All in all, New Super Mario Bros. U is Wii U’s first must-have title, especially if you’re a fan of Mario or platforming games. It’s the culmination of the New Super Mario Bros. sub-series, and perhaps the best 2D Mario title since the SNES era. This is all thanks to how well it strikes a balance between the offering of recognizable mechanics and original ones. It’s also great to finally see Mario enter the HD era, even if he didn’t get the full 1080p treatment. What’s most important here, however, is how charming and right this game feels. The platforming is rock solid, the puzzles are complex yet not infuriatingly difficult, the Challenge Mode is a glorious addition to the tried-and-true formula found in the story mode, and the new features make it very hard to go back to playing any of the other New Super Mario Bros. games. I’m still waiting with bated breath for a rightful sequel to Super Mario Galaxy 2, but in the meantime, I’m very content with playing New Super Mario Bros. U.