My first completed Wii U game! And a fantastic one it was!
I genuinely believe this is the best 2D Mario game since Super Mario World. It’s just perfect. Varied worlds, secret exits, challenging levels (all pretty much missing from the other “New” SMB titles), and for the first time, the 3D Mario character actually works. In every other game with a 3D Mario played in 2D (even as far back as Mario vs Donkey Kong) he just looks wrong. Here, though, he’s perfect.
I also love the MiiVerse integration. Seeing other people’s posts on the game map, warning you of difficult levels, gloating about getting all three big coins, and writing letters to Bowser about how much he sucks. Amazing.
Back to the game itself though. It seems I only had one world left from where I was previously (er, aside from the three worlds I seem to have skipped, somehow) – Peach’s Castle. Oh my, was one of those levels hard. Flames from the sky while the floor keeps dropping into the lava? It wasn’t easy. The final boss, however, was. Pretty much.
And then I went straight back in to play some more of the levels I’d missed. Fantastic game!