It’s been revealed that New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will have a new colored Toad when the game launches later this month on Nintendo Switch.
One of the more surprising gaming trends to emerge from the modern platformer era is the rise in popularity of colored Toads, with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U introducing both yellow and blue Toad variations as playable characters. Whilst always being something of a cult favorite character (only true fans played as the diminutive mushroom hero on Mario Kart 64), who knew something as simple as a palette swap could propel Toad to internet stardom?
Imagine the outrage from fans then, as the recently released New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe seemingly throws out the blue half of this now iconic duo in favor of Nabbit and Toadette; the titles substitute for an easy mode. Safe to say, people had their pitchforks ready over the loss of a legend.
Fear not though! For those that absolutely insist on using ‘he who used to hold the Player 4 spot’, Blue Toad lives does, in fact, live on in the Switch title. Serving as an alternative skin for Yellow Toad, to activate this change in appearance players must simply press the L or ZL button on the character select screen before confirming their choice as the brighter mushroom. Hover over Yellow Toad, hit ZL, and revive a hero (who plays literally identical to his counterpart, but still, this is a nice inclusion).
This change does mean that, unfortunately, only one Toad is playable at any time and, for experienced players, 4-player sessions will be a race to not end up with one of the aforementioned new characters.
Regardless of this multiplayer mode imbalance, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has still been met with a warm critical reception, but maybe, just maybe, this halving of the number of playable Toads is what is preventing it from reaching those perfect scores.