will also feature some new abilities, such as lighting up dark caverns, but is this enough to make NSMB U stand out from the Wii U launch crowd, or is this just the thing you were hoping for? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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3 Responses to “Poll: New Super Mario Bros. Blues?”

  • 1570 points
    penduin says...

    When NSMBU was announced, I was a bit let down it didn’t take Galaxy’s more grandiose approach. But with the Mario World throwbacks and the much-improved personality of these new shots, it seems like it’s coming together and I’m really looking forward to playing it.

    For me the SNES was a golden age of gaming, and anything Nintendo can do to pluck those heartstrings (via nostalgia, but also just the playful nature of the imagery) can only be a good thing.

  • 41 points
    Michael Contino says...

    Color me impressed. Up until seeing these shots, I was somewhat excited for the game but it took 2nd place to ZombiU. Now, my excitement for NSMBU’s eclipsed all other launch titles.

    I wait patiently for Thursday’s Wii U announcements.

  • 276 points
    Nicolas Vestre says...

    I always eagerly look forward to the next Mario platformer (and I’m still right in the middle of New Super Mario Bros. 2!), but seeing those screenshots makes me even more impatient. Do I see Mini Mario running up a wall? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the last time Mario could do that was when he was a baby in Yoshi’s Island and found a Super Star! (Talk about super!)

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