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  • Okay, so New Super Luigi U is weird...it's a new game...and yet, it's not really a new

  • game.

  • "Isn't that weird?"

  • "Yeah, that's weird man...that's weird"

  • For one, it stars Luigi--in fact, Mario's not even in the game at all. And two, it's

  • not really even an all-new game. Yeah, all the levels themselves are new, but they consist

  • almost almost entirely of reused graphics, sound, and gameplay elements taken directly

  • from New Super Mario Bros. U. Even the World Map is identical.

  • And yet, it's a better game than New Super Mario Bros. U was.

  • "Isn't that weird?"

  • "Yeah, that's weird man...that's weird"

  • I told you this whole thing was weird!

  • So here's the deal, even though the core assets of the game are very nearly the same, it actually

  • feels surprisingly different. And this is for a few reasons.

  • Of course, there's the fact that Luigi actually controls differently, now jumping higher and

  • sliding farther than Mario did in New Super Mario Bros. U, lending him a floatier and

  • slippier feel

  • And though most of the game's core assets are the same, you will find the occasional

  • new element sprinkled throughout the adventure, such as these cabanas in Sparkling Waters,

  • and there's even a picture of Luigi hidden someone on every course, giving you something

  • else to look out for. Even though these additions are small overall , they do help freshen the

  • game's appearance, even if slightly.

  • But the main difference is in the levels themselves, which are now much shorter, and much tougher

  • than before.

  • With only 100-seconds on the clock for each one, you HAVE to keep moving. And it's this

  • constant push that really drives the pace of the game, which is faster, more frantic,

  • and frankly, more exhilarating than NSMBU ever was

  • But even with the ramped up difficulty--especially if you go looking for the Star Coins--it never

  • feels unfair. The game's difficulty ramps up about as well it did in New Super Mario

  • Bros. U, only it's starting at a more challenging level initially.

  • Now don't get me wrong, there's no mistaking the fact that the game is still very much

  • a spinoff of New Super Mario Bros U, right down to the soulless art style and repetitive

  • soundtrack. But it's just different enough in all the right ways to actually be really

  • engaging.

  • The shorter level length means you're experiencing new themes and new challenges all the time,

  • at a rate far greater than the original game.

  • It's actually pretty addictive, as you find yourself just chewing through them as if each

  • were just one part of an 82-course meal.

  • So even though the game is shorter and technically less original than New Super Mario Bros. U,

  • it actually uses all of its assets in smarter and comparatively more inventive ways. And

  • when paired with the more challenging levels and overall better-paced experience, you have

  • what is actually be my overall favorite New Super Mario Bros. experience, which is why

  • I'm giving the single-player 4.5 Stars out of 5.

  • Oh, and New Super Luigi U supports multiplayer too, for up to 4-players total. But it's actually

  • hampered by New Super Luigi U's design choices.

  • Because the reduced time limit means you have to keep moving, we had a lot more trouble

  • making it to the end of each level without leaving at least one or two players behind.

  • And of course, you still run into each other all the time too, which is made even more

  • annoying by the trickier level design.

  • Because of these annoyances, the game doesn't play nearly as well with multiple people as

  • it does with just one.

  • "Isn't that weird?"

  • "Yeah, that's weird man...that's weird"

  • Which is why I'm giving it 3.5 star out of 5.

  • Thanks for watching and make sure to stay-tuned to GameXplain.com for more on New Super Luigi

  • U and other things gaming too.

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New Super Luigi U - Video Review (Wii U)

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    阿多賓 posted on 2013/07/13
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