The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #17: New Super Mario Bros. U

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It’s that time again! Michael Buble’s smooth voice serenades us over the radio with his brilliant rendition of “Let it Snow.” Houses are covered with bright lights, tinsel, green and red colours. Children anxiously count down the days, hoping they were good enough for a visit by Santa.

It’s a magical time, with one other little benefit – most of us also have breaks over Christmas. Breaks means time to play games!

It has been a great year for games, and no doubt there are some great ones that you’ve missed. And so we at Digitally Downloaded will count down to Christmas with one game recommendation for you each day.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

Day #17 – New Super Mario Bros. U
Matt S

A common theme for many of our Christmas games list has been focused on the social side of games. After all, Christmas is a time best spent in company, and games are a wonderful way of bringing everyone together. 
New Super Mario Bros. U does that better than almost any other game out there. The gamepad allows even the most inexperienced gamer to feel part of the action by placing down blocks for the others to jump on. Everyone else gets to work either cooperatively or competitively to get the most coins and get to the end of each level.
It’s a really wonderful dynamic and perfect for families. If a Wii U is under this year’s Christmas tree, you really can’t go wrong with this game.

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  • I love how the best Wii U title so far is one that hardly uses the features of the gamepad at all. And looks pretty much like NSMBW with an upped resolution. Not to mention: obligatory statement about nintendo milking the NSMB franchise.

    Nintendo should've developed a really deep new game for the system launch that would actually sell people on the console. So far I am not convinced that I need a Wii U at all.

  • I'm guessing the Wii U will be a slow build up for those gamers that already have been playing PS3/ Xbox 360 for years. But, it took a while for the PS3 to really hit its stride, and I do think the Wii U will as well.

    Some RPGs would be a nice start. And no, Mass Effect 3 doesn't count as an RPG.

  • You know I really thought the same things till I actually played the game. NSMBU is such a great platformer though that I almost didn't care about the forgotten GamePad support at all.
    As far as milking the franchise… It's Mario. There can never be enough Mario 😉

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