New Super Luigi U (Available exclusively on Wii U)
ESRB Rating: E
Number of Players: 1 to 4
Release Date: June 20th, 2013 (Download), August 25th, 2013 (Disc-version)
New Super Luigi U is a first for the Big N. A brand new adventure offered as DLC to a previous release, with a physical version coming out in August. How does Luigi U compare to New Super Mario Bros. U? Is it worth revisiting the game? Absolutely.
The difficulty! I died several times in the very first level. There’s an unwritten rule with Mario games, you don’t die in the first level unless you ask for it. Luigi U is hard as nails from the very beginning. It starts every area with the familiar tune you hear when running out of time, and that’s because every stage starts with a hundred second time limit. That automatically makes you hurry, even though often time isn’t a factor. The difficulty also greatly ranks up if you’re aiming for all three star coins. They are near-impossible to find, ensuring tons of replay value. These are not just for show either, they unlock the secret levels which are always a blast to play. I was taken by surprise by how hard this game is. I never expected this. It’s the hardest Mario game ever and I’ve been wanting something like this since the good old days.
+ Tons of little Luigi’s hidden everywhere is a nice little throwback to gamers who grew up in the 80s.
+ Over 80 completely original levels.
+ Perfect price. Finally an incentive to go digital. Those that prefer physical copies get their wish, but will have to spend an extra $10, and wait a while. This is how it should always be.
+ The introduction of Nabbit makes this game playable to everyone. If you want to play with young ones, just have them select that character and watch them smile. Good little addition to make this accessible to all.
+ Luigi controls like crap, just like he did in Super Mario Bros. 2. That’s a good thing because it allows you to play in a different way. It’s another reason why New Luigi U is so bloody hard.
– While I don’t mind the fact that the story is identical, I would have wished that they at least gave it a separate Miiverse community. Also, why do I need the New Super Mario Bros. U disk to play? This should have been release as a stand alone game, that way more people could have enjoyed it. Right now, you need to own Mario U to buy this. The retail version is oblivious to this of course.
New Super Luigi U is a must buy for anyone who loves platformers and owns a Wii U. Do not pass it up.
Final Score: 9.0/10