New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Last updated date: May 14, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 146 expert reviews, the Nintendo New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.1
14 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
2,705 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Switch allows the game to be portable, as it was always meant to be. Now, we can finally enjoy New Super Mario Bros. U for what it is.New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe features a few new characters — the easy-to-control Toadette, the invulnerable-to-enemies Nabbit — and a couple of new powers: a squirrel suit that floats, a crown that turns the squat Toadette into the humanoid Peachette.
- Polygon
January 9, 2019 | Full review
It has plenty of secrets to uncover.
- Digital Trends
One of the major new additions is Toadette, a new player character who also comes with her own bespoke power-up.
- Trusted Reviews
January 10, 2019 | Full review
Looks excellent on Switch - the best looking 2D Mario game to date.
- Slash Gear
January 31, 2019 | Full review
Plenty here to keep you busy after you finish the main game.
- GameSpot
January 9, 2019 | Full review
It is perfect game for long multiplayer sessions.
- Games Radar
New easy characters make certain challenges friendlier.
- PC Mag
The new playable character, Toadette, is an exciting concept that is best suited for kids.
- Gear Nuke
January 18, 2019 | Full review
Toadette has a single mechanical advantage over the other players though, surprisingly – when underwater, Toadette has entirely separate swimming mechanics. And shockingly, these mechanics actually make it preferable to use an analogue stick.
- WCCF Tech
January 9, 2019 | Full review
I personally found the game most enjoyable in handheld mode, mainly because levels are bite size and made for nice little breaks from the rest of my life.
- CGM
What experts didn't like
Nabbit and Toadette might ruin co-op for some.
- Digital Trends
Lacks the sheer imagination of Super Mario Odyssey.
- Trusted Reviews
January 10, 2019 | Full review
My main complaint about New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is that it falls a little flat in this post-Breath of the Wild, post-Super Mario Odyssey world. In both of those games, Nintendo did something it doesn’t often do: it took chances, and in the case of Breath of the Wild, the risks it took were rather dramatic.
- Slash Gear
January 31, 2019 | Full review
The New Super Mario Bros. formula is starting to feel old in the face of Mario's advances elsewhere.
- GameSpot
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Save system can be infuriating.
- Games Radar
Difficulty curves for both games are still harsh. Doesn't offer much new content from the previous version or earlier New Super Mario Bros. games.
- PC Mag
The pricing is a bit too steep here since this is a full priced game release.
- Gear Nuke
January 18, 2019 | Full review
Needs a Pro Controller for proper D-pad.
- WCCF Tech
January 9, 2019 | Full review
The same repetitive songs are still here, unfortunately. You know the song you hear during the first level? Hope you love it because you’re gonna hear it what will feel like a million times with little to no variation on your playthrough. I’m big on game music, and this is easily the worst music in the series.
- CGM

From The Manufacturer

Two games in One, for double the fun! simple, straightforward controls, new playable characters optimized for younger and less-experienced players, and a wealth of bonus content. All a player needs is One Joy-Con Controller, so two people can team up right out of the box! Tackle 164 platforming courses in the two main game modes and Enjoy extra replayability with three additional game modes. Two Super Mario Bros. Games in One, for double the fun! A variety of playable characters are available, some with unique attributes that affect gameplay and platforming physics. Join Mario, Luigi, and pals for single-player or multiplayer fun anytime, anywhere! Take on two family-friendly, side-scrolling adventures with up to three friends* as you try to save the Mushroom Kingdom. Includes the New Super Mario Bros. U and harder, faster New Super Luigi U games—both of which include Nabbit and Toadette as playable characters! Two games in one, for double the fun! Simple, straightforward controls, new playable characters optimized for younger and less-experienced players, and a wealth of bonus content—like a Hints gallery and helpful reference videos**—make this a perfect choice for anyone looking to introduce their family to the wonderful world of Mario. All a player needs is one Joy-Con controller, so two people can team up right out of the box! Tackle 164 platforming courses in the two main game modes and enjoy extra replayability with three additional game modes in which you can also play as a Mii character: Challenges, Boost Rush, and Coin Battle!

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Expert Reviews: 15
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Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 14
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 12
5. Minecraft
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Expert Reviews: 5
6. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 14
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Expert Reviews: 12
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