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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other players to get the most coins. You can play as a range of Mario characters but can also select your Mii avatar to play in the game for the first time too.

There are additional assistance options in this game. The Super Guide detects if you are stuck and offers to control your character to avoid anyone getting stuck.

There was an alternate version of the game called New Super Luigi U with additional features. There is also Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for Switch that contains both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. It runs at higher resolution and includes a new playable character, Toadette. It also lets you edit your own levels.

Other Super Mario Bros platform games:
  • Super Mario Bros. (1985) on NES and rereleased on GameBoy Colour in 1999.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988) on NES and rereleased on GBA in 2001
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988) on NES and rereleased on GBA in 2003
  • Super Mario Land (1989) on GameBoy
  • Super Mario World (1990) on SNES and rereleased on GBA in 2002
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992) on GameBoy
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995) on SNES and rereleased on GBA in 2002
  • Super Mario 64 (1996) on N64 and rereleased on DS in 2004
  • Super Mario Sunshine (2002) on GameCube
  • New Super Mario Bros (2012) on DS
  • Super Mario Galaxy (2007) on Wii
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009) on Wii
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010) on Wii
  • Super Mario 3D Land (2011) on Wii
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012) on 3DS
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (2013) on Wii U
  • Super Mario 3D World (2014) on Wii U
  • Super Mario Run (2016) on iOS and Android
  • Super Mario Odyssey (2017) on Switch
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019) on Switch
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020) on Switch Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1-5

Genres: Action, Platform (Collecting, Creative, Puzzle and Traversal)

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)




Play Time: This game will take between 18 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. On Wii U the game is played with Wii Remotes, Pro Controller or the Wii U GamePad. A big novelty is how a fifth player can play a helping role. With four main players use Wii Remotes, this extra player uses the Wii U gamepad screen to add platforms and stun enemies.

On the Switch version you use Joy-Con controllers (half each) but can't access the assistance player mode of the Wii U, so this version is 4 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although you do need some timed button pressing skill for jumps and running, because you can hop into a bubble if you are stuck this is a game that still works with really young players. Playing in a group lets you progress together, with more experienced players aiding younger players.


New Super Mario Bros. U usually costs £19.99 to £49.99.

New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U

Switch Store Wii U £19.99

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Switch Store Switch £49.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can purchase the New Super Luigi U additional content for the original game, or it is available separately. This provides:
  • 82 new courses
  • Play as Luigi
  • Play as thieving Nabbit

New Super Luigi U is available as a stand alone game, it is also included in the Switch version New Super Mario U Deluxe. 
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We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our New Super Mario Bros. U Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Nintendo) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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