The mushroom kingdom has been overtaken by terrorists led by the villainous Bowser who now sits on the throne having kidnapped Princess Peach. It is up to disgraced plumber Mario, his heavily medicated psychopath brother Luigi, and the toad twin enforcers Muscles and Brawn to blast their way through everything that the Koopa cell throws at the gun-slinging foursome and bring truth, justice, and the good old fashioned way back to the mushroom kingdom…
FINE! I made all that up because everyone and their grandmother knows the plot behind every super Mario game. Bowser has the princess and the greatest plumber never to plumb has to get her back but this time Bowser took the fight to Mario because that scurvy reptile has conquered Peach’s castle. So then let’s get on with the review.The gameplay of New Super Mario Bros U is the same golden side scroller formula with extra tweaks. I enjoy the formula and liken it to the great KFC recipe…would you want anyone to radically change that crispy deep fried chicken into anything else?
Yoshi is back and he brought some babies with him–each with its own purpose. The blue Yoshi spits bubbles which turn enemies into coins, the pink Yoshi is used to float, and finally the gold
Power Ranger Yoshi is used to light up dark places and stun enemies. Only green and gold Yoshi are specific to certain levels while the others are available on the world map.
The graphics of New Super Mario Bros U are bright, colorful, vivid, and beautiful. Each world or area carries its theme well. The grass world has trees, the desert world has sand, the Detroit world has abandoned buildings. You get the point. Some of Mario’s old foes enjoy a new face lift so to speak and are beautifully rendered as are the Koopalings’ castles and those darn ghost house levels (they’re baaaack) which are my personal favorite levels both in atmosphere and difficulty.
The soundtrack is awesome with my personal favorite being the castle theme at the end of each world. I’m really digging that old school Hyrulian beat lost in that awesome melody. Other pieces from previous Mario games are back including the Mario bros 3 Hammer/Boomerang Brother duel song. In short, each track is nostalgia in the making.
Replay value is big too because you need all the star coins to get something special at the end of the game…I wont tell you what it is. You also have two other modes to play which I have yet to touch AND it’s mulitiplayer! Whether you’re a veteran from ’85 or someone looking to jump in to the series, this game is definately worth picking up. That’s all the time I have, folks. I still have a kingdom to liberate from reptilian terror.