Nintendo Direct presentations are always worth a watch and the latest one was no exception. During the Nintendo Direct Super Mario Maker 2 Direct video presentation, the Japanese giant gave us a deep dive into Super Mario Maker 2.
For anybody who just got back from the snap, Super Mario Maker 2 is Nintendos latest side-scrolling adventure featuring the little Italian plumber and a sequel to the massively successful Super Mario Maker. Coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch on June 28, this particular title gives players control of Mario’s fate, allowing them to build the adventure, beat your wildest creations, and share them with friends.
This version of the Super Mario Maker series houses a host of new features for players including new course parts and tools, a new single-player story mode with more than 100 Nintendo-created courses, new course themes, and a co-op build mode. Online also seems to be taking center stage with a whole raft of online play modes including multiplayer-versus, multiplayer co-op, and nearby play which seems to be a strange local/online hybrid option. These multiplayer modes and everything else that we can look forward to will be on full show at the upcoming Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019 tournament. While this streams live and online the weekend before E3, you can get a glimpse at some of the brand new bits below and in the full Nintendo Direct broadcast.
- 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.
- To Be Continued…: There are more secrets in Super Mario Maker 2. Players will have a blast experimenting with all the tools and features they can use to create.
Super Mario Maker 2 is looking like it will continue to keep Switch fans happy with a ludicrously fun set of fan-filled adventures. It is due on the Nintendo Switch 28 June and, of course, online play modes will require a Nintendo Switch Online membership. You can find out more about the game, and the Super Mario Maker 2 + Nintendo Switch Online Bundle, over at the Nintendo eShop.