– Let’s go! – Rather than setting the world alight like the fireworks above the mushroom kingdom Nintendo’s underperforming WiiU console ultimately went up in the smoke of a mushroom cloud. (bang) However, it at least attempted to get off on the right foot by launching in 2012 with a high quality 2-D Mario game New Super Mario Bros. U. Here’s what we thought at the time. – New Super Mario Bros. U is the 2-D platformer Nintendo fans have wanted for 20 years. Though it’s not the creative landmark that titles like Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World were and it certainly doesn’t break boundaries or genres like Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, this is absolutely an excellent adventure. (upbeat music) – Similar to other WiiU releases such as Mario Kart 8, Nintendo has bundled New Super Mario Bros. U with it’s DLC, applied a few game play tweaks and resurrected it on the Nintendo Switch in the form of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. While this new game still retains a healthy amount of its Mario magic, it now finds itself on a console overflowing with high quality platformers making it feel slightly less essential than it did seven years ago.The most meaningful game play change from the original is the addition of Toadette as a playable character who’s effectively the embodiment of Easy mode. Toadette’s not saddled with the slippery inertia of Mario and Luigi, allowing her to make jumps between platforms with more precision. While in underwater levels she can be steered around in all directions without having to repeatedly tap a button in order to stay afloat. Toadette’s most powerful ability is activated by the new super crown pick up, which transforms her somewhat bizarrely, into a pig tailed Peachette.- Yay! – Peachette handles like a more maneuverable version of the existing flying squirrel ability and allows you to tap a button in mid-air to launch her upwards. Not only does this give you a chance for a last ditch leap up to safety when you’re about to plummet down a hole, but it also means you can access secret areas much more easily than you can with the other playable characters. I found Toadette to be a great go to when I was struggling to grab the more elusive star coins in the game.The included New Super Luigi U expansion offers an alternative story mode that remixes the levels from the main game and imbues Luigi with a more lunar like leap and a slipperier pair of shoes. With every level shorter in length and set against a 100 second timer, the New Super Luigi U mode is perfectly suited for quick, mobile burst with a switch in hand held mode. The strict nature of the shortened clock puts you in a surging state of perpetual forward motion which successfully scratches the on the go itch that Super Mario Run did on mobile phones a couple of years back. But despite the addition of Toadette and the inclusion of New Super Luigi U, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe still struggles to stand out among the crowd of its platforming peers on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Rayman Legends is more fun with friends. Celeste offers a fiercer challenge and Super Mario Odyssey is a more surprising and inventive Mario game. If you miss the WiiU original, the New Super Mario Bros.Deluxe is still well worth a look but it ultimately doesn’t bring enough major editions to elevate it above the pack and make it a must have for returning players. (upbeat music) New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a broadly approachable and feature rich platforming game. Toadette offers a more forgiving way to tackle some of the more challenging levels and the inclusion of the New Super Luigi U mode extends its life span substantially. While there are a number of other Nintendo Switch games within the genre that outdo New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe in various different ways, it nonetheless remains an enjoyable platforming package as a hole. For more Mario, check out our reviews for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Mario Odyssey. (roar) (triumphant music) – Yay! .