New Super Mario Bros. U announced

As you can't have a Nintendo platform without a Mario game, the company announced one during its E3 showcase today. New Super Mario Bros. U continues the four-player co-op tomfoolery from NSMB on Wii, but also lets someone help them out using the game pad.

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As you can't have a Nintendo platform without a Mario game, the company naturally announced one during its E3 showcase today. New Super Mario Bros. U continues the four-player co-op tomfoolery from NSMB on Wii, but also lets someone help them out using the tablet.

In 'Boost Mode,' the player with the tablet can place blocks that speed the characters along. Handy if you've got four friends who want to play, then, or simply for speedrun fun.

A wingsuit, blowing bubbles, level-illuminating orbs, underwater sections, and the usual Mario merriness were on show too.

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    June 5, 2012 9:31 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, New Super Mario Bros. U announced.

    As you can't have a Nintendo platform without a Mario game, the company announced one during its E3 showcase today. New Super Mario Bros. U continues the four-player co-op tomfoolery from NSMB on Wii, but also lets someone help them out using the game pad.

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      June 5, 2012 10:00 AM

      I hope that screenshot is just horribly resized or something. There's no way it should be the blurry mess the current Wii is.

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      June 5, 2012 11:13 AM

      It looks fantastic... but can we PLEASE get new super mario world??

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        June 5, 2012 11:34 AM

        i asked Mario and he said no. Sorry.

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        June 5, 2012 11:41 AM

        That animated van Gogh looking background is gorgeous!

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      June 5, 2012 11:40 AM

      Main Application Processor

      PowerPC architecture.
      Three cores (fully coherent).
      3MB aggregate L2 Cache size.
      core 0: 512 KB
      core 1: 2048 KB
      core 2: 512 KB
      Write gatherer per core.
      Locked (L1d) cache DMA per core.

      Main Memory

      Up to 3GB of main memory (CAT-DEVs only). Note: retail machine will have half devkit memory
      Please note that the quantity of memory available from the Cafe SDK and Operating System may vary.

      Graphics and Video

      Modern unified shader architecture.
      32MB high-bandwidth eDRAM, supports 720p 4x MSAA or 1080p rendering in a single pass.
      HDMI and component video outputs.

      Features

      Unified shader architecture executes vertex, geometry, and pixel shaders
      Multi-sample anti-aliasing (2, 4, or 8 samples per pixel)
      Read from multi-sample surfaces in the shader
      128-bit floating point HDR texture filtering
      High resolution texture support (up to 8192 x 8192)
      Indexed cube map arrays

      8 render targets
      Independent blend modes per render target
      Pixel coverage sample masking
      Hierarchical Z/stencil buffer
      Early Z test and Fast Z Clear
      Lossless Z & stencil compression
      2x/4x/8x/16x high quality adaptive anisotropic filtering modes
      sRGB filtering (gamma/degamma)
      Tessellation unit
      Stream out support
      Compute shader support

      GX2 is a 3D graphics API for the Nintendo Wii U system (also known as Cafe). The API is designed to be as efficient as GX(1) from the Nintendo GameCube and Wii systems. Current features are modeled after OpenGL and the AMD r7xx series of graphics processors. Wii U’s graphics processor is referred to as GPU7.
      Sound and Audio

      Dedicated 120MHz audio DSP.
      Support for 6 channel discrete uncompressed audio (via HDMI).
      2 channel audio for the Cafe DRC controller.
      Monaural audio for the Cafe Remote controller.

      Networking

      802.11 b/g/n Wifi.

      Peripherals

      2 x USB 2.0 host controllers x 2 ports each.
      SDCard Slot.

      Built-in Storage

      512MB SLC NAND for System.
      8GB MLC NAND for Applications.

      Host PC Bridge

      Dedicated Cafe-to-host PC bridge hardware.
      Allows File System emulation by host PC.
      Provides interface for debugger and logging to host PC.

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        June 5, 2012 12:08 PM

        Only 3MB of L2 Cache? The new Xbox and PS will crush this Nintendook.

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        June 5, 2012 12:16 PM

        To me this is the biggest weakness: 8GB MLC NAND for Applications.

        Shows that they still don't care about downloadable games.

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          June 5, 2012 12:23 PM

          Yup 8GB SSD is a real deal breaker really, you'd have to use SD cards or external HD if it is supported.

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            June 5, 2012 2:17 PM

            They said that an external hard drive would be supported via the USB 2.0 ports they've got on there, still rather shitty though, was expeciting at least 32GiB internal if they went flash again.

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          June 5, 2012 2:11 PM

          How many blocks is that?

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        June 5, 2012 2:13 PM

        left out the best part, the controllers only have 3-5 hour long battery life.

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          June 5, 2012 2:49 PM

          What do you expect? As long as they're rechargeable I don't see why that's a problem.

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            June 5, 2012 2:58 PM

            Do you own a PS3? The charging cord isn't long enough to play from most couches reasonably without having to move your ps3 to your feet. if they go this route, they need to have cords at least 10 feet long.

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              June 5, 2012 4:25 PM

              I don't disagree with you, but usb extension cords are damn cheap. Hopefully we won't all have to buy one, though :P

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              June 5, 2012 4:35 PM

              if they include a charging cord, i don't see why they wouldn't make it at least as long as the GameCube controller cord. it's cheap enough.

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          June 5, 2012 4:48 PM

          What's the average battery life of a smartphone when running graphics intensive apps? Probably comparable, if not worse, than this gamepad. People don't seem to cry doom over that. I'm guessing they will just have a long cord as they usually do so it won't be an issue.

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            June 5, 2012 5:00 PM

            we aren't talking about an ipad. We are talking about a video game controller that you use to play games on your tv with. If this thing were portable then we'd be able to compare the two.

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              June 5, 2012 6:45 PM

              The only difference I see is that the gamepad requires the WiiU unit. It's the size of a tablet, it records and plays video, it streams video wirelessly, texts, interacts with the internet and so on.

              I'm not trying to rag on you or anything. If they really do screw up and only have a short cord like the PS3's, then I'll be pretty disappointed to have to buy an extension.

              I just don't think 3-5 hours of battery life is a huge deal breaker.

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      June 5, 2012 2:08 PM

      Why can't I get enough of this? Want.

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      June 5, 2012 2:09 PM

      Alice's new game: Silver Jubilee, with Hats DLC

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      June 5, 2012 4:53 PM

      A new Super Mario Bros. game for a new Nintendo console? You don't say. :P

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      June 5, 2012 5:03 PM

      For some reason this looks good to me. I hope it isn't just wanting to see those nintendo characters in HD.

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