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New Super Mario Bros. U introduces you to Nabit

11/1/12 9:00am

New Super Mario Bros. U will be Mario's first appearance on Nintendo's new console. Yes, it's a sidescroller, yes Bowser kidnaps Peach, and yes there'll probably be 8 worlds. However, along with some new features Mario's Wii U debut will introduce you to an all new character named Nabit.

Although this little creature looks more harmful then helpful, if players are able to catch the speedy Nabit when he appears on the world map, they'll be able to access the all powerful P-Acorn. Which enables Mario to soar across the mushroom Kingdom in a flying squirrel suit.

In addition, Nintendo also announced some new game modes for NSMB U. Challenge Mode puts players' skills to the test by having you complete tasks such as clearing a course without touching the ground or collecting a single coin. There will be 4 challenge categories for single-player mode. Coin Collection, Time Attack, 1-Up Rally and Special mode which includes a variety of random challenges. Boost Mode will also feature it's own challenges. 

Also, if you fancy showing off to your best runs to friends. New Super Mario Bros. U will give players the option to save replays and display your accomplishments to everyone. Coin Battle pits 4 players against each other to see who can gather  up the most coins before reaching the end of the level. Boost Mode will allow a second player to jump into the action by using the Wii U's GamePad to place Boost Blocks, helping the first player grab hard-to-reach coins.

The GamePad can also be used to modify course layouts by changing the location of coins. The modification can then by saved and players using Wii Remotes can replay the modified course.

What do you think g1s? Do these new additions make up for the lack of gameplay innovations? or could you care less about Mario's Wii U debut? Let me know in the comments below!

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