The Year of Luigi’s been well upon us and with it has come Luigi’s latest platforming adventure of New Super Luigi. Stepping into his big bro’s legendary spotlight has not come without my reservations, but the younger green-clad plumber still jumps high with success. While it still may lack the size or scope of previous Mario platformers, New Super Luigi’s tricky and clever make it stand out from the DLC crowd this year as Nintendo’s best downloadable content so far. 


In an offshoot of New Super Mario Bros.’s goomba-stomping adventure, Princess Peach has yet again been nabbed by everyone’s favorite Koopa King, Bowser. With Mario mysteriously absent, it’s his likewise mustachioed bro of Luigi to the rescue. Over 80 levels of platforming mayhem lie between him and newfound glory as you retread across new and old New Super Mario Bros.’s levels in tribute to some old-school Nintendo goodness.



Set on the same world map of its predecessor, New Super Luigi shares the same amount of familiar, colorful hub worlds as New Super Mario Bros. U. From the rolling hills of Acorn Plains to Soda Jungle’s poison deathtraps to your final destination of Peach’s Koopa hijacked castle, each stage is a thematically similar successor to Mario’s stages with one big design change. Though the every level contains the same types of items and enemies as before, their entire layout has been transformed, hiding their precious Star coin collectibles and any number of items or hidden Luigi references in different locations. This twist may seem too simplistic, but thanks to this change in format, the gameplay still stays fresh and players will no doubt enjoy jumping through each level like new.

In what amounts to a hard-mode for New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi challenges players with a new 100 second time limit. Though Mario levels have always been easy enough to power through to completion, the time limit adds a particular sense of urgency if you want to make it out with a significant amount of items or Star Coins to show for it. Tasking your brain to make a perfect run for all a stage’s treasures in one try is an enjoyable thrill, but the game allows for quite the liberal amount of restarts to set your own pace in item runs.

Better yet, New Super Mario Bros. U isn’t required for New Super Luigi and fans preferring a cheaper or more challenging alternative will appreciate the opportunity to experience a still full-fledged Super Mario Bros. title. 


Like its namesake, New Super Luigi sports all of Luigi’s character specific abilities. The younger plumber bro’s higher jump and lower traction makes its return and experiencing every level with them is an enjoyable change from your Mario-centric comfort zone. Your post game playthrough will grant you the choice to change back to Mario’s moves, however. While they’re occasionally preferable for finding trickier placed Star Coins, Luigi usually proved more interesting of a moveset to play.

The game’s newest tweaks to multiplayer is the inclusion of the item-staling purple menace of Nabbit the rabbit. Like in New Super Mario Bros. U, you’ll still chase Nabbit throughout stages in his little game of tag, but now Nabbit is finally available against the game’s local co-op players of Luigi and his two Toad pals. While Nabbit is invincible to enemies and damaged only by elemental factors like lava and pits, he can’t level up with items and provides a nice alternative for noob players unaccustomed to platforming. 


Final Call:

DLC or not, New Super Luigi U is some of the best bonus content that Mario fans could ask for. It effectively recycles old content into a good showing of platforming fun, keeping the series formula worth playing. The New Super Mario Bros. series may have well earned the break ahead, but New Super Luigi is a proper sendoff to some of Nintendo’s most solid platforming.