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New Super Mario Bros. U
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Super Mario
Release date November 18, 2012
Genre(s) Platform game
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Ratings ESRB: E
Platform(s) Wii U
Media Wii U disk
Previous game New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)

New Super Mario Bros. U is a new game that was announced at E3 2012. It was released on November 18th, 2012 (the Wii U's launch). This game allows for up to five people to play at once, 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 again, and just like in Super Mario World, players can carry him when he is hatched out of an egg. Yoshi also has the ability to inflate like a balloon and float through the air. Baby Yoshis also reappear in this game with several different powers. In Challenge mode, there 5 different groups of challenges called Time Attack, Coin Collection, 1-Up Rally, Special, and Boost Mode.


These are confirmed characters for the game.

Playable Characters

Other Characters


Name Description First Encounter
Goomba Goombas are among the most common enemies in the Mushroom Kingdom. They're not very bright and will walk right off platforms, potentially falling to their doom. Mario can defeat Goombas by stomping them, or by any means he chooses. Acorn Plains-1
Paragoomba Paragoombas are winged Goombas, that are too heavy to fly, but instead bounce around. These enemies are more challenging to deal with than regular Goombas. Either dash past them while they're airborne, or jump over them while they're between jumps. Paragoombas become regular Goombas after Mario stomps them. Meringue Clouds-2
Micro-Goomba Micro-Goombas are very tiny Goombas that don't directly harm Mario, but climb all over him instead, reducing his speed and jumping ability. You can defeat these little minions by any means, but it's sometimes easier to let them cover Mario, and then quickly defeat them all by jumping around and spinning or perfroming a ground pound. Peach's Castle-2
Grand Goomba Grand Goombas are larger than normal Goombas, but smaller than Mega Goombas. Stomping a Mega Goomba will split into two Grand Goombas. Stomping a Grand Goomba will split into two regular Goombas. Talk about split personalities! You can defeat Grand Goombas more easily with fireballs and iceballs. Soda Jungle-1



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 Fortreses, Castles, and Ghost House levels within each world. Different themes are nestled within each section of the map.



The gallery for New Super Mario Bros. U may be viewed here.


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



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