I have no witty things to say about New Super Mario Bros. U. This is pure, unadulterated Mario. LET ME BE A FLYING SQUIRREL ALREADY.

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New Super Mario Bros. Wii was a very fun game when played with four people, and New Super Mario Bros. U looks to continue that trend. You can’t really bet against Mario, and now with a flying squirrel suit and the return of baby yoshis, it’ll be hard not to buy the game when it releases on day one with the system.

Probably the biggest change in the game is the addition of a fifth player that can aid the four players with the GamePad in a somewhat similar way as Rayman Legends.

For more details, let’s see what Nintendo has to say:


Swoop through levels and cling to walls when Mario transforms into Flying Squirrel Mario, or gently float through the air while hanging onto Tiny Balloon Yoshi.

The Wii U GamePad controller offers a new way to play multiplayer in this game. An extra player can jump into the action using the new Boost mode, creating platforms out of thin air to help others navigate tricky stages or access hidden or hard-to-reach items.

Boost mode also makes cooperative speed runs possible for the first time. Use the GamePad to interact with and manipulate enemies and objects in real time, allowing for new ways to find the fastest routes through each level.

Play on the big screen or the small screen. Switch game play from the TV to the GamePad at any time to continue playing even when others are using the TV.

Experience Mario together like never before with Miiverse. See other players’ comments and accomplishments while you play and leave your own feedback for others to see when connected to the Nintendo Network.

Boost mode sounds interesting. Hopefully there will be an online leaderboard, otherwise speed runs will be kind of moot.

In addition to posting just this trailer, Iwata sat down to discuss the game with Takashi Tazuka, a developer on the game. They discuss the new play styles and the legacy of controlling Mario:
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