Nintendo has dropped a pre-E3 bomb with 17 minutes of Super Mario Maker 2 goodness.
Here’s everything you need to know about the sequel.
Super Marion Maker 2 does NOT rest on the laurels of its Wii U predecessor.
Fans may have been happy with a simple port, but the house that Mario built has managed to add four-player co-op, collaborative builds, a new story mode and a tonne of new level creation tools to play with.
We already knew about the addition of slopes (simple but a glaringly obvious omission previously), the angry sun and the introduction of water, but this direct showed just how deep each of those mechanics can go.
Intricate manipulation allows for water (and lava) levels to rise like the tide.
On-off switches can be used to create traps which become considerably tougher aboard one of the new see-saw platforms.
On top of the introduction of Desert, Snow, Forest and Sky themes, there’s the addition of the 3D-World skin. 3D-World levels aren’t interchangeable with the the traditional four, but give designers access to Cat Mario, clear pipes, the speedy Koopa Trooper Car and of course, Cat Bowser.
If you have a Nintendo Switch Online account, the levels you create can be uploaded for others to play, with gifted designers to earn clout on the back of players liking their levels.
Course World organises levels in order of popularity and suitability for co-operative or competitive play. Creators can even set specific conditions like stomp 20 Goomba or finish as ‘big’ Mario for an added challenge.
You can create combinations above and beyond what has ever been used in a Nintendo designed Mario course, but if you’d like a taste of what the big N’s expert designers can do with these tools, there’s a new Story Mode.
100 Nintendo-crafted courses await in the single-player Story Mode. Completing a level earns you coins which fund the rebuild of Princess Peach’s castle, unlocking new levels along the way.
Super Mario Maker 2 launches on June 28, 2019 for AU$79.95.
You can buy it with a 12-month online subscription for AU$94.95.
You can also save cash by purchasing one of Nintendo’s new ‘Game Vouchers.’