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New Super Mario Bros. U

Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii U
Released in JP: December 8, 2012
Released in US: November 18, 2012
Released in EU: November 30, 2012
Released in AU: November 30, 2012

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.

New Super Mario Bros. U is the fourth installment to the series, and the first Mario game in high definition. Graphical updates aside, though (and a few other improvements such as a challenge/mission mode), it's still the same schtick you've been playing for six-odd years.

This page is loooong...
Consider grouping related content into additional subpages to ease readability.
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NSMBU-Muncher frozen.png
Unused Objects
Stuff that developers always forget.

Unused Music

Jungle Yoshi Drums

Yoshi drum track by itself

Yoshi drum track with main track

The Jungle theme (STRM_BGM_MORI) has an associated Yoshi drum track, despite the fact that Yoshi never appears in these levels.

This music is later used in Super Mario Maker 2, as you can put Yoshis in Forest-themed levels in that game.

(Source: Stella (AboodXD))

Bonus Room Yoshi Drums

It's the same situation with this track, though the song was previously used in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. However, the Yoshi drum track is slightly different than NSMBW.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Bowser's Castle Appears

STRM_BGM_LAST_CASTLE_APPEAR, a leftover from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. This was played when Bowser's castle appeared after beating 8-Airship.

(Source: Stella (AboodXD))

Short Result

STRM_BGM_SHORT_RESULT, a short fanfare. Purpose unknown.

(Source: Stella (AboodXD))

Cheap Fanfare

A leftover from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. It is called "BGM_CHEEPFANFARE_LR_RY_32.STRM" here (basically the same name as last time).

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Sound Effect

Many sounds that were in New Super Mario Bros. Wii (including New Super Mario Bros. leftovers) are also present here with their original filenames, but some are silent. These aren't listed below.

Iggy Battle Magmarrgh

These are the standard enemy fireball sounds. Maybe the Iggy battle's Magmaarghs (Woogans) shot fireballs at some point.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics

New Super Mario Bros. Leftovers

To do:
Can the early coin be found in NSMBU?

The leftover graphics from New Super Mario Bros. that were in New Super Mario Bros. Wii are here too. Specifically:

  • Early block roulette.
  • Early winged block.
  • Early world map path.
  • Broken pipes.
(Source: Hiccup)

Sample Challenge Image

NSMBU Sample challenge image.png

This image is the first one in the ChallengeImage folder, which stores all of the challenge previews. There are also copies of this image without the "Sample" text under the filenames ChallengeImage_002.gtx and ChallengeImage_027.gtx, suggesting that there were once levels on the menu that are now removed. Obviously intended as a placeholder, it shows early versions of the grassland (Nohara) tileset, the general (Jyotyu) overworld tileset and the 1-1 background. The early grassland tileset includes flowers taken from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The level featured strongly resembles the beginning of New Super Mario Bros. Wii's level 1-1, albeit with rearranged flowers.

The castle seen in the far back is not only very different from the one featured in the final game, but also seems to rest on some sort of cliff. In addition, the castle appears at the end of the level in the finished game, whereas this seems to be the beginning.

Test Course Image

Nsmbu prev.png

This unused course icon (CourseImageTest_00.gtx) shows the/an early grassland tileset and background. It seems to depict an early version of World 1-3. A copy of this image also exists in the common layout archive (Common/layout/Common.szs).

Unused Graphics in Jyotyu Tilesets

All of the jyotyu tilesets feature giant brick and question block graphics. Some of the graphics are unused, and don't show up but have collision when tested. However, the 1-coin giving ? block works, almost all of the invisible tiles work, the collision tiles are used, and the lines are used. The pipes are used for collision with the pipe sprites. The pipe connector graphics were eventually used in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition.

Other unused tiles include non-switch-activated Blue Coins, a pole tile, and an overhead rope tile. This is carried over from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which also had those tiles, similarly scrapped in favor of object versions. The game also references a jyotyu_setsugen tileset, which isn't used at all, and also wasn't used in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Normal Yougan

Furthermore, drawn on the alpha channel are various labels which describe or represent the tiles they're drawn on. These were most likely used in Nintendo's level creator. Notable is the fact that many of the overlays come from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, such as the pipes, or even New Super Mario Bros., such as the placeholder flower graphics. Some graphics were seemingly deleted, while others had spots reserved for them, which were ultimately unused and just marked with numbers. Note that the layout of the tiles (such as the order of powerups) is similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii's.

