Boost Mode

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Four players playing the game with one player operating Boost Mode.

Boost Mode is a new feature introduced in New Super Mario Bros. U, where the player with the Wii U GamePad can interact with the game, not by controlling a playable character, but by using the GamePad's touch screen to manipulate the current gameplay.

Boost Mode allows the GamePad player to place platforms in the game to help or hinder the other players. These platforms can be placed by tapping an empty/vacant area on the Touch Screen, and the platforms come in a variety of colors. They include blue spade platforms, red heart platforms, green club platforms, and magenta diamond platforms. The icons on the blocks will disappear over time, and the platform itself soon after. Only four platforms may be on screen at one time, and placing another results in the first platform placed disappearing.

If another player steps on the platform with the icon still on it, it will spit out three coins and a star meter on the GamePad will have a section filled. Standing on ten platforms will fill the meter entirely, and as a result a Boost Star appears; by tapping the Boost Star on the GamePad, the player enters into Super Boost Mode, allowing them to instantly defeat enemies and hit blocks by tapping them for a limited time, similar to a Starman.

Boost Mode is not limited to platforms, however, as the player using Boost Mode can also stun/damage enemies by tapping them, which can be done repeatedly to keep them from attacking. Additionally, 3-Up Moon Blocks (which will release a 3-Up Moon after being hit and then remain solid) can only be seen on the GamePad player's screen, and become usable for the other players only after being tapped; the block will revert after about 5 seconds, after which it can be hit again.

Nothing happens if you tap Mario or any other player and it can't be used in Toad Houses.

If the player manages to collect ninety-nine Extra Lives, the Boost Blocks become Mini-Boost Blocks.

Effects if touching an enemy[edit]

This article is under construction. Therefore, please excuse its informal appearance while it's being worked on. We hope to have it completed as soon as possible.

Here are the effects when touching an enemy in Boost Mode:

If a Boo is touched from Circling Boo Buddies, it'll pause for a second and will quickly float back to its position.

Boost Rush[edit]

A screenshot of Boost Rush mode.

New Super Mario Bros. U features a mode similar to Coin Rush from New Super Mario Bros. 2 called Boost Rush. In Boost Rush, the player will play through a series of levels grouped together in packs, and the objective is to play through autoscrolling levels and collect the most coins, lose the least amount of lives, and make or beat the best time. The speed of the scrolling will increase every ten Coins while Star Coins worth 20 coins each. Unlike Coin Rush, though, the player has limited lives and can gain more by collecting coins or extra lives, although all players share the same lives, and the player using Boost Mode can pop any players in bubbles. When a player is playing Boost Rush, Miis can be seen in the background, supporting the players.

In the Penguin Pack, the Ice Flower is replaced by the Penguin Suit.


Course Pack / Difficulty Course 1 Course 2
Easy Pack
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Acorn Plains Way
Stone-Eye Zone
Flying Squirrel Pack
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Course 1 Course 2
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Spinning-Star Sky
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Lemmy's Swingback Castle
Acrobat Pack
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Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
Mushroom Heights
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Dry Desert Mushrooms
Wendy's Shifting Castle
Yoshi Pack
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Course 1 Course 2
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Fuzzy Clifftop
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Yoshi Hill
Penguin Pack
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Course 1 Course 2
Fliprus Lake
Cooligan Fields
Expert Pack
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Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
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Painted Swampland
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Meteor Moat
Iggy's Volcanic Castle
Superstar Pack
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Course 1 Course 2
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Hammerswing Caverns
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Lakitu! Lakitu! Lakitu!
Random Pack
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Course 1 Course 2


Names in Other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブーストモード
Spanish (NOE) Partida Turbo Turbocharger game
French Mode Coup de Pouce Helping Hand mode
Dutch Boost-Stand
German Boost-Modus
Italian Gioco assistito
Portuguese Modo Assistido Assisted Mode
Russian Режим Поддержки


  • The icons on the blocks spawned via Boost Mode are the same as the four symbols used to sync the Wii U console and GamePad during the system setup.