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When it comes to playing Super Mario games, there's usually a preferred method of playing. When it's 3D games you want the analog stick, and when it's side-scrolling games you might prefer the digital pad. In the case of Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, you'll have the option of using the Switch's Joy-Con controllers or the retro NES controllers.
There's a new video up from YouTuber GameXplain that explains (pun intended) how the NES controller for the Nintendo Switch works with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The video clocks in just less than three minutes and it starts off by showing the NES Controller hooked up to the Switch to play the game. We then see them enter into the game to test out if the controllers work. Well, do they? The quick answer... yes. However, there's a caveat.
While the NES controller for the Switch does work with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, the major problem is that the controls don't allow you to dash. So you can't run. You can only jump... and jump.
There was a fix for this, however. Nintendo has a quality of life menu for the controls where you don't even have to go through any kind of complicated menus to fix the problem. Simply press the start button to pause the game and then in the bottom right hand corner there's an icon for the face buttons. Simply press the icon and switch the default control scheme to the Control Type 2, and it will allow you to use the 'A' button to jump and the 'B' button to dash. This solves one of the biggest problems in the game, since you're definitely going to need to use the dash button to overcome some of the obstacles or get through some of the stages.
There's also the left and right bumpers that allow you to perform spins, and you can also hop onto Yoshi and hop off of the green dinosaur with ease. As demonstrated in the video, it's also possible to execute ground pounds, and have Yoshi suck up nearby objects and enemies.
So basically, every core function that you would expect from the standard Joy-Con controllers is available with the NES controllers. So if you picked up a pair in order to play the classic NES games that come with the premium version of the Nintendo Network each and every month, you can also use the controllers for other games as well.
Some people might wonder why you would want to use the NES controller with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and a lot of it boils down to nostalgia factors. The game is a throwback to the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES from the 1980s, so it's no shock that controllers imitating a design from a controller made in the 1980s works with a game that was designed to imitate the style of the games from the 1980s.
But that's not all. The GameCube controller hooked up through the adapter on the Switch also works with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe as well. You just have to change the default control scheme and you'll be good to go. The multiplayer side-scroller launches exclusively on the Switch starting January 11, 2019 for $59.99.