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Friday, January 11, 2019

NSMBUD is a Dud, BIS is the Bes'

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - (That title is going to be awful for search engines.)

Today on January 11 2019 Nintendo is having TWO releases in the Mario franchise: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch (formerly New Super Mario Bros. U on the Wii U... and technically New Super Luigi U as well, but that game is only remembered for being the shitposting board on Miiverse and shitposting isn't included in the Switch version), and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey on the Nintendo 3DS, formerly Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story on the Nintendo DS. Clearly, Nintendo hasn't stopped their porting strategies. While the Nintendo Switch receiving Wii U ports is extremely common, the 3DS getting DS ports is more rare but not unheard of, given backwards compatibility.

While hopefully Super Mario Maker (especially if that gets ported too) makes “original” (if you can call them that to begin with) New Super Mario Bros. series titles cease to exist. Or maybe there is no direct alternative. I've been sick of them even with a 6-year absence. There are so many better platformers out there.

I'm saying this even though I'm in New Super Mario Bros. U (and its allegedly “Deluxe” form that doesn't add anything besides a new playable character in Toadette that makes the game easier if you use them, like the port of another Wii U platformer that is much better than New Super Mario Bros. U).

But I'm also in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey — and without ever being in the original Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Now THAT is a significant addition to the game.

“Ludwig,” you begin to ask, “if you were born as Toadette and not as Ludwig Von Koopa, you'd be saying the exact opposite in terms of how you feel about the two games being released today!”

Here's the thing: Bowser Jr.'s Journey is actually significant original content. That said, I passed on Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions a year ago, having played and enjoyed Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga on the Game Boy Advance many times over.

The difference between Superstar Saga and Bowser's Inside Story is that, while I consider Bowser's Inside Story to be the best game in the Mario & Luigi series, I don't really remember anything about it. Perhaps that's an excellent excuse to buy the game again.

But... Do I really want to play a game where I have to be subservient to this guy?

Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story Bowser Jr's Journey Koopalings la la la I can't hear you.
I'm just trying to give advice to Bowser Jr. and this is how he responds to me.

Yeah, no.

If you have never played Bowser's Inside Story before, then please go ahead and buy it on the 3DS. You won't regret it. If you've never played New Super Mario Bros. U before, consider yourself fortunate.

The Bowser's Inside Story remake got bad sales, and now its developer is bankrupt.


  1. I am very fortunate to have passed on NSMBU on the Wii U. Super Mario 3D World was the superior Mario game on the system anyway. It at least had original power-ups and bosses compared to the bland NSMB series. As for Bowser's Inside Story, it is the only Mario & Luigi game that I have played, so I have no reason to buy it again.

    1. My NSMBU copy came with my Wii U, but I didn't play it for years, initially opting for Nintendo Land.

      I feel like I should assume no one has played Bowser's Inside Story because not only do I not remember it, but no one else talks about it!

  2. I wonder if they'll port NSMBUD to the next Nintendo console, or if we'll be due for a new installment in the series then. I really can't see what else they could add, NSMBU didn't even add anything other than powerups and the stupid star block mechanic that no one uses. I guess it had different Yoshi's, but those aren't really mandatory or particularly ground breaking. Although, with Mario Maker potentially being a recurrent franchise, is a new New Super Mario Bros game even necessary in Nintendo's eyes.

    1. I believe there'll be some 2D platforming on a new console!


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