So the Nintendo conference was pretty weak, I think we can all agree on that, but one of the most overlooked aspects of it — I think — was the fact that New Super Mario Bros. U looked incredibly sharp and super polished. This gameplay footage, from Nintendo World Report, seems to confirm my suspicions: it looks a little bit awesome.
Sure New Super Mario Bros. U regurgitates similar gameplay to previous Mario games, but the level design looks pitch perfect, and I've been waiting a while to see Mario in HD. The great thing about NSMB Wii was the fact that traditional Mario gameplay was recreated, but also massively improved upon. The inventive, and ultimately difficult, levels really transformed that game into something quite special, and I'm hoping Nintendo does a similar thing with New Super Mario Bros U.