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New Super Mario Bros. U is the fourth installment in the New Super Mario Bros. series. It was released on November 18, 2012 (the Wii U's launch). This game can have five players, four on Wii Remotes, and one on the Wii U GamePad. It is a sequel to the 2009 Wii game New Super Mario Bros. Wii and a follow-up to the Nintendo 3DS game New Super Mario Bros. 2 (which was also released in 2012 and is a follow-up to the 2009 game). An expansion pack, titled New Super Luigi U was also released for the Wii U in June 2013. A port for the Nintendo Switch, titled New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe was released in January 2019.


Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, and Blue Toad are with Princess Peach in Peach's Castle dining together. Bowser and the Koopalings suddenly arrive in their Airships, with the former sporting a Mecha Hand that smashes and launches the brothers and the Toads away from the castle. Mario and his friends crash into the Acorn Tree, launching Super Acorns through the area. They then tumble out of the tree, passing by a Bubble Baby Yoshi and Balloon Baby Yoshi, and they then look into the horizon to see Bowser beginning a siege on Princess Peach's Castle, setting the Mario Bros. and the Toads to go on a new adventure and save Princess Peach while trying to make it back home.

As the game progresses, the view occasionally shifts to Peach's Castle, showing the flags being replaced by Bowser's flags, and the castle being surrounded by a thin tornado-like cloud that is made thicker by Kameks magic, entirely obscuring the castle. Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, and Blue Toad also encounter Bowser's forces, including the Koopalings, Boom Boom, Kamek, and Bowser Jr., who occasionally attacks the heroes with his father's airship. All of them are defeated, and Bowser Jr. causes the airship to crash after making the mechanical hand punch through it. After reaching Peach's Castle and defeating Bowser, the group moves onward, but Bowser Jr. appears and urges Kamek to spread his magic across the area. After heading to the castle exterior, Mario and the others see Peach in a tower. Before they can save her, she is locked inside a tower and Bowser appears, now at a giant size, alongside Bowser Jr. Eventually, Bowser is defeated and Bowser Jr. flees. The character that defeated Bowser gets to Peach and bows down to her, and is then kissed by her, to their shock and delight, as the clouds surrounding the castle disappear, restoring it to its former state.

Outside the castle, the Koopalings and Bowser Jr. are fleeing on the airship as Bowser recovers. Noticing the escaping airship, he climbs up onto one of the castle towers and leaps onto the ship, but his additional weight causes it to plummet into a hill nearby; they then fly away hanging onto Bowser Jr.'s Junior Clown Car while Mario and Blue Toad watch. They then turn back to the others, who are cheering, with Mario delivering a final victory pose.


The gameplay is similar to that of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with additions like the Super Acorn, which transforms the player into his Flying Squirrel form, and the choice to play as a Mii. Like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, players have the option to play as either Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, or Blue Toad. Yoshi is back in the game and can be mounted. Baby Yoshis also appear in this game with several different powers. In Challenge mode, there five different challenges: Time Attack, Coin Collection, 1-Up Rally, Special, and Boost Mode. Unlike Super Mario Bros Wii, You Cannot have 99 of every power-up.


Playable Characters

Other Characters






1.1.0 November 18, 2012 Added Miiverse functionality.
1.2.0 March 15, 2013 Any Miiverse posts made in-game are now posted to a separate "Game Posts" community rather than the standard community.
1.3.0 June 20, 2013 Added the New Super Luigi U downloadable content.
Added support for the Wii U Pro Controller.


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  • This is, so far, the only Mario 2D platformer game that doesn't include or involve Bowser's Castle, as instead Bowser takes over Princess Peach's Castle.
  • This is the only game in the New Super Mario Bros. series to be a launch title.
  • If the Miis are selected as P1, they will be colored like Mario. If P2, they will be colored like Luigi. If P3, they will have yellow shirts and purple overalls, similar to Wario. If P4, they wear blue shirts and dark blue overalls, similar to Luigi's light blue alternate costume from the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • When the player grabs a Baby Yoshi, an additional choir is added to the music, which is the voice of the Baby Yoshi itself.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U is the first New Super Mario Bros. game where playable characters start far from Princess Peach's Castle. It is also the first 2D Mario game where the players get to see the interior of Peach's Castle, not counting going inside to see videos in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • If one counts Secret Island and the Coin Courses, New Super Mario Bros. U has the most areas/worlds in the New Super Mario Bros. series, at eleven worlds, and the most courses, at ninety-four courses.
  • Sometimes, on the title screen, Luigi almost trips over instead of jumping and ground-pounding the ground.
  • This game also brought New Super Luigi U as a side game.
  • This Nintendo video game was featured in the 2014 Hallmark film "Chance at Romance" in a scene where the 2 boys are playing the Wii U game New Super Mario Bros U.
  • This game is one of two Wii U Mario games to be remade for Nintendo Switch, the other is Mario Kart 8.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U ended up being the 3rd Best-Selling game for the Wii U, right behind Super Mario 3D World & Mario Kart 8.



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