As a carefree way to fritter away a few hours with friends, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe fits the bill. As an entry in one of the premier franchises in gaming, the adherence to tradition and generic "New" theming leave this one missing the mark.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is an enjoyable re-release, but doesn't stand quite as tall next to modern platformers.
One of the best Wii U games gets a wonderful Switch remaster that brings to life its multiplayer mayhem better than ever before.
Compared to the classic 2D Super Mario games this is disappointingly anodyne, but it's still competently made platform fun that can be enjoyed by everyone.
This platformer was fun on Wii U, and the Deluxe version gives the game a well-earned extra life on Switch
If Super Mario Odyssey is the culmination of 3D Mario games, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the same for 2D Mario
Mario and Luigi are as agile as ever in Nintendo Switch's latest remaster, but they're starting to show their age.
Well, if you never played New Super Mario Bros. U for the Nintendo Wii U, or if you want to experience it again with friends—or Toadette—maybe it’s worth it to you. If you absolutely require an official 2D Mario game on your Nintendo Switch, here it is. If you’re just looking for a platform game and you’ve never played either this or Celeste, get Celeste.
We are facing one of the best 2D platforms of recent years and if it has never been played, it is a perfect opportunity to do so.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a huge amount of great 2D Mario (and Luigi) platforming and it's at its easiest to pick up and play on Switch, but even with the sheer volume of content this doesn't really feel like a ‘Deluxe' game. Toadette's easier gameplay comes at the cost of a regular difficulty fourth character, and makes for a token appearance of Peach as a playable character, while the best all round multiplayer fun has been left behind with the Wii U's GamePad.
Seven years after its original release, New Super Mario Bros U is still a great platform game, with lots of secrets, and incredibly fun to play in local multiplayer. DX has not many improvements from the original Wii U version.
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While I wouldn’t put this latest entry on the same pedestal, this is still a very solid game with a lot of what we’ve all come to love about the series thrown into a melting pot. I don’t think Nintendo would ever put out a “bad” Mario, honestly. There’s plenty here to keep fans and next of kin busy and entertained for quite some time.
An excellent platformer that is as entertaining as it was almost a decade ago, but that hasn't enought new features to justify another buy if you have already played the game on Wii or -specially- on Wii U.
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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has everything a classic Mario should have and something more. But if you already played it on Wii U, it can get a bit boring soon enough.
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For newcomers who haven't experienced it, this is still a very good game; one that's aged well. But for returning players, there just isn't quite enough to warrant another go.
This is definitely its best version thanks to the addition of Toadette. But New Super Mario Bros. U lacks imagination, and bringing it to the Switch doesn’t solve that problem.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a game that would have benefited from being released in a vacuum. As it stands, this package is one that can neither live up to Nintendo's own suite of contemporary 2D platformers or the Deluxe moniker it is tagged with. Even beyond this point, the game is little more than a window into a bygone era of Nintendo. Offering simple, polished platforming action, this title is suited only for those who have exhausted the genre's other options on Nintendo's hybrid system.
With straightforward 2D linear play this game can feel anachronistically flat – but chaotic multiplayer action is where the infectious fun lies
As far as Switch ports from the Wii U go, this is right up there with the best. Nintendo has done just enough to make it look and feel better than I remember on the Wii U.
Regardless of your latent skill level, there’s a ton of content here that’s sure to keep you hooked for quite some time. If you’re one of the many Wii U diehards out there, these games might not pique your interest in the same way. The portable element is lovely and the bundle is super convenient, but I recognize that might not be enough.