While the Wii U wasn't home to huge juggernaut Mario games like Odyssey and Galaxy, it did see some delightful and creative smaller games like Super Mario 3D World and New Super Mario Bros. U. The latter saw the traditional 2D Mario game formula and put it into a 2.5D perspective, basically giving the old style a new coat of paint. For many, it was a fun return to form, and a game that ended up being super popular with families and those of all ages. During Nintendo's most recent Nintendo Direct, they finally got to announce a new version of it after rumors persisted for about a month. New Super Mario Bros. U is coming to the Nintendo Switch early next year in the form of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, bringing the ever-popular platformer at home or on the go.

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With a subtitle like 'Deluxe' slapped on, it's almost a guarantee that the game will have some new content, right? Absolutely! Naturally, because it's going to be on the Switch, the control schemes will be a little more expansive this time around. While you can play the game with both Joycons, you can hand a single Joycon off to a friend and play that way if you want to go the co-op route. New Super Mario Bros. U was well regarded for its co-op play, which many felt made the game even more fun, supporting up to five players at once. The biggest addition this time around, however, are the two new playable characters. In Deluxe, both Nabbit and Toadette join the playable roster alongside Mario, Luigi, and the two Toads. Nabbit and Toadette have some unique properties that make the game a little easier if you're having trouble. The former can dash through stages without getting damaged by enemies, while the latter can collect unique powerups that turn her into Peachette. Once in Peachette form, she can double jump, fall slowly, or bounce back up from pits. Many of you may have already heard of Peachette since Mario lore fanatics are scratching their heads at what she is.

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Later on in New Super Mario Bros. U's lifecycle, the Year of Luigi happened. This was 2015 of course, the year Nintendo decided to give Mario's ghost-hunting brother the spotlight for a change. In celebration of this, Mario Bros. U got a bit of DLC called New Super Luigi U. It took the original game's levels and re-designed them around Luigi's floatier playstyle, while also adding in the above mentioned Nabbit character as well. Good news is that New Super Luigi U will be included with Deluxe for free, similar to a Wii U bundle of the same nature back in the day. It's not yet known if Toadette will also star in New Super Luigi U, but hopefully, that will be the case. With New Super Luigi U added to the package, that means that New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe's total level count will be 164 courses between the two titles. Additionally, if you enjoyed the Wii U version's feature that let you play as Miis, Deluxe adds in three new modes for them: Boost Rush, Challenges, and Coin Battle. Plenty to dig into!

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is set to release on January 11th, 2019 early next year. With all this new content, and the ability to play on the go, it will be the version you'll want to shoot for if you're considering playing. The game will be available both on the Nintendo eShop and through retail. Nintendo put out a more formal, official trailer for the game following their Nintendo Direct announcement video, so you can watch that below here to get a glimpse at the new characters in action. The Switch version will support up to 4 players total. New Super Mario Bros. U is a fun time for just about everyone, and a good game to consider for families out there. You can view the full game details on Nintendo's official website, which mentions that Deluxe will feature a Hints system and Super Guide for players who need some additional help.

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