New Super Mario Bros. Mii is another tech demo being shown off on the Wii U hardware. At E3, however, every player was forced to use a Wii Remote (held sideways) in order to play this game. While I was told the Wii U controller could be used, it was only displaying the same image as shown on the big TV screen.
As far as I could tell, New Super Mario Bros. Mii played exactly like New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The key difference here is that players could now choose to play as Mii characters that had Mario/Luigi style overalls. I didn’t play as any Mii characters but it looked as though each character played exactly like in the New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
While the title is fun, those at home weren’t really missing out on much by not playing this game. It really was nearly identical to New Super Mario Bros. Wii except the levels were different as far as I could tell.
I think the coolest thing about this game was the fact that four players could take the action away from the TV screen and just use the screen on the Wii U controller to play if they really wanted to. While this might be a bad option for four players I’m sure it could work out great for two kids to utilize this option if a parental unit commandeers the TV for any reason.
Out of all the Wii U demos that I saw at E3 2011 I think that New Super Mario Bros. Mii has the highest chance of becoming a final product. I did, after all, successfully predict that a New Super Mario Bros. title would be coming to Wii U. Hopefully Nintendo makes a formal announcement about this title coming to the Wii U in the near future!
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