The latest issue of Game Informer, not to mention an enormous clutch of new screenshots, sheds some light on Mario's first adventure on Nintendo's new console. Seven varied worlds have been revealed, along with an incredibly stressful scrolling Boost Mode.
Game Informer [via ONM] reports that New Super Mario Bros. U once again tasks players with rescuing Princess Peach from Browser's clutches (stop the presses!), taking us through seven environments: “Acorn Plains, Sparkling Waters (tropical), Frosted Glacier, Layer Cake Desert (complete with melting desserts), areas similar to Forest of Illusion and Sky World and a world surround by a tornado.”
Exploring some pleasingly vertical levels will be a major part of the experience, as we reported in our New Super Mario Bros. U hands-on preview, but players can up the challenge by activating an optional Boost Mode. This hectic modifier makes levels inexorably scroll, turning relaxing exploration into a frantic dash to the finish.
Nintendo has released no less than twelve new screenshots showing off the varied art direction, much of which seems to be based on Super Mario World. Behold.