Rumor: New Super Mario Bros. U Coming to Switch

Rumor: New Super Mario Bros. U Coming to Switch - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 August 2018 / 4,669 Views

Sources connected to Nintendo of Europe have told Comic Book that Nintendo is working on a Nintendo Switch port of the Wii U game, New Super Mario Bros. U. The same sources had previously leaked Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle before it was announced. 

The Switch port of New Super Mario Bros. U will include the New Super Luigi U add-on, which was released in 2013 and had a standalone retail release. The two games were later sold together as a Nintendo Selects title. 

The sources hinted that the Switch port will include new content. 

This should be treated as a rumor until confirmed by Nintendo.


 A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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28 Comments

CaptainExplosion (on 17 August 2018)

Don't know why they wouldn't just make a brand new 2D Mario for Switch.


HintHRO (on 17 August 2018)

THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO DIDNT BUY A WII U!!11!1 THEY MATTER MUCH MORE THAN WII U OWNERS


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Qwark (on 18 August 2018)

Because this is cheaper and they can sell this game for 60 bugs and sell millions of it. Why go trough the trouble of making a new game when ports of games on a failed system are so profitable and boost hardware sales.


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HylianSwordsman (on 18 August 2018)

I think they want to get as much as they can out of this game, as they probably suspect it could have done better on a more successful system, and wanted to see the game played by more people. I'm hopeful that once they've ported this one, it'll be the last hurrah for the NSMB series and 2D Mario will get another rebranding for a new era, and shake things up.


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Masked_Muchaco (on 16 August 2018)

If this is true, I wonder if they will remove the U from the name.


Jranation (on 17 August 2018)

Good question!


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Ganoncrotch (on 17 August 2018)

They'll probably add content from the DS and Wii games, then title it something like new super Mario Bros complete or so


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CaptainExplosion (on 17 August 2018)

Maybe. Don't know why they wouldn't just make a brand new 2D Mario for Switch.


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Bandorr (on 17 August 2018)

Yeah let's get Mario wii in there.
Why hasn't there been a Mega Mario? Or rather two sets of mega mario.

1-3, World, wii, u. And 64 -> Oddssey(or galaxy 2).


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VAMatt (on 19 August 2018)

I'm sure they'll remove U from the name. Nintendo barely even acknowledges that the Wii U ever existed. Once the new Smash launches, they can probably completely sweep the Wii U under the rug.


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progstarmac (on 16 August 2018)

When Will we get the port of xenoblade chronicles X??


XD84 (on 17 August 2018)

That is the only port I would care for.


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progstarmac (on 17 August 2018)

One of the Bests ports, truly,


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progstarmac (on 17 August 2018)

One of the Bests ports, truly,


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siebensus4 (on 17 August 2018)

Nah. I'd rather have Super Mario Maker Ultimate...


Mnementh (on 17 August 2018)

I wondered about Super Mario Maker, but they probably want to do that new, connected to their new online service.


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HylianSwordsman (on 18 August 2018)

I'm hoping they do a new 2D Mario in a completely new style first, and then include the new style in the next Super Mario Maker.


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S.Peelman (on 17 August 2018)

“New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U The Lost Levels DX”.. Rolls right off the tongue. :-)


Jranation (on 18 August 2018)

And odyssey levels!


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Slownenberg (on 16 August 2018)

Please Nintendo stop with the ports of major franchises from the Wii U. For unique titles like the Toadstool game its cool (and I would love Mario maker), and Mario Kart was okay just to have a Mario Kart game near release. But nobody wants a previously released 2D Mario. Bring out a NEW 2D Mario. With Nintendo's resources going to one system (mostly right now until 3DS is phased out) it should be easier to make more games. Why the heck do they feel the need to port games when they should have more resources than ever geared towards their console?? This makes no sense. I was thinking a 2D Mario game was likely in 2019 but I figured it'd be a new one. WTH Nintendo!


