Nintendo Switch New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Last updated date: July 25, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 177 expert reviews, the Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch 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
15 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
3,549 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
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
It has plenty of secrets to uncover.
- Digital Trends
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
The new playable character, Toadette, is an exciting concept that is best suited for kids.
- Gear Nuke
January 18, 2019 | Full review
New easy characters make certain challenges friendlier.
- PC Mag
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
In docked or handheld the framerate is buttery smooth, even when four characters are playing together. Although since anything more than two-player multiplayer is a chaotic mess in New Super Mario Bros. (still) there’s little reason to play it in anything other than docked mode.
- Screen Rant
January 9, 2019 | Full review
It is very accessible for kids.
- Shacknews
January 22, 2019 | Full review
Looks excellent on Switch - the best looking 2D Mario game to date
- Slash Gear
January 31, 2019 | Full review
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
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has the polish you’d expect from the series. The controls are responsive, and it has those extra flourishes that help distinguish the New Super Mario Bros. games from the original 2D platforms, notably wall-jumping.
- Venture Beat
January 9, 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
What experts didn't like
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
Nabbit and Toadette might ruin co-op for some
- Digital Trends
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
The pricing is a bit too steep here since this is a full priced game release.
- Gear Nuke
January 18, 2019 | Full review
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
Nabbit, on the other hand, is an absolute bore. Nabbit can’t take damage from any of the enemies and the only way he can die is by falling off Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe’s 164 levels. It’s a character made for super young player or anyone who may struggle with standard platformers, and for that aspect it’s welcome.
- Screen Rant
January 9, 2019 | Full review
While I appreciate the familiarity, there wasn’t anything that really wowed me in terms of new innovations. I also thought the levels themselves were a bit short compared to past entries. Each level felt like a nibble instead of a bite.
- Shacknews
January 22, 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
Lacks the sheer imagination of Super Mario Odyssey.
- Trusted Reviews
January 10, 2019 | Full review
The bland visuals and music are part of the problem. It all just looks like Mario. Any new interesting visual hooks are rare. When they do happen, like the Vincent van Gogh-style visuals in the level above, it stands out.And the music is more grating than anything else. All those “waa waa” noises become irritating (even if it is cute to see all of the enemies sometimes dance along with the song).
- Venture Beat
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Needs a Pro Controller for proper D-pad.
- WCCF Tech
January 9, 2019 | Full review

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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An Overview On Nintendo Switch Games

With video gaming constantly evolving, it is dizzying to keep up with the latest number one games. There are countless platforms to play games on, and recently, the Nintendo Switch has become quite high on the popularity list. With a soar in popularity, there have been a myriad of games released to appease the gaming community. With over 2,000 games offered for the Nintendo Switch, find out which games are at the top and surprise your gamer with a few of the best Nintendo Switch Games this year.

The Nintendo Switch is a gaming console composed of a console and a handheld device. The awesome thing about the Switch is the portability of it. There are no wires attaching the handheld device to the console. This allows you to game from many different places and, positions around your home, depending on the range. In addition, it is extremely easy to take on-the-go with you to play with pals.

Of course, this gaming console is not for everyone and has its pros and cons. There are so many personal preferences for those who game and buy gaming consoles that it is important to know what the Nintendo Switch offers for consumers.

For those who enjoy the first-party games that Nintendo has created, the Nintendo Switch is the console for you. This includes “Super Mario Odyssey”, a great game that all ages can enjoy. In addition, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild” is also one of the best Nintendo Switch first-party games that users will love.

If you are the type who is always on the go, then the Switch is definitely for you. With a super portable handset that features a built-in screen and attachable Joy-Con controllers, you can take this from living room to vacation in a snap. This is a huge advantage over other gaming consoles of its class.

The Nintendo Switch is also known to be a favorite of indie game players. Coined as “Nindies” by Nintendo, there are countless options for indie game lovers. A few of the Indie games that are most popular with Switch users include: “Stardew Valley,” “Axiom Verge” and “Shovel Knight.”

Perhaps the biggest pro to the Nintendo Switch is the charging cable. It is a super common, USB Type-C that you can find almost anywhere and easily replace for not a lot of money. In addition, it works with Type-C power banks to give it a longer life to use on-the-go.

Now that you’ve heard the pros, let’s talk about the cons of the Nintendo Switch. There are always a few elementary features in the first release of a new product, and that’s what you’ll find with the Switch.

First, the graphics are not the best of the best. Though it features 720p resolution, you won’t have high definition in some of the games. When compared to its competitors that are less mobile and more stationary, this is one of the features that knocks it down a bit.

Depending on what you are playing, the Switch can have a shorter battery life. It is advertised that the battery lasts anywhere from 2.5 hours to 6 hours. This isn’t ideal, especially when you are traveling or playing a long game.

An additional negative to the system is the expensive accessory costs. The controllers are slightly more than their competitors, and if you want a charging grip for the Joy-Con, you’ll pay extra for that too. This is a huge con to the system.

Finally, if you are a multiplayer game-lover, the Switch is a bit behind. Their chat feature costs you an annual subscription fee to their online service but even that seems to be a bit slow. This is tough for multiplayer enthusiasts.

That sums up the pros and cons for the Nintendo Switch, but let’s take a look at a couple more of the best games for the Switch that game-lovers are going crazy over. “The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is an upgraded version of one of the classics. This game has endless intrigue and impressive graphics for users to enjoy. Next, you should really take a look at “Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy-Nintendo Switch Standard Edition.” This game features a fan favorite, Crash Bandicoot, and he sure does have all the moves. Players of all ages will find this game fun and exciting. There are hours of fun to be had with these Nintendo Switch Games.

DYWM Fun Fact

There are several neat things to know about your Nintendo Switch. First, it has an excellent defense against piracy. The system has a series of notifications during the login process that can help it detect piracy and stop it. This is great news for those who play by the rules and pay for their games.

The console also supports games from other systems, such as N64 and GameCube, for a more diverse selection. The Switch logs your gaming time, so you can cut back or increase your gaming time depending on habits, time and performance within the games.

One final fun fact: More copies of “The Legend of Zelda” have been sold by Nintendo than actual Switches themselves.

The Nintendo Switch Game Buying Guide

  • When you are ready to start purchasing games for your Nintendo Switch, be sure to look at those customer reviews. The reviews will help you to know the best value and overall experience of each game.
  • Many gamers recommend getting a good case as well as a screen protector for your Switch.
  • When a game does not require Wi-Fi, turn it off to preserve some of the battery.
  • If you find a game you like that requires lots of storage, invest in a Micro SD card to accommodate it.
  • Recommended accessory is an external battery to keep the Switch going even after its short battery life ends.
  • Plugging in keyboards and external accessories will also extend the battery life when you are home.