I don't think I was alone in finding New Super Mario Bros. 2 a little disappointing. If ever a Mario game went through the motions, in terms of visuals and design, it was that one. New Super Mario Bros. U? Well, the more I see of that game, the more excited I get. The aesthetics, the levels, the new power ups — it appears as though a lot of thought has gone into making this 2D Mario feel a lot more fresh.
Sadly, we aren't able to embed the new NSMBU trailer in this post — it's a Game Informer exclusive — but we thought we'd highlight its existence to you regardless. Mainly because it shows more actual core gameplay than any of the other videos Nintendo has put out so far, but also because it makes an effort to show precisely what's new.
So far, it looks as though New Super Mario Bros. U will be the premier launch title for the console. Nintendo appear to be firing on all cylinders with this one, and I'm hoping it'll be every bit as innovative as the Super Mario Galaxy series was on Wii. Of course, 2D Mario has to stick within certain tropes, and it'll feel familiar no matter what, but hopefully this turns out to be more than just another Mario game.
Exclusive Single-Player Footage From New Super Mario Bros. U [Game Informer]