New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

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This article is about the Nintendo Switch port of the New Super Mario Bros. U game. For the game's original version, see New Super Mario Bros. U.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
NSMBU Deluxe Boxart.jpg
North American box cover
Developer(s) Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release date Japan January 11, 2019
USA January 11, 2019
Europe January 11, 2019
Australia January 11, 2019[1]
South Korea January 11, 2019
HK January 11, 2019
ROC January 11, 2019
Genre Platformer
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
RARS:RARS 0+.svg - All ages
GRAC:GRAC All.svg - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Media
Nintendo Switch:
Media NS icon.png Cartridge
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Nintendo Switch:

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a side-scrolling 2.5D platform game released on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on January 11, 2019. It is a port of the Wii U launch title New Super Mario Bros. U. It contains both the base game and the New Super Luigi U DLC. Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, Blue Toad (both generically named Toad in this game), and Nabbit all return as playable characters from the original Wii U title while this game introduces a new playable character, Toadette, who makes her playable debut in the New Super Mario Bros. games. She has a unique form known as Peachette, which she obtains after grabbing a new item called the Super Crown. The Peachette form grants her abilities similar to that of Princess Peach and Princess Daisy.[2]

Differences from New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U

General

  • It is possible to play as Luigi, Toad, Toadette, and Nabbit in single player in this game's version of the main mode of New Super Mario Bros. U, as well as this game's version of New Super Luigi U[3] (Mario remains non-playable in New Super Luigi U[4]). The original release of New Super Mario Bros. U only allows single players to play as Mario in story mode, while the original release of New Super Luigi U restricts single players to Luigi, Nabbit (except in Flying Squirrel Ovation and Enemy Courses), and Mii characters (only in Flying Squirrel Ovation).
  • The game has a higher resolution, being displayed in native 1080p in TV mode, and 720p in Handheld and Tabletop modes, as opposed to the dynamic 1080p resolution of the Wii U version.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is incompatible with Miiverse. The service ended prior to New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe's release, and is not available for the Nintendo Switch.
  • Boost Mode challenges are removed due to Boost Mode being incompatible with the Nintendo Switch controls.
  • The game uses HD rumble, unlike the original game which uses simple rumble.

Character-specific

  • Toadette is added as a new playable character.
    • The Super Crown is added as a new power-up exclusively for Toadette. Toadette becomes Peachette after touching the Super Crown, which allows her to float and double jump, similar to the Flying Squirrel form (but with a more versatile aerial movement), and avoid falling into pits.[5] However, unlike the Flying Squirrel form, she cannot cling on to walls and she will not descend significantly when turning. Other characters cannot pick it up, merely passing through it without getting rewarded.[6]
    • When playing as Toadette, all Blocks containing 1-Up Mushrooms instead contain 3-Up Moons. Only Toadette can hit blocks to reveal them in multiplayer.[4]
  • Nabbit has been integrated into more aspects of the game.
    • Nabbit can now be played within the New Super Mario Bros. U levels.
    • Nabbit has new voice clips that are similar to the Toads'.
    • Nabbit can bounce off Yoshis since he cannot ride them, unlike the original game where he simply goes through them.[7]
    • Nabbit can now carry objects.[8]
  • Toadette and Nabbit have altered abilites compared to the rest of the cast.
    • Toadette and Nabbit have swimming properties like the Penguin Suit, no matter what form they have.
    • Toadette and Nabbit are less slippery than Mario, Luigi, and Toad. Even while running, they will stop sooner and are less likely to fall into pits. They are also resistant to slipping on ice.[4]
    • As a result, Toadette and Nabbit are not playable in Challenge Mode.
  • Yellow Toad and Blue Toad share a character slot, and are both referred to as simply "Toad". To switch between them, the player needs to hold L Button or ZL Button (SL Button when playing with a single Joy-Con) while choosing said playable character.[9]
    • This means two players cannot choose Yellow and Blue Toad simultaneously.
  • When playing as Luigi in New Super Mario Bros. U, a red-colored Super Guide Block appears and summons a computer-controlled Mario to clear the level in place of Luigi.
  • Playing as a Mii is no longer possible in Flying Squirrel Ovation within New Super Luigi U.
  • Both the New Super Mario Bros. U and the New Super Luigi U levels start with 100 additional seconds on the timer when playing as either Toadette or Nabbit, though no bigger time bonus is given when both of them are being played.[4]

