The New Super Mario Bros. U Level Based On A Van Gogh Painting(?)

By Spencer . November 10, 2012 . 2:30am


Painted Swampland, one of the levels in Soda Jungle, has a unique background. Doesn’t this New Super Mario Bros. U stage remind you of Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh?




New Super Mario Bros. U has its own take on the P-Wing, the P-Acorn. Use this item and you’ll transform into Squirrel Mario plus gain the ability to fly continuously through one stage. You can get a P-Acorn when you catch a Nabbit, a rabbit-like creature that appears in stages you completed. Catching the Nabbit hasn’t been that difficult so far since the Nabbit will periodically slowdown to taunt Mario.


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New Super Mario Bros. U has at least three Baby Yoshis to carry around. Baby Yoshi eats whatever it comes in contact with and has another ability depending on its color. Blue Baby Yoshis blow bubbles that trap enemies and then change them into coins. Yellow Baby Yoshis are like lanterns. They illuminate up areas and Mario can stun ghosts with a blast of light. Purple Baby Yoshis turn into balloons that let Mario fly when you shake the remote or press the ZR button.




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  • Arrei

    Oh… wow.

    I think… 

    I think I actually want this game now.

  • I like too see stuff from real life in video games.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Painted Swampland……Soda Jungle??? Does not compute lol.^_^

  • Anthony Black

    Whether or not I get this will probably depend on the difficulty. New Super Mario Bros Wii was just way too easy.

    • Kevin Tan

      Challenge Mode in NSMBU looks hype for me, as a moderately skilled Mario player :)

  • Ty Arnold

    I’m impressed. After the phoned-in New Super Mario Bros. 2, I had assumed that Nintendo had abandoned all creativity with their 2D Mario games. Happy to be proven wrong.

    Only problem is I don’t want to want a Wii U.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething
      • 1. Got not much money
        2. I’m focusing my money on a lot of PS3 games and PSN games
        3. There’s not a lot of games that convince me to buy a Wii U. There is no amazing JRPG or something that makes me go all ‘I MUST BUY IT!’
        Maybe it will, but for the coming 1 – 2 years, I guess my main focus will be on Playstation 3 and the Nintendo 3DS.

      • Solomon_Kano

        That image is so gloriously disturbing that I just… yes. Bravo.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    The BGM doesn’t Fit at all!!!!! Man, I am so sick of hearing that music. Two games with it is enough! lol

  • Grenalie

    So far it looks to be the most polished of the NSMB games and worth a buy.  I just wish they would do something new with 2D Mario.

  • Niermyico

    I will have to skip on this game. One was enough. I feel Nintendo should have created something different with Mario.

    If only it was online multiplayer.

    • you want a mario shooter? A mario date sim? what?

      mario is good with rpgs, sports, platformers, puzzle and thats what we demand of nintendo

  • Maia Kasoya

    It’s Mario in a witch’s barrier.

    • Göran Isacson

      This both frightens and excites me. Because on the one hand, Mario is in one of the most depressing worlds ever… but on the other hands, those witches have to face Mario. Do not tell me that would not make for one heck of a boss battle.

      • Maia Kasoya

        Ooh, count me in for… Magical Plumber Mario Magica? (lolz)

        • Göran Isacson

          “Soon, you to shall plunge into despai-”
          “Ha ha, it’s-a me! Mario! And I just-a jumped on Despairs head and saved the universe-a!”
          “… Untold eons of gathered data, and I can honestly say that I did not see that coming.”

  • Solomon_Kano

    It doesn’t really look like it, but I actually thought of The Scream. Either way, it’s sweet.

    Most interested I’ve been in any of the NSMB games since the original.

  • Warwick Collins

    I realize the problem with Nintendo developers and Mario games now, specifically the 2D ones.

    They’re afraid of changing things too much, and they’re boring because of it. 

    • Arrei

      And that’s why some people keep griping that they’ve changed Paper Mario too much with the newest entry?

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        I believe, gamer till now don’t even know what the hell that they want lol. They want a change but when a company change, the said it sucks and they wanted it to stay original.T_T

        • gamers complain on instinct now and its making everything way less fun than it used to be

          I love the new series. Love it

    • Deku-Johnny

       Is that the same reason every new COD game is the same as the last?

  • CirnoLakes

    It doesn’t take much to convince me on this game. I’m getting a Wii U as soon as they’re back in stock again. And this is really the only game on the Wii U’s starting line up that really interests me.

  • Göran Isacson

    Wow, those are some real neat backgrounds, almost getting a Donkey Kong Country vibe from the looks of the snowy aurora-stage… still, graphics only go so far and this won’t exactly change how the game is played. Interesting, but not exactly big news…

    • Arrei

      What kind of change are you looking for then, when it comes to gameplay? It still has to remain 2D Mario at its core, otherwise it’d either be a spinoff or a different series, a la Yoshi’s Island or Super Princess Peach or Super Paper Mario. New enemies, new obstacles, new environments, new abilities, new maps, etc. are what separate Mario 1 from Mario 3 from Mario World, (I omit Mario 2, our western Mario 2, that is, since it was actually an entirely different game reskinned to be Mario) but at their core they’re still the same, just… better.

      Only time will tell just how good this game will be, but in going for a Mario World-esque design it just might be sufficiently different than previous entries, with less linear game progression plus secret exits to find.

      • Göran Isacson

        Oh, I’m not really lookin for any change in particular- I have no expectations or opinions on this game. I’m just a little surprised that “Mario game has a new stage” is something you dedicate a whole article to. That’s the only point behind my comment- I was pretty much just saying “Yes, that is a very pretty background… and?”

        • Arrei

          Oh, I see, so I fixated on the wrong subject.

          Well, it happens to actually be a pretty good choice for an article, if the comments are anything to go by. I’ve seen a lot of people speaking of the New series constantly using the same environments with little variation, so this kind of thing is just what the doctor ordered.

          • Göran Isacson

            Huh. Well, shows what I know I guess. I haven’t been following the New SMB series at all, so what gripes or praise people have with it are beyond me, I’m afraid. Guess that explains why a new background would be cause for a new article.

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