Super Mario Maker 2
Super Mario Maker 2 is a 2D/2.5D platforming and level-editing game released worldwide for the Nintendo Switch on June 28, 2019 and is the sequel to the 2015 Wii U game Super Mario Maker. The game expands on its predecessor with new features such as a 2.5D level style based on Super Mario 3D World, which incorporates some gameplay aspects from the 3D platformer, including the Super Bell power-up; new level themes, such as desert, snow, sky, and forest; further terrain options such as slopes; and a nighttime feature, which alters many course elements. In addition to Mario, now Luigi, Toad, and Toadette are playable in both single-player and new co-operative and competitive multiplayer modes locally or online. An offline, single-player Story Mode is also featured in the game, which contains over 100 pre-installed courses made by Nintendo.
A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to share, download, and play courses online.
As in Super Mario Maker, along with the main contents of the level, each level is set with a style, theme, and time limit. The starting platform is no longer visibly separated from any ground tiles placed beside it, which are instead merged into the platform. A new mechanic known as Custom Scroll is introduced, which allows the player to set a level to auto-scroll, as well as the directions at which to scroll, which can be changed up to 10 times per area. In forest-themed levels, a body of water can be added and/or set to rise and fall at a predetermined speed. In castle levels and nighttime forest levels, the lava and poison respectively can also be set the same function. The player also has the option to add Clear Conditions to their level, such as collecting a certain amount of coins or reaching the goal as Super Mario. Vertically scrolling sub-areas can also be created.
Course elements that have alternate forms (such as Piranha Plants) can now have those forms selected by tapping the object to open up a menu, rather than shaking it. Additionally, that menu also includes the options to insert/remove a Super Mushroom (although Super Mushrooms can be added by dragging them onto enemies like in the original Super Mario Maker), wings, and a parachute.
In editing mode, the basic functions from Super Mario Maker return, including Mr. Eraser and Undodog, and the player can quickly switch between playing and editing by pressing . As a new feature, the player can zoom in or out during editing mode to gain a different view of the level, the latter performed by clicking one of the analog sticks. If the player switches to Super Mario 3D World style, everything that has been placed on the editing screen will be erased, due to the style's course elements being vastly different from those of the other styles. Courses can now be edited cooperatively.
The following controls are listed in Yamamura's Dojo. In the default setting, and can be used in place of and for dashing and jumping, respectively. The player can visit the "Settings" option to change the dash controls to and and the jump controls to and , similar to the NES games, New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. 2, and New Super Mario Bros. U.
In Story Mode, after Mario, Toadette (referred to as "Chief" in this mode), and several other Toads have just finished building Princess Peach's castle, Undodog accidentally steps on a button that causes a Reset Rocket to erase the whole castle. As such, Mario needs to collect coins to rebuild it. To earn coins, the player can play through over 100 official courses produced by Nintendo in the form of "jobs" given by the Taskmaster. After clearing a course, Mario keeps the coins he collected in the course and is also awarded a coin payment. Some of the levels also feature Toads that need to be rescued. Other NPCs including Mr. Eraser and Undodog can also assign jobs for Mario. Like Endless Challenge, up to three extra lives can be received per job, but the current number of lives always defaults to five when entering a different job. The main hub is set in and around Peach's castle in the Super Mario 3D World style, and the player can explore more parts of the castle as they progress through the mode. Luigi, Toad, and Toadette are not playable in Story Mode.
Course World, the online hub in which players can access levels created and uploaded by other players, returns from Super Mario Maker. In addition to being able to browse popular courses, searching by course ID, and download courses, players can now search courses by specific parameters such as style, theme, difficulty, and region, similar to the search function on the Mario-themed stamps, and instead of granting stars, players can choose to vote on courses positively or negatively by selecting the "I like it!" or "Boo!" buttons respectively, which are also used in group votes during online play. As in the first Super Mario Maker, the clear rate, world record, and first clear are recorded for every course.website. Courses can also be searched by tags that have been applied to them, such as "Puzzle-solving" and "Autoscroll". There is also a Hot Courses tab, which shows courses that have a small number of likes, and a New Courses tab, which shows newly uploaded courses. Feedback can be given to courses in the form of text, drawings, or one of 12
Each player on Course World is represented by a Mii and has a Maker profile, which displays their medals, Maker points, and Versus Rating. Maker points are earned if players clear courses and react with "I like it!" for each one. However, Maker points can be lost if players fail to clear a course, and/or don't leave behind any kind of positive reaction; this includes giving the course a "Boo!".
The Versus Rating represents the player's rank in Multiplayer Versus matches based on their win-loss ratio; if the player wins a match, they earn points and move up a rank if enough points are earned. The player can also dress up their Mii with various outfits and hats obtained by completing certain objectives in the game.
