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New Super Mario Bros. U
New Super Mario Bros U (NA)
North American box art
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD4
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U platform icon
Classification(s) Nintendo-network-icon Mii-icon Miiverse-icon
Accessory(ies) Nunchuk-icon-2 ClassicControler-icon-2
Genre(s) Platformer

03ESRB E  01PEGI 3  01CERO A  01ACB G

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New Super Mario Bros. U is a Mario game for the Wii U. It was officially revealed at Nintendo's 2012 E3 conference on June 5, 2012. The game allows for up to five players to play at the same time; One with the Wii U GamePad, and four others with Wii Remotes or Wii U Pro Controllers.

Like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, players have the option to play as either Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, or Blue Toad, but players also have the option to play as their Mii characters.


Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, and Blue Toad are in Peach's Castle having lunch together. Bowser arrives in his airship. The airship, now armed with a giant mechanical fist, smashes the four and throws them far away. With the Mario Bros. out of the way, Bowser hijacks Peach's Castle.

Mario and the gang land in a giant acorn tree, launching Super Acorns throughout the area. When the four get back onto solid ground, they realize they are now in Acorn Plains, far from Peach's Castle. The four run back to save Peach once more.


New Super Mario Bros. U screenshot 1

New Super Mario Bros. U iterates on the gameplay featured in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The objective of each level is to reach the goal flag at the end while avoiding enemies and hazards. The game can be controlled either using Wii Remotes or the Wii U GamePad, the latter of which allows play separate from the television screen. Like the Wii game, up to four players can play simultaneously, choosing from Mario, Luigi, and two toads (colored blue and yellow, same as in New Super Mario Bros Wii).

Certain game modes also allow players to play Mii characters saved on their console. New to this version is an asymmetric multiplayer experience called Boost Mode. In this mode, an additional player using the GamePad can use the touchscreen to place blocks on the screen or stun enemies to aid the other player(s). This can be used to both assist amateur players and allow expert players to perform speed runs.


Along with returning elements, such as Ice Flowers and Yoshis, New Super Mario Bros. U introduces new power-ups, such as a flying squirrel suit that allows players to glide across long distances or slowly descend down vertical paths and cling to the side of the walls. Baby Yoshis, which last appeared in Super Mario World, can be carried by the individual players. Each Baby Yoshi has a special ability based on its color, such as inflating in midair (magenta), blowing bubbles to attack enemies (blue), and illuminating dark areas (yellow).

Some older power-ups also have new abilities; for example, the Mini Mushroom now allows players to run up walls. Unlike New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which had separate maps for each of the game's worlds, New Super Mario Bros. U features one large map containing all the game's worlds and levels, similar to that of Super Mario World. Some levels have multiple exits that lead to different areas on the map.

The game features two new modes of play, Challenge Mode and Boost Rush. Challenge Mode adds unique challenges to various levels, such as clearing them in as quick a time as possible or earning as many 1-UPs in a row as possible without touching the ground. Boost Rush takes place on an automatically scrolling level which increases in speed as players collect coins, with the goal to clear the stage as quickly as possible. The game will also utilize Miiverse, allowing players to share comments or feelings about particular levels with one another.


Rumors about a New Super Mario Bros. title being in development for the Wii U had circulated since the Wii U tech-demo New Super Mario Bros. Mii was playable at E3 2011. In early 2012 Nintendo confirmed that they were indeed working on a new game based on that tech-demo. On Sunday, June 3, 2012, during a Nintendo Direct live video stream, video of the game was shown, though not directly confirmed to be an actual game in development.

The video focused on showing how the Wii U's social network Miiverse might be used while playing a game. The video showed comments from players around the world appearing when Mario failed a level as well as on the over-world map. The game was officially announced and named at E3 2012, as well as a trailer.

