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This article is about the 2012 Wii U game. For the Nintendo Switch port of this game, see New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. For the microgame from WarioWare: Get It Together!, see New Super Mario Bros. U (microgame).
New Super Mario Bros. U
New Super Mario Bros. U North American box cover
North American box cover
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release date USA November 18, 2012[1]
Europe November 30, 2012
Australia November 30, 2012[2]
Japan December 8, 2012
Language(s) Deutsch
English (United Kingdom)
English (United States)
Español (España)
Español (Latinoamérica)
Français (Canada)
Français (France)
Português (Portugal)
Genre Platformer
ESRB:E - Everyone
PEGI:3 - Three years and older
CERO:A - All ages
ACB:G - General
USK:0 - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player
Wii U:
Optical disc
Digital download
Wii U:
Wii Remote (horizontal)

New Super Mario Bros. U is a 2012 side-scrolling 2.5D platforming game, and a launch title for the Wii U. It is the sixteenth entry in the Super Mario series[3] and the fourth New Super Mario Bros. game. As a sequel to New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the game is a follow-up to New Super Mario Bros. 2. It is the first Super Mario series game to be released as a launch title for a home console since Super Mario 64. An expansion pack for this game was later released in mid-2013, titled New Super Luigi U.

Based upon the New Super Mario Bros. Mii tech demo shown at E3 2011, the game uses new, more detailed background styles and models and introduces the Flying Squirrel power-up, acquired by Mario and his friends from an item called the Super Acorn, as well as utilizing the Wii U GamePad in Boost Mode.

The game was originally purchasable at the Nintendo eShop, requiring 2301.7 MB (approx. 2.25 GB) to be downloaded, but with the retail release of New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U, it is no longer possible to purchase New Super Mario Bros. U as a standalone game in regions outside of Japan.

A port titled New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe was released for the Nintendo Switch in January 2019, and once again contains both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U.


The Mario Bros. and Toads about to be hit by the Mecha Hand.

Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, and Blue Toad are with Princess Peach in Peach's Castle dining together. Bowser and the Koopalings suddenly arrive in their Airships, with the former sporting a Mecha Hand that smashes and launches the brothers and the Toads away from the castle. Mario and his friends crash into the Acorn Tree, launching Super Acorns through the area. They then tumble out of the tree, passing by a Bubble Baby Yoshi and Balloon Baby Yoshi, and they then look into the horizon to see Bowser beginning a siege on Princess Peach's Castle, setting the Mario Bros. and the Toads to go on a new adventure and to save Princess Peach.

As the game progresses, the view occasionally shifts to Peach's Castle, showing the flags being replaced by Bowser's flags (after Tilted Tunnel), and the castle being surrounded by a thin tornado-like cloud that is made thicker by Magikoopa's magic (after Stoneslide Tower), entirely obscuring the castle (after Giant Skewer Tower or Freezing-Rain Tower). Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, and Blue Toad also encounter Bowser's forces, including the Koopalings, Boom Boom, Magikoopa, and Bowser Jr., who occasionally attacks the heroes with his father's airship. All of them are defeated, and Bowser Jr. causes the airship to crash after making the mechanical hand punch through it. After reaching Peach's Castle and defeating Bowser, the group moves onward, but Bowser Jr. appears and urges Magikoopa to spread his magic across the area. After heading to the castle exterior, Mario and the others see Peach in a tower. Before they can save her, she is locked inside the tower and Bowser appears, now at a giant size, alongside Bowser Jr. Eventually, Bowser is defeated and Bowser Jr., embarrassed, flees. The character that defeated Bowser gets to Peach and bows down to her, and is then kissed by her, to their shock and delight, as the clouds surrounding the castle disappear, restoring it to its former state.

Outside the castle, the Koopalings and Bowser Jr. are fleeing on the airship as Bowser, who has returned to his normal size, recovers. Noticing the escaping airship, he climbs up onto one of the castle towers and leaps onto the ship, but his weight causes it to plummet into a hill nearby; they then fly away hanging onto Bowser Jr.'s Junior Clown Car while Mario and Blue Toad watch. They then turn back to the others, who are celebrating their victory, with Mario delivering a final victory pose.

Gameplay features[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. U is a platform game which plays very similarly to that of past New Super Mario Bros. games, especially New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with the return of the 4-player multiplayer functioning identically to the Wii game, while most of the elements and design found in the game make heavy reference to Super Mario World. Many other gameplay elements from the Wii game, such as the Super Guide, Enemy Courses, and the bubble function, also return. In certain modes, players can play as their Miis, including the first player, who can also choose whoever to play as. Power-ups, like the Fire Flower, Ice Flower, Penguin Suit, Propeller Mushroom, and the Mini Mushroom return. The game also features a new power-up, the Super Acorn, which gives Mario and co. a Flying Squirrel form, which lets them glide and grab on to walls.

New Super Mario Bros. U features two main controller options: single player using the Wii U GamePad, and single-player or multiplayer using Wii Remotes and/or Wii U Pro Controllers; the player can switch controllers at any point between the GamePad and a Wii Remote or Pro Controller by pausing the game, either in a level or on the world map, and selecting the "Change Controller" option. The game supports up to five simultaneous players, with up to four being able to play as the characters with a Wii Remote or Wii U Pro Controller, and are able to drop in and out at any point while in a stage by pressing Plus Button on the GamePad and selecting a character, or on the map by pausing and selecting "Number of Players". Another player is able to use the Wii U GamePad in what is known as Boost Mode. In Boost Mode, the GamePad player can assist the other players by placing blocks for them to stand on and stunning enemies. Boost Mode can be used at any point when playing with one of the other controllers; when playing with just the GamePad, it supports Off-TV Play.

After clearing Layer-Cake Desert-1, an enemy called Nabbit appears and steals an item from a Toad House connecting that level, heading back to Acorn Plains-1. When the player enters a stage with Nabbit, the objective is to race him to the goal, trying to catch him before he can get away. If the player succeeds in catching Nabbit, they are rewarded with a P-Acorn. Replacing the Toad saving in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Nabbit only appears in one stage in the first seven worlds.

The first update to the game added Miiverse support. With Miiverse functionality enabled, players can read each others' posts on the world map by viewing the map; when not viewing the map a Miiverse post is indicated by a red balloon, generally near a stage, and can be hidden by pressing A Button; when on the World Map while using Boost Mode, the GamePad player can scroll across the map on the GamePad screen and view Miiverse posts. At certain times throughout gameplay, such as when the player dies several times or reaches the end of a course in a specific way (collecting all the Star Coins, clearing in a certain amount of time, clearing without taking damage, etc.), they are given a prompt to post a message to Miiverse. Players can also see Miiverse posts after they die in a stage. Miiverse settings can be changed at any point on the world map by selecting the pencil and envelope icon on the bottom right of the pause menu.

The sound is in stereo, with no support for 5.1 surround.


Boost Mode in New Super Mario Bros. U
Perspective of gameplay, featuring four players controlling the characters with Wii Remotes while a fifth player uses the GamePad in Boost Mode.

Like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the Wii Remote is the primary controller for the game, allowing players to shake the controller to perform a Spin Jump, dismount Yoshi, and pick up objects. However, players can also play the game normally with the Wii U GamePad (single-player only) or the Wii U Pro Controller (after the 1.3.0 update). In the case of the Wii U Pro Controller, actions that require motion control on the Wii Remote and Wii U GamePad are replaced with button pressing, as the Wii U Pro Controller lacks motion controls.

Unlike New Super Mario Bros. Wii, this game lacks Nunchuk support.


Action(s) Wii U GamePad Wii U Pro Controller Wii Remote
Move, swim (Baby Yoshi) Classic Controller Left Stick / +Control Pad +Control Pad
Jump, swim, glide (hold), wall jump, Flutter Jump (Yoshi; hold), double/triple jump (press right upon landing) Option 1: B Button / A Button
Option 2: X Button / A Button
Two Button
Run, carry objects (hold); shoot fireballs/iceballs, extend tongue (Yoshi) Option 1: Y Button / X Button
Option 2: Y Button / B Button
One Button
Ground Pound (normal, simultaneous*) Jump + Classic Controller Left Stick (down) / +Control Pad down Two Button + +Control Pad down
Crouch, slide (on slopes) Classic Controller Left Stick (down) / +Control Pad down +Control Pad down
Climb (on fences, ladders, poles) Classic Controller Left Stick (up) / +Control Pad up +Control Pad up
Bubble* N/A Minus Button A Button
Enter door/Warp Pipe Door: Classic Controller Left Stick (up) / +Control Pad up
Pipe: Classic Controller Left Stick / +Control Pad (in direction of entrance)
Door: +Control Pad up
Pipe: +Control Pad (in direction of entrance)
Spin Jump, Baby Yoshi abilities, dismount Yoshi, Flying Squirrel jump, spin underwater (Baby Yoshi) GamePad (shake) / L Button / R Button / ZL Button / ZR Button L Button / R Button Wii Remote (shake)
Grab other players*/frozen enemies Run + GamePad (shake) / L Button / R Button / ZL Button / ZR Button
(release run button to throw)
Run + L Button / R Button
(release run button to throw)
One Button + Wii Remote (shake)
(release One Button to throw)
Tilt Tilt Lifts Tilt GamePad Alternate between pressing ZL Button and ZR Button Tilt Wii Remote
Pause Plus Button
Boost Mode* Touchscreen N/A

* Multiplayer only.


