New Themes, Tools, and Story Mode Revealed for Super Mario Maker 2

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Nintendo has revealed oodles of new information on Super Mario Maker 2, including some awesome new tools, co-op details, and a story mode. Come inside for all the information!

Super Mario Maker 2 isn’t content to just bring gamers more of the same. During a special Nintendo Direct, the company revealed some of the new stuff their bringing to the Mario Maker sequel including swanky new tools to play with:

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.

More than just more assets/tools to play with, however, Mario Maker 2 will be bringing in several new themes to utilize:

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 themes. 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 in the 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 games and a new one 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 them.
Koopa Troopa Car – Hop in this sweet ride and zoom through the course. Players just have 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.

But wait, there’s still more! There’s a single-player story mode to mess around with as well:

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.

Of course, when you build stuff, you’re going to want to share it, and there’s some new tools there for players:

Course World: 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 set of filters. Once a course is downloaded, it can be played anytime – including offline! Players can also personalize 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!

Play Together: In Course World, players can play courses with people all over the world. When playing with four players, players play as 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 system and the Super Mario Maker 2 game, one can set up a virtual room that the others in the same location can join to play together on their own systems. Only the player setting up the room needs an internet connection.

That’s a BUNCH of new stuff for players to enjoy out of the new Mario Maker game, making this sequel feel significantly beefy. There’s a lot to look forward to when the game launches on the Nintendo Switch June 28th.