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I've never been a massive gamer, when I bought a Wii U it replaced a PS2 and before that I only ever had a Gameboy... however as someone who played Super Mario on a friends SNES 20+ years ago I was able to seemlessly and successfully pick up this game and know exactly what to do... run around, hit the blocks, jump on bad guys and collect power ups, travelling from the left of the screen to the right until you reach the flag which signifies the end of the level.
Thats the beauty of the Super Mario franchise, kids young and old (by which I mean very old!) can enjoy it because of its simplicity. There is nothing complex about it, no multi-button special moves and no confusing as heck storyline or camera angles.
The graphics are cute, the music get into your head and you end up humming it in the shower hours later.
The levels are enjoyable... some are difficult but only to the extent whereby you want to try again rather than give up in a huff. I'm not sure how many levels there are but I've played it for upwards of 30hrs and the end is not in sight, so thats a testament to the longevity and value for money you get with this game.
It's great fun to play on your own but the game really comes alive in multiplayer mode, or it did for me, playing it with my nine year old Daughter. You can play with up to five people in total - four using the wii remotes and playing as either Mario, Luigi or one of the little Toad guys. A fifth player can join the fun in another capacity on the Gamepad, which they can use the touchscreen of to put down platforms to help complete the levels... is there a bad guy you just cant get past? Well then, lay some platforms and you can go around him!
The extra usability of the gamepad doesn't end there as you can also use it in one player mode (or multiplayer at a push) if somebody else wants to grab the tv off you, though of course playing with the wii remotes on the little screen is challenging compared to a single player just using it and its controls as a hand held device.
Whilst it is undoubtedly a flagship game for the Nintendo brand and therefore for the Wii U, this game can be picked up relatively cheaply at around £20, less if you can hunt it out in a second hand games shop and at that price you'd have to be crazy (or have a vendetta against little Mario) not to get it!
In conclusion, I can only reiterate how much fun this is for people of all ages and also all gameplaying ability. It's a universal game thanks to its cute graphics, classic gameplay and simplicity.
Having long loved Mario and his antics I have been awaiting the ability to play one of his games in high definition so was delighted when the Wii U came about with its high definition setup and thankfully the game has proven to be well worth the wait.
As with all Mario games this is designed to be fun and entertaining for gamers of all ages and it manages to achieve this superbly thanks to high definition, colorful and engaging levels for Mario to visit. Each level is very different but manages to draw you in fully which for me makes this a great game for anybody to pick up and play as you will be drawn in very quickly to the game and the goals set out.
The game follows the standard Mario platform design but thankfully doesn''t fall down like other platform games of recent times and for me this is mainly down to the superb music and sounds which marry together so well with the graphics to make this stand out as a game rather than as a platform game.
The control system is very simple to get used to and the Wii U control pad is used as a screen mirroring what you see on the television so that you would be able to play this whilst someone else watches something else on the television making this a very good game for children to play as this will keep them busy whilst you can watch your programs.
This is a game which I love as it is fun rather than being like many games out there today which are all about killing and injuring people so that it feels much more like a bygone age in many respects but with amazing quality graphics and sound. This is a game which I highly recommend to all who love Mario and wish to get back to his roots of great gaming that is fun and colorful.
Another "new" Mario bros hits the market. its bound to be the same generic stuff isn't it? Mario runs from left to right. jumping occasionally while accompanied by his brother and two oddly colored mushrooms.
And for the most part i'd agree with you. Yes there are subtle differences for example, browser has taken over the castle and no one is kidnapping peach and the usual assortment of new but not quite power ups. but that doesn't stop it being what Mario games have always been. silly cartoony fun. not to mention baby yoshis! Thats right little little colorful dinosaurs, while they only really serve as portable power ups, they are cute! ok maybe i like them a little much.
Mario U Can support up to five players. with the fifth using the gamepad to stun enemies and place blocks. However if there are less than five then the game pad can be used as normal with the added feature of that player being able to run off the screen and control their game exclusively from the Game pads screen, Something that pairs of players will find relieving. The game features a well balanced difficulty curve combined with the super guide that will take control of players having trouble with the same areas multiple times.
Graphically its the same 2D/3D mix from the previous installment that calls back to the games pixelated routes. The main game takes place in a side scrolling platform manner and Map takes form as a large open sprawling world instead of the level system from the previous games.
Overall, this game is pleasantly nostalgic and a joy to play with friends or family.