Mnementh (on 17 August 2018)

Because a port takes up basically a tenth of the resources or even less than creating a new game. Additionally it is a good way to make programmers familiar with the platform. And, the personell creating models and textures isn't needed for a port and can work for a new game, while programmers have to not too much with a new game and can additionally learn and try stuff by porting things, that later can be applied into new games.


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Slownenberg (on 18 August 2018)

yes i get that they want to make money on the cheap. I'm saying enough with it. We want new games not old games that they still sell for $60. Besides I've heard this one isn't even that great, which makes it all the worse. On no other system have they ever had to bring developers up to speed by working on lots of ports first, so that claim doesn't fly. Point is they should have more resources than ever before focused on a single platform and we have a nearly barren 2018 in terms of AAA Nintendo games and half of what they do release are ports. That's ridiculous.


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RingoGaSuki (on 16 August 2018)

Literally nobody wants this.


Cerebralbore101 (on 16 August 2018)

I couldn't even finish that game on Wii U. It was such a phoned in Mario game.


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Medisti (on 16 August 2018)

Yet it will literally sell millions.


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JWeinCom (on 17 August 2018)

I do, which literally invalidates your statement.


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Bandorr (on 17 August 2018)

I have the wii U and the games so the interest is little. But I am eager for any new 2d Mario content.


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Cerebralbore101 (on 16 August 2018)

Port Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Pikmin 3, 3D World, and Xenoblade Chronicles X. After that I can sell my Wii U!


Mnementh (on 17 August 2018)

Yeah, for me Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Pikmin are the ones that I need. Would not mind XCX though.

Still can't sell my WiiU though, because of Darksiders and the Wii-games I play on it.


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Keybladewielder (on 17 August 2018)

Wonder what happened to Pikmin 4 tho


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zippy (on 19 August 2018)

Tokyo Mirage sessions needs to be ported, mainly because I never got around to playing it lol


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think-man (on 17 August 2018)

Wondering why If I should sell my WiiU xD


xl-klaudkil (on 17 August 2018)

More ports. .meh


SuperNintend0rk (on 16 August 2018)

I've been praying for a 3D World port so I really hope this isn't true!


Jranation (on 17 August 2018)

Both of them can still happen


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SuperNintend0rk (on 17 August 2018)

True but I'll have to wait even longer for 3D World if this is coming first.


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Ganoncrotch (on 17 August 2018)

They'll likely both come out, all the wiiu software will find it's way too the switch, it's just easy money that Nintendo won't pass up on.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 17 August 2018)

My issue is they'll probably wait at least a year after releasing this before bringing over 3D World to avoid flooding the market with Mario ports.


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DevilRising (on 19 August 2018)

Nintendo needs to stop. It isn't as if this sold poorly on Wii U by any stretch. That system was a miserable failure on Nintendo's part, and that's 100% their own fault. But re-releasing all of these Wii U titles on Switch is cheap and lazy as hell.


TheBird (on 17 August 2018)

Do they ever change the levels on these games or are they all just ports of each other? The Wii version is the one I played a shit ton of, and I want that back.


Mandalore76 (on 17 August 2018)

I preferred this over the Wii game actually. The Wii version's world map looked like a static board game, while the maps and levels of the Wii U version felt like a cohesive actually connected world.


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TheBird (on 17 August 2018)

I completely skipped the Wii U so I know nothing of it.


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jonathanalis (on 18 August 2018)

The only drawback of this is that is an evidence they are not working on a new 2d Mario. :(


Jranation (on 18 August 2018)

I see them making a new Super Mario Maker though. Shouldn't be too hard.


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Mandalore76 (on 17 August 2018)

I enjoyed the game very much on Wii U, and spent the first year after launch getting all 5 shiny gold stars. I probably won't rebuy on Switch, but good for all the people who didn't buy a Wii U and have never played it.


Hibern81 (on 19 August 2018)

Maybe if it had Mario Maker features...MAYBE.


zippy (on 19 August 2018)

I've been quite happy to see Wii U games ported over so that more people get to experience them. However this is one game I don't think they should bother with. It was a neat game and all, but the NSMB series is old and tired now. I would prefer Nintendo to reinvent the 2D formula with a fresh approach and we might have a 2D Odyssey moment.


