Good day VGCharterz, as the title says lets discuss the latest entry in the 2D Mario universe. I took the plunge this weekend and got the WiiU; NSMBU was a no brainer and I just completed it yesterday.
The first thing I noticed was how crisp the game looked on the gamepad. It looked almost as good as my HDTV! Colors, design, art style (dat boo level!) all looked great, and to be honest above my expectations. I cannot wait to see 3D Mario.
When I first laid eyes on the Gamepad I thought it was huge! However it becomes comfortable surprisingly fast and I actually prefered playing on the gamepad. My only issue with it was I self powned quite a few times by accidentially hitting down on the control pad while jumping (causing me to buttslam into hell) I'm sure my hands haven't gotten bigger. Controls and the gamepad were a pleasant experience for the most part.
Now, I am not a big fan for the first two NSMB games on the DS and Wii. I completed both of them twice and do not have anything memorable from them. However, NSMBU has definitely delivered that enjoyable "Mario magic" if you would call it that. Maybe it's the SMB3 and World fusion vibe; It felt like a proper Mario game that delivered and I can definitely see myself playing this again and again.
Another issue I had was that it didn't, at any point, pose a real challenge. Maybe it's that I love platformers so they tend to be easier for me, but this game is by no means "hard" in my opinion. (This is only for the story levels. I have not tried any of the challenge coin trials.)
8.5 / 10 Memorable
Finally, where do you see 2D Mario going from here? Will Nintendo release "New Super Mario Bros U 2" ? (I am not a fan of these "new..." names) Can Nintendo release acceptable DLC? Should they?