Action(s) Wii U GamePad/Pro Controller Wii Remote
Move, select option Classic Controller Left Stick / +Control Pad +Control Pad
Open inventory B Button One Button
View map L Button A Button
Pause Plus Button
Zoom in/out (map view) Plus Button / Minus Button
Confirm, hide/show Miiverse posts (map view) A Button Two Button
Back B Button One Button


Secret IslandAcorn PlainsLayer-Cake DesertSparkling WatersFrosted GlacierSoda JungleRock-Candy MinesMeringue CloudsPeach's CastleThe Mushroom Kingdom's artwork from New Super Mario Bros. U.
Click an area to open the relevant article.

Unlike the previous New Super Mario Bros. titles, where the worlds are separated like in Super Mario Bros. 3, New Super Mario Bros. U has a seamless world map with areas named after different foods and beverages, similar to Super Mario World. Like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the worlds include Toad Houses and Enemy Courses that players encounter in the game, though only red and green Toad Houses return. The music changes instruments throughout the world map similar to Yoshi's Island. Though, like the previous games, there are Towers, Castles, and Ghost House-related levels within each part of the world. Also like Super Mario World, the worlds are connected jointly. This is also the first 2D Super Mario game to use completely unique names for each of its levels.

World 1: Acorn Plains World 2: Layer-Cake Desert World 3: Sparkling Waters World 4: Frosted Glacier
Acorn Plains in New Super Mario Bros. U A full map of Layer Cake Desert in New Super Mario Bros. U Sparkling Waters map Frosted Glacier in New Super Mario Bros. U
A grassy world with plenty of shrubs, slanted mountains, and the Acorn Tree. This world is similar to many other first worlds in the Super Mario series. A desert world with various desserts, such as melting ice creams, giant cakes, and a sea of sand with Moai-like statues called Stone-Eyes. A tropical world with multiple islands and bubbling water geysers, similar to World 4 from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. This world can be entirely skipped for Frosted Glacier. A snowy world that takes place at night filled with stars and constellations. This world can be entirely skipped for Sparkling Waters.
# Level # Level # Level # Level
1 Acorn Plains Way 1 Stone-Eye Zone 1 Waterspout Beach 1 Spinning-Star Sky
2 Tilted Tunnel 2 Perilous Pokey Cave 2 Tropical Refresher 2 Cooligan Fields
Tower Crushing-Cogs Tower 3 Fire Snake Cavern Tower Giant Skewer Tower Tower Freezing-Rain Tower
3 Yoshi Hill Tower Stoneslide Tower Ghost House Haunted Shipwreck 3 Prickly Goombas!
4 Mushroom Heights 4 Spike's Spouting Sands 3 Above the Cheep Cheep Seas 4 Scaling the Mountainside
5 Rise of the Piranha Plants 5 Dry Desert Mushrooms 4 Urchin Shoals 5 Icicle Caverns
Castle Lemmy's Swingback Castle 6 Blooming Lakitus 5 Dragoneel's Undersea Grotto Ghost House Swaying Ghost House
Secret Blooper's Secret Lair Castle Morton's Compactor Castle Castle Larry's Torpedo Castle Castle Wendy's Shifting Castle
Secret Piranha Plants on Ice Secret Skyward Stalk Secret Fliprus Lake
World 5: Soda Jungle World 6: Rock-Candy Mines World 7: Meringue Clouds World 8: Peach's Castle
Soda Jungle World Map
Soda Jungle in New Super Mario Bros. U
Map of Rock-Candy Mines in New Super Mario Bros. U A map of Meringue Clouds in New Super Mario Bros. U A map of Peach's Castle in New Super Mario Bros. U
A rainforest flooded by purple poison, based on the Forest of Illusion from Super Mario World and World 4 from New Super Mario Bros. A mountainous world with tall, pillar-like mountains, similar to Chocolate Island from Super Mario World or World 6 from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Several red and blue switches similar to ! Switches appear in this world, and pressing them activates Stretch Blocks with their corresponding color. A sky world resembling the foreground of levels in World 7 from New Super Mario Bros. Two levels take place at sunset, and this world's Castle takes place near the tornado surrounding the next world, as marked by different cloud coloration. A grassland area, similar to World 1 from the previous New Super Mario Bros. games, containing mushroom hills and the castle of the princess. It has been taken over by the Koopa Troop and is slowly transformed into Bowser's image until eventually being surrounded by a tornado. By the time the player reaches the castle grounds, it has been transformed into a lava-based area. Princess Peach's castle remains mostly unchanged on the outside but on the inside it is similar to Bowser's Castle from the previous installments. This world must be completed to beat the game.
# Level # Level # Level # Level
Airship The Mighty Cannonship 1 Fuzzy Clifftop 1 Land of Flying Blocks 1 Meteor Moat
1 Jungle of the Giants 2 Porcupuffer Falls 2 Seesaw Shrooms 2 Magma-River Cruise
2 Bridge over Poisoned Waters Tower Grinding-Stone Tower 3 Switchback Hill 3 Rising Tides of Lava
3 Bramball Woods 3 Waddlewing's Nest Tower Slide Lift Tower 4 Firefall Cliffs
Tower Snake Block Tower 4 Light Blocks, Dark Tower Ghost House Spinning Spirit House The Icon of Princess Peach's Castle from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Red-Hot Elevator Ride
Ghost House Which-Way Labyrinth 5 Walking Piranha Plants! 4 Bouncy Cloud Boomerangs The Icon of Princess Peach's Castle from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.2 The Final Battle
4 Painted Swampland 6 Thrilling Spine Coaster 5 A Quick Dip in the Sky
5 Deepsea Ruins Tower2 Screwtop Tower 6 Snaking above Mist Valley
6 Seesaw Bridge 7 Shifting-Floor Cave Castle Ludwig's Clockwork Castle
7 Wiggler Stampede Castle Roy's Conveyor Castle Airship Boarding the Airship
Castle Iggy's Volcanic Castle
Secret Flight of the Para-Beetles
World 9: Superstar Road Secret Island
The map of Superstar Road. Secret Island
A secret world unlocked after beating Bowser's final battle. Its levels must be unlocked with the Star Coins collected from all the levels of the previous worlds. A small area between Acorn Plains and Sparkling Waters that houses a Purple Toad House. It must be unlocked as the same way as Superstar Road.
# Level
1 Spine-Tingling Spine Coaster
2 Run for It
3 Swim for Your Life!
4 Hammerswing Caverns
5 Spinning Platforms of Doom
6 Fire Bar Cliffs
7 Lakitu! Lakitu! Lakitu!
8 Pendulum Castle
9 Follow That Shell!
Coin Courses
Coin Courses
A multiplayer-exclusive world found in Coin Battle, similar to World Coin from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Level Difficulty
World Coin-1
World Coin-2
World Coin-3 ★★
World Coin-4 ★★★
World Coin-5 ★★★
World Coin-6 ★★★★
World Coin-7 ★★★★★
World Coin-8 ★★★★★


New Super Mario Bros. U screenshot.
Mario and Luigi using Balloon Baby Yoshis to get over a Big Piranha Plant.

Green Yoshis make a return, acting like in New Super Mario Bros Wii. Green is the only color available for Yoshis that the players ride on, unlike New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Yoshi now has a meter that tracks how many fruits he eats, instead of showing a number each time he eats one. As usual, eating 5 makes him lay an egg containing an item. Like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Yoshi cannot leave the courses that he appears in.

New Super Mario Bros. U also features the return of Baby Yoshis, having been absent from the Super Mario series since their debut in Super Mario World. The game features three differently-colored Baby Yoshis, each one with a special ability. They differ from the adult Green Yoshi in terms of gameplay. Being babies, they cannot be ridden, so characters must carry them throughout the levels. Baby Yoshis also instantly eat almost any enemy that is in front of them. Unlike in Super Mario World, however, Baby Yoshis no longer grow into adults after eating several enemies, instead remaining as babies. Two types of Baby Yoshis found on the overworld can be taken into any course, with the exception of Fortresses, Airships, and Castles.

