Generally favorable reviews - based on 68 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
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  1. Jan 10, 2019
    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.
  2. 100
    With a total of 164 secret-filled courses, a bunch of extra modes including the ever-addictive challenges and a small number of smart tweaks and additions, this is an incredible amount of platforming goodness in a single package. It's both the deepest and most accessible 2D Mario action you can get, as well as an endlessly enjoyable party game you can bust out with friends, and Switch is the perfect place for it.
  3. Jan 25, 2019
    Do you want shifting boundaries? Then play Super Mario Odyssey. Do you want a sophisticated old-school platformer with modern graphics? Then nothing can surpass New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
  4. Jan 16, 2019
    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a must-play for 2D Mario fans and is the best in the 2D line of games since Super Mario World.
  5. Jan 10, 2019
    For all the grumbling about Nintendo’s strategy of releasing last-gen ports to their new console, it’s hard to argue when the games are as high quality as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Nintendo has also added their typically high gloss coat of paint, with new features, new characters and even an entire bonus game. Add in a frantic and fun multiplayer mode and the diabolical Challenge Mode and you have a game that can proudly stand with the best platforming games the Switch can offer.
  6. Jan 9, 2019
    New Super Mario Bros U. Deluxe is, with no doubt whatsoever, one of the best 2D platform games to become available in the last few years. Therefore, if you have never played the game before, now is the perfect time for it. Nintendo Switch shows that it is the perfect device for the genre and its catalogue just keeps on getting bigger.
  7. 90
    More of a collection than a Deluxe Edition, New Super Mario Bros. U for Switch offers the opportunity to play an excellent 2D platformer in the best possible way today.
  8. Jan 9, 2019
    It's amazing how every element comes together for a thoroughly refined platforming experience. The level design is nothing short of genius, and the flawless controls make every leap more joyous than the last. Everyone who hasn't already played through the Wii U version should pick this up immediately.
  9. Jan 9, 2019
    One of the best Wii U games gets a wonderful Switch remaster that brings to life its multiplayer mayhem better than ever before.
  10. 90
    While New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a repackage of (mostly) existing stuff, with a couple of minor additions designed largely around making the gameplay more accessible for newcomers, and is clearly a filler release on Nintendo's part to capitalise on the post-Christmas lull and appetite for new stuff to play, it's hard to deny its value.
  11. Jan 9, 2019
    If you’ve played New Super Mario Bros U at all before, there’s not a whole lot of reasons to go back. It’s still terrific 2D Mario title, and it’s aged gracefully, with only the slightest of nips and tucks along the way. Just don’t go in expecting anything more than what you got in 2012. On the other side of the coin, if you’ve never played it before - you’re in for a treat. It’s a more accessible Mario if you need it to be, and if not, the difficulty is still there if you’re a longtime fan. Still, a new, New Super Mario Bros. after all this time would have been nicer.
  12. Jan 9, 2019
    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.
  13. Jan 16, 2019
    Thanks to Nintendo's new technology in Switch, we have the chance to play New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe anywhere we like. It also supports up to 4 players, so just imagine how fun it would be to play Mario on a camping trip with your friends while you share your childhood Mario memories with each other.
  14. Jan 11, 2019
    Gamers who have played the Wii U-version will not find shockingly-new content in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. On the other hand this Mario-title is a must-have for newcomers and 2D-platformer enthusiasts.
  15. Jan 10, 2019
    The lack of new levels is the worst part of this re-edition. Above else, this is one of the best options to enjoy a 2D multiplayer platformer game on Switch.
  16. Jan 9, 2019
    If you’ve played the game on the Wii U to completion, then I’d recommend passing on this one as there is little new here outside of a stable framerate, Toadette, and the highly overrated HD rumble. But if you skipped the Wii U and loved Super Mario Bros. 3, then this is a must play. It’s challenging (there’s even a challenge mode for the True Gamers(tm)), it controls great, and it pays homage while still managing to expand on the series gameplay with a few clever new gimmicks, like baby Yoshi abilities.
  17. Jan 9, 2019
    New Super Mario Bros. U on the switch is again one of the best 2D Mario games. For veterans of the original, however, there are too few innovations.
  18. Jan 9, 2019
    One of the best 2D platformers from the previous generation is back with new features and, of course, the ability to play it anywhere.
  19. Jan 9, 2019
    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.
