It is my dream, my one hope. One day I would like to play a 2D Mario platformer that replicates Super Mario World as opposed to Super Mario Bros 3. Maybe it's the nostalgia talking, maybe I'm just crazy, but I want to relive that speedier pace, that inventive world design, the multiple different exits -- all of it. Maybe, just maybe, New Super Mario Bros. U will be that game...
These screenshots give me hope, for a few reasons -- the first being the aesthetic, which feels more like Super Mario World. Just look at the angular mountains! Straight from Super Mario World. Also, New Super Mario Bros. U has the overworld map -- the one that genuinely feels non linear. [Wistful sigh]
A lot of these screenshot appear to echo some of Super Mario World's design. Maybe I'm just clutching at straws here, but it genuinely feels that way. It has Monty Mole for God's sake!
Perhaps this whole thing is just crazy. If anything we should be looking for Nintendo to completely reinvent 2D Mario, not simply imitate a different type of Mario that already exists. I don't know. Maybe it's an 'if it aint' broke' type thing. Regardless, these screens look pretty sharp. I'm excited about the game despite not enjoying New Super Mario Bros. 2.