Super Mario Maker 2 Free Update Adds New Enemies and Link

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Nintendo has revealed details on a new, FREE, update to Super Mario Maker 2 that adds new level building elements and Link from The Legend of Zelda!

This Friday, December 5th, Super Mario Maker 2 version 2.0.0 will arrived as a free download for gamers. The big inclusion is the Master Sword item, which will transform the character into Link from The Legend of Zelda, opening up a whole host of new ways to play through a level.

Transforming into Link using the Master Sword opens up a whole new world of design possibilities for creators. Using his arrows, Link can shoot far off switches that Mario would normally not be able to hit. His new down thrust move with the sword will defeat usually protected enemies like spike-covered Spinies. And with bombs, some walls that would normally be impassable by Mario and friends can easily be blown up.

But that’s not all gamers will be able to play around with in the update, as more course enemies and building parts to make your personal courses more intense:

  • Dash Block: Available in the Super Mario 3D World style, the Dash Block course part gives Mario a major speed burst when stepped on.
  • Frozen Coin: These coins are surrounded by a block of ice and can only be released if melted by fireballs or other fire elements, including a certain angry sun.
  • P Block: When a P Switch is hit in the course, invisible P Blocks temporarily turn into hard platforms, or vice-versa.
  • Spike: This classic enemy coughs up massive spike balls and launches them at Mario. If used in the snow environment, Spike will toss snowballs instead!
  • Pokey: The iconic stacked cactus from multiple Super Mario games joins Super Mario Maker 2 for the first time. Players can even edit the height of each Pokey.

In the new Ninji Speedruns mode, players can take on a timed challenge in courses created by Nintendo exclusively for this mode. Other players’ Ninji Ghosts will run alongside players as they compete against rivals from around the world. The Ninji Ghosts that appear are selected from player data at a similar performance level, so players can gradually improve their performance by running the course alongside other players’ Ninji Ghosts. Players can also collect stamps by clearing courses and redeem them in-game to get special Mii costumes.

It’s a pretty hefty content update and even better that it’s free! Be sure to download the new version this Thursday.