  20. Jan 9, 2019
    With so many stages to explore and master, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a terrific way to experience this game again or for the first time.
  21. Jan 9, 2019
    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 doen't have many improvements from the original Wii U version.
  22. Jan 24, 2019
    Two great games on one cartridge with improved graphical fidelity, new characters to experiment with, and the ability to play anywhere, all making this the best version of both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. Lack of innovation notwithstanding, there are going to be many an hour spent either solo or with friends adventuring through the Mushroom Kingdom all over again. Hopefully, if Nintendo elects to bring fans a new installment in the New Super Mario Bros. series, the developer will play things less safe while maintaining the smooth gameplay and accessibility that have become its hallmark.
  23. Jan 14, 2019
    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.
  24. Jan 9, 2019
    Don’t be fooled: This is (as it always was) a challenging old school platformer. The simple design feels a bit outdated by now, though.
  25. Jan 9, 2019
    An excellent platformer that is as entertaining as it was almost a decade ago, but that hasn't enough new features to justify another buy if you have already played the game on Wii or -especially- on Wii U.
  26. Jan 28, 2019
    It’s the best Super Mario 2D experience for more than 25 years and a welcome addition to the Switch’s library. If you’ve not experienced it before then you’ll be in for a treat. Those that purchased this on the Wii U, however, are probably best off avoiding it. For everyone else, it’s a treat.
  27. Jan 25, 2019
    Filled with well over 150 levels between the base game and the New Super Luigi U expansion, there’s more than enough in NSMBU Deluxe to keep players occupied on-the-go or surrounding a big-screen TV.
  28. Jan 22, 2019
    Maybe it’s because I grew up having my mind blown by Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, but side-scrolling Mario games have always had a place in my heart. 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.
  29. Jan 22, 2019
    The game comes across like a love letter to everything that Super Mario Odyssey left behind.
  30. Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is transferring old game to new generation successfully. The game is purely funny, especially when you play it co-op. If you are looking a good game for your family, you should get Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
  31. Jan 14, 2019
    A pretty good new version of the Wii U's launch titles.
  32. Jan 14, 2019
    Old, familiar concepts and designs mix with the new in this worthy re-release. Owners of the original game wont find much new here, but for the many that missed Super Mario Bros. U the first time are in for a treat, especially those with friends or family to play alongside them.
  33. Jan 11, 2019
    Nintendo has once again brought one of its past console’s beloved exclusives to Switch with great effect, offering enhancements in the form of small visual tweaks and neat new mechanics.
  34. Jan 9, 2019
    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.
  35. Jan 9, 2019
    A great platform for everyone that hasn't played it before, but it is exactly the same game we saw on Wii U.
  36. Jan 9, 2019
    If you missed out on the duo of New Super Mario Bros. U or it’s Luigi-focused expansion then this Switch package is a great way to catch up on the plumbers’ 2D exploits. Much like the Switch versions of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker before it though, its lack of exciting fresh content is disappointing.
  37. Jan 9, 2019
    These aren't exceptional games, but they remain great platformers. And the universal multiplayer works really well with Switch's joy-cons. We recommend New Super Mario Bros U. Deluxe to everyone that hasn't played the original titles.
  38. Jan 9, 2019
    If you have never played it, in short, do not be scared by the really higher cost compared to the standards of similar operations: the price / quantity ratio is still in your favor.
  39. Jan 9, 2019
    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the most complete version of the latest 2D Mario games. Although it does not offer many changes with respect to New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, being able to play the game wherever you want is certainly interesting.
  40. Jan 9, 2019
    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a great Mario package, although still feels incredibly familiar. Multiplayer chaos is fun for a short while, but testing your skills against difficult stages is where Super Mario excels, as always. If you've not played a 2D Mario platformer in a while, this is well worth it, though Wii U fans who've played it before should think twice before purchasing.
  41. Jan 9, 2019
    Despite the cut content, New Super Mario Bros Deluxe remains the most feature-packed, and dare I say fun 2D Mario game in decades. If you missed it on Wii U, own a Switch and love Mario, platformers, fun and just plain good games, there’s no reason not to get New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe. There's just no real reason for those who've played it already to get it again.
  42. Jan 9, 2019
    Thanks to some sweet, though slightly too light additions - Peachette in particular - New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is really for everyone now.