Translated text:

Row 1
Japanese English
ヌキ empty
ヌキアタリ empty + collision
マメ STOP bean STOP*
ヌキ半 empty + half
ヌキアタリ empty + collision
登棒アタリ climbing pole collision
ロープアタリ rope collision
Row 2
Japanese English
Row 3
Japanese English
ブラックパックンのアタリ muncher collision
Row 14
Japanese English
ブラックパックンのアタリ2 muncher collision 2

* This is a beanstalk stop tile. "Bean" is "mame", clearly short here for "mame no ki" or "bean tree", which means "beanstalk".

† Just one katakana character, pronounced "ma". It probably stands for "maruchipureiya", which means "multiplayer".

Of tiles with text on them, the second "empty + collision", the "climbing pole collision", the "rope collision" and the "muncher collision 2" tiles are unused.

Early Meringue Clouds Tileset Edges

7-Airship (Boarding the Airship) contains broken Meringue Clouds ground edges, which are displayed when the mechanical Bowser hand punches through the ground; they are not used anywhere else in the game. Due to the structure of the game, though, there are corresponding tiles for this purpose in the underground and lava tilesets, which go unused. The lava tiles are uninteresting placeholders (see #Unused_graphics_in_Jyotyu_tilesets), but the underground ones are from an early version of the Meringue Clouds tileset.

Early (Underground) Final
NSMBU Meringue Clouds Broken Edges Unused.png
NSMBU Meringue Clouds Broken Edges Used.png

The broken edges in the early tileset are much wider, and the cracks on the edges are much taller and deeper. The grass also looks completely different.

E3 Leftovers

To do:
replace with a better GIF/video

An E3 Course Select found in the final game's files. The Selection contains some animations as seen in this gif.

Unused Lava Tiles

NSMBU 8-2 Unused Tiles.png

Covered with Xs to mark them as "not to be used," these 22 unused tiles are in 8-2 (Peach's Castle-2: Magma-River Cruise). A few of them also exist in challenge level 15-1 (Mole to Goal Returns). In each level, they are hidden behind used tiles. Shown below is where they are located.

In 8-2:
NSMBU 8-2 Unused Tiles Placement 1.png NSMBU 8-2 Unused Tiles Placement 2.png NSMBU 8-2 Unused Tiles Placement 3.png NSMBU 8-2 Unused Tiles Placement 4.png NSMBU 8-2 Unused Tiles Placement 5.png

In 15-1:
NSMBU 15-1 Unused Tiles Placement.png

Unused Ghost House Corner Tile

Early Final
NSMBU 4-Ghost House Corner Tile Unused.png
NSMBU 4-Ghost House Corner Tile.png

Found just before the secret (red) flagpole in 4-Ghost House (Swaying Ghost House), this tile is covered up by the grassy version. In context (see below), it indicates that the area originally did not have grass at all. The dirt in this area is positioned one tile too high in most places, which further implies that the floor objects were originally only one tile high (as would be expected if there was no grass).

Early Final
NSMBU 4-Ghost House Corner Tile Unused Context.png
NSMBU 4-Ghost House Corner Tile Context.png

Debug Tile Overlays

Debug Final
NSMBU Underwater Bottom Corner Tiles Debug.png
NSMBU Underwater Bottom Corner Tiles.png

Within the unfinished underwater level found in 11-2.szs are versions of the bottom corner tiles that include overlaid purple triangles.

NSMBU Prerelease W1 Miis Screenshot.png

Very similar red rectangles on the Acorn Plains tileset were shown in video that was part of the New Super Mario Bros. U E3 2012 edition of Iwata Asks. These were most likely used to make tiling easier for the level designers.

