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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.


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 5 different challenges: Time Attack, Coin Collection, 1-Up Rally, Special, and Boost Mode.


Playable Characters

Other Characters






Unlike previous New Super Mario Bros. titles with separated worlds, New Super Mario Bros. U has a seamless world map that bears resemblance to that of Super Mario World. The names of most of the sections are named after food items. Similar to previous games, there are Fortresses, Castles, and Ghost House levels within each world. Different themes are nestled within each section of the map.

  • World 1: Acorn Plains - A simple grassy world with basic enemies, including the new Waddlewings.
  • World 2: Layer-Cake Desert - A desert world with mountains shaped like cakes.
  • World 3Sparkling Waters - A beach world with waterspouts and a haunted, sunken ship.
  • World 4Frosted Glacier - A snow world that is full of glittering stars and sliding penguins.
  • World 5: Soda Jungle - A rain forest level similar to Giant Land from Super Mario World.
  • World 6: Rock-Candy Mines - A mountainous world with multiple switches.
  • World 7: Meringue Clouds - A sky level that changes colors as you progress.
  • World 8: Peach's Castle - The Mushroom Kingdom castle, but decorated with Bowser's flags and a lava moat.
  • World 9: Superstar Road - An area shaped like a star with levels for experts.


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  • This is, so far, the only Mario 2D platformer game that doesn't include or involve Bowser'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 CoursesNew 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.



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