  43. Jan 9, 2019
    A broadly approachable and feature-rich platforming game. Toadette is a welcome addition to the roster for those after a more forgiving way to tackle some of the more challenging levels, and the inclusion of the New Super Luigi U mode extends its lifespan substantially. While there are a number of other Nintendo Switch games within the genre that outdo New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe in various different ways, it nonetheless remains a highly enjoyable platforming package as a whole.
  44. 80
    New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe is another great Wii U game to make its way to the Nintendo Switch. Despite the fact that it's full priced and feels a little bit later than it should have been, it's still a great game that would make a great addition to any collection.
  45. Jan 9, 2019
    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.
  46. Jan 9, 2019
    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe brings two of the most iconic 2D platformers of the Wii U to the Nintendo Switch under one game in an edition that represents the peak of what those games can achieve, there's no doubt on that side. What it does not manage to do, however, is to provide incentives for those who already know the originals well enough, for those players New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will simply feel like a repetition of a previous experience.
  47. Jan 9, 2019
    Mario returns to his beloved two-dimensional world. A well-crafted and fun collection of games.
  48. Jan 9, 2019
    What a start of the year. A New Mario game for the Switch. The game has earlier been released for Wii U, but the Switch version is absolutely lovey. It has coop for 4 and a lot of levels to explore. Let's a go.
  49. 80
    Sure, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe might be yet another Wii U game re-released on the Switch, but it boasts a huge number of levels, filled to the brim with platforming greatness. Even though it's been six years since its original release, the overall experience holds up very well.
  50. 80
    The package is totally fine, and outside of Peachette leading to one of the most disturbing memes in recent Nintendo memory, the new character’s addition is welcome. Aside from that, the only benefits of this release is that it can be truly played portably and it’s on a console a lot more people own.
  51. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 20, 2019
    Classic characters, familiar worlds and epic music – the game is like a portal to 8-bit past of the series. But its strength is also its weakness: New Super Mario doesn't even try to surprise you. [Issue#236, p.48]
  52. Jan 24, 2019
    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. Also not unlike Mario Kart 8 they have included all the DLC, including the aforementioned Luigi add-on that is basically an entirely new game. There is a lot packed in here, and for those that never invested in the Wii U, it is more than worth the price of admission. It might not be the most memorable Mario game ever created, but it is still better than most platformers available on the console. Even when Nintendo doesn’t set the world on fire, they still manage to impress.
  53. Jan 11, 2019
    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe makes its debut to the Nintendo Switch, after almost 6 years of slumber on the Wii U. The game is, without a doubt, a thrilling platformer that manages to blend a cast of loving 3D characters into stunning 2D levels, yet fails to deliver enough additional content to justify the word “deluxe” in its name.
  54. Jan 9, 2019
    Clearly dedicated to the players who haven't been able to try the game on Wii U, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe doesn't add enough content to be a must have for the fans of the franchise. However, it still is a really nice game, with an amazing game design and level design.
  55. Jan 9, 2019
    As it did on Wii U in 2012, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe offers a genuine challenge and is the closest game in the New Super Mario series to the golden 16-bit era of Super Mario World with its open map and pitch-perfect difficulty curve. It’s arguably the best in what has been a great, but very safe, series and it doesn’t do anything to change that notion. The co-op is still frustrating, but its roots lie well within the single-player experience.
  56. Jan 9, 2019
    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.
  57. Jan 9, 2019
    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a fun 2D Mario experience, but it doesn't stick with you the same way the franchise's classics do.
  58. Jan 22, 2019
    In the end New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a welcome addition to the Nintendo Switch library, a fun and entertaining platformer with charm and every now and then – that classic Nintendo feel. But due to the success of the platform, it also finds itself competing with many stellar indie platformers in a way that Super Mario Odyssey never did.
  59. Jan 17, 2019
    For those who already own New Super Mario Bros U, this upgrade is really not worth full price. However, it does not take away the fact that it's still one of the absolute best experiences for four players.
  60. Jan 14, 2019
    Yet another port with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe which is a straight port from the Wii u to the Switch with a resolution going from 720p to 1080p and a bit more content like the Luigi spin off and the addition of Peachette and Nabbit. As usual with re-releases, check it if you haven't yet.
  61. Jan 9, 2019
    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.
  62. 70
    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.
