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New Super Mario Bros U details and screenshots

The latest issue of Game Informer didn’t just have news about Nintendo Land, they got plenty of juicy details on New Super Mario Bros U — which was on the cover of the magazine, after all. The first bit of information is that the game will feature a world map just like Super Mario World. The map will list all of the levels in the game, and players are free to scrolls around and explore everything. There are so far 7 confirmed worlds, including Acorn Plains, Sparkling Waters, Frosted Glacier, Layer Cake Desert, and more. The amount of levels will number into the dozens. Players will be able to chose which path to take at several stages in the campaign.

Game Informer also reveals that New Super Mario Bros U will feature a “speed run” mode called Boost Mode, where the objective is to complete the level as fast as possible. The level will automatically scroll, forcing the player to move faster and faster. The game will also feature the “Ice Flower” power-up, which was first seen in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. The power-up allows Mario to freeze enemies by throwing snowballs at them. Oh, and the story-line has been revealed as well: Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach once again…

Check out the New Super Mario Bros U screenshots below, showing the Boost Mode, a mini game, and more.

Be sure to read up on the latest Nintendo Land details as well.

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  • AC

    I would actually like this game to be online, So you and your friends online can play together, but people say like it could be laggy, eh it depends on your connection really.

    • drscoobie

      you have to wonder why bowser doesnt just make the area
      under the switch withdraw instead of the area he is always standing on.

    • 007 1/2

      they should have got the penguin suit instead of the ice flower. now we will always be slipping. besides the penguin suit is like an upgrade of the ice flower.

  • Isaac_Triplex

    VERY COOL!

    • 007 1/2

      bowser kidnapped peach again? i never would have guessed that would happen!

  • alienlifeufo7

    Yup. That story-line definitely wasn’t expected. Who would have thought Bowser kidnapped Peach again?

    • Shankovich

      Mario needs to step up his game, this seems to happen too often (and last time Peach got kidnapped, it was to outer space, I gotta admit that would have been hard to call though).

      • Lord Carlisle

        Well, it wouldn’t be so bad if it actually happened in a COOL WAY. Like Super Mario Galaxy, that had the typical plot, but it was delivered in an amazing fashion. Compare that to NSMB Wii… not so amazing.

        • rafael

          I disagree with u on that…this plot is so ‘expected’ that i like the way they handled it in NSMBW, because it was like ‘just another day in the mushroom kindgom’ hehe

          • just NINTENDO

            and again and again super super mario best character in the world

          • Lord Carlisle

            Well, people can have their opinion. But I obviously disagree.

        • [GHOST]

          Super Mario Sunshine was probably the best way the Princess could have been kidnapped (considering it happens mid-game, instead of at the beginning). Hands down.

      • Zeta

        Mario and Bowswer are basically good buddies who know they need each other, Bowser would get bored without Mario trying to save the princess and Mario wouldn’t get any increase in his love points with Peach (seeing as he really seems to get little for each save as the most he ever got was a kiss)

      • Louis

        “Mario needs to step up his game”

        Is that with the pun?

    • Guhtere

      Someone put a GPS on that b*tch!

  • Nintendo Power

    World Map that’s like super mario world? Ahhhh the good old days

    • Gabe Hoffman

      Maybe they should change the name to New Super Mario World!

      • TheUNation

        New Super Mario World U !!!!

        • TopCat

          NU Super Mario World

        • dobby

          I don’t think it’s worthy of that, everything about this game is underwhelming, I never thought there would be a Mario launch game I wouldn’t buy, but there it is.

          • goginho

            What are you saying lol ..I mean w/e, but this game doesn’t look in any way unworthy and underwhelming. Super Mario World was and is great, and from the looks of it, so will this game be I’m sure of it.. even if the times have changed and we’ve grown up since, dat don’t matter to me personally.

          • 007 1/2

            how about hd

  • Josh

    Princess Peach has been kidnapped?! But this is impossible! Think about it.

    • Zeta

      Well i guess that’s how things will always be unless Mario finds a mistress for Bowser to kidnap, but honestly the overall plot matters little as its the execution and although the Mario story isn’t really executed awesomely its enough for a platform game.

