Challenge Mode (New Super Mario Bros. U)

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This article is about the mode from New Super Mario Bros. U. For other uses, see Challenge Mode.
A Time Attack stage in Challenge Mode

Challenge Mode is a mode introduced in New Super Mario Bros. U. It is a collection of various challenges of varied difficulty divided into specific categories, including Special and 1-Up Rally. While some challenges take place in a specific part of a course from the main game, there are some challenges that take place in a course exclusive to Challenge Mode, such as Penguin Bowling and Bubble Up. Each challenge has a specific objective and will award the player with medals (gold, silver, and bronze) depending on how they completed the challenge. For example, the Time Attack challenges have three medals, the Gold being achieved by completing the challenge in a set amount of time. However, some Special and Boost Mode challenges do not record scores and will always award the player with a gold medal for completing the challenge.

Every challenge has a difficulty rating, with one star being the easiest, and five stars being the most difficult.

The screen upon completing all Challenges

There are five categories of challenges: Time Attack (denoted by a clock), where the player must complete the course in the allotted time; Coin Collection (denoted by a Coin), where the player must collect a specific amount of coins or collect as few coins as possible; 1-Up Rally (denoted by a 1-Up Mushroom), where the player must finish the course while collecting a certain amount of 1-Ups; Special (denoted by a ? Block), a category with challenges whose objectives vary; and a category denoted by the GamePad, which has challenges where the player must use Boost Mode.

In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Boost Mode challenges are not included due to control limitations on the Nintendo Switch system. Toadette and Nabbit cannot be selected within the mode, due to having different control attributes from Mario, Luigi, and the Toads. The menu screen has a slightly different UI from the Wii U version, with the icons for each category receiving simple, gray-colored designs that change color when selected. The ? Block icon for the Special category is also changed to a three-dimensional one.

Time Attack[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タイムアタック
Taimu Atakku
Time Attack
Chinese 计时赛 (Simplified)
計時賽 (Traditional)
Jìshí Sài
Time Attack
Dutch Tijd Time
French Contre-la-montre Against the clock
German Zeit-Attacke Time Attack
Italian Contro il tempo Against the clock
Korean 타임 어택
Taim Eotaek
Time Attack
Portuguese Contrarrelógio Time trial
Russian На время
Na vremya
Spanish Contrarreloj Time Trial

Coin Collection[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コイン
Chinese 金币 (Simplified)
金幣 (Traditional)
Dutch Munten Coins
French Pièces Coins
German Münzsammlung Coin collection
Italian Monete Coins
Korean 코인
Portuguese Corrida às Moedas Race to the coins
Russian Монетки
(Small) coins
Spanish Monedas Coins

1-Up Rally[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese れんぞく1UP
Renzoku 1UP
Continuous 1UP
Chinese 连续1UP (Simplified)
連續1UP (Traditional)
Liánxù 1UP
Continuous 1UP
Dutch 1UPs 1UPs
French 1UP 1UP
German 1-Up-Rallye 1-UP Rally
Italian 1-Up Mania 1-Up Mania
Korean 연속 1UP
Yeonsok 1UP
Continuous 1UP
Portuguese Corrida aos 1Up Race for the 1-Up
Russian Жизни
Spanish 1UP 1UP


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese その他
Chinese 其他
Dutch Speciaal Special
French Divers Miscellaneous
German Diverse Miscellaneous
Italian Varie Various
Korean 기타
Portuguese Diversos Miscellaneous
Russian Особые
Spanish Otros Others

Boost Mode Challenges[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バディプレイ
Badi Purei
Buddy Play


New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

  • North American website bio: "Test your skills with several themed challenges, some of which are played in courses not found in the main game."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おだいモード
Odai Mōdo
Question/Problem mode
Chinese 課題模式 (Traditional)
课题模式 (Simplified)
Kètí Móshì
Question Mode
Dutch Missiestand Mission mode
French Mode Défis Challenge Mode
German Herausforderungsmodus Challenge Mode
Italian Modalità Sfida Challenge Mode
Korean 과제 모드
Gwaje Modeu
Task Mode
Portuguese Modo Desafio Challenge Mode
Russian Режим Испытания
Rezhim Ispytaniya
Challenge Mode
Spanish Modo Desafíos Challenges Mode