  63. Jan 9, 2019
    Despite the exclusion of online features and fresh content, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a sizeable collection that offers one of the most solid platforming experiences of the current decade. If you’re a newcomer, it could provide numerous hours of excitement for you and your local friends. It’s a fun game for sure, but for someone who spent a good amount of time exploring every nook and cranny of the original a few years ago, it will most likely feel all too familiar.
  64. 70
    I have to say, overall, I found New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe to be a bit of a disappointment. It isn’t that it’s a bad game, far from it in fact. However, it is one of the weaker Mario games. There’s a lot of fun to be had, but not much by way of wow factor. The visuals are bright and appealing but lack depth and interest. The music is great, but it’s nearly all stuff that we have heard before. Of course, the platforming is spot on, but again, it doesn’t add anything new. If you can only afford to pick up one Nintendo 2D platformer, then you should get Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. However, if you want even more Mario in your life, then New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is still worth your time.
  65. Jan 9, 2019
    Despite its aging formula, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is still a great entry in the series, with its typically tight platforming and both accessibility and depth to spare. While it can feel a bit stale for those who have been round the Mushroom Kingdom one too many times before, Deluxe is well worth playing, especially if you didn't get a chance to play NSMBU on Wii U.
  66. Jan 9, 2019
    There are better Mario games out there than New Super Mario Bros. U. Super Mario Odyssey is far more impressive and the 2D Mario games that inspired New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe are far more satisfying to complete. There's also not a whole lot of new things to explore for anyone who did play the game in its original form on Wii U. But for newcomers or those looking for any solid platformer, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is worth the investment if you can get over the full retail price for a game that's six years old.
  67. Jan 22, 2019
    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.
  68. Jan 9, 2019
    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.
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  1. Jan 11, 2019
    I had a blast going through the entire package again and will continue to bust it out when someone tells me they haven't played it yet.
  2. Jan 15, 2019
    There's no question that New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a good game, and being able to play it on the go is a huge advantage, but that portability doesn’t necessarily cancel out the lack of new content.
  3. Jan 13, 2019
    Even if Nintendo had not sent me the game for free, I probably would have paid $60 for it day one. Then I would have 100%’d it in several feverish hours, in portable mode, on my sofa, in the dark, late at night, with the sound off. As my sweat cooled I would have likely begun brainstorming a New New Super Mario Bros.
  4. Jan 9, 2019
    Iteration at its best isn’t merely refinement or polish; it’s a game in conversation with all of its predecessors, and through these games, a dialogue between the creators and players. It is the culmination and collaboration all at once. New Super Mario Bros. U may not be everyone’s No. 1 Mario game of all time, but I have no doubt it will remind every fan of what makes their favorite special. [Polygon Recommends]
  5. Jan 11, 2019
    If the wacky Odyssey has left you in the mood for some classic Mario, this is the perfect thing.
  6. Jan 16, 2019
    With two full adventures packed with secrets, a brilliantly difficult Challenges mode and thoroughly entertaining multiplayer, it’ll take you ages to see everything on offer here. It may not be ‘New’, but it’s certainly ‘Super’.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 135 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 135
  2. Negative: 36 out of 135
  1. Jan 11, 2019
    It's a wonderful option if you didn't play this game before. Great platformer, lots of secrets, different environments, great for multiplayerIt's a wonderful option if you didn't play this game before. Great platformer, lots of secrets, different environments, great for multiplayer because it's really fun. Full Review »
  2. Jan 11, 2019
    NSMB U Deluxe is a soulless rehash of an already underwhelming game. Also, what happened to Boost Rush mode? Also, why is the air spin theNSMB U Deluxe is a soulless rehash of an already underwhelming game. Also, what happened to Boost Rush mode? Also, why is the air spin the same button as the jump? Also, why can't you port the data from the Wii U version if you already owned it? This means I have to pay $60 for basically the same game. Also, Peachette? Seriously Nintendo? Full Review »
  3. Jan 12, 2019
    I have played the original version of this game on the Wii U and enjoyed it then. And playing it again years later is still fun. If youI have played the original version of this game on the Wii U and enjoyed it then. And playing it again years later is still fun. If you owned just New Super Mario Bros U and not the Luigi one, this is worth it for you but double dipping in this game is worth it for me. There are other platformers that are more worth it like Celeste and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze but this is still a casual experience but rewards veterans of the series like myself. I would say its worth it for people that didn't get the original and somewhat worth it if you already owned it. Full Review »