Step aside Mario, you’ve had your time in the spotlight and now it’s Luigi’s turn to shine! Luigi has always been in the background for years, but thanks to Nintendo, we have “The Year of Luigi.” New Super Luigi U is basically an expansion of New Super Mario Bros. U, but while the game may look the same, it’s entirely different.
While you could play as Luigi in New Super Mario Bros. U, his gameplay style is completely revamped in New Super Luigi U. He’s more nimble and he can jump really high. The downside to his new movement style is the fact that you have to be more careful. Since he’s fast, you can easily fall off of the ledge and die. It may not be a problem early on, but late in the game, Luigi’s new movements can cause players to throw their Wiimote, Gamepad or Classic Controller. It’s not easy to just jump into the later levels because of Luigi’s learning curve so it’s best to practice on easier levels to get the feel him.
Even though I loved NSMBU, all of the new features in New Super Luigi U made me forget about the base game. One of the most notable differences is the steep difficulty curve. When you start the first level, you’ll hear the sound that time is running out. Every level (except boss levels) gives players 100 seconds (compared to NSMBU’s 400 second time limit) to complete that particular level. This makes all of the missions ever more hectic than they already are. A lot of times, you’ll completely miss some of the hidden Star Coins because you’re rushing through the level.
Fans of NSMBU will feel right at home with New Super Luigi U. People that are unfamiliar with the game should play it before jumping into New Super Luigi U because of the difficulty curve. This expansion will definitely put people off if they are inexperienced. You need the base game to play New Super Luigi U, but once it’s downloaded, you can choose which game you want to play from the menu.
These fast paced levels are an absolute blast. It makes everybody basically play a speedrun. Can you imagine trying to beat your time on a level that already gives you barely any time to complete it? Another thing that New Super Luigi U does that’s pretty awesome is the fact that all of the levels are extremely difficult. We’re going to all of the same locations from NSMBU, but EVERY level is remixed in some way. If you have played NSMBU, New Super Luigi U will still be a fresh experience. This tied into what I just said about the extreme difficulty. The obstacles are very frustrating and strategically placed. There are levels where you basically must run without error or you’ll lose.
Nintendo did a very good job at not just making the same game with a different character. Between Luigi’s new moves and the new level designs, New Super Luigi U feels like a brand new game. There are unfortunately a few negatives with New Super Luigi U. While the level design and gameplay are different, the story is identical. With the exception of a few dialogue differences, (basically the names that are said) the story hasn’t changed. Since this is Luigi’s game, I wish that Nintendo gave him the story he deserved. Boss battles are all to familiar as well. Nintendo should’ve let Luigi fight in some unique battles.
Another issue that I had with New Super Luigi U came in the form of its multiplayer. The multiplayer is the same as you would expect, but the main difference is the inclusion of Nabbit. Nabbit is basically invincible in multiplayer. The only way Nabbit can die is if he falls in a pit and in the lava. It gives the player who controls Nabbit an unfair and boring experience. Nintendo could have easily included a different character for multiplayer instead of Nabbit, but they didn’t. Nabbit can’t use any of the amazing power-ups that Luigi and friends can use, but the benefit of Nabbit is that he can transform these power-ups into 1-ups! That’s a huge plus, but it doesn’t make up for the other flaws of being Nabbit.
New Super Luigi U is basically a steal. While NSMBU is a full priced game with about 80 levels, New Super Luigi U is only $19.99 and features the same amount of levels. It’s labeled as an expansion, but it feels like a full game. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! I own and loved New Super Mario Bros U, but it never felt like a new experience for me. New Super Luigi U feels more like a game for the hardcore Super Mario fans out there. It’s a game that EVERY Wii U owner should go out and buy. Whether you download it now or you buy it on a disc in August, do yourself a favor and buy this game. Luigi finally got his moment in the spotlight and I can only hope that Nintendo continues to give him the attention he deserves. Next time, let’s just hope that he gets a unique story instead of a simple rehash of his brother’s adventures!