Nintendo spent so much energy focusing on Luigi last year, hoping that shifting attention away from the red brother would have a correlating affect on their bank accounts. Surprising almost no one, it did little to boost the sales of Nintendo games and particularly the Wii U. Now Luigi's year is coming to an end - I wonder what the new year will bring.
It would be easy to believe that New Super Mario Bros U. is a simple cash-in; something to give the masses of early Wii U adopters as some sort of peace offering until a real Mario game arrives for the new system. Even its name is a bit of an insult; as the fourth game to fall under the “New Super Mario Bros.” calling it “new” is an affront. A nostalgic stab in the face, it’s not quite as ground-breaking as something like Super Mario Galaxy, but dismissing it would be a grace offense – because it’s the best damned 2D Mario since the 16-bit era’s Super Mario World. In fact, I think it might even be better.
Mario is the most beloved video game character in existence but that is mainly down to one reason, he wins. History is always written by the victors and with Mario always winning we are told a tale of how he gallantly rescues his kidnapped princess while destroying the evil enemies.
Mario games usually follow a pretty simple set of rules. Bowser kidnaps the princess, Mario sets off on a quest to rescue her, defeats Bowser, lets him live, saves the day and thus the cycle continues in true Reaper fashion. But what happens when Bowser breaks the rules? What happens when Peach stops being a damsel, and becomes a badass instead?