New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe launch sales 25% higher than on Wii U

UPDATE 15/1/19 9.30am Correct numbers from Chart-Track have now arrived. We've updated the top 10 listing below as Tales of Vesperia has now snuck into the top flight, although little else has changed.

UPDATE 14/1/19 4.30pm: UK numbers company Chart-Track has issued a warning that its data was incomplete. We'll leave this story as-is, and update with any changes when fresh sales data arrives.

ORIGINAL STORY 11.00am:Nintendo platformer New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe sold 25 per cent more boxed copies during its Nintendo Switch launch week than it did on Wii U.

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How New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe on Switch improves over Wii U

What better way to kick off the new year? New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe on Switch is a complete version of the Wii U release, with some content upgrades and a smattering of visual tweaks to boot. As with so many highlights of Nintendo's last console, the original sadly got overlooked, despite being one of the series' best - and so it's great that Switch gets a conversion similar in scope to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

What's included? Well, the original game and its Luigi expansion are tied up into one package, and besides losing the Miiverse integration, everything else stays intact. Two new characters join from the start - Nabbit and Toadette - offering easier ways to get involved. Otherwise, this new release plays it relatively straight, but look under the hood, and there are a few more changes than you might at first expect.

Looking back, New Super Mario Bros has never really been Nintendo's most technically advanced series. Rather, it pays tribute to the mascot's legacy, going back to the template of Super Mario World on Super NES, in particular, with its map top-down layout. This is Nintendo's line to a rich tradition of 2D-game design, even if it's through a medium of 3D rendering, that would otherwise be lost to time.

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Nintendo pooh-poohs Bowsette

You canon be serious.

Remember Bowsette? The viral fan-created character combination of Bowser and Princess Peach was one of our moments of 2018. But Bowsette was only ever a fan-creation - and despite Nintendo fans' hope she'd someday be made canon, Bowsette will stay that way.

Last week, a new item for New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe was unveiled which created a brand new character in Mario lore. The power-up, called the Super Crown, appears to transform Toadette into a Princess Peach fusion called Peachette - and understandably, many Nintendo fans were utterly flummoxed. Is Peachette an entirely new character that only appears with the crown? Or is the crown able to transform any Mario character into a Peach version?

New Super Mario Bros U is coming to Switch

Out in January, includes New Super Luigi U.

What's that you say? You'd like a few more Wii U ports to beef up your Switch collection? Well then here's some good news for you: New Super Mario Bros U is coming to Switch next year, on January 11th.