NES Remix was a very pleasant surprise, offering a modern twist on Nintendo's classic titles. And it looks as if the upcoming sequel, due out on April 25, will offer more of the same.
Of particular note in the new version is a special Championship Mode, inspired by the 1990 Nintendo World Championships. In this special mode, you'll compete across three games -- Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 and Dr. Mario -- in an effort to earn the highest possible cumulative score. You'll then be able to compete against other players by posting your scores to Miiverse or simply try and beat your own performance.
In an odd twist, though, you'll only be able to play Championship Mode if you also own the first NES Remix game as well as NES Remix 2. It's essentially a reward for supporting Nintendo's crazy little experiment with these two titles.
Elsewhere, NES Remix 2 follows a largely similar format to its predecessor, unfolding across a combination of short stages based on snippets of NES game stages with specific objectives and more elaborate "remix" stages with tweaked graphics or mechanics. The new game also features the entirety of the original Super Mario Bros. game reimagined as Super Luigi Bros., in which you play as the high-jumping plumber and run from right to left instead of left to right.
Games featured in NES Remix 2 include Metroid, Kid Icarus, Kirby's Adventure, Golf, Punch-Out, Zelda 2 and numerous others. If it's up to the standard of the previous game, it'll be a worthy addition to any Wii U owner's library -- and the focus on games from the NES' later era as well as more complex titles might even make it a stronger experience. Watch out for the official USG review once it's available to buy.