The much-anticipated sequel to Super Mario Maker finally gets a release date. Super Mario Maker 2 comes to Nintendo Switch on June 28. Nintendo had previously announced the title would arrive sometime in June.
Super Mario Maker 2 was one of the major surprises to come out of Nintendo's Direct presentation in February. Fans weren't expecting a sequel — they merely were hoping the game could come to Switch as a port. But because Nintendo is always full of surprises, they're getting a full-fledged follow-up instead.
Super Mario Maker 2
Much like the first Super Mario Maker title originally released for the Wii U and then on 3DS shortly thereafter, the Switch iteration lets users create and share their own custom Super Mario levels. As before, users can create various stages in the style of the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U. Nintendo has also added Super Mario 3D World this time around.
Sky is literally the limit when it comes to creating stages — users can push their creativity to the next level and just go crazy. One browse on YouTube and users will see what kind of jaw-dropping and insanely difficult levels other players have come up with since the original game was released.
Aside from Super Mario 3D World assets, Super Mario Maker 2 also gives players the ability to create slopes and angled surfaces, something that wasn't in the original game. This should certainly lend players the opportunity to add another layer of complexity to their stages.
Other improvements include the ability to customize how auto-scrolling levels progress, plus a bevy of new tools such as on or off switches, and more. Nintendo revealed the release date in a tweet, but still hasn't shared much beyond a teaser trailer. There's a lot to learn from the trailer alone, but unknowns still remain such as which characters will be playable or whether the game will feature a co-op mode.
Super Mario Maker
The first Super Mario Maker game launched on Wii U in 2015 to critical acclaim and was subsequently ported to 3DS a year later. It won the hearts of Mario fans all over the globe, and IGN called it "a celebration that folds three decades of Mario into one accessible, powerful creation suite." Here's hoping the follow-up retains the magic of the first title.
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