Nintendo’s year of Luigi continues with the release of New Super Luigi U, a $19.99 piece of downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U that’ll also debut on disc August 25. Mario’s green-clad bro explores 82 brand-new levels, adding tremendous value to an already feature-packed Wii U experience.
That said, while the basic premise of collecting gold coins and gathering power-ups remains intact, New Super Luigi U doesn’t necessarily play like New Super Mario Bros. U. With this in mind, newcomers should follow these life-saving tips.
-Manage the clock. Each level in New Super Luigi U lasts 100 seconds. That doesn’t give you much time to explore. Keep a close eye on the timer to avoid a surprise death.
-Reach the goal with seconds to spare? Now’s the time to quickly go back and gather collectibles you may have missed.
-Remember that Luigi jumps higher than Mario, and you should take full advantage of this ability to reach platforms.
-Luigi slides just before he stops. This is something to be mindful of when approaching platform edges.
-Collect 1-up mushrooms as quickly as possible and memorize their locations when revisiting levels. So long as you collect them just before Luigi dies, there’s nothing lost, nothing gained.
-Replay courses to locate hidden items and the best path to the flagpole.
-Although the levels are much shorter than Mario’s, you can still find three Star Coins per stage.
-You’ll receive another 100 seconds once you reach a boss.
-View MiiVerse comment balloons by pressing the Map View button on the lower left portion of the game pad. A fellow player may have provided a helpful tip.
-It’s a good idea to stockpile items and save these power-ups for the trickiest stages. Press the Items button on the lower right while on the world map, then tap the desired item.
-Play as Nabbit in multiplayer mode. He’s invincible to enemies and objects like projectiles.
-As usual, collecting 100 gold coins earns an extra life.
New Super Luigi U is available for Wii U as a digital download for $19.99, and you must own a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U to purchase it. Nintendo will release a standalone copy August 25 that will sell for $29.99.
Read Prima’s New Super Mario Bros. U eGuide.