Boy are you in for a treat. The new issue of Game Informer was recently released digitally and in-stores. And the Cover Story for October’s issue is none other than that plump plumber in his upcoming game, New Super Mario Bros. U for Nintendo Wii U. Game Informer were lucky enough to play through seven levels spanning over three worlds recently and they have some juicy new details to reveal to us.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered as we’ll be going through all the details in bite-sized chunks!
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Some fans of the Mario franchise may be happy to hear that New Super Mario Bros. U pays homage to Super Mario World with the structures of the world map. Unlike most entries in the Super Mario Bros. series, all the words and levels are displayed on one giant world map, with some possibilities of zooming into particular areas, rather than having to travel to a new screen for each world. You also have the ability to pan and scroll around the entire map to plan your journey or just take in the sights. Also, it seems that there will be less linearity in choosing levels as there are quite a few branches which allow you to take a different path.
One thing which appears to take a nice return are Official World Names. So instead of just World 1, 2, 3 etc. you can find worlds such as Acorn Plains, Sparkling Waters, Frosted Glaciers, Layer Cake Desert and more! Though the game lacks any new power-ups (so far) other than the Super Acorn, it does come bundled with a variety of different coloured Baby Yoshis. So far we have seen three flavours, Bubble Gum Pink, Glow-in-the-Dark Gold/Yellow and Bubble Blaster Blue; whether we will see more varieties or not is beyond me. Oh, did I mention that our good old friend, Adult Yoshi. That’s not all, even though the Mini-Shroom isn’t a new edition, it comes pre-loaded with a new feature, the ability to run up walls (yet another homage to Super Mario World)!
Finally, it looks like we are treated to a new mode called Boost Rush Mode. Similar to Coin Rush from New Super Mario Bros. 2, Boost Rush Mode sets you a challenge to complete levels from pre-selected level packs as quick as they can as well as collect as many coins as you can. However, this time there are a couple of twists. First of all, this time you aren’t given just one chance you are given a limited amount based on what levels you are playing. Secondly, each and every course now auto-scrolls in this mode, and every coin collected speeds up the scrolling. Finally, you can have a friend assisting you during the challenge on the GamePad, though be warned, one wrongly placed Boost Block may destroy your chances of receiving a good score!
Hopefully these details should keep you entertained long enough to find out the Wii U Launch date on the 13th September 2012. If not, here are some screenshots from the game, courtesy of Game Informer.
What do you think of New Super Mario Bros. U so far? Will you be a day one buyer?