Medals are earned from ranking high in the game leaderboards. There are 10 medals available, each in a bronze, silver, and gold variant. Some medals do not, however, have a bronze version, such as the one from the Maker Points (Weekly) leaderboard.
If a user uploads content that is deemed by Nintendo as inappropriate, including, but not limited to levels abusing game glitches or referencing inappropriate content, it is removed. If the removed content is a course, the uploader receives a warning in their notifications, telling them which level was deleted and for what reason. If it is a comment, the commenter receives an email warning regarding their removed comment, though it does not specify which comment was removed. If a Maker name is inappropriate, it is replaced by four question marks ("????") and the deleted name cannot be used again. Repeatedly uploading inappropriate content can lead to Nintendo restricting Course World for the user's Nintendo Switch console.
Network Play allows the player to cooperate with three other players online to complete courses in Multiplayer Co-op, or compete against them to clear the course first in Multiplayer Versus. Each player is assigned to one of four characters: Mario, Luigi, Toad, or Toadette. The player can also connect locally to other players who own the game, though the players' Versus Ratings are not affected in this mode.
Similar to the 100 Mario Challenge in the first Super Mario Maker, Endless Challenge involves the player completing as many random courses based on their preferred difficulty as possible. Players that achieve a significantly high score are ranked on the leaderboards. Courses have to be played at least once before they can appear in this game mode. Players can also start over the course from the pause menu, and like the previous game, it costs one life.
The pause menu sound and the Game Over music are determined by the current level's game style, similar to the ending in 100 Mario Challenge.
Ninji Speedruns is a mode introduced in version 2.0 in which the player must speed through a course created by Nintendo, with new courses being released every so often. One week after the level's release, the player can race against a Ninji Ghost. If the player receives enough stamps on their stamp card, they can earn an outfit for their Mii. The outfits are as follows:
The player can also receive stars temporarily spinning around their Mii. They can be one bronze star, two silver stars, or three gold stars, depending on how fast they finished the course once the current Ninji Speedrun event is over.
There is a total of twenty Ninji Speedrun courses.
Names in other languages
In Yamamura's Dojo, the player can view "Maker Lessons," a series of tutorials in which Yamamura teaches a new character, Nina, various course design techniques. Maker Lessons are categorized into three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The player can also view the controls for each game style, under the option "Mario's Moves."
Introduced in the April 22, 2020 update, World Maker allows players to compile different levels from the Coursebot into their own worlds. A set of worlds is compiled into a Super World and can be uploaded to Course World. Each world begins with a starting point and ends with a castle representing the final level (appearing as an outline until a course is placed into it), and is constructed on a 7×4 grid using a variety of course icons (which represent the levels in between), terrain, pathways, 1-Up Toad Houses, and Warp Pipes.
Unlike in the story mode, the extra lives carry over if the player enters a new level, but the power-up will still be lost. The player can set the number of lives with which they start off (from 1 to 99) and the theme of the world. Although worlds only appear in the Super Mario World style, the levels themselves can be of any style. Up to five levels can be included in a world including the castle level, while each Super World can have up to eight worlds.
Up to two Warp Pipes and three 1-Up Toad Houses can be placed in a world. Warp Pipes are used to navigate from one point on the map to another, while 1-Up Toad Houses allow the player to play a minigame to earn extra lives. There are three varieties of 1-Up Toad Houses, each with its own unique minigame: one based on the Spade Panel slot minigame from Super Mario Bros. 3, one where the player has to pump a balloon, and one where the player has to catch as many baseballs as possible.
All Super Worlds are saved to a variation of the Coursebot known as the Worldbot. Up to six Super Worlds can be saved.
Each theme has its own set of aesthetic features that can be added to the world for decorative purposes by adding plain terrain and holding it down on the touch screen to change it.
Instead of displaying every element on a single screen as in Super Mario Maker, at the top-right corner of the screen in editing mode, there is a magnifying glass which, when selected, allows the player to search for course elements by category. Each category's elements are organized into one or more wheels, with the elements as the sectors. The top of the screen contains the most recently used elements, but elements can be pinned.
Elements formatted in bold are new to Super Mario Maker 2.
The game styles are separated into two categories; game styles that feature their own unique elements that are incompatible with other styles are placed in "Extra Game Styles".
The terrain category is represented by a Brick Block icon and colored cyan.
* - Collectively known in-game as simply "Blocks"
The items category is represented by a Coin icon and colored magenta.
The enemy category is represented by a Goomba icon and colored green.
The gizmos category is represented by a key icon and colored yellow.