Nintendo Switch New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Last updated date: July 15, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

Nintendo Switch New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

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In our analysis of 278 expert reviews, the Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.3
47 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
6,600 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Like many Switch releases before it, New Super Mario Bros. U benefits tremendously from moving to the tablet. Most of its levels are bite-sized, lasting no more than a few minutes, so they’re perfect for a portable device.
- The Verge
January 11, 2019 | Full review
When Nintendo fans saw the first trailer for New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, we freaked the heck out upon our first glimpse of the Super Crown.
- Kotaku
January 11, 2019 | Full review
New Super Mario Bros. U​ ​Deluxe​ gives an overlooked pair of Wii U gems new life on the Nintendo Switch. ​New Super Mario Bros. U​ is the most dynamic and inventive Mario sidescoller ever created, and ​New Super Luigi U​ offers one of the toughest tests in Mario history.
- Digital Trends
Nintendo has once again brought one of its past console’s beloved exclusives to Switch with great effect, offering enhancements in the form of small visual tweaks and neat new mechanics.
- Trusted Reviews
January 10, 2019 | Full review
The biggest change really sits with the characters themselves. You’ve still got Luigi, Mario, Yellow Toad and Blue Toad, as well as the easy-to-play Nabbit, who’s control precision makes it designed for beginners.
- Tech Radar
January 15, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Nintendo Life
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Two full-length games. Varied levels. New easy characters make certain challenges friendlier.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
Mario games are fun! Jumping on Koopas, hitting blocks, and all that stuff has been entertaining since Super Mario Bros. came out in 1985. Nintendo figured out how to make 2D platforming feel right decades ago.
- Venture Beat
January 9, 2019 | Full review
The biggest change in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the addition of Toadette, expanding the roster of playable characters to six: Mario, Luigi, two different Toads, Nabbit, and now our Toad lady in pink.
- Slash Gear
January 31, 2019 | Full review
It's all so gloriously good fun that it's hard to find negatives.
- Games Radar
January 9, 2019 | Full review
From a performance standpoint, NSMBU Deluxe plays tremendously fast and fluid even when four players are onscreen at once.
- Dual Shockers
Tons of stages and content
- ZTGD
Along with the main game, there are also two new modes to expand play time. Challenge mode has players doing things like trying to jump on as many enemies as they can in a row to get extra lives.
- Shacknews
January 22, 2019 | Full review
But, I can only look back so long before I remember where I am. Yes, the game plays well and offers a deluge of content. If you’re willing to sink your teeth into its more than 150 stages, you’ll be busy for a while to come.
- Gaming Trend
January 20, 2019 | Full review
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe definitely recaptures the feeling of old school Mario games. As great as Odyssey is, it is comforting to return to the world maps of yesteryear. The over world maps are full of details and visual flourishes.
- Impulse Gamer
January 10, 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
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Despite the cut content, New Super Mario Bros Deluxe remains the most feature-packed, and dare I say fun 2D Mario game in decades.
- Critical Hit
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Of course, Mario games have always had tricky sections and a naturally upward progression is the key to how many games keep you coming back for more.
- God Is A Geek
August 12, 2020 | Full review
New Super Mario Bros. U’s modern take on classic characters still looks great on Switch
- Game Informer
January 9, 2019 | Full review
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a great Mario package, although still feels incredibly familiar. Multiplayer chaos is fun for a short while, but testing your skills against difficult stages is where Super Mario excels, as always.
- WCCF Tech
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Thankfully, the other extra modes like Challenges, Boost Rush and Coin Battle do make the cut, throwing more bitesized experiences at you, which feel very at home on Switch.
- The Sixth Axis
September 1, 2019 | Full review
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is an excellent addition to the Switch’s ever-growing catalog of games.
- We Got This Covered
Moving away from what’s absent from the Switch ports, here’s what it adds: not much. The biggest addition is Toadette, a new player character that can transform into the disturbing mutant Peachette, which is a great way to play this hard platformer if it’s too challenging.
- Nintendo World Report
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Thankfully, this Switch edition includes both Toadette and Nabbit as playable characters to ease the difficulty for newer players. Toadette acts as a much needed easy mode for newer players.
- Tech Raptor
February 14, 2019 | Full review
There’s a lot still left to enjoy in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for its core experience. In terms of sheer content, it’s hard to beat this port. Between Super Luigi Bros U. and Super Mario Bros U. there’s about 36 hours of platforming adventure.
- Screen Rant
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Exceptionally strong level design, highly tuned mechanics, very tight controls, great fun to play solo and in co-op alike, features a whole lot of content thanks to the inclusion of the base game with New Super Luigi U
