Canadian Online Gamers - "Let me preface this by admitting right at the start that I’m a huge Mario fan. I don’t think I quite reach fanboy status but I, like so many out there, grew up playing Mario titles so a certain affection for the franchise exists at the core of my being. When a new Mario game comes out I look for that respect being paid to the games that paved the way as well as a little bit of good old Nintendo innovation. I can honestly say that New Super Mario Bros. U (NSMBU) does exactly that… and a little more.
The first thing about NSMBU that immediately put a smile on my face was the return to the overworld style map that was brought forward in Super Mario World. You travel the map collecting random power up goodies, fighting roaming enemies (bring on the Hammer Bros), visiting mushroom houses and watching the map subtly change as you advance through the game. It’s a style that works so well and is much more entertaining than the more linear sequential levels system of games past. At times I’ve found myself running Mario all over the map just for giggles. I would say that the only thing that seemed off was the Miiverse balloons with tips and tricks or two word responses to a stage, but I can’t deny that this will be a fun inclusion for many."