Despite Nintendo stating that their first round of Wii U titles would only support 720p, yesterday they put up a message on the official webpage for New Super Mario Bros. U claiming that gamers would get to "Experience Mario like never before… in full 1080p HD, only on the Wii U console!" However, overnight that has been changed to "Experience Mario like never before… in high definition, only on the Wii U console!"
Here's the message in full:
"New Super Mario Bros. U is a new, side-scrolling adventure game featuring Mario™, Luigi™, Toad™ … and your Mii™ character! Explore new worlds, new power-ups and new ways to play with up to five players*, as four people use Wii Remote™ controllers and one enjoys a new way to play with the Wii U GamePad controller. You can even switch single-player gameplay from the TV to the GamePad at any time to continue playing even when others are using the TV.
Transform into Flying Squirrel Mario, or float through the air with Balloon Baby Yoshi. Discover all new game modes like Boost Rush Mode, where you work with others to clear courses in the fastest time possible. Show that you're a true platforming pro in Challenge Mode, putting your Super Mario gameplay skills to the test.
Experience Mario like never before… in high definition, only on the Wii U console!"
The Wii U was designed to display graphics in 1080p, but the first batch of releases around the console's launch window are mostly all set to display in 720p, other than the downloadable 2D platformer Toki Tori, which is set to be the only launch title to make use of the Wii U's optimum graphical resolution.
Personally, I don't care what HD resolution my Wii U games will be displayed in. As long as they're HD, that's enough for me. Nintendo has always done a great job of masking the graphical inadequacies of their consoles (see Super Mario Galaxy for evidence of this), and so it is unlikely that players will notice that New Super Mario Bros. U isn't pushing the console to its fullest potential. If anything, it's probably for the best, as I suspect that staring at the relentlessly bright colours of the Mushroom Kingdom for too long would eventually lead to permanent eye damage. So thanks for not blinding our children, Nintendo! You're the best!