New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: Trailer and Release Date

Super Mario Bros. U (one of the Wii U's best games) is coming to Nintendo Switch.

In the grand tradition of bringing some of the Wii U’s best games to the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has confirmed a Switch port of New Super Mario Bros. U called New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

If you never played the original New Super Mario Bros. U (which, considering that it was released for the Wii U, is a real possibility) then you are in for a treat. The game is an old-school Mario platformer that some of you may recognize as one of the creative options available in Mario Maker.

More than just a walk down platformer memory lane, though, Super Mario Bros. U was a surprisingly fresh take on the idea of a Mario platformer. Its four-player co-op gameplay was a series first, as was its incredible use of the Wii U’s touchscreen tablet which allowed one player to help – or hinder – the progress of the others by placing platforms and interacting with other objects. 

We don’t know if that touchscreen interface is going to make a return (although it seems like it would be possible with multiple Nintendo Switches) but we do know that this Deluxe version of the game is going to be just as generous as the original titles in terms of content. Along with all of the original levels the game shipped with (which includes quite a few stages), Deluxe Edition owners will also get all of the content included in the incredible New Super Luigi U expansion. On top of that, this version of the game features two new playable characters, Toadette and Nabitt.

If you didn’t get a chance to play this game on Wii U, just be warned that it is a surprisingly difficult game that doesn’t get much easier when you have multiple people on-screen. The New Super Luigi U expansion was a particularly challenging addition to the base game that will test your platforming skills. 

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You can purchase New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for Nintendo Switch starting on January 11, 2019. 

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014