There are also more debug tile overlays like these in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

Castle Cannon Background Tiles

Tiles Normal Map
NSMBU Castle Cannon Background.png
NSMBU Castle Cannon Background Normal Map.png

The normal map for the tiles that go behind the cannon at the end of every castle are missing a column of normal map imagery. However, the stone in the top-right corner of the normal map actually displays a nonexistent left edge, implying that the cannon was one tile wider when the normal map was rendered. This also explains why this graphic includes one column of tiles on the left side of the cannon but two on the right.

Early Castle Staircase Column

Tiles Normal Map
NSMBU Castle Stairs Column.png
NSMBU Castle Stairs Column Normal Map.png

The column supporting the staircase leading to the cannon at the end of every castle has a normal map showing an earlier version of itself. It was originally much thinner, almost coming to a point in multiple places. It also had a capital not seen in the final version.

Shipwreck Normal Map Oddities

Tiles Normal Map
NSMBU Shipwreck Bottom Left.png

NSMBU Shipwreck Bottom Right.png
NSMBU Shipwreck Bottom Left Normal Map.png

NSMBU Shipwreck Bottom Right Normal Map.png

Some tiles for the bottom-left and bottom-right corner of structures in 3-Ghost House (Haunted Shipwreck) have normal maps that don't match the graphics. The normal map for the bottom-left corner even includes a normal map for a climbable pole, suggesting that the climbable poles in that course were once tileset objects (the final game uses sprites instead).

Hidden Toad House Collisions Tiles

NSMBU NSLU 3-25 Hidden Tiles.png

Three invisible tiles provide collisions for the mushroom platforms in 1-Up Blast Toad houses. The red rectangle image above is hidden in their transparent texture.

Unused Level Icons

NSMBU-Pepper-Level-Icon.png NSMBU-Star-Level-Icon.png

These pepper and star level icons are both unused. Icons like these are used for secret courses which act as shortcuts between worlds.

There are also two unused duplicates of the Peach's Castle level icon.

Purple Exclamation Mark Button


This purple exclamation mark button icon is stored with the level icons, though it doesn't look like a level icon. It's hard to guess what it might have been used for.

Unused Yoshi Colors

New Super Mario Bros U Unused Yoshi Colours.png

The game still contains the textures for Blue/Pink/Yellow Yoshis from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They're loaded along with the green ones, but never used. The Yoshi Egg model doesn't contain those colors, however.

World Map Overview

NSMBU - worldMap.png

A hastily slapped together map overview (or an overview of an early, hastily slapped together world map) can be found in CS_WorldMap.bfres/worldMap.gtx. This was likely a placeholder graphic until a proper world map overview was created. Despite its rough appearance, the map has all of the features of the final map, including between-world shortcuts and Superstar Road. However, the entirety of Superstar Road is present on this map, while in the actual game, Superstar Road is in a completely different map and only a small star with an extra-dimensional portal is present in that area.

(Source: Hiccup)

Unused Backgrounds

To do:
Replace the screenshots in this section with direct rips of the backgrounds if possible.

NSMBU Unused BG Nohara.png

What appears to be the standard grassland background from New Super Mario Bros. Wii is found in the distant_view folder under the name dv_Nohara.szs.

NSMBU Unused BG SabakuChika.png

dv_SabakuChika.szs ("desert cave") also appears to be copied from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The name implies that it was intended to be yellow. This background (or a similar one) was used in the E3 2011 demo's Course 4, which was an early version of Rock-Candy Mines-6.

NSMBU Unused BG Shiro.png

dv_Shiro.szs ("castle") is a port of the New Super Mario Bros. Wii castle background. The used castle background in this game (dv_Siro) uses a slightly different romanization, which may be why this one was forgotten about.

NSMB Unused BG Cloud Boss.png

dv_KumoUe_Boss.szs ("Cloud Boss") Probably a version for the fight against a boss.

Configuration files exist for seven more unused backgrounds. They cannot be rendered, because they lack 3D models.

