The deep dive into the game revealed some of what’s new in Super Mario Maker 2, including new course parts and tools; a new single-player story mode with more than 100 Nintendo-created courses; new course themes; details about online course sharing*; options to create and play together with others**; and information about a special offer for Nintendo Switch Online members.
The presentation also announced the upcoming Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019 tournament, streaming live online the weekend before E3 from Los Angeles.
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There are a ton of new course parts, tools and features for creators to use in Super Mario Maker 2, some of which include:
- Slopes – Create angled surfaces by just picking a direction and setting the length. Gentler slopes are an additional option as well.
- Angry Sun – Remember the angry sun that attacked Mario in Super Mario Bros. 3? 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 that chases poor Mario wherever he goes.
- Co-op Making: Pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to create a course together.
In the single-player Story Mode, which can be played entirely offline, Mario sets out to help rebuild Princess Peach’s castle. To fund this reconstruction project, he needs to collect Coins, which he can earn by accepting jobs from the bulletin board and completing the associated courses. Story Mode is a great way for makers to get inspired, with more than 100 original Nintendo-crafted courses to play.
New Course Themes
In addition to all the course themes from the original game, players will be able to create and play courses using the Desert, Snow, Forest and Sky themes. These themes feature new music by veteran Super Mario series composer Koji Kondo. The new Moon course part can be used to unlock night versions of course themes. And depending on the theme used, wild things will happen at night, including floating Goombas, dimmed lighting in the Ghost House and sandstorms in the Desert. Some items might even transform during nighttime…
Super Mario 3D World
Players can choose to create their courses in the style of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros. U and a new style based on Super Mario 3D World. Some new features unique to this style include:
- Cat Mario – Cat Mario can climb walls, scratch, slide and pounce on enemies. Players can even use Cat Mario to climb up the Goal Pole.
- Clear Pipe – Clear Pipes can be placed in any shape the player wants, but they have to be careful, as enemies can also slide through these transparent pipes.
- Koopa Troopa Car – Hop in this sweet ride and zoom through the course. Players just need to make sure not to crash!
- Track Block – The Track Block will follow any path the player draws. The blue one starts moving when the player steps on it.
- Piranha Creeper – The Piranha Creeper follows the path that the player draws, extending its dangerous spiky stem around the course.
- Who’s Who in Super Mario 3D World?: A cast of other familiar faces will also make appearances in Super Mario Maker 2, so players are in for a treat.
An online hub where players can play and share courses, as well as play together, Course World is available for players around the world who have a membership to Nintendo Switch Online. Players can browse by Popular Courses, New Courses or even search for specific tags like “puzzle-solving” or “autoscroll” using a pre-defined set of filters. Once a course is downloaded, it can be played anytime – even offline. Players can also personalise their Mii character’s appearance using items like shirts and hats that unlock after completing various objectives. In Endless Challenge, players will try to complete as many Course World courses as possible on the difficulty of their choice before getting a game over. Earning impressive scores in this mode might even get the player on the Leaderboards.
In Course World, players can play courses with people from all over the world. When playing with four players, players can choose Mario, Luigi, Toad or Toadette.
- Multiplayer Versus – Four players face off in a side-scrolling showdown in this online multiplayer mode. Each player will be assigned a different character, then race each other in a randomly selected course. The player who clears the course first wins and increases their Versus Rating.
- Multiplayer Co-op – In this online mode, up to four players must work together to beat the course. If one player finishes it, everyone wins.
- Nearby Play – If up to four players each own a Nintendo Switch console and a copy of Super Mario Maker 2, one of them can set up a virtual room that the others in the same location can join to play together, each on their own console. Only the player setting up the room needs an internet connection.
Super Mario Maker 2 + Nintendo Switch Online Bundle
Launching in stores and digitally in Nintendo eShop on 28th June in addition to the stand-alone game, there will also be a Limited Edition bundle which includes a 12-month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership with a suggested retail price of AU$94.95 / NZ$106.45. Players can also get an exclusive Super Mario Maker 2-themed Nintendo Switch stylus when they pre-order the Super Mario Maker 2 Limited Edition from Nintendo eShop, or by pre-ordering either version from selected retailers (while stocks last). A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the game’s online features. The stand-alone game will launch with a suggested retail price of AU$79.95 / NZ$89.95.
Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers
This exclusive offer allows Nintendo Switch Online members to buy two Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers for just AU$134.95 / NZ$148.45. Each voucher can be redeemed for a download version of any game from the programme’s catalogue, so members can get two games together at a reduced price. For example, if members redeem one voucher to pre-order Super Mario Maker 2, and use the other to download Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, they’ll save AU$34.95 / NZ$41.45 from the combined Nintendo eShop price for this pair of games. This program is a great way to get two games, including the latest pre-orders, at a discounted price. Vouchers are redeemable for one year from the date of purchase and don’t have to be used at the same time. Nintendo Switch Online members can buy and redeem Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers via Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019
On 9th June AEST, four members of the Super Mario Maker community will compete in a variety of wild and unpredictable Super Mario Maker 2 courses designed by Nintendo’s Treehouse team. The event will open up the festivities at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, starting at 4:00am AEST / 6:00am NZST and will be followed by the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2019 and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 3v3 2019. For more information, visithttps://e3.nintendo.com/