Super Mario Bros is simply synonymous with good times on any Nintendo platform. Now, it’s that time of the year again, with fourth quarter for the release of new games and a new Super Mario Bros title on its way! For the Nintendo world, that means the release of their newly announced system, the Wii U. And what better game to release for it than a new Mario Bros. title? Get ready turtle stomping, coin collecting, mushroom eating fiends, New Super Mario Bros. U is coming soon!
Forged from its predecessor, Super Mario Bros New (Wii), New Super Mario Bros. U has expanded on the idea of a multi-player gameplay. You’re more than welcome to play the story on your own, but to have an extra four people on the journey to save the princess is so much more fun! And the makers of the game took a lot of effort to make it that way. In fact, Takashi Tezuka, one of the many developers for the title, stated that this multi-player feature alone took 20 years to perfect for the Wii version. Adding even more for the Wii U will surely make this game enjoyable and appreciated!
As you may know, the new Wii U system features a gamepad, a tablet like device that has its own screen, to be synced with the game on the television. This device allows for an extra player to join in on the little plumber’s adventures, totaling to a five player co-op multi-player! And don’t feel left out if your friends have you play on the gamepad; it has its perks. Even though you can’t play a fifth character, what you do on the gamepad can help out the others when going through levels. For example, if a part of the screen on the gamepad is tapped, a platform will appear. This platform also appears on the television, a useful tool for all characters to jump on to reach items, strike enemies, and the like. Tapping on some enemies will disorient them as well, assisting the others to quickly pass by before it comes to.
With so many Super Mario Bros titles out already, it’s hard to believe that another title so similar would be worth buying. Little changes are made to gameplay here and there, and to most consumers, they all look the same at face value. This may be true, however, its the principle behind these games that makes it great, and I think Mr. Tezuka and Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, said it best:
Tezuka: “Mario games, particularly 2D side scrolling Mario games, have changed little by little over the years. And, when were making these games, we always thinking of how to get as many people playing as possible and how to make the games accessible… So if you’re playing now, and you get married, and you have kids… and then your kids have kids, and they have kids…”
Iwata: “you have succeeded in making gameplay that gets passed on from generation to generation.”
Tezuka: “Yes, we will be really happy if people continue playing Mario for a really long time, and we try to make games to make that happen.”
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