      I guess Nintendo will keep going with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, i mean look at DBZ it was basically Goku: “WHAT?!, strong guy incoming that i can’t beat” = Saiyan +1, world saved and we loved it :P

      • goginho

        Haha, true dat. But getting kidnapped twice in one year, tsk tsk c’mon Mario. Like Shankovich said, “Step your game up Mario” LoL :P
        ..and they have all the right to keep this plot running, I mean I couldn’t really care all that much considering the games are freaking fun to play. But I must admit, a slight change-up every once in a while would be refreshing. I wouldn’t mind seeing Wario making at least a cameo appearance in a 2D Mario game. The concept with the Miis as an audience in this game is pretty cute or w.e, but it seems unfitting and would take some time getting used to.

  • joe

    Sounds great!

  • BucketHead Jr.

    WOW such good news! im really liking alot that is gonna be like Super Mario World the levels etc. since Super Mario World it’s one of my favorite 2D side scrolling Mario games the game’s looking amazing i really like the backgrounds making it kinda like 3D and 2D like oh and the storyline, AWESOME Bowser kidnapps Peach once again… lol doesn’t bowser has anything more to do than kidnaping the princess? lol maybe he and Peach have a secret relationship each other.. O.o

    • goginho

      lol sound like a bad soap opera, doesn’t it

  • SteampunkJedi

    I’ll definitely get this game. I don’t remember any previous games having named worlds (besides World 1, 2, 3, etc…)

    • Macarony64

      Super Mario World world where named my fave 1 where chocolate caves soda lake and forrest of ilusion

      • SteampunkJedi

        I’ve never played Super Mario World. But thank you for the information. It sounds like some of the names were very creative.

        • Alienfish

          You should give it a go. Seriously, it’s as good if not better than anything on offer right now as far as Mario goes.

        • XDLugia

          Hey! Why the thumbs down on Alienfish? Super Mario World is definitely the best 2D Mario game there is!

          • [GHOST]

            Calm down, maybe someone missed the like button. It does happen considering you can’t change it after you do.

    • 007 1/2

      they all did but no one cared about the real names they r oon the mario wiki btw.

  • Albinopig

    Wow………expected.

    • dobby

      I know right, this game just screams casual, it has so little innovation and seems as bland as can be, definitely not for me I guess.

      • Macarony64

        You talking about call of duty right?

    • DonnyKD

      Yeah, we totally expected thing like a desert world based off cake!

      Wait…

      Desperate plea for attention is desperate.

    • goginho

      All I can say is, there isn’t a bad Mario adventure game out there. They’re all great games and fun to play. But the thing with the Mario fanchise is, considering there are many games, you can only have favourites (or prefer one game more over the other), cause Super Mario is hard to dislike. That’s why ppl like to make lists, from their most favorite game to their least favorite one they’ve played.

  • Kirbi

    Looking forward to this game, I am a bit disappointed about the story line they could have changed it a bit :S

  • CSM0

    I can’t read the words “Acorn Plains, Sparkling Waters, Frosted Glacier, Layer Cake Desert” without cracking a smile. Dis gon be Good.

  • Macarony64

    Amaising thank god peach is blond and cant stop being kidnaped

  • Opheodrys

    I’ve been a Mario Bros fan since I was a kid, but it’s still such an odd premise for a game. An Italian plummet that kills turtles. So much fun though!

    • Opheodrys

      *plumber : )

  • Ibiexplorer4

    Hmmm.. this seems to be interesting. I’ll keep an eye out for this title.

  • Major Beauner

    FUCK YEAH!!!!

  • retlaw

    Mario is the man

  • Lamsaturn

    Whoa, SMW maps? That’s awesome. Plus, the speed run mode sounds really cool, I can imagine you sharing your best times online through Miiverse, maybe even ghost times could be shared. That would be great.

  • brawl

    This game is gonna b sexy!

  • Koji Kondi

    i bet the music in this video game will be epic as always. The composer of this master piece must be a genius at his prime.

