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Published on October 30th, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey

Coin Battles to Nabbits, Nintendo Reveals Special Modes and Features Behind New Super Mario Bros. U

New Super Mario Bros. U, the first Mario title for Wii U, will launch alongside the system on Nov. 18. Nintendo has revealed that beyond the main campaign mode, the game will feature multiple ways to play, as well as some interesting little tidbits that should catch your attention:

Challenge Mode: Complete tasks by achieving specific objectives. There are four single-player challenge categories listed below:

  • Time Attack
  • Coin Collection
  • 1-Up Rally
  • Special (miscellaneous challenges)

Two players can co-op in Boost Mode Challenges, where one player uses the GamePad and the other a Wii Remote controller. The game will also record a replay video for later viewing.

Coin Battle: This mode allows up to five players compete to earn the most coinage. Four of the players play using the Wii Remote, while the fifth uses the Wii U GamePad. In Boost Mode, the GamePad user can place Boost Blocks to help grab coins that are just out of reach. The GamePad can also be used to customize the coin layout in Coin Battle. That customization can be saved for later play.

World Map: Remember the World Map from Super Mario World back on the SNES? Well, if you’re as old as me then you do. And hopefully you loved to use it because it makes its return in New Super Mario Bros. U. The map takes many cues from the original. It shows off the different worlds and courses, but also hides secret shortcuts and exists that can only be discovered by play and practice.

Nabbit: So, what is a Nabbit and why when I search for it on Google Images do I get pictures of Ponies and porn (go ahead and look, I’ll wait)? Well I can’t really answer the latter, but I can tell you what it’s supposed to be thanks to the Nintendo press release.

A Nabbit is a creature that appears randomly on the World Map. Players must then enter the course that the creature appears on and chase it down in order to recover Toad’s stolen items. Think of the Nabbit as something that replaces the imprisoned Toads on New Super Mario Bros. for the Wii.

Grabbing the Nabbit (maybe there’s something to do with that port deal after all) grants players a P-Acorn, which will allow them to fly through an entire stage. The P-Acorn is only given by catching a Nabbit.

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