Baby Yoshi Description
Artwork of Blue Toad with a Bubble Baby Yoshi in New Super Mario Bros. U
Bubble Baby Yoshi
Blue Baby Yoshis that blow bubbles from their mouths. Enemies caught in these bubbles will turn into 3 Coins, a power-up or a 1-Up Mushroom. These bubbles can also be used as miniature platforms. They first appear on the Frosted Glacier map area.
WiiU NewMarioU 3 char03 E3.png
Balloon Baby Yoshi
Magenta Baby Yoshis that expand like balloons and gently float in the air. These Baby Yoshis are similar to the Blimp Yoshi power-up, found in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They first appear on the Acorn Plains map area. Additionally, up to 4 players can grab on to one Baby Yoshi, by grabbing their legs. This slows the player down though.
Artwork of the Glowing Baby Yoshi with Mario in New Super Mario Bros. U
Glowing Baby Yoshi
Yellow Baby Yoshis that light up dark areas and can stun enemies with their light attack. These Baby Yoshis act similar to the Light Blocks, found in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and also Bulb Yoshi from Super Mario Galaxy 2. Unlike the other two Baby Yoshis, the Glowing Baby Yoshis are not found on the world map, and are only found in courses such as Perilous Pokey Cave. Instead of following the characters throughout the courses, they give an extra life when reach the end of the levels that they appear in.


The game inventory
The inventory.

The world map inventory, seen in Super Mario Bros. 3 and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, returns in New Super Mario Bros. U, allowing players to store items that can be used before entering a level. Unlike the other inventories, this is limited to ten items only. If more items come in, the player will have to discard items from the inventory until they have ten. Players can gain items into their inventory by playing Red Toad House minigames, collecting items on the world map itself, completing an Enemy Course, catching Nabbit, or finishing a level with the final two digits of the time matching.

Extra modes[edit]

Time Attack Trial in New Super Mario Bros. U
Small Mario playing through a Time Attack stage in Challenge Mode.

In addition to the main adventure, New Super Mario Bros. U features three additional bonus modes to play. The first of these is Challenge Mode, in which players must complete a given objective on a given stage, some within a specific time limit. In most cases, after the player completes a challenge, they are ranked with a medal depending on how well they did. There are five types of challenges: Time Attack, Coin Collection, 1-Up Rally, Special, and Boost Mode.

Another mode is Boost Rush Mode, where players have to reach the end of two or three selected stages in the lowest possible time, similar to the Coin Rush mode featured in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Unlike Coin Rush, the stages scroll automatically, meaning the player has to keep up with the stage, which speeds up every time they collect coins.

Coin Battle from New Super Mario Bros. Wii is also available. However, in this version of the mode, players can be grouped into teams against each other or play free-for-all, rather than just the latter. The Wii U GamePad can also be used for Coin Edit, in which the GamePad is used to customize the coin placement in the Coin Battle-exclusive courses.

Unlike in the main game, player 1 can choose any character in these modes.




Tower bosses[edit]

Boss Description
Boom Boom's in-game model from New Super Mario Bros. U.
Boom Boom
The tower boss from Acorn Plains to the first tower of Rock-Candy Mines. He does not change in the first battle. However, following his first defeat, Magikoopa gives him special abilities. In Layer-Cake Desert, Magikoopa will grant him the ability to spin jump. In Frosted Glacier and Sparkling Waters, Magikoopa will grant him the ability to jump, similar to Super Mario Bros. 3. In Soda Jungle, Magikoopa will make him larger. In Rock-Candy Mines, Magikoopa will transform his arms into wings, similar to Super Mario Bros. 3.
Boss Sumo Bro.
Boss Sumo Bro
Boss Sumo Bro was a regular Sumo Bro until Magikoopa made him grow in size. He is normally immune to attacks from the top due to the spike on his head, but he will jump between platforms which the player can hit from the bottom. Knocking him off a platform makes him vulnerable to jump attacks. He is fought on Screwtop Tower.
Kamek artwork
Magikoopa is fought on Slide Lift Tower and teleports most of the time when Mario gets too close. However, when he stops to attack Mario, he is left vulnerable to Mario's jumping. He also casts spells on Boom Boom, Boss Sumo Bro, and Bowser granting them extra power before their battles, such as causing them to grow in size.

Castle/airship bosses[edit]

Boss Description
Lemmy Koopa NSMBU.png
Lemmy Koopa
Lemmy Koopa is fought on Lemmy's Swingback Castle in Acorn Plains and attempts to throw bombs at Mario.
Morton Koopa Jr.
Morton Koopa Jr. is fought on Morton's Compactor Castle in Layer Cake Desert and uses a large hammer that is apparently filled with magic to knock giant Pokey segments in the player's way after shaking the ground by stomping on it. He can knock Pokey segments straight at the player or knock them in high arcs.
Larry Koopa
Larry Koopa
Larry Koopa is fought on Larry's Torpedo Castle in Sparkling Waters and blasts fireballs and use water blasts from the pool below the arena. When Larry is spinning in his shell, the water geysers give his shell a boost upwards, making it a bit tricky to avoid. After two stomps, Larry begins to cast two fireballs in quick succession.
NSMBU Wendy Koopa Artwork.png
Wendy O. Koopa
Wendy O. Koopa is fought on Wendy's Shifting Castle in Frosted Glacier and skates around the arena, shooting out two energy rings that ricochet off of walls and can knock down the icicles at the ceiling of the airship. She also spin jumps from walls. After she is jumped on twice, she will shoot out three rings instead.
NSMBU Iggy Artwork.png
Iggy Koopa
Iggy Koopa is fought on Iggy's Volcanic Castle in Soda Jungle and uses the four warp pipes to run around the room and on the ceiling to make it trickier for the player to stomp on him as he uses his Magic Wand to shoot three fireballs, with some being his usual green flame, and the other being red skeleton orbs that generate Magmaarghs when they land into the lava below. When Iggy is stomped on, he will dash around the room in his shell using the pipes on the walls, which will switch him to the other side of the room. Unlike the other Koopalings where they spin in their shells and change directions at the edges or walls of the room, Iggy can actually change directions anywhere around the room during his duration in his shell.
NSMBU Roy Artwork.png
Roy Koopa
Roy Koopa is fought on Roy's Conveyor Castle in Rock-Candy Mines and shoots Bullet Bills with his cannon and jump between platforms that move around during the fight. Occasionally, he shoots Missile Bills. He can also jump high in the air and ground pound the floor or platform, which makes him fire Bullet Bills on both sides of his blaster. The ground pound can also make the floating platforms appear after he comes out of his shell.
Ludwig von Koopa
Ludwig von Koopa is fought on Ludwig's Clockwork Castle in Meringue Clouds and levitates in the air while making two clones of himself, and all three Ludwigs will blast fireballs at Mario before dropping onto the ground. If one of the clones is jumped on, it will simply disappear. There are four ways to find out which is the real one. The one that is the real one fires three fireballs, while the clones fire two. The clones keep their eyes half-open, and tend to assume the real Ludwig's pre-battle idle pose while not levitating. The real Ludwig will also drop to the ground last, after the clones, as well as laugh while dropping. Finally, Mario always looks at the real Ludwig if he can see him directly, just as he does with the other bosses. When the fight starts off, after shooting their fireballs, the clones disappear before landing. After the first stomp, the clones do not disappear. After the second stomp, not only do all three Ludwigs shoot faster, but swap positions, though the real Ludwig still shoots three fireballs.
Bowser Jr.
Bowser Jr.
Bowser Jr. is fought on airships. In Soda Jungle's The Mighty Cannonship, Bowser Jr. uses his Junior Clown Car as a submarine underwater, in which the player must guide the Targeting Teds that Bowser Jr. shoots into his submarine. With every hit, he summons three Torpedo Teds from the left and right or from the ceiling and the floor. In Meringue Clouds' Boarding the Airship, Bowser Jr.'s boss battle involves him in his Clown Car equipped with boxing gloves, which he uses to destroy the blocks the player is standing on. Bowser Jr. periodically throws Bob-ombs, which the player can use against him. However, in Peach's Castle's The Final Battle, he cannot be defeated.
Artwork of Bowser in New Super Mario Bros. U
Bowser is fought in The Final Battle in Peach's Castle. The first part of his battle is similar to Super Mario Bros., where the player has to get to the other side and press the switch; alternatively, shooting several fireballs also works. This causes the axe to fall and make the bridge collapse, making Bowser fall. The gate then opens and Mario moves on. When Mario reaches the top of the castle, Peach is being held up in the tower. After this, Bowser Jr. shows up in his Junior Clown Car, and Bowser hops on top of the castle while he is huge. Bowser Jr. also fights the player. In order to defeat them, the player must jump on Bowser Jr., causing him to fall out of his Junior Clown Car. This allows the player to jump in and hover over Bowser to harm him. Like the Koopalings, he curls into his shell and spins around when hit. He is defeated after being hit three times by the Clown Car.