Gameplay

  • The jump controls are now shared with the mid-air spin, performed by pressing B Button or A Button in mid-air, consistent to a similar control scheme in Super Mario Run, having jump and mid-air spin mapped to a touch input.
    • The player can disable the mid-air spin for B Button or A Button by holding the Left Stick down for three seconds on the title screen while pressing the L Button and R Button buttons at the same time. When Nabbit's voice is heard, the jump controls have been disabled for the mid-air spin. However, this has to be done each time the game starts up.[10]
  • Two buttons are now used to go in the bubble during multiplayer by holding down L Button and R Button rather than one button, unlike the original Wii U game.
  • In the red Toad Houses with ? Blocks, Toad gives the player all of the items inside the blocks that were hit, instead of just one.
  • In the pause menu during levels, buttons on the controller can be remapped.[11]
  • On the pause screen, characters can be changed on the map screen.
  • A neon Nintendo Switch console appears in the Records Toad House, which plays a music box rendition of the game's credits theme while the credits roll.[12]
  • The Records Toad House pages now resemble a map marked with a red stamp depicting a silhouette of Nabbit's ears. "Records" is now renamed to "Mario U Records" and "Luigi U Records" in the American English version, depending on the game being played. As Boost Mode has been removed, the records for "Distance on Boost Blocks" and "Distance on Mini Boost Blocks" have been replaced with "Times Companion Lifted" and "Synchronize Ground Pounds", respectively, along with updated icons.
  • In New Super Mario Bros. U, the red Toad Houses with the shuffle mini-games have some items changed. Several Super Stars have been replaced by Super Crowns, while in New Super Luigi U, the 1-Up Mushrooms are now 3-Up Moons.[13][14]
  • Enemy Courses now have a chance to hold a Super Crown, a Propeller Mushroom, or a Penguin Suit.
  • In New Super Mario Bros. U, the stars on the player's profile will remain shiny, even if the player activated the Super Guide before.

Cutscenes

  • In both the ending and the cutscene where Peach is being rescued, Nabbit always appears in the background, regardless of what character(s) was/were used in the final boss battle.
  • Blue Toad is absent from the introduction and ending cutscenes, with Toadette appearing instead. Yellow Toad is the one who watches Bowser's and the Koopalings' escape in the ending (Blue Toad does this in the original versions).
  • Before fighting Bowser's final phase as Peachette, Peach will notice Peachette from her tower looking confused just before the cage slams shut.[15]

UI and artwork

  • The buttons for Challenges, Boost Rush, and Coin Battle on the main menu have artwork of Mario thinking, Mario running, and a Star Coin, respectively, replacing the Super Mario Bros. sprites seen on the buttons in the original New Super Mario Bros. U.
  • Character selection icons now use their updated artwork. Toadette and Nabbit are also labeled as "Easier" and "Easiest" ("Easy" and "Very Easy" in the British English version) respectively.
  • The title screen uses the same ground as the New Super Luigi U title screen with Nabbit included.
  • The loading screen's background uses different 2D icons.
  • The challenges menu has been redesigned.[4]
  • There is now a hint button on the menu.
  • When entering a world, the name of the map has a different banner design, with 2D artwork of blocks in outlines.[16]
  • In this game's version of New Super Mario Bros. U, the button tabs on the map are red instead of blue. This game's versions of both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U use button icons of the Switch controllers. Additionally, the player can also use Minus Button to open the menu.
  • Nabbit's icon marker on the map for chasing him has been updated.
  • In the Baby Yoshi minigame for the Power-Up Toad House, the Glowing Baby Yoshis' Toad icon has been updated to resemble Toad's 2D artwork from Super Mario 3D World but with red spots.
  • When playing as Nabbit in single player, completed level spaces turn purple instead of blue. If the level is completed again with a character other than Nabbit, the space changes from purple to blue.
  • The movement instruction icons when using motion-controlled platforms have Joy-Con/Pro Controllers instead of Wii Remotes.