Name Probable use
dv_Isiyama This would be an older version of dv_Isiyama_2 and dv_Isiyama_3, the main backgrounds used for Acorn Plains.
dv_Kougen This would be similar to the dv_Siro_Kougen and dv_End_Kougen backgrounds used in 7-Castle, which feature swirling purple clouds.
dv_Kougen_Isiyama This would be some combination of purple clouds and Acorn Plains.
dv_KumoUe_Setugen This would be snowy ("setugen") clouds ("KumoUe") (most likely at night, to match the rest of the snow levels in the game).
dv_Obake_3 This would be a third ghost house background.
dv_Tika_tate This would be an older version of the used background dv_Tika_tate2 (a dark cave wall).
m_Kumonaka This is the only background file in the distant_view folder without the "dv_" prefix. dv_Kumonaka is a used cloud background.

Placeholder Mii

NSMBU-Placeholder Mii 80x80px.png

A placeholder Mii player icon can be found in various layout files, in multiple sizes and configurations. This was one of the playable Miis from the E3 2011 demo.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Screens

To do:
Find a way to load or at least decently render these, and check all versions of the game for text.

NSMBU E3 Course Icon 1.pngNSMBU E3 Course Icon 2.png

Common/layout/Title.szs, which contains layout files for the title screen and related screens, contains two unused screens; E3CourseSelect.bflyt and E3ThankYou.bflyt. These were probably the screens used in the E3 2012 demo. E3CourseSelect is self-explanatory and E3ThankYou would have been used when the demo timed out. The text relating to these menus are blank in at least some versions of the game.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Levels

The New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U releases don't have the following unused levels: 13-2, 13-4, 13-7, 18-1, 16-1 and 16-2.

(Source: Original TCRF research)
To do:
  • Update the layout rips with more clear representations.

Early Layout of Frosted Glacier Ghost House

Area 3 of 4-20.szs contains an earlier layout for the level. None of the entrances in Areas 1 or 2 link to them, meaning they're all unused.

Zone 1

Early Final
Follow the Blue Coin Road.

The early area is longer than the final, meaning it was slightly more difficult to clear. The blue coin arrow was changed into a blue coin trail.
There was also no fake door at the end. The real doors both lead to Zone 2.

Zone 2

Early Final
Too many choices.
Neo, choose the upper door or the lower door.

This area was completely redesigned; early one contains four doors, three of which are enterable; the top-left and bottom-right ones lead to Zone 8, top right to Zone 3. The final zone has only two enterable doors, which also lead to those two zones, but you have to wait for moving bricks to line up with a specific door.

Zone 3

Early Final
Too many coin arrows.
Introducing the concept of death.

Another completely redesigned area; the early one guides you to doors using blue coin arrows and blue coin arches. The visible door leads to Zone 4, while the hidden one to Zone 7. The final one is made more dangerous by including a bottomless bit and excluding the arrows. The visible door leads to Zone 6, while the hidden one to Zone 4.

Zone 4

Early Final
Too easy.
More like it.

The early Zone 4 simply makes you choose between more doors; middle-bottom leads to Zone 5, middle-top and rightmost-bottom both to Zone 9 (albeit different doors). In the final one, a moving row of bricks is introduced as a way of accessing one of the doors. Furthermore, one of the choices is hidden behind some foreground tiles. The choices are also more varied; the leftmost door leads to Zone 9, the middle-top to Zone 11, the hidden one to Zone 5.

Zone 5

Early Final
Jump, jump, perhaps walljump.
Jump, jump, cannot walljump.

The early version of the zone has some boxes on the sides, which the final lacks. Also, at the bottom, there's an invisible Fire Flower powerup box in addition to the Starman one. The door at the top isn't hidden behind foreground tiles and leads to Zone 6 in the early version of the level, and Zone 7 in the final version. The door under that one leads to the normal flagpole area in both versions. The final level features a door at the bottom of the stage, meant to serve as a way of resetting the room (leads to Zone 10). However, this room is not beatable due to forced back-and-forth auto-scrolling, which prevents the player from moving the camera upward. (Here, as in the final version of this zone, the player would need to use the camera-following brick blocks to reach the exit door at the top of the zone.) Attempting to enter the door results in the player being brought back to the same room.

Zone 6

Early Final
You win the secret exit!
You win a redo of the entire level!