Artwork of Mario in New Super Mario Bros. U
Artwork of Mario from New Super Mario Bros. U
Artwork of Fire Mario in New Super Mario Bros. (also used in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario 3D Land)[1][2]
Artwork of Ice Mario in New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Small Mario
(starting form)
Super Mario
(A Super Mushroom required)
Flying Squirrel Mario
(New, Artwork of a new item from New Super Mario Bros. U required)
Fire Mario
(A Fire Flower required)
Ice Mario
(Ice Flower required)
Artwork of Mini Mario in New Super Mario Bros. U
Invincible Mario's artwork from New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros. U and Super Mario 3D World.
3D render of Power Squirrel Mario
Artwork of Propeller Mario in New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Artwork of Penguin Mario in New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Mini Mario
(A Mini Mushroom required)
Invincible Mario
(Artwork of a Super Star from New Super Mario Bros. U required)
P Flying Squirrel Mario
(New, P-Acorn required)
Propeller Mario
(A Propeller Mushroom required)
Penguin Mario
(A Penguin Suit required)

Enemies and obstacles[edit]


Enemy Description First appearance Last appearance
Bowser Stunner.
Bowser Stunners
An electric statue that resembles Bowser's head and carries electrical currents. Red-Hot Elevator Ride
NSMBU Dragoneel Screenshot.jpgPurple Dragoneels
A dragon-like eel that attacks Mario by chasing him. Shorter, purple ones also exist that move slower, but make sharper turns. Dragoneel's Undersea Grotto (red/purple)
A walrus-like creature that throws snowballs that can be jumped on. Fliprus Lake
Balloon Goombas
Goomba (balloon)
Goombas with balloons on them that float down the stage. Skyward Stalk
A Goomba that resembles a persimmon and turns at ledges. Mushroom Heights
Grrrol Artwork
A sub-species of Thwomp that roll on the ground. Stoneslide Tower Grinding-Stone Tower
NSMBU Fire Bar Cliffs Screenshot.jpg
Huge Fire Bar
A larger version of a Fire Bar. Slide Lift Tower Fire Bar Cliffs
Mecha Cheep
Mecha Cheep
Robotic Cheep Cheeps that are immune to fireballs. The Mighty Cannonship
New Super Mario Bros. U
Mecha Hand
A large mechanical hand modeled after Bowser's own hand that attempts to crush the players while they are on board. The Mighty Cannonship Boarding the Airship
NSMBU Dai Goro Screenshot.png
Mega Grrrol
A bigger Grrrol that rolls around. Grinding-Stone Tower
A purple rabbit that steals items from the map and must be defeated to retrieve the items. Acorn Plains Way Seesaw Shrooms
The Piranha Pod's model from New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Piranha Pod
A projectile thrown by a Lakitu that turns into a Piranha Plant. Blooming Lakitus
Targeting Ted
Targeting Ted
Red Torpedo Teds that home into their target, much like Missile Bills. The Mighty Cannonship
A Torpedo Base launching a Targeting Ted
Torpedo Base
Red torpedo tubes that fire Targeting Teds instead of Torpedo Teds. The Mighty Cannonship
NSMBU Gliding Waddlewing Artwork.png
Orange flying-squirrel enemies that glide through stages. Acorn Plains Way Land of Flying Blocks


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Enemies with an asterisk (*) are enemies that first appeared in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The only two enemies that do not reappear are the Ghost Vase and the Bull's-Eye Bomber Bill.

