During a 15-minute Nintendo Direct presentation based solely on the upcoming platformer, Nintendo shed more light on the game’s roster, power-ups, online system and more.
The game’s starting roster will consist of 12 characters:
- Yellow Toad
- Blue Toad
- Red Yoshi
- Yellow Yoshi
- Light Blue Yoshi
According to the game, the Yoshis and Nabbit are designed for younger players and can’t take damage, but they also won’t be transformed by power-ups.
Power-ups in the game include the previously announced Elephant form (which lets players attack enemies with their trunk and destroy blocks) as well as the Bubble form (which lets you blow floating bubbles that can capture enemies) and the Drill form (which lets players burrow through the ground and deal with spiked enemies).
The game’s online details were also explained. If players connect online, they’ll see the ghosts of other players currently playing the same stage.
Although players can’t directly interefere with ghost players’ games, they can interact in some way by reviving them when they die, giving them power-ups, or placing standees to help revive them.
If players want to play online against people on their friends list instead of just strangers, they can create an online room and play together with them. Some levels can also be turned into races.
The game also has a new Badge system, where players can collect and equip Badges to gain new abilities during gameplay. These include a Wall-Climb Jump badge (to make wall-jumping better), the Dolphin Kick badge (to swim faster) and the Grappling Vine badge (to shoot vines in mid-air and stick to walls).
Super Mario Wonder, which was revealed during the latest main Nintendo Direct presentation, will be released on October 20.