  • nod786

    I can’t wait for this game I don’t think I have ever been more excited for a mario game..

    Mainly by the screen shot it reminds me of playing Mario brothers with my cousins as a kid.

    Above all this give me hope that like me when I first played my Mario game their will me more/new gamers that will get that same experience I did with Mario and Nintendo.

    So im really looking forward to this can’t wait!

  • Metroidvania

    Being that Mario was what started it all for me. I’m now super excited about this.

    A map similar to Super Mario World, and choosing the paths sound pretty neat too. The names of each stage also have me interested. Blast Mode also sounds great!

    Count me in!

  • james braselton

    hi there i want a mario non specific action figure bundeled in all mario games are soo alwsoume even with out a mario non specific action figure this year there a lot of gamers wanting non soecific action figures

    • Kirbymon123

      Well, if it was a Mario action figure, then it wouldn’t be non-specific would it?

  • link 5

    I’m only 15 and I am so tired with Mario I love the game but its the same exact story line that is only adding new power ups an characters and they switch around the bosses.If they want to make someone like Luigi or all of mafioso friends get captured by some new villain.If the next Mario game has princess peach getting herself draped by bossed again I will destroy my nintendo consels

    • Metroidvania

      If you play Mario for the story line. Your doing it wrong….WAY wrong.

    • klzklzklz

      For fucks sake, do it, no one cares.

      • 007 1/2

        i thought wiiudaily wouldnt let that get past moderation.

        • NintendoGamer

          It doesn’t matter when the comment it’s a response to a comment with barely any likes.

    • NiNtEnDoLoVeR

      come on…Mario has NOTHING to do with the Story line. and I play nearly all great Mario bros in the world (excepting the CD-i and bad mario games)

    • Lew3107

      You’re 15, and you’re going to destroy your consoles if you don’t get what you want? At 15?
      I think it’s a little bit cliche to tell you to grow up.

    • dobby

      I don’t know why you have been slated so much, this game is just the same old same old, nothing new at all despite the name, I would really have liked a new 3d Mario game but I guess we’re stuck with this safe game for now as Nintendo knows it sells well with the casuals. Nintendo are sacrificing innovation for the promise of better sales, sad but I can’t really blame them. =(

      • PSWii60

        NSMBU is more of a “filler / launch” game. I’m sure they are still working on a 3d Mario game for the main series, but just not in time for launch. Hell the first Mario main-series game on the Wii didn’t come out till a year after the Wii launched.

        The 3d Mario game will come. Better they spend time on it than rush it for people that refuse to wait.

      • Wake up

        Like every other Nintendo console before this one (except those before the N64) a 2D Mario game will be available and later on a 3D one. Every 2D mario game is pretty much the same, just different power-ups and of course different level. But that’s the thing, it never gets old with Mario. Wait a little longer for a 3D Mario game, it’s bound to come out eventually. If you don’t fancy this, don’t get it, you don’t have to just because it’s Mario.

        And just by describing this as casual, doesn’t help your argument. Depending how you play games will tell if you’re a casual player or not. It doesn’t usually depend on the game you play. (Unless it’s those puppy raising ones :P)

  • SuperNFan

    New Name:

    New Super Mario World

  • link 5

    I am only 15 and I am so tired of Mario games.I love the games but its the same thing all the time princess peach gate captured.why cant they do a game where some of lugie and Wario or waluige get captured and he has to rescue them.evertime they add on powerups an characters and switch around boss stages to make the game new but why not have a new boss for the game. Trust me I love Mario but bate story line over and over in zelda they switch around stuff so why not in Mario.

    • Metroidvania

      Its quite simple actually.

      NO ONE GIVES A CRAP about Mario’s story.

      Its all about the gameplay.

      • eyesac

        Go pick up a handheld and play one of the Mario and Luigi games, they mix it up nicely.

    • Macarony64

      Mario games have story too and they are great let me tell you a few games,mario and luigie series mario rpg, paper mario,mario galaxy,heck even the mario partys have story

  • rp17

    What’s so special about the ice flower? It was in NSMW so it’s not new or unexpected!

