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New Super Luigi U review

See how the other half lives (hint: dangerously)

Green Wolf

Levels also sometimes feel a little below par, wearing you down with sheer numbers, rather than presenting interesting scenarios. On the plus side, it's a fairer platformer than Lost Levels (which started to get cheap beyond all reason towards the end of the game) and the shorter sizes make the constant need for restarts more palatable. Who knows why it insists on dumping you back to the stage select screen after each death, though: this is minutes and seconds of our life, Nintendo!

The requisite dexterity all but destroys multiplayer, as later stages boast so few safe landing spots that not even four expert players could expect to survive. Nabbit is a cack-handed fix: he can't take damage, but that doesn't solve the lack of screen real-estate problem. It's not entirely clear how his presence helps anyone.

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Luigi U does make up for it with an expansive single-player campaign built for replayability, however. The price is on the steep side for DLC, but there's just as much content here as in the original game. More, if you include the hidden piece of Luigi art on each stage, which is presented with such flair that you can't help but seek each one out, despite the lack of tangible reward.

Like its star, then, Luigi U is a confused ball of contradictions, but despite our numerous misgivings it offers a challenge that Mario vets will tackle with green relish.

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  1. smikey666 Saturday 6th Jul 2013 at 08:36

    I personally prefer the luigi version it gives more of a challenge than the often excessively simple Mario bros u.
    but then I've always liked luigi more than Mario not really sure why.

    For me the score is some what harsh but then I don't buy games based on score so I can live with that.

  2. Twinkle Saturday 6th Jul 2013 at 09:54

    Its good but many of us are missing Mario. Luigi jumps differently than Mario.

  3. OrangeRakoon Saturday 6th Jul 2013 at 10:35

    Luigi floats around the Mushroom Kingdom as though his feet were made of tiny, startled horses.

    Quote of the year

  4. IRNBRU64 Saturday 6th Jul 2013 at 17:31

    Looks exciting, really exciting, particularly with mates. 2D mario is SOOOO much better with mates, BUT! I doubt it'll be as good for as long because of super mario 3D land.

  5. K-tet Saturday 6th Jul 2013 at 19:01

    This review is also known as "Mummy! The game's taunting me!" *cries in a corner*

    Seriously, this game will have you throwing tantrums if you're not used to the steep difficulty curve. They're just as bad as those stupidly difficult Coin Rush levels in NSMB2. Nabbit is indeed a 'get out of jail free' card, but the game's naturally so difficult that using Nabbit is nothing short of a cop out.

    Definitely worth a medium review score, because there are very few that would put themselves through the wringers. Those that do however, when they do complete the game, are going to feel an immense sense of satisfaction and pride. It's a real winner in that respect, but if you're on the fence, I feel you'd be better off waiting for the game to be released physically before you give it a spin. If you don't like it then, at least you've saved the trouble of wasting money on a digital download you absolutely didn't feel comfortable about in the first place.

  6. stormsinger Saturday 6th Jul 2013 at 20:05

    While I agree that this game probably isn't quite as refined as Mario's recent outings, it still makes a refreshing change from the same old, same old. Perhaps seeing Luigi in an environment traditionally associated with Mario kind of jars a little for now-hopefully, if Nintendo make some other games like this, we'll grow more accustomed to the new play style.
    Here's hoping!

  7. Gargravarr Saturday 6th Jul 2013 at 20:52

    Does anyone know if the physical copy will be a limited release? I'm trying to decide whether I should snap it up while I can because it'll get as hard to find/expensive as a Gamecube copy of Twilight Princess, or just wait and get it during a gaming dry spell or something because it's not going anywhere. I know I'll always be able to get the downloadable version but I'd prefer to save my console's memory if possible.

  8. TheRexFactor Saturday 6th Jul 2013 at 21:07

    Does anyone know if the physical copy will be a limited release? I'm trying to decide whether I should snap it up while I can because it'll get as hard to find/expensive as a Gamecube copy of Twilight Princess, or just wait and get it during a gaming dry spell or something because it's not going anywhere. I know I'll always be able to get the downloadable version but I'd prefer to save my console's memory if possible.

    I believe they've said the physical release will only be a thing for 2013. Year of Luigi and all that. So it'll become limited alright

  9. CraigEmberson Sunday 7th Jul 2013 at 00:04

    Am I the only one who is disappointed with games like NSMBU and Nintendo Land. NSMBU is too hard, even for me as an advanced gamer. I'm the kind of person who gets as good as I can but never improves, which makes things hard for me.

    As for Nintendo Land, it bugs me that I never have people around me who WANT to play the multiplayer games with me (they're just not interested) and the games get to a point, as if the devs have just "made it hard just for the sake of it". I don't agree with things just being made purposely hard, unless the mechanics call for it or naturally make it a challenge. A game like Skyward Sword did that perfectly but games like these just throw things in bigger numbers or make it hard just to mess with you. I don't like those kinds of games.

  10. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 9th Jul 2013 at 12:28

    Pre-ordered the retail edition,and I can't wait.

  11. mammadot Friday 2nd Aug 2013 at 11:06

    I have just finished superstar Road on SuperLuigi U and nothing after.... :?: ... is there somewhere else to go ? It is a great game as is Supermario U although SLU kept you on your toes more with the time limit. Due to downloading I find it great to be able to click from one to the other. Have not quite completed SMU but my skills have improved because of SLU. Could play them all day. Hope they make more :) :D

  12. ONMisreal2401 Sunday 11th Aug 2013 at 09:48

    Get Alex in the main team to replace Chris instead of those special guests, PLEASE

  13. lrulesok Thursday 29th Aug 2013 at 18:03

    It is much better than super mario as it is harder and more challenging

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