Nothing beats picking up a new Super Mario title and knowing exactly what to do despite never having played it before. The thematic unity of the decades-long series, with its memorable sounds, mechanics, and cast of familiar faces, is potentially the most built-to-last phenomenon in the history of video games. When New Super Mario Bros. U came out on the Wii U six years ago, it was called the second-best 2D Mario game, and many more are about to find out why, with the Deluxe version now available on the Nintendo Switch.
Offering two full games in one–Mario Bros. U and Super Luigi U–Deluxe may not be a definitive entry for the already critically-beloved Nintendo Switch, but it’s certainly a welcome one, especially when most of us have converted our Wii Us into foot stools or bed risers. No Nintendo console is truly complete without a 2D Mario game, and Deluxe masterfully continues the tradition that’s kept our favorite Brooklyn plumbers hopping over toadstools for nearly 35 years now.
It’s exactly what you’d expect from a modern Mario side-scroller: Beautifully rendered backgrounds, the gameplay mechanics of yesteryear tweaked to perfection, and modern riffs on the music we’ve been hearing for decades. Is it anything new? Absolutely not. But that's exactly what makes it welcome on the Switch, which already has its prestige Mario title covered with Odyssey.
Fans of newer indies like Super Meat Boy and Celeste will feel right at home with Super Luigi U (which formerly lived as downloadable content on the Wii U), a title that feels like Mario Bros. for grown-ups. It’s hard as hell, introducing remixes of the New Super Mario Bros. U levels, and a time limit that will absolutely kick your ass if you’re not taking it seriously.
All in all, Deluxe is a Switch title that will cater to players of all skill levels. Nintendo even added two new characters in Nabbit and Toadette, which will help ease newer players into the experience. From the younger sibling (or next generation) new to the franchise to the cynical Gen X'er who never followed Mario to 3D, everyone should be able to enjoy this casual title on Nintendo's handheld.
From: Esquire US