    • Opheodrys

      I think they should give Mario a grenade launcher! Those turtles would be sorry they ever fucked with him.

  • dubYA

    Awesome news! I’ve been waiting for them to bring back the Super MArio World style map since the first NSMB released, and I had hoped they would do that with this game. Nice to have some official confirmation, and the world names sound great too.

    Also, Baby Yoshis FTW. SMW is my favorite 2D Mario, and NSMBU is looking better and better to me each day!

    • TheBoldman67

      All of the New Super Mario Bros. games had maps like in Super Mario World.

      • dubYA

        No, they weren’t. All of the NSMB games before this one use separate worlds similar to the style of SMB3. NSMBU is going to be the first game to featue one giant world map since SMW.

  • Dawnofmorning

    A must-have game for the launch!

  • [GHOST]

    Is everyone seeing what I’m seeing in the first screenshot? Take a close look.

    • Lugo

      Whoa, there’s some Miis in the background. I wonder how they’re incorporated into the game.

      • Macarony64

        they may be other players spots went they where playing in rush thil they die

    • 007 1/2

      wow

  • Nintendofreak

    Seriously princess peach gets kidnap again….me have better idea mario gets kidnapped n peach has to save him d game would be super peach sis n instead of luigi u would have princess daisy n maggi koopa would kidnap mario n force him to marry her

    • Macarony64

      That is good idea 4 a secuel to super princes peach from ds

    • Kirbymon123

      They did that already. It’s called Super Princess Peach

    • 007 1/2

      thats just dumb

    • dubYA

      They already made a Super Princess Peach game for the DS. That, and your idea is as bad.

    • The Detonator

      Mario is not about the story. it is and always has been about game play. if it was about story Mario would still not be here 25plus years later.there is a reason why we all loved Mario back then and there is a reason we all love Mario NOW. it is because his games are fun!

  • Wii U Gamer#19

    @NintendoFreak) Ummm… yeah” they already made a Super Peach Game, it’s Called Super Princess Peach, and it’s for DS, i never played it, but im pretty sure she rescues mario’ i mean who else would she rescue?

  • Kirby

    After this, they should make a Super Peach Galaxy.
    /shot
    Anyways, this looks good. I can’t wait. Well.. Technically I can wait but..
    /shot again
    Off to waste months on Ushi waiting. TWILIT AWAY!

  • GirlGamer

    Awesome game awesome

  • Kirbymon123

    Finn the Human, Link, and Mario should team to be a princess protection squad. Yeesh, almost called Link Zelda, glad i fixed that.

  • maxlazy10

    Day one buy from me!

  • Andrew

    Yes the Ice flower is back!!!

  • TeaRzOfTheFallen

    No one notices anything familiar? New nintendo console comes out, New super mario world like game, new huge biggest zelda ever? enemy company is doing terrible financially? they hint a new console? Super nintendo era anyone? Nintendo and sega? well now its sony, its almost an exact repeat even the leaks of a new gaming company coming into play like it was leaks of microsoft thinking about it back then, now its apple, history is repeating, again

    • Zhenya

      wow…and Nintendo is winning, again. There was so much hate for the Wii fanboys didn’t realize what Nintendo was doing. There is a reason why the Wii was not HD.

  • Platinum

    You know…What ever happen to Daisy? (Besides her being in the sports & kart games) Last time Mario saved her was way back in Super Mario Land for the GameBoy in 1989.

    It would be nice to save her this time again. Maybe Luigi needs to be kidnap this time?

    I’m going to get this in digital!

    • PSWii60

      Mario considered heading out to save Daisy…
      but then he remembered her from Double Dash…

      “Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! Hi I’m Daisy! ….”

      The thought of saving Daisy gives him nightmares.

      • PSWii60

        Then again, she doesn’t need saving. If someone did kidnap her, THEY would need saving.

  • Adam

    I want donkey kong wii u lol sorry straying
    off subject :) really hope this is good.

  • Fuzunga

    Mario had an ice flower in both the Galaxy series and NSMB Wii.