Angelv577 (on 18 August 2018)

I would consider a switch if I get a super mario maker port instead of this


V-r0cK (on 17 August 2018)

They should also include the NSMB1&2 from the DS and 3DS. I'm a sucker for 2D Mario games so I'd probably pick this up if it comes out. Hopefully they'll make a new one along the way.


Jranation (on 18 August 2018)

Wouldn't 3DS and DS games look ugly on the big screen?


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V-r0cK (on 19 August 2018)

I'm sure Nintendo can remaster them too since they're in the porting phase. And it's 2D Mario, I dont think it needs to look super smooth hehe


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Jranation (on 19 August 2018)

Well part of the reason why they are porting Wii U games is that its easy to make $$$$$$ from it while they work more on new titles.


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Bristow9091 (on 17 August 2018)

I wonder if they'll group New Super Luigi U content with it too, and THEN some extra levels on top... that'd actually be nice, since I really enjoyed the game on Wii U and with enough content, for the right price, I'd happily buy it again


SecondWar (on 17 August 2018)

It says in the article that Super Liigi is bundled with it.


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Bristow9091 (on 17 August 2018)

Yeah my bad, I only read the title and completely skipped over the article, lol :P


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Oneeee-Chan!!! (on 19 August 2018)

76 comments wow !


VAMatt (on 19 August 2018)

I certainly understand why Nintendo keeps porting Wii U games over. They already exist, they're (generally) good games that still feel current, Nintendo put a lot of resources into making them, and probably 3/4 of the Switch owners never had a chance to play them. So, there are many sales to be had. It does kind of feel like they're not taking care of the Nintendo loyalists though. For those of us that bought the Wii U, this is a bit of a slap in the face. The lesson I've learned is that next time (hopefully there isn't one, but if there is....) just skip their poor selling systems, and wait for the re-releases in the next gen.


Mr Puggsly (on 18 August 2018)

Not a great game, but enjoyable if you want more New Super Mario Bros. Hopefully they bundle it with the original Wii game as well, that would be a good bundle.


contestgamer (on 17 August 2018)

The new super mario bros games are terrible mario games when you compare them to the NES and Snes era platformers. Stop making these games and make a proper 2d platformer with beautiful sprites like in the 16bit days.


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Mr Puggsly (on 18 August 2018)

Not a great game, but enjoyable if you want more New Super Mario Bros. Hopefully they bundle it with the original Wii game as well, that would be a good bundle.


xl-klaudkil (on 17 August 2018)

More ports. .meh


Qwark (on 18 August 2018)

I think Nintendo prefers them to be called platform switches. Besides can you blame them releasing those games for the Switch is so easy and they sell so many units. I would not be surprised if every game worthwhile on Wii U will find its way on Switch one way or another.


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Jranation (on 19 August 2018)

I guess your not a fan of handhelds


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Helloplite (on 17 August 2018)

Although I'm happy to see these games enjoyed by a larger audience, it has now been two years and the Switch has started seriously lacking original Nintendo content. It's sole exclusives of any note are Odyssey and Splatoon 2. Nintendo needs to step it up because ports won't help in the long term, and they discourage Wii U users, like me, who are hesitant to jump when they can still play mostly everything on their old system.


pikashoe (on 17 August 2018)

2 years? It hasn't even been out a year and half yet.


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PortisheadBiscuit (on 18 August 2018)

Seems like theyre only porting the big titles that underperformed on Wii U. There's only really a few left, Mario U, 3D World, Mario Maker...


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Helloplite (on 18 August 2018)

They NEED to port Mario Maker -- forget what I said above ^_^ But they should also add a '3D World' and a 'Galaxy' mode.


