Game Room: November Roundup

New Super Mario Bros U
Photo: Nintendo

New Super Mario Bros U

U Publisher: Nintendo
System: Wii U

The Wii launched without a Mario Bros. game, but thankfully Nintendo isn't making that mistake again. New Super Mario Bros. U finally delivers our favorite Italian plumber into the promised land of HD gaming. The game offers up the traditional side-scrolling platform goodness you've come to expect with crisp, sharp graphics.

Many gamers will prefer to play Mario solo, but the GamePad offers an intriguing multiplayer option in which one player uses the Wii Remote to control Mario on the TV, and the second person uses the GamePad touch screen to drop blocks that the other player can jump on to get to tough to reach spots or to keep Mario from falling. It requires a fair amount of communication and intuition, but it's less chaotic than multiple players on screen (you can play up to four on screen). Super Mario U can be played in detached mode on the GamePad with the TV off. In addition to the story mode there are three more multiplayer game types -- Challenge, Boost and Coin Rush -- that add a lot of replay depth and will appeal to skilled players looking to prove it. Super Mario U is the first must-own title on the Wii U.

Score: 10 out of 10

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