I'm sorry, but I don't understand how you can say that this game looks even more soulless than the prior two NSMB's games and then in the same breath say that NSMB U looks like and actual sequel to the series when to me, it just looks like a prettier version of the three NSMB's games. The gameplay is still the same in Wii U to the original NSMB and NSMB Wii just as this game is. Is it really just about the visuals to you? The fact that NSMBU will be in HD? C'mon, it's still the same game, and i'm fine with that btw, but to act like the visuals of NSMBU somehow makes it a more relevant game than this one or the past two is redonkulous.
And for the record, this game and coin rush mode actually has me looking forward to it more than NSMBU. To me this game looks more frantic and core centric than NSMBU which has a more party vibe to it.