Mario Maker 2 adds story mode, online multiplayer

Latest Nintendo Direct reveals new details

Nintendo has revealed new features for its level-building sequel, Super Mario Maker 2, including a story mode and online multiplayer.

In its latest Nintendo Direct, Nintendo confirmed the sequel will feature a single-player adventure with over 100 levels, plus the ability for up to four players to compete in player-built courses online.

It also confirmed the ability to create courses in co-op mode with another player, a selection of online course sharing options and a significant amount of new tools, themes and extras.

Super Mario Maker 2 has a release date of Friday June 28.

In some regions, Nintendo is offering an official Switch stylus as a pre-order bonus. It can be used to sketch courses when playing the game in handheld mode.

A Super Mario Maker 2 Limited Edition will include a copy of the game and a 12-month Nintendo Switch Online membership.

Below are all of the announced additions for Super Mario Maker 2, care of Nintendo:

  • What’s New?: 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.
    • To Be Continued…: There are more new secrets in Super Mario Maker 2. Players will have a blast experimenting with all the tools and features they can use to create the courses of their dreams.
  • Story Mode: 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Play Together: 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.