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KazumaKiryu (on 16 August 2018)

wtf another port again ? In my opinion, Nintendo should finally develop NEW big(ger) projects. Currently I have zero interest in the switch and my friend sold it last month. Honestly, it's an interesting situation this year. An example: Sony has many AAA-games (God of War, Spiderman, Detroit Become Human ect) with very high development costs + big PS4multigames (Red Dead Redemption 2, Monster Hunter World, Battlefield V ect). And Nintendo has many (old) games-ports and small games for their current console, especially this year :( Nintendo is going a simple way, I personally think it's really sad. What do you think? Do you want ports? How much do you pay for old games? Maybe we can talk about it, i have interest in your opinions & thoughts. And let's see if 2019 the difference will be so extreme again. (Games like Kingdom Hearts 3, RE2 Remake, Days Gone, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, The Last of Us2 ect are very big). In other words, Nintendo has so much money - they should use it for the players, for bigger NEW games-projects. i dont want old games/remaster in future. These are my thoughts.


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SKMBlake (on 16 August 2018)

Well since, beside japaneses, nobody bought a Wii U, those ports are welcome ones. Did you bought a Wii U ? Cause I haven't and always wanted to play those great games but didn't wanna spend 250$ in an odd console. Now I can.

And for the bigger projects, I think Smash is big enough, may be too big, and so will be the next Pokémon game, which will sell way more than most of the AAA titles you mentioned.


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SecondWar (on 16 August 2018)

My guess is the games have longer dev cycles than you would think, and the relatively short life of the Wii U left Nintendo with limited games ready to go for the Switch. As I never had a Wii U, I'm quite happy to get BotW, Mario Kart 7 and DK Tropical Freeze on the system.


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AngryLittleAlchemist (on 16 August 2018)

No one bought a Wii U. That's how Mario Kart 8 sold 8+ million. Magic!


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KLAMarine (on 16 August 2018)

"i dont want old games/remaster in future"

Then don't buy them.

This isn't rocket science.


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Jranation (on 16 August 2018)

Switch hasn't reach its 2nd year. Those games are coming and probably on development. What did the PS4 had in its first 1year and 6 months?


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Ljink96 (on 16 August 2018)

You act as if PS4 hasn't gotten a ton of ports... some of the best selling PS4 games are ports... Besides, we don't know who is exactly porting this, how big the team is, or if it's even real at all. But let's assume it is, it's probably going to sell well. I probably won't buy it but tons of new Switch owners who didn't have a Wii U, currently at least 6 million of them, probably will buy it, or at least a good percentage of them.


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Ganoncrotch (on 17 August 2018)

You and your mate who don't have a switch nor plan to buy one are not Nintendo's Target audience, as such what they release to the machine has zero impact on you and the fact that you cannot buy the software means Nintendo aren't going to consider trying to win over people such as yourself by blowing billions on new ips.

You've made your mind up, they'll spend less to get a new customer than change your (and your anecdotal friends) mind


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Slap&Ride (on 17 August 2018)

@Ganoncrotch
But software sales hardware, so new IP-s and well known big titles are in need to win over more new-gamers. But I think this particular port is targeted to sustain the audience they already have or potentially had with the ones that wanted Mario but did not like Wii U. So it's a title that is directed at Nintendo fans not new audience.


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Mnementh (on 17 August 2018)

You make it sound like Switch has no new titles beside the ports. But this year it has Octopath Traveler, Pokemon Let's Go, Starlink, Smash Ultimate and so on. Which stacks up pretty nicely against the titles you mentioned for PS4.


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Ganoncrotch (on 17 August 2018)

Indeed mnementh the eShop in the us has just passed 1000 titles available on it in just 17 months, that's a rate of almost 2 games released per day.

This is my exact point really that anyone who really wants to use the "it's just a console for playing Zelda and some wiiu ports" aren't actually interested in reality and are overlooking literally hundreds of games or using a metric such as "ports from PS4 don't count" "AA games don't count" " games starting with the letters b, r or p don't count" etc. Etc. Like I said above Nintendo can't really win those people over because those people simply don't want the system from the off and winning them over would be far more costly than simply convincing another gamer instead to try the switch.


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Ganoncrotch (on 17 August 2018)

Just noticed too that list of games for the PS4 of the 6 games 3 of them are sequels and one is a remake.


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RolStoppable (on 17 August 2018)

Thumbs up for Ganoncrotch who knows what's up. First post in particular.


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