Image Name Description First appearance Last appearance
Amp model from New Super Mario Bros. U. Amp Electric balls that shock Mario upon contact. Snake Block Tower Ludwig's Clockwork Castle
BanzaibillNSMBU.png Banzai Bill Large Bullet Bills that fly straight forward. Scaling the Mountainside
Banzai Bill Blaster NSMBW.png Banzai Bill Cannon Cannons that shoot Banzai Bills.
Big Amp. Big Amp Larger variants of Amps. Snake Block Tower
Big Boo Big Boo Bigger variants of Boos that have the same behavior. Swaying Ghost House Spinning Spirit House
A cropped screenshot of the Giant Buzzy Beetle as rendered by Wii or emulated Wii. Big Buzzy Beetle Bigger variants of Buzzy Beetles. Rising Tides of Lava
Mega Cheep-Cheep Big Cheep Cheep Large variants of Cheep Cheeps that are found in underwater levels. Tropical Refresher
A Big Dry Bones Big Dry Bones Large variants of Dry Bones that appear in castle levels. Stoneslide Tower Ludwig's Clockwork Castle
NSMBW Big Fuzzy Render.png Big Fuzzy* Large variants of Fuzzies. Spine-Tingling Spine Coaster
A Giant Goomba Big Goomba Large variants of Goombas. They split into two Hefty Goombas once stomped on. Jungle of the Giants
NSMBU Jungle of the Giants Screenshot.png Big Koopa Troopa Large variants of Koopa Troopas. Jungle of the Giants
A Super Piranha Plant Big Piranha Plant Large variants of Piranha Plants. Mushroom Heights A Quick Dip in the Sky
MariovsMortonNSMBU.png Big Pokey Large variants of Pokeys. Morton's Compactor Castle
SuperThwomp NSMBW.png Big Thwomp Large Thwomps that can break through stone tiles. Wendy's Shifting Castle
A model of a Big Urchin. Big Urchin* A gigantic Urchin that can be defeated only with a Star. Tropical Refresher Urchin Shoals
MegaWiggler.png Big Wiggler Large variants of Wigglers. Wiggler Stampede
Skull Blaster.png Bill Blaster Cannons that shoot Bullet Bills. Scaling the Mountainside Switchback Hill
Multi Bill Blaster NSMBU Sprite.png Bill Blaster Turret Stacks of Bill Blasters that rotate and shoot Bullet Bills. Switchback Hill
NSMBW Blooper Sprite.png Blooper Underwater enemies that move in an erratic pattern and follow Mario. Blooper's Secret Lair Tropical Refresher
Baby Blooper Blooper Baby Small Bloopers that follow Blooper Nannies. Blooper's Secret Lair
Artwork of a Blooper Nanny in New Super Mario Bros. U Blooper Nanny Bloopers that have Blooper Babies swimming in a trail behind them. Blooper's Secret Lair
BobombNSMBU.png Bob-omb Bombs that ignite if they are jumped on or have a fireball thrown at them, then explode shortly after. Light Blocks, Dark Tower The Final Battle
Bony Beetle in New Super Mario Bros. U Bony Beetle Skeleton variants of Buzzy Beetles that walk around and suddenly stop to stick out their spikes. Grinding-Stone Tower Pendulum Castle
BooNSMBU.png Boo Ghosts that follow Mario when his back is turned, but hide their face when he looks at them. Haunted Shipwreck Spinning Spirit House
Boomerang Bro in New Super Mario Bros. U Boomerang Bro Hammer Bros. that use boomerangs, which return to them after being thrown. Bouncy Cloud Boomerangs
A Bramball model from New Super Mario Bros. Wii Bramball* An enemy that moves around in a set pattern and is mostly covered in spikes, with the head being the only safe part to jump on. It can be forced to move if jumped into from below. Bramball Woods
A Broozer from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Broozer A walking, boxing Boo. Can break bricks and other blocks that are normally indestructible. Mario can defeat it by jumping on it three times, or hitting him with a fireball. Which-Way Labyrinth Spinning Spirit House
NSMBW Bulber Render.png Bulber* An enemy that illuminates a dark area and swims in a set pattern. Deepsea Ruins
NSMBW Bullet Bill Render.png Bullet Bill Bullets that fly straight forward and are shot from Bill Blasters and Bill Blaster Turrets. Scaling the Mountainside Switchback Hill
Burner sprite from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Burner Constant streams of fire that rotate and are found on airships. Larry's Torpedo Castle Boarding the Airship
NSMBU Buzzy Beetle Artwork.png Buzzy Beetle Shelled enemies that can be kicked or thrown after being jumped on, and can walk on ceilings. Tilted Tunnel Fire Bar Cliffs
Cannon sprite from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Cannon Cannons that shoot cannonballs or Bob-ombs. The Mighty Cannonship
NSMBW Cannonball Screenshot.png Cannonball Heavy metal spheres launched by cannons. The Mighty Cannonship
NSMBW Chain Chomp Render.png Chain Chomp Enemies tied to posts that lunge at Mario. If Mario ground pounds their post, they are set free. Waddlewing's Nest
Artwork of a Cheep Cheep from New Super Mario Bros. U (later reused for Super Mario Party) Cheep Cheep Fish that are found swimming aimlessly in underwater levels. Waterspout Beach Swim for Your Life!
Cheep-Chomp Cheep Chomp Large fish that attempt to eat Mario. Swim for Your Life!
Boo Circle NSMBW.png Circling Boo Buddies Boos flying in a circle formation. Haunted Shipwreck Spinning Platforms of Doom
Model of a Cooligan Cooligan* An enemy that slides on ice and slows down when hit. Cooligan Fields
DryBones NSMBW.png Dry Bones Skeleton Koopa Troopas that collapse when attacked, but later rebuild themselves. Crushing-Cogs Tower Ludwig's Clockwork Castle
NSMBU Eep Cheep Artwork.png Eep Cheep* A Cheep Cheep that lives in a school with other Eep Cheeps and swims away when the player comes near it. Dragoneel's Undersea Grotto
A Fire Bar Fire Bar A series of fireballs that spins in a circular motion. Screwtop Tower Slide Lift Tower
Fire Bro in New Super Mario Bros. U Fire Bro Hammer Bros. that throw fireballs. Fire Snake Cavern Ludwig's Clockwork Castle
FirepiranhaNSMBU.png Fire Piranha Plant Piranha Plants that aim at Mario and shoot fireballs. Yoshi Hill Prickly Goombas!
FireSnakeAttack.png Fire Snake Flames that jump in a high arc. Fire Snake Cavern
FishboneNSMBU.png Fish Bone Skeletal fish that charge towards Mario. Haunted Shipwreck Deepsea Ruins
A sprite of a Flame Chomp from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Flame Chomp Black spheres that spit fireballs at Mario. They explode after they're out of fireballs. Rising Tides of Lava
FooNSMBU.png Foo* An enemy that creates fog in order to obscure the player's view. Snaking above Mist Valley
Screenshot of a Frost Piranha Frost Piranha A Piranha Plant that can shoot ice balls from its mouth, like Fire Piranha Plants. Fuzzy Clifftop
Fuzzy in New Super Mario Bros. U Fuzzy Enemies that follow tracks and hurt Mario upon contact. Fuzzy Clifftop A Quick Dip in the Sky
GhostQuestionBlock.png Ghost Block* A ? Block that floats and charges at the player, breaking if it hits a floor or a platform. Haunted Shipwreck Spinning Spirit House
Giant cannon Horizontal, pipe-sized cannons shoot giant cannonballs. The Mighty Cannonship
Giant cannonball Giant cannonball Large variants of cannonballs launched by giant cannons. The Mighty Cannonship
NSMBW Clampy Artwork.png Giant Clam Clams that open and close their mouths. Waterspout Beach
NSMBU Goomba Artwork.png Goomba Common enemies that can be defeated by jumping on them. Acorn Plains Way Follow That Shell!
Hammer Bro in New Super Mario Bros. U Hammer Bro Enemies that throw hammers and jump. Rise of the Piranha Plants
NSMBU Hammerswing Caverns Screenshot.jpg Hammer Pendulum* Hammer-like platforms that swing back and forth on a 180-degree arc. Hammerswing Caverns
A Hefty Goomba Hefty Goomba* A large Goomba that is the middling size of a Goomba, being smaller than a Giant Goomba but bigger than a regular Goomba. This enemy splits into two Goombas when jumped on. Jungle of the Giants
A model of a Heavy Para-Beetle Heavy Para-Beetle* A Para-Beetle that descends when used as a platform. Flight of the Para-Beetles
NSMBU Huckit Crab Artwork.png Huckit Crab* A crab that throws sand balls on loop. These balls can be jumped on and used as a temporary platform. Waterspout Beach
Icicle Huge Icicle* Large Icicles that fall and act as platforms. Freezing-Rain Tower Icicle Caverns
Ice Bro in New Super Mario Bros. U Ice Bro* An enemy that throws ice balls at the ground, which can freeze the player and even other enemies. Icicle Caverns
Icicle NSMBU Icicle Icicles that fall when the player gets close underneath. Freezing-Rain Tower Wendy's Shifting Castle
Jellybeam Sprite.png Jellybeam* An enemy that illuminates a dark cave. Deepsea Ruins
King Bill King Bill* A nearly invincible enemy that charges forward, taking up most of the screen. Flight of the Para-Beetles
GreenKoopaTroopa.pngKoopatroopaNSMBU.png Koopa Troopa Turtle enemies that go into their shells when attacked, then can be picked up or thrown. Green Koopa Troopas walk off ledges, while Red Koopa Troopas turn around. Acorn Plains Way Follow That Shell!
Lakitu in New Super Mario Bros. U Lakitu Enemies that throw Spiny Eggs. If Mario defeats a Lakitu, he can ride on its cloud until it disappears. Blooming Lakitus Lakitu! Lakitu! Lakitu!
NSMBW Lava Bubble Render.png Lava Bubble Fireballs that jump out of lava. Lemmy's Swingback Castle The Final Battle
NSMBU Iggy Castle Battle.png Magmaargh Lava monsters that attacks by moving towards the players in a wave-like movement Iggy's Volcanic Castle
Magmaw Magmaw Lava monsters that lunges at the player and dips back into the lava. Magma-River Cruise
Mechakoopa as seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Mechakoopa A mechanical Koopa. After stomping it, Mario can pick it up and use it as a weapon. The Mighty Cannonship
Meteors in World 8 in New Super Mario Bros. U Meteor Rocks that fall slowly and break upon hitting either the ground or a block. Meteor Moat Firefall Cliffs
Mini Goomba Mini Goomba Small Goombas that weigh Mario down until he either attacks or walks for a few seconds. Slide Lift Tower Magma-River Cruise
A Missile Bill in New Super Mario Bros. Wii Missile Bill Bullet Bills that target Mario. Roy's Conveyor Castle
MontymoleNSMBU.png Monty Mole A mole that pops out of mountains and the ground and gives chase. Yoshi Hill Magma-River Cruise
NSMBU Muncher Artwork.png Muncher An invincible black plant. Spinning-Star Sky Thrilling Spine Coaster
A Para-Beetle Para-Beetle Para-Beetles are winged Buzzy Beetles. However, Mario can hop on their back for a ride, unlike with other winged foes. Flight of the Para-Beetles
ParabombNSMBU.png Parabomb Parachuting Bob-ombs that are sometimes shot out of cannons. Red-Hot Elevator Ride
ParagoombaNSMBU.png Paragoomba Winged Goombas that hop as they walk. Seesaw Shrooms
ParatroopaNSMBU.pngKoopaParatroopa NSMBU.png Paratroopa Winged Koopa Troopas that either jump in high arcs or fly up and down in the air. Stone-Eye Zone Hammerswing Caverns
NSMBU Piranha Plant in Pipe Artwork.png Piranha Plant Plants that move in and out of Warp Pipes and some grounded. Acorn Plains Way Spinning Platforms of Doom
NSMBU Pokey Alternate Artwork.png Pokey Living cacti that appear in desert levels and move slowly. Perilous Pokey Cave
NSMBU Porcupuffer Artwork.png Porcupuffer Fish that jump out of the water and follow Mario. Porcupuffer Falls
Pricklygoomba.png Prickly Goomba* A Goomba that hides inside a spiked chestnut shell until it is hit with a fireball, which is when it turns into a regular Goomba. Prickly Goombas!
NSMBU River Piranha Plant Render.png River Piranha Plant* A stationary Piranha Plant that blows a green spiked ball up and down, similar to a Ptooie. Fliprus Lake Seesaw Bridge
Rocky Wrench Rocky Wrench Monty Moles that pop out of its hole in an airship throw wrenches. Boarding the Airship
NSMBW Scaredy Rat Render.png Scaredy Rat* An enemy that walks around in a group. When one of the rats is jumped on, the rest panic and run around. Which-Way Labyrinth
Pillar NSMBW.png Skewer Spiked Pillars that move up and down. Giant Skewer Tower
A Sledge Bro. Sledge Bro Hammer Bro variants that stun Mario after they jump. Ludwig's Clockwork Castle
Spike Spike Green turtles which pull spiked balls out of their mouths and throw them directly downwards from the ledges on which they stand Spike's Spouting Sands
Spike Top.png Spike Top Buzzy Beetle variants that have spikes on their shells, preventing them from being jumped on. Stoneslide Tower Rising Tides of Lava
Spiked ball Spiked ball Spike balls that appear in fortress and castle levels. Spike's Spouting Sands
Screenshot of Impossible Pendulums in New Super Luigi U. Spinner A large spiked ball on a chain that cannot be defeated. Snake Block Tower
Pendulum Castle
Pendulum Castle
Spiny Spiny Enemies that hatch from Spiny Eggs and cannot be jumped on. Seesaw Shrooms Lakitu! Lakitu! Lakitu!
NSMBU Spiny Cheep Artwork.png Spiny Cheep Cheep Fast-swimming fish that chase Mario. Tropical Refresher Swim for Your Life!
NSMBW Stalking Piranha Plant Sprite.png Stalking Piranha Plant* A Piranha Plant that walks around and stretches up and down on a regular basis. Bramball Woods Walking Piranha Plants!
Sprite of a Stone Spike Stone Spike* A Spike that throws stone rocks downwards. Dry Desert Mushrooms
Sumo Bro Sumo Bro Giant Koopas that stomp the ground and create electric waves in two directions. Screwtop Tower
NSMBW Swooper Sprite.png Swoop Bats that hang onto the ceiling, then swoop towards Mario. Perilous Pokey Cave Shifting-Floor Cave
Thwimp Thwimp A tiny Thwomp that hops around. Wendy's Shifting Castle
NSMBU Thwomp Artwork.png Thwomp Large rocks that fall when Mario gets close. Wendy's Shifting Castle
Rendered model of the Torpedo Ted enemy in New Super Mario Bros. U. Torpedo Ted A slow-moving torpedo that flies in one direction. Larry's Torpedo Castle The Mighty Cannonship
A torpedo tube with extended hand New Super Mario Bros. U. Torpedo tube An indestructable box that fires Torpedo Teds. Larry's Torpedo Castle The Mighty Cannonship
NSMBU Urchin Artwork.png Urchin Stationary enemies that appear in underwater levels. Tropical Refresher Swim for Your Life!
NSMBW Wiggler Sprite.png Wiggler Caterpillars that move faster after being jumped on. Seesaw Bridge Wiggler Stampede


