Super Mario Brox. U Deluxe Switch is the latest Nintendo omnibus bomb, featuring both plumbers, other characters from the older franchises and some surprise additions. This 2D Nintendo’s baby was out in 2012 originally, while this Deluxe edition comes bearing the combined content of Super Mario Bros. U and Super Luigi U with added stuff, improved appearance, and an entirely overhauled experience. Also, this Deluxe edition is literally released on the 6th anniversary of the original game, so let’s see if the birthday celebration is as fun as everyone seems to think.
Besides the obviously portability, we have new content and levels, which are designed to perfection btw. Shigeyuki Asuke is the guy who signs most of 2D Mario titles since Luigi’s Mansion, particularly focused on level design. He was also on The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword and other notable titles.
Additionally, there are a couple of new mechanics added and finally – two new characters.
Toadette is a female version of the Toad, with a pink costume. She is faster than any other character in Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe but also the shortest. However, once you come across a pink crown, Toadette can pick it up which will transform her into a flying humanoid princess, resembling Princess Peach but with super powers. Now called Peachette, this character can jump higher than any other and hover with incredibly advanced maneuverability, activated with pushing and holding the jump button mid-air. Also, if you fall down into a pit with her, Peachette will bounce back once, giving you extra chance. But, this ability has a cooldown, making her somewhat easier for perhaps rookie players.
Nabbit was seen on Super Luigi U and is designed as the easiest character to play. He is apparently designed for either when you want to SPEED RUN the entire game, or for the youngest players such as you kids. Nabbit avoids all damage from monsters and projectiles done to him. He is absolutely immune to them.
Mario, Luigi, and Toad
Other characters are the standard plumber duo and the yellow toad. The game’s experience and difficulty is as intended by Nintendo when you go as Mario. Luigi is perhaps the hardest, and Toad is just…well Toad. But, this time he is yellow Toad for some reason.
As said, the models, textures, and everything in this game has been greatly improved. In fact, these two games packed into a Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Switch look 10 times better on a portable device than they did separately on a console, 6 years ago. It is a 2D game, but you actually get a Widescreen 2D HD Mario game, which is 720p and 60fps in portable mode, which is in and of itself incredible.
Besides the new features with Toadette and Nabbit, the standard gameplay has remained as epic as ever. Other characters are playable in a normal, usual way with Super Mario signature mushrooms that make you grow, fiery flowers that make you spit fire, others make you spit ice, etc… You can mount Dinos. As mentioned, the absolutely flawless level design done in these two titles shines through now, more than ever, and it makes up for a really fun game. Level design is the crucial part of a sidescrolling platformer, such as Mario, and Nintendo played their cards right, as always.
Portable Mode Multiplayer
If you still do not realize the full potential of this game, it is a available in multiplayer on your portable Nintendo Switch devices. Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Switch will really shine when you play with friends virtually anywhere you what – on a road trip, plane, bus, etc… There is also the camera zoom feature to be used in multiplayer, and the multiple characters just invites you to have tons of fun.
2D Super Mario game’s never had much innovation in terms of boss fights. Not much has changed since the golden age of platformers and the old school NES gaming. Traditionally, these bosses have a couple of repetitive mechanics you need to avoid and deal with, and deal damage to them when the time is right. Sometimes it can be a fun and refreshing change of pace for the game, sometimes it can be dull.
Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo Switch is a combination of what many critics called the best Super Mario games ever, which is in and of itself enough to make anyone happy. Plus, you get some new content and characters, and the possibility of playing multiplayer in portable mode, which is EPIC! With that said, the game could have more content as those who are the biggest Super Mario addicts will munch through it quickly and probably play through again with other characters fast.