Playable Characters




Acorn Plains Layer-Cake Desert Sparkling Waters Frosted Glacier Soda Jungle Rock-Candy Mines Meringue Clouds Peach's Castle Superstar Road
1-1: Acorn Plains Way 2-1: Stone-Eye Zone 3-1: Waterspout Beach 4-1: Spinning-Star Sky 5-Airship: Mighty Cannon Ship 6-1: Fuzzy Clifftop 7-1: Land of Flying Blocks 8-1: Meteor Moat* 9-1: Spine-Tingling Spine Coaster
1-2: Tilted Tunnel* 2-2: Perilous Pokey Cave 3-2: Tropical Refresher 4-2: Cooligan Fields 5-1: Jungle of the Giants 6-2: Porcupuffer Falls 7-2: Seesaw Shrooms 8-2: Magma-River Cruise 9-2: Run for It
1-Tower: Crushing-Cogs Tower 2-3: Fire Snake Cavern 3-Tower: Giant Skewer Tower 4-Tower: Freezing-Rain Tower 5-2: Bridge Over Poisoned Waters* 6-Tower 1: Grinding Stone Tower* 7-3: Switchback Hill 8-3: Rising Tides of Lava 9-3: Swim For Your Life!
1-3: Yoshi Hill 2-Tower: Stoneslide Tower 3-Ghost House: Haunted Shipwreck* 4-3: Prickly Goombas! 5-3: Bramball Woods 6-3: Waddlewing's Nest 7-Tower: Slide Lift Tower 8-4: Firefall Cliffs 9-4: Hammerswing Caverns
1-4: Mushroom Heights 2-4: Spike's Sprouting Sands* 3-3: Above the Cheep Cheep Seas 4-4: Scaling the Mountainside 5-Tower: Snake Block Tower 6-4: Light Blocks, Dark Tower 7-Ghost House: Spinning Spirit House* 8-Castle: Red-Hot Elevator Ride 9-5: Spinning Platforms of Doom
1-5: Rise of the Piranha Plants 2-5: Dry Desert Mushrooms 3-4: Urchin Shoals 4-5: Icicle Caverns 5-Ghost House: Which Way Labyrinth* 6-5: Walking Piranha Plants!* 7-4: Bouncy Cloud Boomerangs 8-Bowser's Castle: The Final Battle 9-6: Fire Bar Cliffs
1-Castle: Lemmy's Swingback Castle 2-6: Blooming Lakitus 3-5: Dragoneel's Undersea Grotto 4-Ghost House: Swaying Ghost House* 5-4: Painted Swampland* 6-Tower 2: Screwtop Tower 7-5: A Quick Dip in the Sky N/A 9-7: Lakitu! Lakitu! Lakitu!
1-Secret Stage: Blooper's Secret Lair 2-Castle: Morton's Compactor Castle 3-Castle: Larry's Torpedo Castle 4-Castle: Wendy's Shifting Castle 5-5: Deepsea Ruins* 6-6: Thrilling Spine Coaster 7-6: Snaking Above Mist Valley N/A 9-8: Pendulum Castle
N/A 2-Secret Stage: Piranha Plants on Ice 3-Secret Stage: Skyward Stalk 4-Secret Stage: Fliprus Lake 5-6: Seesaw Bridge 6-7: Shifting Floor Cave 7-Castle: Ludwig's Clockwork Castle N/A 9-9: Follow That Shell!
N/A N/A N/A N/A 5-7: Wiggler Stampede 6-Castle: Roy's Conveyor Castle 7-Airship: Boarding the Airship N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A N/A 5-Castle: Iggy's Volcanic Castle N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A N/A 5-Secret Stage: Flight of the Para-Beetles N/A N/A N/A N/A

