Released on November 18, 2012, New Super Mario Bros. U was a launch game for Nintendo’s Wii U console. New Super Mario Bros. U is the fourth game in the New Super Mario Bros. series, which first saw life on the Nintendo DS back in 2006. Like all the New Super Mario Bros. games before it, New Super Mario Bros. U recycles the revamped, platforming gameplay and presentation that was first introduced in the original New Super Mario Bros. However, despite its familiar feel, New Super Mario Bros. U manages to jump much higher than its predecessors.
Not one to be outdone by his adventurous colleague, Mario will also jumping onto the Wii U Deluxe bundle scene beginning on November 1. For $299.99, gamers can buy the new Wii U console, which will come bundled with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U on the same disc. This bundle will become the new standard package as it replaces the Nintendo Land bundle that was released during the console’s launch.
Not a lot on the plate for today’s Nintendo Digest, but an interesting update for New Super Mario Bros. U is live, and you can get double the Club Nintendo coins when you buy New Super Luigi U. Also, today brings the first entry in the Greatest Levels of Gaming feature that will appear in the Nintendo Digest on a weekly basis.
New Super Mario Bros. U Update Readies you for New Super Luigi U
An update for New Super Mario Bros. U is now ready to download. This update will let you purchase the New Super Luigi U DLC directly from within the game. Also, this update also brings support for the Wii U Pro Controller, useable with both New Super Mario Bros. U, and New Super Luigi U.
Get Double the Club Nintendo Coins when you Buy New Super Luigi U
Download New Super Luigi U and complete its registration survey before August 1 to get double the Club Nintendo coins. Also, 980 random Club Nintendo members will win a limited edition Year of Luigi pin. If you don’t purchase New Super Luigi U, you can still enter to win by sending Nintendo a postcard.
Greatest Levels of Gaming: World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros.
No video game level is more iconic than World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. Most gamers – of the 80s – were introduced to gaming with Super Mario Bros., so naturally, Level 1-1 is likely the first level they ever played. A few footsteps to the right and you’ll encounter the first – mostly harmless – Goomba, and of course, an unforgettable brick layout. You were probably already picturing this particular grouping of bricks in your mind, before you even finished reading the first sentence of this piece.
World 1-1 also happens to be the perfect introductory level for a video game. Why is that, I hear you ask. Well, because this level introduces the player to all the rules of Super Mario Bros. Fall down a pit, you die. Get hit by a Goomba, you die. Grab a Super Mushroom, become Super Mario. Grab a Fire Flower, throw fireballs. Fireballs kill Goombas, 1-UP Mushrooms give you more lives, coins are hidden everywhere, stars make you invincible, and touching the flagpole completes the level, if you reach it before the timer expires.
While World 1-1 doesn’t introduce the player to every single element of Super Mario Bros., but it does make sure you understand its rules before sending you off to discover the rest of its Mushroom Kingdom magic.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – Mario’s Main Event Trailer
A New Super Mario Bros. U patch is scheduled for sometime before, or during the release of New Super Luigi U. This patch will add Wii U Pro Controller support to both games, as well as the option to purchase the New Super Luigi U DLC right from New Super Mario Bros. U.
In a recent press release, Nintendo revealed that sales for first-party Nintendo 3DS software, from January to April 2013, is up 52 percent when compared to the same time period from 2012. In just four months, Nintendo has been able to move over 2.1 million units of its first-party software. In addition to these figures, Nintendo also provided sales figures for the following Nintendo 3DS titles:
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 530,000 total units to date
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins – 94,000 total units to date
Nintendo also provided sales figures for New Super Mario Bros. U, which has moved 770,000 total units since the Wii U’s launch.
Nintendo also mentioned some of the major Wii U games it will be bringing to the E3 2013 show floor, as well. Gamers can expect to find information for the following upcoming Wii U games: Mario Kart, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Smash Bros.
New Super Luigi U will become available as DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U later in 2013 and will replace the 80+ levels currently in the game with brand new levels. This will be large scale DLC similiar to the development of a retail title, and in my opinion, this is the kind of DLC we need to start seeing from Nintendo.
Nintendo has confirmed that new courses will be available to purchase sometime in the near future. The situation is being handled much like it was with New Super Mario Bros. 2 with new content becoming available shortly after the game launches. Also, work hasn’t begun on this new content yet, though Nintendo will begin creating new content when the game releases on Sunday. Expect more news on New Super Mario Bros. U downloadable content sometime soon.
New Super Mario Bros. U will be available for purchase at retail (and on the Nintendo eShop) on November 18, 2012.
NINTENDO AND OLD NAVY TO OFFER A SPECIAL POWER-UP FOR BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPERS
Nov. 13, 2012
Nintendo and Old Navy are teaming up this Black Friday to deliver one of the most epically friendly and fun deals of the holiday season. None other than Mario himself will be the hero of Old Navy’s “Cheermageddon” Black Friday Giveaway. On Nov. 23, visitors who line up early and purchase at least $40 in merchandise at Old Navy locations across the United States will have a chance to receive a free New Super Mario Bros. U game for Nintendo’s groundbreaking Wii U system ($59.99 retail value of game; quantities limited and vary per store). Throughout Black Friday, Old Navy shoppers will also receive a special game card in stores for a chance to win one of 1,000 Wii U systems ($299 retail value). In Canada, the giveaways will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24. Visit www.cheermageddon.com or www.cheermageddon.ca for more information. Read more
Looks like Nintendo is running with this theme for a bunch of different games. Again, I like the style of these commercials, but this one had too much from the first commercial. It was nice to see Nintendo showcase the game on the Wii U GamePad though.
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. Read more
Game Informer has revealed yet another New Super Mario Bros. U trailer, this time it focuses on multiplayer. Like New Super Mario Bros Wii., New Super Mario Bros. U will feature the chaotic four-player option that will either be most enjoyable, or turn into one of the biggest arguments you’ve ever experienced. Regardless, the game looks great and I can’t wait to get my hands on it sometime in the future.
Game Informer has yet another New Super Mario Bros. U trailer to share. This time the trailer looks exclusively at the Boost Rush mode. Boost Rush Mode sees you picking course packs (not unlike New Super Mario Bros. 2 Coin Rush) and trying to complete them a fast manner. Levels will automatically scroll, but after collecting 20 coins, the scrolling will speed up. This will create lots of tense moments and ultimately, a lot of fun.
New Super Mario Bros. U will be released on November 18, 2012.
Game Informer is still delivering some exclusive New Super Mario Bros. U content, including the above trailer.
This new trailer focuses on the single player experience, but it’s pretty much the same as if you were playing with friends. Some things that pop out at me are the way Yellow Baby Yoshi stuns enemies, presumably after shaking the Wii U GamePad, and the new Baby Yoshi Item Mini-Game hosted by Toad. We also get a quick glimpse of Flying Squirrel Mario clinging to the wall, which immediately reminds me of Knuckles.