All the New Features Coming to Super Mario Maker 2

Nintendo recently streamed a direct for Super Mario Maker 2, which was roughly 15 minutes long and took a deep dive into new details about the game. Compared to the first game, which launched in 2015, this sequel appears to be adding a slew of new features and customization options. 

One of the most significant new features is the addition of a story mode, which was completely absent in the first game. In this brand-new mode, you will be able to complete over 100 Nintendo created levels and earn coins to rebuild Princess Peach’s castle, that has mysteriously disappeared.

Another significant new feature is the addition of co-op. Players will be able to build levels together as well as play them online. You will be able to go head to head with other players in a competitive online mode or work together to make it to the end of any user-created stage.

Many of the new additions are subtle, but when implemented, will open up endless possibilities to the creative imaginations of players purchasing the game. Slopes, the Angry Sun, on/off switches, snaking blocks, and red yoshis, are all new additions. Players will also be able to control water-levels as well as the speed/direction of scrolling levels.

There are new course themes as well. These themes include desert, snow, forest, and sky. There’s also a new night mode, that can be applied to these themes, that changes the way stages can be played. Night mode will allow players to reduce gravity and flip stages. The Angry Sun will turn into a Moon and instead of killing Mario, kills all the enemies on screen. Other enemies will behave differently as well, and many items will change in this new mode. 

Nintendo also showed off the Super Mario 3D World style, which will be different enough from the other four themes, that many of the assets will not cross over. The other styles of courses include Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U, which were included in the first game. The Super Mario 3D World levels will have a ton of new features like Cat Mario, clear pipes, mushroom trampolines, crates, a new Koopa Troopa car, and much more. All of the enemies from the original 2013 game will be present in this style including Piranha Creepers, Skipsqueks, Cat Bowser, Biddybuds, Blocksteppers, and Bonzai Bills that can fly toward the screen! 

There are plenty of new sound effects too, as well as new, original music by Koji Kondo himself, the famous Nintendo composer that has worked on Mario and The Legend of Zelda, will be in Super Mario Maker 2

Nintendo also announced two special offers during the direct. The first is a bundle that includes Super Mario Maker 2 as well as a 12-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online. This offer will cost $69.99. The second offer, exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online owners, are two vouchers that cost $99.99, that are redeemable in the next year for major Nintendo Switch titles on the eShop. 

Super Mario Maker 2 launches on June 28. Will you be picking it up? Let us know in the comments!

Published by Nick Forsythe

Filmmaker, Journalist, Nintendo fanboy 🏳️‍🌈