Both of these are very similar, but the entrance door and one of the tiles was slightly moved in the final. What's more interesting, is that the early level leads to the Secret Exit room (or, at least, probably did, as entrance 2 doesn't exist in it anymore), while the final goes back to Zone 3.

Zone 7

Early Final
Too easy.

Also very similar, the final version makes you walljump to get the 3rd Star Coin of the level, while the early version is a bit easier and just gives it to you. Both lead to the Secret Exit room.

Zone 8

Early Final
Illusion of choice.
Go back!

Aside from minor aesthetic changes, the final version doesn't have an exit door and makes you go back the way you came, which leads to Zone 2. The early one has an extra door, but they still both go to Zone 2.

Zone 9

Early Final
Let's confuse you further.
Let's help you a bit.

The final version just has some coins, the early has some extra doors, one in an secluded area. All doors lead to Zone 4.

The early layout doesn't have Zones 10 or 11.

Early Credits Stage


4-25.sarc contains an early layout for the credits stage, seemingly meant to occur inside as opposed to the final game's outdoor setting. It crashes due to sprite 556 not working in the game. It's notable that the background music is assigned to ID 3, which is the Underwater theme.

Unfinished Water Level


11-2.sarc, which is the second coin battle stage, contains an unfinished water area; while the overall shape is complete, the tiling and object placement is not. Outside of the zone is a tile scratch pad. This area does not fit at all with the rest of the coin battle level, and is probably a leftover from when someone used this stage's file; this is strangely consistent with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which had the same thing happen with this same stage. The stage also introduces the vertical Dragoneel, which functions perfectly. The underwater background renders incorrectly above a certain height because it wasn't designed for vertical levels such as this.

Early Coin Battle

Early Final
Slightly different.
Different slightly.

11-6.sarc has an early version of itself in Area 3. The early version features less coins and some improperly tiled pillars.

Another Early Coin Battle

11-8.sarc features an early version of itself in Area 2. Zone 1 is the same between versions.

Zone 2

Early Final
Easy money.
Slightly harder money.

The early version of this level is a bit longer and uses no multiplayer-only passthrough coins; the final version balances gameplay by replacing roughly half of the regular coins with them. Final version also has more platforms that prevent falling to death as the stage keeps scrolling, and some of the pipes were moved upward by a few tiles relative to the early layout. It's also notable that the old version used the small blocks and tile creator/destroyer sprites rather than the bigger Question and Brick blocks in the final version. The early version also has Yoshi Eggs inside of the Question Blocks. The early version also has munchers.

Zone 3

Early Final

Similarly to Zone 2, the final has more multiplayer coins. A seemingly-useless sprite area was removed, the coins were moved upward to make them easier to collect when jumping for the top of the flagpole, and a red Koopa Troopa was added.

Entrance Area

I don't know what to do in this level. SCRAPPED.

18-1.sarc, located between many of the challenge levels seems to feature nothing more but an unfinished entrance area that just has a pipe that spawns Goombas infinitely with a timer of 100 seconds.

Early World 1 Climbing Stage

13-2.sarc originally instantly crashes the game by default when loaded, and it needs changes to load. It is missing the required Pa0 tileset in its archive, and the tileset string in the level file doesn't exist. The level also has objects placed that aren't in the tileset. After the level is fixed and loads, it's a bland walljumping level with green Paratroopas flying up and down. The level is very short and beatable.

Early Koopa Shell Following Level

13-4.sarc contains a level that is similar to the final level in the original name, named Follow That Shell! which uses a similar gimmick of following a koopa shell to the finish. It uses seesaw mushrooms to get more coins, tile gods, and uses the unused sprite 329 which is a bolt-controlled metal platform used to raise the koopa shell.

Colored Block Level

13-7.sarc contains a level that really serves no true purpose. It uses wooden colored blocks and is quite difficult if the player doesn't have a powerup. There are sections with fuzzies on lines (except for one frozen fuzzy that wasn't assigned to a line controller), Pipe Venus Fire Traps, Giant Goombas, Huckit crabs, and many coins. The level is beatable.