Image Enemy Description First appearance Last appearance
Crushing Cogs Tower Cog Gear-like platforms that the player must go under to pass. If they remain under one, they are squished and lose a life. Crushing-Cogs Tower
Current NSMBU Current Currents that push the player. Blooper's Secret Lair Swim for Your Life!
NSMBU E3 Fire Snake Cavern Baby Yoshi.png Dark Blocks the player's view. Perilous Pokey Cave Thrilling Spine Coaster
Lemmy's Swingback Castle Lava Molten rock that can cause the player to instantly lose a life. Lemmy's Swingback Castle The Final Battle
LavaGeyserNSMBW.png Lava Geyser Lava that rises up from pits. Meteor Moat
New Super Mario Bros. U Lava swell Lava that moves up in waves. Iggy's Volcanic Castle
New Super Mario Bros. U Poison A liquid hazard that can cause the player to instantly lose a life. Bridge over Poisoned Waters Spinning Platforms of Doom
NSMBU E3 Perilous Pokey Cave.png Quicksand Sand that sinks the player. Stone-Eye Zone Blooming Lakitus
New Super Mario Bros. U Rising lava Lava that rises up. Rising Tides of Lava
Sand Geyser NSMBU Sand Geyser Sand that rises up from pits. Stone-Eye Zone Spike's Spouting Sands
New Super Mario Bros. U Water Large bodies of harmless liquid that the player(s) can swim through. Blooper's Secret Lair Swim for Your Life!
NSMBU Above the Cheep Cheep Seas Screenshot.jpg Water Geyser Water that rises up from pits. Waterspout Beach Larry's Torpedo Castle

Items and objects[edit]

Item Image Function
Super Mushroom A Super Mushroom Turns Mario into Super Mario.
Fire Flower A Fire Flower Turns Mario into Fire Mario.
Super Acorn (new) Artwork of a new item from New Super Mario Bros. U Turns Mario into Flying Squirrel Mario.
Mini Mushroom A Mini Mushroom Turns Mario into Mini Mario.
Ice Flower Ice Flower Turns Mario into Ice Mario. Mario can shoot ice balls to freeze most enemies.
Propeller Mushroom A Propeller Mushroom Turns Mario into Propeller Mario and gives him a short flight.
Penguin Suit A Penguin Suit Turns Mario into Penguin Mario. Mario can shoot ice balls and slide on his belly, along with having an improved swimming ability.
P-Acorn (new) P-Acorn Turns Mario into P Flying Squirrel Mario.
Super Star Artwork of a Super Star from New Super Mario Bros. U Turns Mario into Invincible Mario.
Boost Star (new) NSMBU Purple Star Artwork.png A star that appears during Boost Mode.
1-Up Mushroom 1-Up Mushroom Gives the player an extra life.
3-Up Moon 3-Up Moon Gives the player three extra lives. Only appears in Boost Mode.
Coin Artwork of a coin in New Super Mario Bros. U Collecting 100 of these gives the player an extra life.
Blue Coin Bluecoins-NSMB2.png These coins are just like normal coins, but they appear by hitting a P Switch.
Red Coin NSMBU Red Coin Render.png Collecting all eight Red Coins that appear after passing through a Red Ring gives a Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, or 1-Up Mushroom, depending on what power-up the player is currently using.
Green Coin (new) Green Coin Collecting all five groups of Green Coins that appear after passing through a Green Ring gives a Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, or 1-Up Mushroom, depending on what power-up the player is currently using.
Hidden Coin DashCoin NSMB2.png An outline of a coin that becomes a coin if Mario goes through it. These coins are very common in Coin Battle.
Star Coin Artwork of a Star Coin in New Super Mario Bros. U Three of these are located in every course in hard-to-reach or hidden areas.
Red Ring RedRing NSMB2.png Makes eight Red Coins appear. If the player collects all eight coins before they disappear, they receive either a power-up, which varies in between levels, or a 1-Up Mushroom, depending on the player's current size.
Green Ring Green Ring Makes fifteen Green Coins appear. If the player collects all five groups of green coins before they disappear, they receive either a power-up, which varies in between levels, or a 1-Up Mushroom, depending on the player's current size.
Yoshi egg Yoshi eggNSMBU Yellow Yoshi Egg Artwork.png An egg that Yoshi comes out of or produces after eating five fruits, which contain power-ups. They come in two different colors: green releases a normal green Yoshi; while yellow releases a Glowing Baby Yoshi. As Bubble Baby Yoshi and Balloon Baby Yoshis are found on the world map, they do not come out of eggs.
Fruit The sprite of a Fruit in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. A fruit that Yoshi eats. When Yoshi eats five fruits, he makes an egg that contains an item.
Barrel BarrelNSMBW.png An item that Mario can pick up and throw at enemies to defeat them and at coins to collect them. Broozers can also throw them. If another player touches a barrel while it rolls, they lose a life or their power-up.
Crate Crate NSMBU A wooden box Mario can break via a Ground Pound. Sometimes contains coins or power-ups.
Iron Block Iron Block NSMBU An iron box that drops on Conveyor Belts. They are indestructible and causes the player to lose a life if crushed.
Frozen Coin Frozen Coin NSMBU A coin encased in solid ice that can be melted by fire to be collected.
Flower Flower NSMBU A common background object that releases a coin when spun next to.
P Switch A P-Switch. Turns bricks into coins or vice versa, or it causes the revealing of Blue Coins.
? Switch Qswitch.png Changes or adds things to an area, such as platforms, for a limited time.
! Switch NSMBW ! Switch Render.png Activating the switch enables the axe and destroy the bridge, causing Bowser to fall.
Trampoline TrampolineNSMBW.png A spring that lets the player jump high into the air. It can be picked up and carried around.
Checkpoint Flag SMM-NSMBU-Checkpoint-Flag.png A flag that acts like a checkpoint. It has Bowser's insignia, but if a player touches it, it is replaced by whichever character's symbol turned it. If that character is in their Small form, they transform into their Super form.
Goal Pole SMM-NSMBU-GoalPole.png Flagpoles found at the end of every level. Touching one completes the level.
Goal Pole (secret) Hidden goal Red flagpoles found at the end of some levels. Touching one completes the level and leads to secret exits.


Block Image Function
? Block NSMBU Question Block Render.pngA ? Block in New Super Mario Bros. UA ? Block in New Super Mario Bros. UA ? Block in New Super Mario Bros. U Contains a coin or item when hit.
Brick BrickBlockNSMBU.pngA Brick Block in New Super Mario Bros. UA Brick Block in New Super Mario Bros. UA Brick Block in New Super Mario Bros. U Breaks or contains coins when hit.
Coin Block NSMBU Question Block Render.png A block that contains many coins. Looks just like a brick and becomes an Empty Block when used. Pops out five coins when used quickly enough.
Flying ? Block A Flying ? Block in New Super Mario Bros. U A type of ? Block that flies in a rhythmic pattern to the music of a stage. Once hit, it becomes an Empty Block.
Empty Block NSMBU Empty Block Render.pngAn Empty Block in New Super Mario Bros. UAn Empty Block in New Super Mario Bros. UAn Empty Block in New Super Mario Bros. U A block that cannot be broken. When a ? Block is hit, it turns into an Empty Block.
Mega ? Block Sprite of a Mega ? Block in New Super Mario Bros. USprite of a Mega ? Block in New Super Mario Bros. USprite of a Mega ? Block in New Super Mario Bros. USprite of a Mega ? Block in New Super Mario Bros. U A large ? Block that acts like a normal block.
Big Block Sprite of a Mega Block in New Super Mario Bros. USprite of a Mega Block in New Super Mario Bros. USprite of a Mega Block in New Super Mario Bros. USprite of a Mega Block in New Super Mario Bros. U A large Brick Block that acts like a normal block.
Big Empty Block Sprite of a Big Empty Block in New Super Mario Bros. USprite of a Big Empty Block in New Super Mario Bros. USprite of a Big Empty Block in New Super Mario Bros. USprite of a Big Empty Block in New Super Mario Bros. U A giant block that cannot be broken. When a Mega ? Block is hit, it turns into an Big Empty Block.
Jump Block A white-and-green checkered block. A block that, when Mario jumps on it, makes him jump higher.
POW Block A POW Block A block that causes a large tremor on the ground when thrown.
Roulette Block Sprite of a Roulette Block from New Super Mario Bros. U A block with various items scrolling on it. Mario can hit it and release the power-up shown.
3-Up Moon Block (new) 3-Up Moon Block An very rare block that contains a 3-Up Moon.
Super Guide Block NSMBW Super Guide Block Sprite.png Appears after Mario dies eight times in a row in one stage. When this block is hit, Luigi clears the stage for Mario.
Boost Block (new) NSMBU Purple Boost Block Artwork.pngNSMBU Green Boost Block Artwork.pngNSMBU Blue Boost Block Artwork.pngNSMBU Red Boost Block Artwork.png Blocks that appear when touching the GamePad.
Light Block (new) A Light Block A block that shines light in dark areas.
Ice Block IceBlockNSMBW.png A block that is created by an enemy that was frozen with an ice ball. This block can be picked up and thrown like a barrel.
Ice Chunk (new) Piranha Plants on Ice icon from New Super Mario Bros. U A giant variant of an Ice Block that serves as a platform. It functions similar to Iron Blocks, which can also crush the player.
Stretch Block YellowBlockNSMBW.png A block made up of five segments that stretches to act as a bridge in certain levels.
Donut Block In-game render of a Donut Block from New Super Mario Bros. Wii A platform that falls under weight if Mario stays there for too long. As Mini Mario, he is too light to make it fall; as such, it becomes safer.
Snake Block Snake Block icon in Super Mario Maker 2 (New Super Mario Bros. U style) Green blocks that move like a snake once Mario steps on it.
Giant Snake Block (new) Snake Block icon in Super Mario Maker 2 (New Super Mario Bros. U style) Giant variants of a Snake Block.
Hard Block Hard Block NSMBU Block that can only be destroyed by Bob-omb explosions or some large/spiky enemies like Grrrols or Big Thwomps.

