Today’s Super Mario Maker 2 focused Nintendo Direct left a lot of information in its wake. The last-minute stream lasted no longer than 15 minutes and we learned a lot about the sequel.
To begin here’s a list of what we saw:
- Slopes – Create angled surfaces by just picking a direction and setting the length. Gentler slopes are an additional option.
- Angry Sun – Remember the angry sun that attacked Mario in the Super Mario Bros. 3 game? It’s back and ready to put the pressure on players in this new game.
- ON/OFF Switch – Hit an ON/OFF Switch, and all the red and blue blocks in the course will swap! Setting them up wisely will help players create tricky puzzles and obstacles.
- Water Level – The water level in Super Mario Maker 2 can be adjusted in the Forest theme so only half the course can be underwater if that’s what the player wants. Water can even be set to rise and fall at different speeds over time.
- Banzai Bill – The red variations of these classic Super Mario enemies have a homing function and chase poor Mario wherever he goes.
- Co-op Making: Pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to create a course together, side by side.
Unlike the original, Super Mario Maker 2 includes a story mode. In this mode, you’ll be rebuilding Princess Peach’s castle but completing the courses found in the game. By doing that, you earn coins towards the reconstruction of the castle. Nintendo says there are more than 100 original Nintendo-crafted levels to play.
Also, new course themes ranging from Desert, Snow, Forest, and Sky. Each level includes original music from series composer Koji Kondo. Depending on the theme, wild things like floating Goombas, dimmed lighting in the Ghost House and sandstorms in the Desert.
Also for the first time, assets from the Super Mario 3D World are available and players can choose them to create custom courses. When using this style things like Cat Mario and Clear Pipes are available. Cat Mario can climb walls, scratch, slide and pounce on enemies. Clear Pipes can be placed in any shape the player wants but enemies can also slide through them. Others like the Koopa Troopa Car and Piranha Creeper make an appearance, too.
A big surprise is the inclusion of online multiplayer. Up to four players can play as Mario, Luigi, Toad, or Toadette. There’s Multiplayer Versus a mode where four players face off against each other. The player who clears the course first wins and gets a bump in their Versus Rating. Another mode is Multiplayer Co-op where four players work together to clear a course.
Lastly, Nintendo is releasing a bundle that includes Super Mario Maker 2 + Nintendo Switch Online in both digital and physical formats. It costs $89.99 and is available on June 28.