New Super Mario Bros. U makes full use of the capabilities of the Wii U console, by using the Wii U GamePad to increase the options for both solo and multiplayer gaming. If your main screen is in use, use the GamePad to continue the action by yourself or, if you want to team up with friends, things get even more exciting. Up to four players with Wii Remote controllers can run, jump and bounce through these all-new stages, or add a fifth player with the GamePad to play in Boost Mode. Here, the GamePad player can tap the screen to place platforms on the screen to help with the challenge. This adds an incredible new facet to the classic Mario gameplay we know and love, with players all working together to clear a course. There are times where this co-operation is essential if you want to take specific routes or set new scores and times.