Challenge Mode Details and more Revealed for New Super Mario Bros. U

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Nintendo has revealed more details about New Super Mario Bros. U’s previously announced Challenge Mode. Challenge Mode tasks players with completing specific objectives which can include completing an entire level without touching the ground. There will be four different categories to choose from in Challenge Mode: Time Attack, Coin Collection, 1-Up Rally and Special.

There will also be Boost Mode Challenges that require at least two players. One player will use the Wii U GamePad while the other uses a Wii Remote. The last detail announced for this mode is the ability to save replays of you completing challenges. These can then be used to show off to other players, presumably using Miiverse functionality.

Coin Battle is a brand new mode being unveiled by Nintendo today. Coin Battle can be played with up to five players and will challenge players to compete for the highest coin total. Coin locations can also be edited using the Wii U GamePad to increase the challenge and replay value of this mode.

Some new world map features have also been revealed today. Nabbit, a new character, will appear on the world map from time to time. Players can enter the course to chase the speedy Nabbit to recover some of Toad’s stolen items. One of these items is the powerful P-Acorn which gives players unlimited flight which sounds extremely similiar to a certain P-Wing. Catching Nabbit will be the only way to obtain a P-Acorn.

All of these new details come courtesy of a press release from Nintendo. I have posted it in full for your reading pleasure.


Oct. 30, 2012

Mario’s first Wii U adventure, New Super Mario Bros. U, launches alongside the new Wii U console on Nov. 18. In addition to all the side-scrolling fun that Mario is known for, the game includes a number of special modes and features that will make players want to jump in again and again.

Challenge Mode: Challenge Mode tasks players with completing specific objectives, such as clearing a course without touching a single coin or touching the ground. There are four single-player Challenge categories: Time Attack, Coin Collection, 1-Up Rally and Special (miscellaneous challenges). Boost Mode Challenges require two players, with one player using the Wii U GamePad controller and the other using a Wii Remote controller. Once players complete a Challenge, the game saves a replay of the action so players can show off their accomplishments.

Coin Battle: Up to five players can play together and compete to see who can collect the most coins. One player will use the Wii U GamePad controller while the other four players use the Wii Remote controller. The player using the Wii U GamePad controller in Boost Mode can place Boost Blocks to help grab hard-to-reach coins. Players can also use the GamePad to edit and customize the coin layout in courses found only in Coin Battle. The coin layout can then be saved and played by the players using Wii Remote controllers.

World Map: New Super Mario Bros. U is the first side-scrolling Mario game since 1991′s Super Mario World that features a seamless World Map with named worlds and courses. The map contains many secret exits, which might change the map and cause shortcuts to appear. The worlds are interconnected, so people can play through the game in a nonlinear fashion.

Nabbit: From time to time, a creature named Nabbit will appear on the world map. Players must enter the course and catch the speedy Nabbit to recover items stolen from Toad. If Nabbit is nabbed, players receive a powerful P-Acorn, which will allow them to fly continuously through an entire stage. The only way to obtain a P-Acorn is to catch Nabbit.

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