Early Lakitu Challenge Level

16-1.sarc seems to be a very early challenge level. It contains 2 moving platforms that move left and right, a Koopa, 4 brick blocks, and a Lakitu that drops Spinies. It's not very clear what the challenge was, because it's not possible to have more than 5 Spinies dropped from a single Lakitu, and using the Koopa shell to get a 1-Up is almost impossible.

Early Fuzzy Cliffs

16-2.sarc seems to be an early version of Fuzzy Cliffs. It is more of a vertical level, but by default the player spawns and dies. This is due to the level having a duplicate entrance 0 outside of the zone, causing the game to spawn the player through the entrance outside the zone. Deleting this zone lets the player play the level. Sadly by default, there is no way to progress from the start without the use of specific powerups, due to there being no platforms to stand on. There is a goal flagpole in the level, as well.

Unused Level Features

Lone Pipe

Located below all of the zones of Layer Cake Desert Tower is a lone green sideways pipe.

Unused Flagpole Section

Aren't I the least interesting thing ever?

Located on the far right of the level canvas in Sparkling Waters-3 is an unused flagpole section. A zone wasn't created for it; it's just a bunch of tiles. In the final level, the flagpole is in the main zone.

Lone Tile

5-7.sarc has one of the basic tileset objects placed under the zone.



Located above the zone in 6-5.sarc are arrows indicating areas where the player leaves to and returns from the level's secret area.

Background Strip

6-6.sarc has a long row of background tiles placed under the zone.

Forgotten Entrances

6-22.sarc, which is the second tower in Rock Candy Mines has two ID 0 entrances located out of the zone. In addition, the entrance used as the level's starting point is also ID 0.

Probably accidental.

Credits Oddity

The level used for the credits stage has its ground object extended far, far beyond the zone. This is useless, as the credits consist of only one screen.

Unused Behaviors

  • Munchers can be walked on by Yoshi without harm, like in Super Mario World.
  • Medium Goombas and Large Goombas split into smaller Goombas (like when stomped on), if Yoshi tries to eat them.
  • Big Koopa Troopas, Big Buzzy Beetles and Thwimps have hitboxes that are impenetrable by Yoshi's tongue.
  • Thwimps - Yoshi can bounce off them and get points from doing so (starting at 200 points).
  • Bouncy Clouds - Yoshi can bounce on them. This behavior can be encountered in the early version of Coin Courses-8 and in New Super Luigi U's Meringue Cloud-4.
  • Bob-ombs can bounce off Bouncy Clouds. They bounce off the Mushroom Trampolines in New Super Mario Bros. 2's World Flower-Castle.
  • The Toad NPC has basic "gravity" code, as he will move when on platforms and conveyor belts, and will fall slowly if placed mid-air.
(Source: Kinnay, Hiccup)

Uncompiled Shaders

Download.png Download Uncompiled Shaders in Eset_Cafe.ptcl
File: EsetCafeCode.ptcl_extracted_code.zip (14 KB) (info)

Found in data/content/CAFE/effect/Eset_Cafe.ptcl are six source code files for GL shaders. Three are .vsh files and three are .fsh files.

UsrShader.fsh is notable because its filename does not begin with "eft_" like the others. It also lacks the standard copyright header comment found in the others, and instead includes its own unique header comment.

All of the files are encoded in S-JIS.

Nonexistent Placeholder Music

STRM_BGM_DUMMY is listed in the course music list in the code, but the actual audio doesn't exist in the bfsar.

(Source: Stella (AboodXD))

Unused Animations

To do:
Add videos of the animations

P_rcha.bfres, found in content/Common/actor/, seems to be an early version of CommonAnm.bfres, which is found in content/Common/actor/jyotyuActorPack.

This early BFRES file has the version number of, while the used BFRES files is marked as Also, the early skeleton animations (subfiles of BFRES files) start with 0x00001200 or 0x00001204, whereas the used ones start with "FSKA". The early color animations (also subfiles of BFRES files) start with 0x00000004, whereas the used ones start with "FSHU".

This early version of BFRES seems to have only 10 subfile types, whereas the used version has 12.

