New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a perfect addition to the Switch's ever-=growing library of excellent games. A huge amount of content, coupled with perfectly executed tight controls makes this entry a must play for any and all fans of the genre.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a must-have for Switch owners who skipped the Wii U. Packaged with two complete games and a plethora of challenges to complete, the Deluxe version will give you plenty of bang for your buck. Even if you already owned the game, it’s worth trying on the Switch, if only to have a mobile, 2D Mario game at the ready. It might not be as difficult as past Mario games, but it’s never not fun.
This might be my favorite Mario game of all time. The levels are varied and plentiful. The difficulty feels just about right. I love the different characters and their different abilities which can make the game easier if desired. Multiplayer is exceptionally done; the expansion of the screen to encompass all players works perfectly, and is superior to how Super Mario Wonder handles multiplayer. It's an older game, but it plays really well.
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. Either way, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (god, it’s like a mouth full of marshmallows) would be a worthy addition to any respectable Switch collection.
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.
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. Having said that, this is still an excellent package that deserves a new lease of life on Switch, especially as there will be many owners of that console who didn't get to experience the Wii U original and its expansion.
The further you delve into New Super Mario Bros U, the more rewarding it becomes. Its final worlds hold some of its best levels, and there are plenty of fun secrets to enliven the second or third attempt at a level. But it’s hard to summon the motivation to devote that much time to it. It’s typically well-made and enjoyable, but next to the best of the Mario series, it’s unmemorable.
This game is a mess. I did bother to collect all star coins, and just to be clear: it was NOT worth it, because this game is so uninspired there was no point to keep playing.
The only world I had fun with was the first one. The difficulty was perfect, however, levels became disgustingly difficult after second world onward. Those levels were SO HARD! I almost switched to Toadette, but in the end, I did not (P-Acorns were luckily a big help). The sentence in Nintendo E-Shop, saying that this game has over 140 levels is misleading, as the game has only about 80.
I like that this game has challenges, however, those challenges are not very interesting. The fire bro one is quite cool, but I guess that is everything. I hope I do not need to mention that there is literally nothing new from the Wii U version of the game. It is the exact same game, except the Luigi U DLC is included for free. Luigi U is basically the exact same game, but it is way harder than the Mario version of the game.
I have BIG issues with the gameplay. First of all, every single time you die, you get kicked out of the level completely, forcing you to enter it every time you die, and you have to watch a 3 year old animation again and again. Instead of this, they could just respawn you at the start of the level or at the checkpoint to save everyone's time. I died hundreds of times, so at least 15 minutes of my total playtime was just watching the animation upon death and entering the level.
Another important thing to mention is the way the game saves. The game does let you save ONLY after castle stages. If you want to save anywhere else, you have to rely on a very unreliable system called quick saving. The system does not work properly and very often did not save my progress, meaning something like playing one level during a break at school is impossible, you ALWAYS have to play to a castle to save the game. If you want to save the game freely, you can do that only after completing the game. The fact that this exists is DUMB. And when you beat a castle, I find even DUMBER that the game even asks you if you want to save. The game should save after every level automatically.
The way some star coins are hidden is very cheap too, especially ghost house stages, which always require you to randomly jump into walls, hoping you find them. The secret exits in them are very cheap as well. This game is simply a mess that nobody should waste time with.
It's unbelievable to me that Nintendo thought it would be fun for players to have to run Mario into every inch of level geometry looking for hidden star coins in order to complete the game. Then again this is the series that keeps shipping miserable water levels even though no human being in the entire 35-year history of Mario has ever found a water level fun. Don't waste your money on this overpriced trash unless you're living in an alternate universe without Mario Maker and you love being subjected to tedious game mechanics like invisible passages and the same tired, unfun slogs though swarms of cheep cheeps and lazy boom boom fights.
SummaryJoin 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...