Audio

  • The athletic theme has changed instruments near the end.

Promotion

A browser game was released on the Play Nintendo website in 2019 called New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Power-Ups Trivia Quiz.

Critical reception

Similarly to the original New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has received generally positive reviews from critics.

Reviews
Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo Switch Blake Morse,
Shacknews
8/10 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe isn’t without its faults. I really think that the levels needed to be longer or provide a bit more of a challenge for seasoned players as opposed to watering things down for a younger audience who probably could’ve handled a regular challenge in the first place. I can’t help but feel like so much of this game was spoon fed to me. I definitely finished this a heck of a lot quicker than I had any previous Mario games. Maybe it’s because I grew up having my mind blown by Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, but side-scrolling Mario games have always had a place in my heart. While I wouldn’t put this latest entry on the same pedestal, this is still a very solid game with a lot of what we’ve all come to love about the series thrown into a melting pot. I don’t think Nintendo would ever put out a “bad” Mario, honestly. There’s plenty here to keep fans and next of kin busy and entertained for quite some time.
Nintendo Switch Tristan Ogilvie,
IGN
8/10 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a broadly approachable and feature-rich platforming game. Toadette is a welcome addition to the roster for those after a more forgiving way to tackle some of the more challenging levels, and the inclusion of the New Super Luigi U mode extends its lifespan substantially. While there are a number of other Nintendo Switch games within the genre that outdo New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe in various different ways, it nonetheless remains a highly enjoyable platforming package as a whole.
Nintendo Switch Gavin Lane,
Nintendo Life
8/10 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is an impressive package if you skipped the original, offering the best of modern-era 2D Mario, madcap multiplayer and glimpses of the outrageous invention that was to come in Super Mario Odyssey. Only the most fervent fans will find enough new content here to justify double-dipping, though, especially if you already played the Luigi expansion. The chance to replay a top-drawer Mario game on a handheld may be enough for some – goodness knows we’ve rebought Super Mario Bros. 3 enough times! – but this is the oldest of the Wii U games to have found new life on Switch and, gameplay aside, ageing visuals and the colossal irritation of being kicked back to the world map after every death stand out as things in need of attention. The bottom line is that Switch now has a very fine 2D Mario to its name; we just can’t help feeling disappointed that Nintendo didn’t push the boat out with a more thorough ‘Deluxe’ refurbishment. Having said that, this is still an excellent package that deserves a new lease of life on Switch, especially as there will be many owners of that console who didn't get to experience the Wii U original and its expansion.
Nintendo Switch Oscar Dayus,
GameSpot
7/10 Despite its aging formula, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is still a great entry in the series, with its typically tight platforming and both accessibility and depth to spare. While it can feel a bit stale for those who have been round the Mushroom Kingdom one too many times before, Deluxe is well worth playing, especially if you didn't get a chance to play NSMBU on Wii U.
Aggregators
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 80
GameRankings 79.93%

Pre-release and unused content

During the September 2018 Nintendo Direct, Mario was shown being used in New Super Luigi U levels.[17] However, Mario is not playable in the New Super Luigi U levels in the final game, as is the case in the original New Super Luigi U.

Gallery

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

Staff

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

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese New スーパーマリオブラザーズ U デラックス
Nyū Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Yū Derakkusu
New Super Mario Brothers U Deluxe
Korean 뉴 슈퍼 마리오브라더스 U 디럭스
Nyu Syupeo Mario Beuradeoseu U Direokseu
New Super Mario Brothers U Deluxe
Chinese New 超級瑪利歐兄弟U 豪華版 (Traditional)[18]
New 超级马力欧兄弟U 豪华版 (Simplified)[19]
New Chāojí Mǎlìōu Xiōngdì U Háohuábǎn
New Super Mario Brothers U Deluxe Edition

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