‘New Super Mario Bros. U’ First Reviews Are Mostly Positive

New Super Mario Bros. U has received mostly positive reviews from a number of top gaming websites. The game’s Metacritic score is presently in line with its 2009 predecessor.

With the Wii U launch’s scheduled for tomorrow (November 18), a number of gaming sites have released their reviews of the new console’s most popular launch title. Since you can’t really launch a Nintendo machine without Mario, the company will unleash New Super Mario Bros. U on the same day.

EGM reviewer Ray Carsillo gave the launch title a solid nine out of a possible ten. Overall, Carsillo seemed impressed with the latest adventures of Mario and his colorful crew.

“A love-letter to the days of ‘Super Mario Bros. 3’ and ‘Super Mario World,’ ‘New Super Mario Bros. U’ multiplayer modes, insane platforming, and beautiful HD graphics offer more than enough to provide hours of fun for gamers of all stripes,” he wrote in his review.

IGN gave New Super Mario Bros. U a score of 9.1, which ranks the game as “amazing.” Writer Richard George explains that, while it might be older than most of its players, the series still manages incorporate fresh ideas into its gameplay.

“Nintendo’s approach here strikes a great balance in all areas, ranging from its difficulty to design to enemies and bosses,” George wrote. “And for everything the basic Story Mode does right — and that’s a considerable amount — the Challenge Mode will be remembered as a key moment in the life of the New Mario series, where Nintendo realized it didn’t have to sacrifice the core gamer’s experience at the expense of a more casual audience. This is how Mario can and will appeal to everyone.”

Even those critics who didn’t think the game lived up to the 2009 Wii title New Super Mario Bros. Wii seemed impressed with Mario’s latest adventure.

“Is the plumber’s Wii U debut as good as his recent 3D outings? Not quite, but for the ‘New Super Mario Bros.’ series, it’s a real step forward in detailing, imagination and character,” Eurogamer contributor Christian Donlan explained in his review.

The new Super Mario game is among 24 titles that will be available when the Nintendo Wii U launches on November 18.

Are you looking forward to New Super Mario Bros. U?