Extra Modes

Level Difficulty
Time Attack
Time Attack Trial 1 Star
Acorn Plains Speed Run 1 Star
Full Speed Ahead 2 Stars
Stone-Eye Desert Dash 2 Stars
The Boo Ballet 2 Stars
The Boo-Ballet Encore 2 Stars
Icicle Skating 2 Stars
Huckit Hustle 3 Stars
Mini Mountaineer 3 Stars
Lurchin' Urchins 3 Stars
Penguin vs. Torpedo 3 Stars
Slick Slopes and Bullet Bills 3 Stars
The Haunted Propeller 4 Stars
Fliprus Crossing 4 Stars
Rickety Sprint 4 Stars
No-Cash Dash 4 Stars
Poison-Swamp Scramble 5 Stars
Swing into Action 5 Stars
Stoneslide Tower Climb 5 Stars
Screwtop It Up 5 Stars
Coin Collection
Triple-Jump for Coins 1 Star
Hot Hidden-Coin Hunt 1 Star
Stingy Big Piranha Plants 1 Star
Lakitu's Cloud Heist 2 Stars
Hot-Air Yoshi Ride 2 Stars
Ghost House Coin Curse 2 Stars
Perilous Coin Dodge 3 Stars
Waddlewing Wipeout 3 Stars
Prickly Goomba's Coinless Run 3 Stars
200 Clifftop Coins 3 Stars
Dark Dark Coaster 3 Stars
Cloud Top Coin Evasion 3 Stars
Attack of the Bob-ombs 4 Stars
Spine Coaster Coin Cruise 4 Stars
Castle Coin Bypass 5 Stars
Don't. Touch. Anything. 5 Stars
1-Up Rally
The Goombrat Stomp 1 Star
Stone-Eye Koopas 1 Star
Goomba Bounce Bash 2 Stars
Penguin Bowling 2 Stars
Three Dry Bones 3 Stars
Bullet Bill 1-Up Bounce 3 Stars
Star Connection 4 Stars
Big Goomba Bounce Bash 4 Stars
Airship 1-Up Rally 5 Stars
Paratroopa Panic 5 Stars
Fire, Bro! 1 Star
Graceful Glide 1 Star
Mole to Goal 2 Stars
Marathon Glide 2 Stars
Bubble Up 3 Stars
Nonstop Flight 3 Stars
Be Gentle to Giants 3 Stars
Big Air at Sundown 3 Stars
Balancing Act 3 Stars
Bowser's Airship Sneak 3 Stars
Larry's Groundless Battle 3 Stars
No Climbing Allowed 3 Stars
The Trial of Bullet Bill Hill 3 Stars
Spin Jump, Get Dizzy 3 Stars
Mole to Goal Returns 4 Stars
Wobble and Rock 4 Stars
Seriously! Fire, Bro! 4 Stars
Elevator Out of Service 4 Stars
Castle Crawl 4 Stars
Express Elevator 5 Stars
Cashless Castle Crawl 5 Stars
Boost Mode
Piranha Plant Hideaway 1 Star
Coins in the Forecast 1 Star
When Waddlewings Attack 2 Stars
The Perpetual Shell 2 Stars
Boost Block Coin Stalk 3 Stars
Icicle Falls 3 Stars
Fuzzy Alert! 3 Stars
The High Road 3 Stars
Three-Legged Lava Race 4 Stars
Fuzzy Cliff Climb 4 Stars
Thwomp Castle Cash Flow 5 Stars
Cloudy with a Chance of Fire 5 Stars
Ultimate Boost Blast 5 Stars



The game received a 84 from Metacritic and a 84.48% from GameRankings. Famitsu gave the game out of 40.

In terms of sales, it sold 163,528 in its first week in Japan. In North America, it sold 243000 in its launch month of November 2012.


Eventually this game got DLC in the form of New Super Luigi U.

This game was included in a Wii U bundle that started in August of 2013. The bundle included a black Deluxe Wii U and a disc containing both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U.

As of March 31, 2014, this was the best selling Wii U game at 4.16 million units sold. As of March 31, 2015, it became second best-selling Wii U game behind Mario Kart 8.


E3 Trailer E3 Demo
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Wii U New Super Mario Bros. U E3 Trailer

New Super Mario Bros06:22

New Super Mario Bros. U Gameplay Footage with Audio (E3 2012)

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