Story - 68%
Graphics - 77%
Audio - 72%
Gameplay - 80%
Replayability - 85%
The Nintendo Switch had a lot of re-releases in 2018 some with new features and some just a re-release on the new console. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (What a mouth full) is a re-release of a game with the same name as well as New Super Luigi U. The game was initially released on the Wii U system in 2012 and Luigi U in 2013. Let’s look what is different and what makes this game worthwhile to get a re-release.
The gameplay of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the classic side scrolling 2D adventure that we all know and love, the big difference here is that instead of just collecting coins and trying to beat the clock, there is now 3 big coins stars to collect in every level. It is an awesome way to introduce new players to the classic Mario Bros. game style that we grew up with and enjoy and will keep you busy for days with over 160 levels to try and master.
Now that you know the just of the game let’s look at what is different in this version: (Taken from MarioWiki)
- Toadette is a new playable character, replacing Blue Toad.
- A 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 but with a more versatile aerial movement.
- When playing as Toadette, all Blocks containing 1-Up Mushrooms instead contain 3-Up Moons.
- Toadette has swimming properties like the Penguin Suit no matter what form she has.
- Toadette and Nabbit are less slippery than Mario, Luigi, and Toad.
- 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 and doubles when both of them are being played.
- Yellow Toad is referred to as simply “Toad”.
- 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 and 720p resolutions of a TV connected to a Wii U, and a Wii U GamePad, respectively.
- It is possible to play as Luigi, Toad, Toadette, and Nabbit in single player in this game’s versions of the main modes of both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U (Mario remains non-playable in New Super Luigi U, and Miis have not been seen as playable in either main single-player mode). The original New Super Mario Bros. U main mode only allows single players to play as Mario, while the original New Super Luigi U main mode restricts single players to Luigi, Nabbit (except in Flying Squirrel Ovation), and Mii characters (only in Flying Squirrel Ovation).
- As a result, Nabbit can now be played within the New Super Mario Bros. U levels.
- Nabbit has new voice clips that are similar to Toads.
- Nabbit can bounce off Yoshis since he cannot ride them, unlike the original game where he simply goes through them.
- Nabbit can now carry objects.
- There is now a hint button on the menu.
- Character selection icons now use their updated artwork. Toadette and Nabbit are also labeled as “Easy” and “Very Easy” respectively.
- The title screen uses the same ground as the New Super Luigi U title screen with Nabbit included.
- 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.
- When entering a world, the name of the map has a different banner design, with 2D artwork of blocks in outlines.
- The loading screens background uses different 2D icons.
- The button tabs on the map are now red instead of blue and now use button icons of the Switch controllers. Additionally, the player can now also use Minus Button to open the menu.
- Challenges make a return; however, Boost Mode challenges are removed due to Boost Mode being incompatible with the Nintendo Switch controls.
- The challenges menu has been redesigned.
- The game uses HD rumble, unlike the original game which uses simple rumble.
- In the pause menu during levels, buttons on the controller can be remapped.
- On the pause screen, characters can be changed on the map screen.
- Spin Jump now shares the same button as jump while in mid-air.
There are quite a few differences and it is great that they included both games as one in the re-release. Apart form the 2 great adventures, there are some other modes that you can play as well.
Challenges – These stages are trials design to test your skills. There are 4 types of challenges. Time Attack – Race to the finish as fast as you can. Coin Collection – Grab all the coins you can. 1-Up Rally – Stay Airborne by jumping on enemies. The last one is Special where you need to complete special goals.
Boost Rush – Have up to 4 friends join you to tackle three courses. The stage scrolls automatically so do not get left behind.
Coin Battle – A multiplayer mode to battle for coins, you can also customise stages for endless fun.
Tips ‘n Tricks – Not really a mode but a central place to go if you are stuck somewhere. Watch hundreds of videos online.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a great game to own on the Switch, especially with all the content you get and all the different ways to play it. It is well worth it having a re-release and great to see that they changed and added some things.
Reviewed on: Switch
Genre: Action, Platform
Release Date: 11 January 2019
Great new content and looks great on the Switch