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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe a platformer Nintendo Switch game that was announced on September 13, 2018 to be released on January 11, 2019. It is a port of the 2012 and 2013 Wii U games New Super Mario Bros. U and its expansion pack New Super Luigi U and includes all the content of the original version as well as the expansion. The port also adds additional characters to play as.

Differences from the original game

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 now a playable character.
    • She has an exclusive power-up, the Super Crown, which allows her to transform into Peachette (who can 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]
    • Toadette has the swimming properties of 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.
    • As a result, Toadette and Nabbit are not playable in Challenge Mode.
    • In both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, the clock starts with an additional 100 seconds when either Toadette or Nabbit are being used.
  • Yellow Toad and Blue Toad share the same character slot and are referred to as "Toad".
    • Because of this, Toadette replaces Blue Toad in the game's cutscenes.
  • You can play as any character in the single-player modes of both Mario U and Luigi U (except Mario in Luigi U).
    • Toadette and Nabbit are labeled as "Easier" and "Easiest" respectively when choosing a character in the selection menu.
    • When playing as Nabbit in single-player, completed level spaces turn purple.
    • Mario replaces Luigi for the Super Guide when playing as Luigi (single-player) in Mario U.
  • Buttons can be remapped during levels (on the pause menu).
  • 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.
  • Nabbit has been integrated into more aspects of the game.
    • Nabbit can bounce off Yoshis since he cannot ride them, unlike the original game where he simply goes through them.[7]
    • Nabbit has new voice clips that are similar to the Toads' and can now carry objects.[8]
  • Toadette and Nabbit have altered abilites compared to the rest of the cast.
  • 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 the L (or ZL/SL buttons 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.

Gameplay

  • The jump controls are now shared with the mid-air spin, performed by pressing B or A 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 or A by holding the leftstick down for three seconds on the title screen while pressing the L and R 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 and R rather than one button, unlike the original 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 game.
  • 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.
  • 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 the 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.

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.

Reception

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe received favorable reception from critics, though slightly less than the original game. It was praised for Toadette's addition as a playable character and the new content such as the Super Crown but was criticized for its graphics being similar to the original game, as well as a general lack of major gameplay differences. It received a score of 80 on Metacritic.

Sales

As of March 2019, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe sold over 3.31 million copies immediately making it the eighth-most successful Nintendo game on the platform. The game reached 4.10 million units sold by the end of July 2019.

Gallery

  Main article: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe/gallery

References

  1. NintendoAU. (September 13, 2018). New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – Nintendo Switch Announcement Trailer. YouTube. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  2. ZhugeEX (December 3, 2019). "NSMBU Deluxe is out Dec 10th. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey are available to pre order now. Additional first party games are being prepared for the China market for later." Twitter. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgGQxQriUn8
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxOpEK_EsPI
  5. https://youtu.be/oC7KKG2le-8?t=3m51s
  6. https://youtu.be/1x4dPurQVPw
  7. https://youtu.be/ynQL1B69kpU?t=4m50s
  8. https://youtu.be/UD2O7GwJ2Bc?t=2m16s
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzlM_U-m_rc
  10. https://youtu.be/mmes5rhR-jQ
  11. https://gonintendo.com/stories/322437-new-super-mario-bros-u-deluxe-includes-a-host-of-new-features-p
  12. https://youtu.be/g4YcrfC-lRI?t=9m28s
  13. https://youtu.be/a2LCkTFqJBs?t=10m39s
  14. https://youtu.be/s1tu4cUnIys?t=4m20s
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBYIqzpFaFg
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqR3E4kI8h0
  17. https://youtu.be/6wTFy-pJFMI?t=37

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