Switch version tested
After six years of its original release on Wii U, New Super Mario Bros. U has found its way onto the Nintendo Switch. Now with the deluxe treatment. Even though the game’s visuals are starting to show it’s age, the gameplay is still as fun as it always has been.
Nintendo could have easily just ported the same game over but they have made a couple of small additions to give it a fresher feel. This time around, instead of just being able to use Mario on your journey to rescue the Peach while playing alone, you have the option to choose Luigi, a yellow Toad, Toadette, or Nabbit. Using Toadette gives you the to option to turn into Peachette by grabbing the Super Crown item in a level. When transformed into Peachette, you now have the ability to perform a double jump, do Peach’s trademark floating jump, and a boost out of a pit if you happen to stumble into one. If by chance you fall into that same pit again though, you’re a goner. Also, any block that usually contains a 1-Up is now a 3-Up moon.
Nabbit makes things even easier if Toadette wasn’t enough help. With Nabbit, enemies can’t hurt you. Grabbing an item only gives you points for the scoreboard but 1-Ups still serve their purpose. Another addition to the game is being able to change between characters between levels. And with that, each character keeps their own lives. So for example, if you’re down to your final life with Mario and you have 20 lives banked with Luigi, all you have to do is switch characters between levels to keep from risking that Game Over screen.
With the deluxe edition we also get the more difficult DLC, New Super Luigi U. On the Wii U, you had 100 seconds to complete a level. If you’re wanting an easier, less stressful play through this time around, you can choose Toadette or Nabbit to increase that time to 200 seconds with their additional abilities. No matter which character you use though in the DLC, everyone has the higher Luigi jump and controls that are not as tight as how Mario would be handled.
As with the original game, additional modes Challenges, Boost Rush, and Coin Battle are included. Challenges are divided into Time Attack, Coin Collection, 1-Up Rally, and Special. Depending on how well you completed each mission you are awarded a gold, silver, or bronze medal. With Boost Rush, you collect coins to increase the speed of the level and try to get to the goal as quick as possible. Coin battle is a co-op mode where up to 2-4 players compete to collect the most coins.
For returning players, there really isn’t much new here to offer unless you’ve been waiting for an easier version of both games to play using Toadette and Nabbit. You do though have a better controller this time around with the pro controller. And now, with the ability of the Switch, you can play this game on the go. The game looks good in handheld mode but the right analogue kind of got in the way playing with this option. The same goes to playing with detached joy con. Which is my only small gripe I can think of with this game. And nobody is forcing you to play that way.
And for everyone else who hasn’t played these games yet, there are 164 levels waiting to be enjoyed here. Throw on top of that the Challenges, Boost Rush, and Coin Battle modes and you got yourself a lot of bang for your buck here. It’s simply a game not to be missed.