New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: old Super Mario, you mean.

Since he already owned the Game & Watch game Mario Cement Factory as a six-year-old kid and thus literally grew up with Mario games, Dennis has a soft spot for many of the 2D versions of the series. Makes New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe another six-year-old from Dennis?

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New Super Mario Bros.  U Deluxe: old Super Mario, you mean

If you expect me to use this Switch port of New Super Mario Bros. In this review you are going to compare completely with the Wii U version, then unfortunately I have to disappoint you. I did play the first version, but I didn’t research it from start to finish. And that was partly due to the fact that I simply didn’t have Wii U (I know, shame on me).

A good time to get started with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, an expanded version of the Wii U variant that is out on Nintendo Switch starting today. One point of criticism may be that Nintendo is very easy to re-poop Wii and Wii U titles to earn some money, but on the other hand, it is great that people who missed the game can still play it. In addition, it is also the first Mario 2D platformer for Nintendo’s latest console, and the game does justice to it. The Switch is simply the best console of the moment to play platformers on; on the road, but certainly also at home on the couch.

New Super Mario Bros.  U Deluxe: old Super Mario, you mean

Still something new

In any case, this Switch version is not quite a revised and rehashed version of the Wii U game. For example, there are new characters: Nabbit and Toadette. The first one, Nabbit, cannot actually be killed. Nintendo has chosen this because even the smallest gamers can enjoy the game. Or it’s a character for people who don’t feel like a challenge; is also possible. The second is Toadette, who can change back to Peachette with a Star Crown and then gets a glide move.

You also get the game New Super Luigi U for free, with which you get extra levels that you have to complete within 100 seconds. So that’s a bonus. Still, this game is mostly old and familiar. There’s another Story Mode where Mario and his associates get to grips with Bowser, this time being thrown out of Peach’s castle and having to fight back on an old-fashioned Mario map. And the levels are also familiar (even if you haven’t played the Wii U version). There are plenty of ice, lava, desert, and water worlds again with plenty of warp pipes to take you to secret sub-levels (or to coin-filled rooms and cut-off routes, of course).

New Super Mario Bros.  U Deluxe: old Super Mario, you mean

Good for hours of entertainment

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe may not be groundbreaking, but it is well put together. The learning curve in particular is very pleasant. In the beginning you prefer to run and jump through levels as quickly as possible, but soon you have enough self-confidence to also dare to take on the more challenging challenges. You can even skip some levels when you go out the pipe for the umpteenth time.

And if you really can’t enjoy yourself enough with the Story Mode, there are always the Challenges, the Boost Rush (in fact a kind of speed run for certain levels that you can play with the four of you) and the Coin Battle. On top of that, you will get New Super Luigi U for free and you have a great and complete 2D platformer on your Switch that offers more than enough hours of entertainment.

New Super Mario Bros.  U Deluxe: old Super Mario, you mean

Conclusion

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New Super Mario Bros.  U Deluxe: old Super Mario, you mean

85 Gamers who’ve played the Wii U version aren’t going to find a shocking amount of new content in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. But for the newcomers (and / or fans of 2D platformers) this is actually a must-have Mario game. Gamers who have played the Wii U version are not going to find a shocking amount of new content in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. But for the newcomers (and / or fans of 2D platformers) this is actually a must-have Mario game.