New Super Luigi U

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New Super Luigi U
New Super Luigi U.jpg
North American packaging artwork.
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Masataka Takemoto
Producer(s)
Designer(s)
  • Shigeyuki Asuke
  • Daiki Iwamoto
  • Ryutaro Kanno
Artist(s) Masanobu Sato
Composer(s)
Series Super Mario, Luigi
Platform(s) Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Release DLC
  • JP: June 19, 2013
  • WW: June 20, 2013
Retail
  • JP: July 13, 2013
  • EU: July 26, 2013
  • AU: July 27, 2013
  • NA: August 25, 2013
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

New Super Luigi U[a] (stylized as New Super Luigi Bros. U) is a 2D side-scrolling platform video game in the New Super Mario Bros. series developed by Nintendo for the Wii U. It is the fourth game focusing on Luigi (the others being Mario Is Missing, Luigi's Mansion, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon), released in two different versions first being the downloadable content (DLC) package for the main game New Super Mario Bros. U on the Nintendo eShop released in June 2013, and a standalone retail version released in Japan, Europe, and Australia in July 2013, with a release in North America the following month.[1] The DLC version of the game requires that one possesses a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U, but the retail version does not. A new bundle containing both the game and DLC was released on October 16, 2015.[2]

The game was announced along with Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Luigi's first appearance (in Mario Bros.), with Nintendo also proclaiming 2013 as "The Year of Luigi."

Plot[edit]

After the failure of his previous attempt to invade Peach's Castle, Bowser and Koopalings re-invade the castle with the same strategy from the last invasion, this time without abducting Mario due to him not being present. After being launched to distant lands, Luigi and two Toads begin a journey back to the castle. This time around, Nabbit (originally a minor antagonist) becomes involved in the quest, helping Luigi and the Toads to rescue Princess Peach once more.

Gameplay[edit]

With Mario excluded as the main playable character, Luigi fills in the role and gameplay is similar to that of New Super Mario Bros U, with all levels in the game redesigned specifically for Luigi's abilities and play style, including his higher jumping ability, floatier physics and less precise handling, which is described as shorter but harder. The combination of more challenging levels and a higher jumping, less frictional Luigi mirrors the relationship of the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 to Super Mario Bros.[3] Another change is to Nabbit (previously an enemy from New Super Mario Bros. U), who physically replaces Mario as a playable character while also becoming mostly an ally; however, the game still retains the feature from New Super Mario Bros. U of Nabbit being chased, making him a partial antagonist again. This can only occur if Nabbit is not selected as a player. When chosen as an actual player, he is immune to enemy damage, and while he cannot use power-ups himself (with the exception of the Super Star), any he does collect are converted into 1-Ups at the end of the stage.

All the levels also feature a reduced time limit of only 100 seconds, which is significantly less time than is allotted in other Mario titles.[4][5]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings75.92%[6]
Metacritic77/100[7]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid8/10[8]
Edge6/10[9]
EGM6.5/10[10]
Game Informer8/10[11]
GameSpot8.5/10[12]
IGN7.3/10 [13]
Nintendo Life8/10 stars[14]
Nintendo World Report8/10[15]
ONM78%[16]
Polygon7/10[17]
VideoGamer.com8/10[18]

The game received mostly positive reviews. Official Nintendo Magazine gave the release 78 out of 100, summarizing that New Super Luigi U is "[t]he platforming equivalent of rubbing your tummy and patting your head while your childhood enemies tickle your armpits with a dead pigeon. Luigi U is cute, but scattershot in its approach. Mario remains the 2D king... for now."[16] GameSpot gave the game an 8.5 out of 10, stating that "New Super Luigi U may not offer new worlds or powers, but its emphasis on skill and precision reinvigorates the series in a meaningful way." Digital Spy's Liam Martin gave the release 4 out of 5 stars, stating that "as somebody who has been craving a challenging Mario platformer in the mold of the NES originals, the increased challenge is most welcome, even if it comes at a small cost. It would have been nice if Nintendo had added some new challenges and mini-games, especially given the cost of the retail version, although for the cost of a premium DLC pack, the omission is much more forgivable."[19]

As of March 31, 2018, New Super Luigi U sold 3.03 million copies.[20]

Nintendo Switch port[edit]

On August 16, 2018, it was rumored that the Nintendo Switch deluxe port of New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U is in the works.[21] It was finally revealed on Nintendo Direct alongside the original New Super Mario Bros. U on September 13, 2018 under the title New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.[22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: ニュー・スーパールイージ・U Hepburn: Nyū Sūpā Ruīji Yū?

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kubba, Sinan (2013-05-17). "Super Luigi U arrives as DLC June 20, packaged standalone August 25". Joystiq. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  2. ^ Hussain, Tamoor. "Star Fox Zero Mario Maker Wii U Bundle Release Dates Announced". GameSpot. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Jeremy Parish (June 25, 2013). "New Super Luigi U Review". USGamer. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ Karmali, Luke (14 February 2013). "Nintendo Announces New Super Luigi U DLC". IGN. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "New Super Luigi U DLC Coming this Summer". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  6. ^ "New Super Luigi U for Wii U". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "New Super Luigi U for Wii U Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ Carter, Chris (August 25, 2013). "Review: New Super Luigi U". Destructoid. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "New Super Luigi U review". Edge. June 24, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Fitch, Andrew (June 28, 2013). "EGM Review: New Super Luigi U". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ Ryckert, Dan (August 25, 2013). "New Super Luigi U". Game Informer. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ Brown, Peter (June 26, 2013). "New Super Luigi U". GameSpot. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ Ingenito, Vince (June 27, 2013). "New Super Luigi U Review". IGN. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (June 23, 2013). "Review: New Super Luigi U (Wii U)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ Culafi, Alex (June 21, 2013). "New Super Luigi U Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Alex Dale Contributor. "Wii U Review: New Super Luigi U review". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  17. ^ Kollar, Phillip (June 25, 2013). "New Super Luigi U review: inferiority complex". Polygon. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ Cairns, Daniel (June 25, 2013). "New Super Luigi U Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ "New Super Luigi U review (Wii U): Breathes life into a platforming gem". Digital Spy. June 25, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  20. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/software/wiiu.html
  21. ^ Liam Robertson (August 16, 2018). "Rumor: New Super Mario Bros. U Coming to Nintendo Switch - Comic Book". Comic Book. 
  22. ^ GameXplain (September 13, 2018). "New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Reveal Trailer (Nintendo Switch) - YouTube". YouTube. 

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