Transportation objects[edit]

Transportation Image Function
Warp Pipe Green Warp PipeBlue Warp PipeRed Warp PipeYellow Warp Pipe Pipes going through the ground that transport the player to new areas.
Small pipe MiniWarpPipeNSMBU.pngBlueMiniWarpPipeNSMBU.pngNSMBU Red Mini Warp Pipe Render.pngNSMBU Yellow Mini Warp Pipe Render.png Mini variants of warp pipes that can be acessed with a Mini Mushroom.
Pipe Cannon Green Warp Pipe Pipes that launch the player to another location or a hard to reach platform
Warp Door Door sprite A door found in Ghost Houses, fortresses, and castles that take the player to another portion of the level. Large doors serve as entry points to a boss.

Climbable objects[edit]

Climbable object Image Function
Beanstalk A vine Used as a ladder that can lead to Coin Heaven, or a secret place. Grows out of an Invisible Block or Brick Block.
Ladder Ladder NSMBU A climbable object used to get on top of platforms.
Pole Pole NSMBU Striped poles that the player can climb up and slide down after jumping onto them.
Chain-Link Chain-Link NSMBU Fences that the player can climb.


Platform Image Function
Bridge A Platform A kind of semisolid platform.
Cloud Lift Cloud Lift NSMBU Long platforms that move to the right when initially landed on.
Scale Lift Scale Lift NSMBU Scale-like platforms that the player lands on one platform, the parallel one rises. It will fall off if they stand on it for too long.
Arrow Lift (new) Arrow Lift NSMBU Lifts that appear blue when idle, but turn red when activated. When activated, they will move in the opposite direction from where they are pointing while idle.
Bolt Lift Bolt Lift NSMBU A set of nuts that are screwed onto a very long bolt that serve as platforms. The player must continually jump to avoid falling.
Screwtop Lift Sprite of a Screwtop Lift from New Super Mario Bros. Wii A lift with a screw that the player can move in a set direction by spinning.
Limited Lift Wooden raft A lift that the player can travel with a limited capacity of at least five enemies. It stops once the counter reaches 0.
Cross Lift (new) New Super Mario Bros. U A lift that expands and contracts horizontally, and also conversely expands and contracts vertically.
Slide Lift (new) New Super Mario Bros. U Lifts that are aligned either horizontally or vertically and move in a rectangular fashion either clockwise or counterclockwise.
Star Lift (new) NSMBU E3 4-Player Spinning-Star Sky.png Star-shaped platforms that spin depending on which side of them is weighed down by the player.
Mushroom Platform Mushroom Platform NSMBU Mushrooms that serve as platforms.
Stretch Shroom Stretch Shroom NSMBU Mushroom Platforms that contract and extend at constant intervals, pulling anything and anyone on the ends of the platforms to the center when they contract.
Screwtop Shroom A Screwtop Shroom in New Super Mario Bros. Wii A rare Mushroom Platform that only appears in Rising Tides of Lava. When spun on, it lowers another lift's height.
Seesaw Shroom (new) New Super Mario Bros. U A mushroom platform that acts as a seesaw.
Bouncy Cloud NSMBW Bouncy Cloud Render.png Cloud platforms that makes the player and enemies bounces very high.
Remote-Control Platform Sprite of a Remote-Control Platform from New Super Mario Bros. Wii A lift that the player can tilt and move on tracks by tilting the Wii Remote. It reacts only when a player is standing on it.
Paddle Platform NSMBW Paddle Wheel Sprite.png A paddle wheel-like platforms made of 4 smaller platforms that moves in a wheel on tracks.
Pendulum Platform Pendulum Platform NSMBU Chained platforms that sway from side to side indefinitely.
Screwtop Platform NSMBU Stoneslide Tower Screenshot.jpg A platform with a screw that the player can move in a set direction by spinning.
Spine Coaster Spine Coaster NSMBW.png Rideable creatures made of bone used to aid Mario and company to pass through lava pits.
Water Ball Water Ball NSMBU A huge mass of water that floats in the air. Acts as if Mario and co. are in water.
Semisolid Platform Semisolid Platform NSMBU Platforms the player can jump on from the bottom.
Leaf Platform (new) Leaf Platform NSMBU Leaves that serve as platforms appearing on giant beanstalks. When they first sprout, they appear to be green, only to turn red and brown then slowly float down after some time has passed.
Bean Platform (new) Bean Platform Curled NSMBU Large beans serving as platforms that periodically coil and uncoil.
Stone-Eye (new) Stone-Eye NSMBU Giant gray stone heads that either move in different patterns, or stay completely stationary. Stone-Eyes are sentient, indicated by their eyes that constantly stare at the player.
Conveyor Belt Conveyor Belt NSMBU Moving platforms that carry the player and sometimes Iron Blocks and enemies.
Turning Floor Turning Floor NSMBU Continually moving objects that turn clockwise or counterclockwise, moving anything on them.
Rolling log Rolling Log NSMBU Cylindrical wooden platforms that, when stood on, roll over. The player must run along them or jump carefully to avoid falling off until they reach their destination on a set path.
Seesaw Log Bridge (new) New Super Mario Bros. U Solid wooden platforms that teeter to one side when a player or element stands on the opposite side.
Floor Floor NSMBU Platforms that the player can bump from below to stun enemies.
Gear platform Ludwig's Clockwork Castle A platform with gears that moves left and right.
Wobble Rock Wobble Rock NSMBU Rock platforms that wobble from left to right when the player stands near one of its edges.
Bridge (new) The Final Battle A floor made up of skeleton bones. When Bowser Jr. slams down on a bridge with his Junior Clown Car, it causes brief ripples that can stun the player and enemies.


New Super Mario Bros. U has received generally positive reviews. The game currently maintains an 84 average on both Metacritic[4] and GameRankings.[5] GameXplain gave the single-player and multi-player modes 4 stars out of 5,[6] IGN gave it a score of 9.1 out of 10,[7] EGM[8] gave a score of 9/10, Joystiq gave it 4.5 stars out of 5,[9] Polygon[10] and Destructoid[11] gave the same score of 8.5/10, VentureBeat[12] gave it a score of 83/100 (83%), Games Radar gave it 4 stars out of 5,[13] and Gamespot gave a score of 8.5.[14]

The game has been praised for its balanced gameplay and challenge mode, with IGN's Rich George describing it as "the best thing to come to Mario's world since 3D", while criticizing it as not pushing the Wii U's visuals and audio potential. He also stated, "though it doesn't necessarily redefine Nintendo's iconic hero, it still manages to capture the sense of carefree adventure that many of us felt as kids." He also criticized the game's "weak graphics and audio, plus the return of the irritating chaotic, bouncy multiplayer mode." He praised the progressing difficulty in the game and the additional difficulty of Challenge Mode.

Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Jim Sterling, Destructoid 8.5/10 "New Super Mario Bros. U is a great little platformer that kicks off the Wii U launch with a bang. Players know exactly what they're getting with this one -- an entertaining and incomplex bit of gaming that provides challenge and smirks in equal measure. While certainly a "safe" game to launch with, it is by no means unremarkable, and the only people who would fail to have fun are those with a fundamental aversion to Mario or platformers in general. Literally everybody else would find it incredibly difficult to dislike this one ... even if some of those latter stages will make them temporarily despise it. Because nobody likes lava levels. Nobody."
Christian Donlan, Eurogamer 9/10 "Is the plumber's Wii U debut as good as his recent 3D outings? Not quite, but for the New Super Mario Bros. series, it's a real step forward in detailing, imagination and character. There's always been a keen Mario brain working away inside these 2D design exercises. Now, it feels like there's a proper soul to go along with it."
Richard George, IGN 9.1/10 "It's difficult to find freshness or brilliance in a 2D landscape. Mario's world is now three decades old. That would seem to suggest new territory is scarce, and in some ways the formulaic New Mario series had come to reinforce that fear. But New Super Mario Bros. U demonstrates there's not just life left in this type of game, but that it can be modern and nostalgic at the same time. Nintendo's approach here strikes a great balance in all areas, ranging from its difficulty to design to enemies and bosses. And for everything the basic Story Mode does right – and that's a considerable amount – the Challenge Mode will be remembered as a key moment in the life of the New Mario series, where Nintendo realized it didn’t have to sacrifice the core gamer’s experience at the expense of a more casual audience. This is how Mario can and will appeal to everyone."
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 84
GameRankings 84.48%


As of March 31, 2014, New Super Mario Bros. U is the 3rd best-selling game for the Wii U, having sold about 4.16 million copies worldwide. As of September 30, 2021, it had sold 5.82 million copies worldwide.[15]



Release date: November 18, 2012

Released at launch, the first update adds the game's Miiverse functionality.


Release date: March 15, 2013[16]

The second update causes any Miiverse posts made in-game to be posted to a separate "Game Posts" community rather than the standard community.


Release date: June 20, 2013[17]

The third game update adds the ability for the game to receive the New Super Luigi U downloadable content and puts a prompt in-game to go to the Nintendo eShop to download it. The update also adds support for the Wii U Pro Controller.

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Final North American box art for New Super Luigi U
New Super Luigi U retail box art.
Main article: New Super Luigi U

In July 2013, as part of the Year of Luigi celebration, a large-scale expansion pack titled New Super Luigi U was released as downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U on the Nintendo eShop, and was later released as a standalone title at retail. The pack contains 82 new courses in place of the original ones, featuring Luigi as the main character in the place of Mario, who does not appear at all within the game.

The game features the same multiplayer, with the option of playing as Yellow Toad, Blue Toad, or Nabbit (who cannot power-up like the other characters, but is impervious to enemy damage). The game features similar physics to that of Luigi's style of gameplay in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, in that the characters run faster and jump higher, but stop slower. The levels have also been designed to be more challenging, with each one being shorter and featuring a 100 second time limit.

The Mario & Luigi Deluxe Set Wii U bundle released in November 2013 includes with it both games put onto one disc, titled New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U. In addition to being a compilation of both games, this release includes several bonus videos.

With the discontinuation of digital purchases for Wii U in March 2023, it is no longer possible to buy New Super Luigi U as DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U, though it can still be downloaded by those who purchased it when it was available.


As stated above, New Super Mario Bros. U was based upon the New Super Mario Bros. Mii Wii U experience demo shown off at E3 2011.[18] A translation of a Spanish online magazine revealed that the new title was in development and would be revealed at E3 2012,[19] with the game fully revealed to be New Super Mario Bros. U during the E3 trailer.[20]

New Super Mario Bros. U began development soon after the completion of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, using pre-existing elements from the Wii game, as development equipment for the Wii U did not exist at the time.[21] The game's singular, interconnected world map was inspired by the one seen in Super Mario World; Masataka Takemoto desired to take the map from that game and use the Wii U in order to recreate and expand upon the concept.[22] The map being seamless also had a role in Miiverse integration, as with the setup of the map it was possible to display comments across each of the levels.[23] The concept of drop-in play with one player on the Gamepad placing blocks was brought up early in development. When the Wii U Gamepad was brought up during development, the team began to conceptualize ways to use it, talking specifically about the drop-in play. Wanting to make a feature with "controls that you can understand right away with no explanation," the concept of using the GamePad to place blocks the other players can jump on went through.[21]

Challenge Mode was based upon the idea of setting a self-challenge in the previous games, as well as the challenge site for New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Because of ideas like this, the developers decided to put the Challenge Mode into the game from the beginning. The challenges were created with all types of skill levels in mind.[24]

Boost Rush Mode was based on the Free-for-All Mode featured in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, in that they wanted a similar mode for playing the main game stages in short bursts. The developers tried connecting courses together and playing them through, but found it uneventful; they then added the concept of collecting coins resulting in the screen scrolling faster, and found it to fit a Super Mario-style of gameplay.[22]

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Miis, playing in New Super Mario Bros. U.
Four Miis in Acorn Plains-1.
Main article: List of New Super Mario Bros. U pre-release and unused content

Miis were originally going to be playable in the game's Story Mode. In the final game, Mii playability is restricted to the bonus modes. Additionally, Boost Mode was also originally titled "Assist Play". The Acorn Plains map as seen in the E3 showcase for the game is also very different from the version seen in final game.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:New Super Mario Bros. U.


For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of New Super Mario Bros. U media.
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Main article: List of New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U glitches

By entering a Warp Pipe or door in any stage exactly when the timer hits zero, the player does not die, and they can explore the level indefinitely.


Main article: List of New Super Mario Bros. U staff

New Super Mario Bros. U was produced by Takashi Tezuka and Hiroyuki Kimura, with Masataka Takemoto as the director and Tsutomu Kaneshige and Shinichi Ikeamtsu as the general coordinators. Satoru Iwata was the executive producer, with the general producer being Shigeru Miyamoto. Masanobu Sato was the lead designer, and Shiro Mouri was the programming director. The music was composed by Shiho Fujii and Mahito Yokota, with Koji Kondo as sound adviser.

References to other games[edit]

  • Mario Bros.: Coin Courses-2 is based on the levels in this game with similar platforms and Koopa Troopas acting like as Shellcreepers.
  • Super Mario Bros.: The second level is an underground level with a secret path over the ceiling passing over the exit Warp Pipe, leading to a secret exit. In the final battle with Bowser, when Mario hits the switch, it causes an axe to fall and break the bridge. Sprites from this game are used in the game menus.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Boom Boom is fought as the mid-boss of each world. The Super Acorn is comparable to the Super Leaf, as it has a P-variation. The Koopalings, which originated from this game, have airships once again. Airship levels, and the castle rooms before entering a Koopaling's airship, both use a remastered version of the airship theme from Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Super Mario World: The world map is connected again and a ghost ship, similar to the Sunken Ghost Ship level, appears in this game. The Warp Pipes have a similar structure to the ones in Super Mario World. Most of the worlds are named after food again. Some of the world's features are similar to those found in Dinosaur Land (e.g. Acorn Plains having jagged mountains or Soda Jungle being one-third based on the Forest of Illusion). Super Mario World has the exact same number of exits that this game has: 96.
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island: The name of the Challenge "Spin Jump, Get Dizzy" is a reference to that of a level from this game, Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy. Bubble Baby Yoshi's abilities maybe a reference to how Yoshi can shoot bubbles in this game including how the player can bounce off the bubbles. Kamek uses his magic to enhance Boom Boom's attacks, just as he did with this game's bosses. He also grows Bowser to a large size, similar to the final fight with Baby Bowser.
  • New Super Mario Bros.: Depressions form on Cloud Lifts when the player stands on them, like in this game.
  • Mario Kart Wii: The Red Shell and Green Shell use their artworks from this game, but the Green Shell's artwork is mirrored.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii: The title is the sequel to this game. Many graphical, audial, and technical assets were reused from this game. Kamek growing Bowser with magic could also be a reference to this game's final fight, where similar events transpired.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2: Balloon Baby Yoshi and Glowing Baby Yoshi's abilities are similar to those of Blimp Yoshi and Bulb Yoshi, respectively. Magmaarghs and Magmaws return from this game.
  • Super Mario 3D Land: Boom Boom's voices are reused, as well as the motion patterns of some of the enemies.
  • Mario Kart 7: The Miis reuse their voice clips from this game.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2: The title is a follow-up to this installment. The Note Block sounds are reused. The Goal Pole also produces the flag containing the emblem of the topmost character, also seen in this game.
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star: The Ghost House doors use the design from The Enigmansion in this game rather than the one from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The Bony Beetle's design is reused. Also, Bowser Jr. uses the same glass dome in his clown copter as in this game.

References in later games[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese New スーパーマリオブラザーズ U
Nyū Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Yū
New Super Mario Bros. U

Chinese (simplified) New 超级马力欧兄弟 U[25]
New Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu Xiōngdì U
New Super Mario Bros. U

Chinese (traditional) New 超級瑪利歐兄弟U[25]
New Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu Xiōngdì U
New Super Mario Bros. U

Korean 뉴 슈퍼 마리오브라더스 U
Nyu Syupeo Mariobeuradeoseu Yu
New Super Mario Bros. U; as named in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe


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