- Gaming Bolt
August 12, 2020 | Full review
Probably the best thing about New Super Mario Bros. U on the Switch is that at long last it’s finally playable anywhere, thanks to the console's handheld capabilities.
- Den of Geek
January 15, 2019 | Full review
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has plenty of levels to offer, and while they are easily completed in a few minutes, the fun is in trying to find the secrets that are hidden in every level.
- Gear Nuke
January 18, 2019 | Full review
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a pretty standard Mario game. I think everyone would have been happier with a New New Super Mario Bros game rather than a port, but having a traditional Mario game on the Nintendo Switch is very welcome.
- Kidz World
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Toadette controls slightly more precise than the Mario bros., allowing her to tackle tougher platforming challenges with ease.
- Got Game
January 19, 2019 | Full review
Boost Rush offers another neat twist, ramping up the scrolling speed of a constantly forward-moving screen, the more coins you gather.
- Nintendo Insider
January 9, 2019 | Full review
One of the biggest differences is in the character roster. Total, there are five total playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Nabbit, Toad, and Toadette. The Toad you can play as is "Yellow Toad" from the original games, and Blue Toad appears to have been removed and replaced with Toadette.
- iMore
Its difficult not to recommend New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe if you're a Nintendo Switch owner. It's aged well, still looks and plays lovely (even if the Joy Con could use a D-Pad upgrade), and is the first true 2D Mario experience on the Switch.
- CBR.com
January 16, 2019 | Full review
Speaking of platforming, this is, of course, one of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe’s strong points. Controls are tight and simple. You only use two buttons and the thumbstick, but I never felt restricted by Mario’s move set.
- Nintendo Enthusiast
January 9, 2019 | Full review
The base game now being totally portable thanks to the Switch is worth the price of admission on its own. The co-op gameplay is still great and the Deluxe version adds all of the Luigi DLC, and new challenge modes that should entertain most veterans past the main campaign.
- Twinfinite
January 16, 2019 | Full review
In typical style for a first party Nintendo title, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a delightful mix of bright colours, characterful animations and pleasingly cute designs.
- The Digital Fix
Rather than difficulty settings, Enesembud uses characters to divide up the challenge level. Mario and Toad are pretty standard, while Luigi makes things just slightly harder.
- COG Connected
January 13, 2019 | Full review
For those who somehow haven't got enough out of the main levels, there's also speed run bonus modes and the like to show off your best platforming skills. Nintendo really has thrown everything into New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and I can't see many people being disappointed by what's on offer.
- Digitally Downloaded
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is an exemplary compilation. Both games have received some quality of life enhancements, and playing as Toadette is pretty entertaining.
- Cubed 3
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Spelunking through the Mushroom Kingdom with friends is this game’s strong point.
- KGUN 9 On Your Side
January 26, 2019 | Full review
Despite dashing the dreams of Bowsette fans everywhere, this is a great game made more palatable for gamers of all skill levels, and although sometimes it threatens to be too easy by grafting in characters without really thinking about it, there is a blockbuster amount of content here that is fantastic fun solo, only to be made more exciting by the four-player multiplayer.
- Fandom
On the contrary, the game’s visuals are superb, with the classic bright, saturated colours and everything popping beautifully in the flawless fluidity of a Nintendo evergreen title.
- Reggie Reviews
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Overall, there is a lot to love in New Super Mario Brothers U Deluxe. Having both the Mario version of the game along with the Luigi version is a big value if you ask me.
- Nintendo Times
January 11, 2019 | Full review
Though Blue Toad has been swept the side as a Smash Bros.-style color swap, Toadette joins in; providing some much-needed girl power to the game.
- The Game of Nerds
February 27, 2019 | Full review
The other thing that will appeal to experts is the brilliant Challenges mode, which gives you a bunch of short but extremely difficult missions, each with their own requirements for completion.
- Tired Old Hack
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Clean and Polished
- Jabba Reviews
February 6, 2019 | Full review
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
Joy-Cons charge only on console without accessory
- Tech Radar
January 15, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Nintendo Life
January 9, 2019 | Full review
New Super Mario Bros U – and especially the Luigi-flavoured expansion, which comes bundled with this edition – can be intensely frustrating, perhaps too much so for very young players.
- The Guardian
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.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
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.
- Venture Beat
January 9, 2019 | Full review
No enough new content for people who already played on Wii U
- Slash Gear
January 31, 2019 | Full review
Save system can be infuriating
- Games Radar
January 9, 2019 | Full review
