New Super Mario U Deluxe Works With Switch's NES Controllers

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Mario's most recent sidescrolling adventure is coming to Nintendo Switch next month as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The title bundles the original Wii U launch game alongside its more challenging DLC expansion, New Super Luigi U, with a couple of new playable characters thrown in for good measure. As it turns out, it boasts another surprise feature over the Wii U version: NES controller support.

As GameXplain discovered, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is compatible with Switch's NES-style controllers, which are one of the company's exclusive offers for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Nintendo had advertised the NES controllers as only being compatible with Switch's NES game library, but they can indeed be used with other titles; however, given how few buttons the gamepads boast, most games are effectively unplayable with them.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, on the other hand, very much follows in the vein of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, so the lack of buttons isn't an impediment here. As GameXplain notes, you'll need to tweak the default control scheme so that B serves as the run button, but it appears there will otherwise be no issues if you try playing the game with the NES controllers, just like a classic Mario platformer.

As previously mentioned, the Switch NES controllers are only available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. If you have a membership, you can order them through Nintendo's website. Each set retails for $60 and comes with two controllers. Just like standard Joy-Cons, these can be recharged by slotting them into the sides of the Switch itself while it's docked.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe launches for Switch on January 11, 2019. New to this version are two playable characters, Nabbit and Toadette, both of whom have abilities geared toward helping newer players; the former is impervious to damage, while the latter can grab a new power-up--the Super Crown--and transform into Peachette, who can double jump and hover in the air using her billowy dress.

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I'm excited for this port, as I loved the DS and 3DS iterations, but Nintendo better have some big announcements in the pipe because 2018 was dry.

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Are any controllers compatible with the switch? Like the motion ones?

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You know it has been quite a few years since this game came out on Wii U so I might be mistaken, but I'm fairly certain you could play as Nabbit in that version as well.

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Am I the only one who wants to see NEW Super Mario Maker?

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There was pretty much no reason for anyone to have owned the Wii-U. It's cool that Nintendo is re-releasing improved versions of ill-fated games from that system, but it couldn't be more clear how much of a disaster that console was. And now the Switch is a system of ports.

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@Ovirew: The wii u was the biggest scam in gaming history. A fng prototype they sold for the same price as a full fledged console and only supported 3 years only to release the actual product after, which plays all the same fng game, and send a big F U to their loyal consumers who actually supported their sinking,clueless ass during the worst period in Nintendos history. NOw you have all the previously hating dimwits jumping onto the switch while people like me who just cant afford spending 500$ every 3 years for a new console are stuck with their worthless prototype who could play games like Odyssey, smash ultimate and pretty much anything theyve released on the switch so far just as well without all the portable gimmick. Ive been a huge nintendo gamer for 30 years, but these clowns totally lost me.

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@Ovirew: I really enjoyed the Wii U and have some great memories with it, family Nintendo Land sessions in particular. Just because the sales were poor doesn’t mean it was a disaster.

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@Ovirew: I wouldn't call "paid online multiplayer" an improvement.

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how about make a new Mario game for the Switch and quit porting over the games from the U? We’ve got 3 games on the Switch that was on the U. Mario Cart 8, Super Smash Bros, and now this.

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@harrypothead: What you may not realize is not many people have the WIIU. So I don't see any issue with Nintendo putting out the good stuff on the switch. This game was really really good. I'll probably get it again so I can have it on the go.

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@harrypothead: Super Smash Bros Ultimate wasn't on the Wii U, neither was Mario Odyssey.

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@harrypothead: Don't forget DK Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad, and Hyrule Warriors were also ported from the Wii U. Super Mario Odyssey is the only game on the Switch worth owning that is exclusive to the console in my opinion. I still prefer Wii U.

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@Defender1978: In terms of pure exclusives at the time they were released I agree with you. I’ve repurchased several Wii U games for Switch for portability and simply because I want to have them in my collection going forward.

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@Defender1978: Breath of the Wild is a Wii U game too, is it not?

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@obnice: Lol. Right. Actually playing that one now.

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@harrypothead: They did, it's called Super Mario Odyssey.