(Source: Stella (AboodXD), Wexos)


Early Final
  • M_flutter
  • M_glide
  • M_run
  • M_windcatch
  • M_carryP_start
  • M_carryP_throw
  • M_carryP_wait
  • M_carryP_waitL
  • M_carryP_waitR
  • M_carryP_walk
  • M_carry_low_walk
  • M_carry_low_walk_start
  • M_carry_throw
  • M_carry_wait
  • M_carry_waitL
  • M_carry_waitR
  • M_carry_walk
  • M_flutterL
  • M_flutterR
  • M_glideL
  • M_glideL_carry
  • M_glideR
  • M_glideR_carry
  • M_goal_puton_cap
  • M_hang_start
  • M_hang_up
  • M_hang_wait
  • M_hang_walk_l
  • M_hang_walk_r
  • M_hip_to_stoop
  • M_jump_hang
  • M_low_walk
  • M_net_attack
  • M_net_wait
  • M_net_walk1
  • M_net_walk2
  • M_paddle_1
  • M_paddle_2
  • M_pea_plant
  • M_pea_plant_st
  • M_pea_plant_wait
  • M_Rgoal_puton_cap
  • M_run
  • M_Sjump
  • M_Sjump2
  • M_Sjumped
  • M_slip
  • M_sliped
  • M_slip_to_stoop
  • M_stoop
  • M_stoop_start
  • M_swim_standing
  • M_swim_wait
  • M_swim_walk
  • M_TAIL_wait
  • M_tree_climb
  • M_tree_pose
  • M_tree_start
  • M_tree_wait
  • M_wsld_L
  • M_wsld_R

P_rcha.bfres, the early version of CommonAnim.bfres, has some early animations for players in the Squirrel Suit. There are significantly less animations in the early file than in the final. It's named in the same way as the archive of common animations in New Super Mario Bros. Wii called "P_rcha.arc".

(Source: Stella (AboodXD))

Unused Ship Animations

To do:
Add more information about the animations and proper renders

Inside each of the animations for the koopalings' ships exists 2 unused animations: Bomb and Escape. Each of these animations are nearly identical across the ships, except for Lemmy's, whose is entirely unique; Wendy's bomb animation also has one of her rings fall off of the cannon. Morton's animation is unfinished, with neither the propeller or screw being animated. Other than that, these animations seem to be in a somewhat finished state.

(Source: Kano2529)

Filename Oddity

The pink Balloon Baby Yoshi model in \Common\demo\000\ is called yoshichibi_green, suggesting that the Balloon Baby Yoshi was once green, or a green Baby Yoshi once existed and was used in this cutscene in place of the Balloon Baby Yoshi.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Internal Project Name

New Super Mario Bros. U is named cafe_redpro internally. "Cafe" is the Wii U's code name, and the "red" prefix is used for other Mario games. The internal name is also reflected in the game's two-letter code "RP".

Revisional Differences

Nintendo has released three updates for this game. Each adds a little marker indicating the current version to the bottom-right corner of the title screen.


This day-one update adds Miiverse functionality to the game.


Released March 16, 2013. Changes which Miiverse community the game uses; in-game posts were moved to a separate one.

Early European 1.3.0

This build was uploaded to Nintendo's servers as NUS version 64 on June 6, 2013, but was never pushed to users as an update; the final European 1.3.0 build was uploaded as version 80 a week later on June 14 and released on June 20. Other than some changes to the code (TODO: investigate), the only difference from the final 1.3.0 build is the Portuguese version of ShadowFirstDemo_Message_05, a New Super Luigi U message string for which the translators had forgotten to change "Mario" to "Luigi":

Early 1.3.0 (v64) Final 1.3.0 (v80)
Ai, isto é terrível! Alguém roubou as

minhas coisas! E ele é tão rápido que

não o consigo apanhar! Ajuda-me, Mario!
Ai, isto é terrível! Alguém roubou as

minhas coisas! E ele é tão rápido que

não o consigo apanhar! Ajuda-me, Luigi!


Released June 20, 2013. Adds Wii U Pro Controller functionality, and an option to download New Super Luigi U.