Developed by Nintendo. Platformer, PEGI 3

Released in UK on Nintendo Switch by 11 Bit Studios on 11th January 2019, RRP £49.99.


The Nintendo Switch truly is the gift that keeps on giving for the Japanese publisher. Thanks to its staggering popularity it’s able to take games that might not have done as well as expected on the sales front and port them across for a whole new audience. Case in point: New Super Mario Bros.


Deluxe, a revamped version of the 2012 Wii U game that comes packaged with all available downloadable content and a fresh lick of paint. And damn is it a hell of a lot of fun, Fright-Festers. Plot-wise it’s the same ol’ Mario story we’ve seen a million times since the plumber’s inception back on the NES in 1985 – the Mushroom Kingdom is upended by the dastardly Bowser and his pals, and as Mario your job is to right the wrongs, as well as rescuing the lovely Princess Peach.


The game itself plays a lot like the old SNES titles, so if you grew up bashing the likes of Super Mario Bros. then you’re in for a real treat here. Levels are loaded with checkpoints and flag finishers, while the world map revolves around beating levels and castles just like the golden days. However, the levels in play here are so brilliantly designed by the developers the experience is elevated to new and dizzying heights.


That said, we should point out the fact that if you played the original game things remain pretty much the same save in terms of content save for the addition of Toadette, who is able to transform into Peachette, and Nabbit. Nabbit is ideal for any ankle-biters you’ve got running around the house who want to experience games for the first time, because, well, they can’t die. It’s a nice addition considering the fact this is a four-player co-op game that can be played with the family.


So, if you held onto your Wii U and have this one sitting on your shelf, then there might not be much for you to see or do here, but if you’re new to the game, new to Mario or just looking for a fun and addictive platformer to bash on the go, then New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is definitely worth picking up, because this is arguably one of the best 2D Mario games Nintendo ever released thanks to its design ingenuity.


Sebastian Williamson


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