As much as NSMBU showed the possibilities of what an HD-era Mario game could look like with the launch of the Wii U, the same can’t quite be said for the game’s appearance on Switch with more capable hardware.
- Dual Shockers
For a game that boasts so much content in its levels, the restriction of the overly short timer really killed my desire to explore. This seems counterproductive to a game that has so much to see and do.
- ZTGD
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.
- Shacknews
January 22, 2019 | Full review
At worst, the level design and block placement feels slipshod and arbitrary. There are floating platforms and pipes everywhere, the foreground and background don’t play off each other at all, and there is no visual progression through the world.
- Gaming Trend
January 20, 2019 | Full review
There has been some controversy with regards to difficulty when playing with four players, as at least one player must be Toadette or Nabbit.
- CGM
January 9, 2019 | Full review
There's just no real reason for those who've played it already to get it again.
- Critical Hit
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Very little new content
- God Is A Geek
August 12, 2020 | Full review
Needs a Pro Controller for proper D-pad
- WCCF Tech
January 9, 2019 | Full review
No fourth regular difficulty character
- The Sixth Axis
September 1, 2019 | Full review
Lacks cornerstone features of the Wii U version
- Nintendo World Report
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Abundance of Samey Bonus Levels
- Tech Raptor
February 14, 2019 | Full review
Toadette and Nabbit are disappointments and there’s no way around it. It was a clever idea to add new playable characters to New Super Mario Bros. U because the three existing playable heroes Mario, Luigi - and everyone’s favorite Mushroom Kingdom resident
- Screen Rant
January 9, 2019 | Full review
The save system feels out of place for a portable system, the art and soundtrack won’t win any awards, Wii U specific functionality like Boost Mode and Miiverse integration are all gone
- Gaming Bolt
August 12, 2020 | Full review
While New Super Mario Bros. U does have some challenging levels, it’s not exactly Dark Souls when it comes to difficulty. It’s a game that’s easily beaten in a weekend with a little perseverance.
- Den of Geek
January 15, 2019 | Full review
The lack of new content is disappointing but Toadette itself is a great playable character with a fun mechanic keeping the gameplay fresh. The pricing is a bit too steep here since this is a full priced game release.
- Gear Nuke
January 18, 2019 | Full review
Feels Familiar
- Kidz World
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Doesn't bring anything new
- Nintendo Enthusiast
January 9, 2019 | Full review
The only thing that New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe felt like it lacked was truly new experiences to help sell the “Deluxe” moniker.
- Twinfinite
January 16, 2019 | Full review
Musically, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a little limited compared to more recent outings like Mario Odyssey, with simple riffs making up most of the score and variations on those themes being used to help mix things up between stages. Picking up a baby Yoshi tweaks each track a little too, adding a choir of Yoshi's singing soft background vocals.
- The Digital Fix
Little incentive for double dipping
- COG Connected
January 13, 2019 | Full review
For this game to get the “Deluxe” treatment, it sure feels lacking in content to warrant paying $60.
- KGUN 9 On Your Side
January 26, 2019 | Full review
Due to the nature of the single-screen setup on the Switch, Boost Mode has been turfed out for this port. It’s a shame as using the gamepad to place platforms was heaps of fun and added a lot of depth to the original Wii U title.
- Fandom
I wouldn’t advise buying New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe if you have it’s Wii U counterpart. There simply isn’t enough new content to recommend dipping in your wallet!
- Reggie Reviews
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Though familiar level designs and gameplay mechanics aren’t fresh, the joy and charm of the original version shine through even brighter than before.
- The Game of Nerds
February 27, 2019 | Full review
Boring Levels
- Jabba Reviews
February 6, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

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 king 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 game and harder, faster new Super Luigi U game-both of which include nabbit and toadette as playable characters!. Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Content Description: Comic Mischief. No. of Players up to 4 players. Rom File Size2.5 GB. dom. Includes the new Super Mario Bros. U game and harder, faster new Super Luigi U game-both of which include nabbit and toadette as playable characters!. Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Content Description: Comic Mischief. No. of Players up to 4 players

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The first thing to consider is the type of gaming system you have. For those with a Nintendo Switch, the experience will be different than for gamers on an Xbox or PlayStation 4. When you’re in docked mode, that difference won’t be that noticeable. However, as soon as you start playing in handheld mode, you’ll notice how the gaming experience needs to be optimized for that format.

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DWYM Fun Fact

“Super Smash Bros.” and “Kingdom Hearts” are both known as crossover games, a genre that blends characters and storylines from multiple games into one. Crossovers aren’t unique to video games. In fact, you’ll see them in books, movies and comic books. In video games, crossovers are believed to date back to 1988, when Battle Soccer combined characters from “Godzilla,” “Ultraman,” “Gundam” and “Kamen Rider.”

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