According to next month’s issue of Game Informer, New Super Mario Bros. U will have a single, seamless world map modeled after the pattern of Super Mario World. Though there will be themed sub-zones, you’ll be able to pan around the full map at any time, and branching pathways will do more than offer you alternate levels within the same world – they can also take you on a detour through a completely different map zone.
This news comes alongside the reveal of Boost Rush mode, an auto-scrolling challenge mode not unlike New Super Mario Bros. 2‘s Coin Rush.
Read on for a list of the worlds Game Informer mentioned in their preview.
So far, the named worlds include Acorn Plains, Sparkling Waters, Frosted Glacier, and Layer Cake Desert – that last one is a pun on “dessert.” They also mentioned having seen areas modeled after Forest of Illusion, the sky worlds of previous Mario games, and a mystery world sheathed in a tornado.