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Nintendo Switch: Super Mario Maker 2 Update adds World Maker Mode and amazing power-ups

Nintendo has plans to kick off Mario’s 35th anniversary off with a bang and the remastered versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Sunshine aren’t the only Mario titles making noise. A recent video from the official Nintendo YouTube revealed Super Mario Maker 2 is getting some huge updates and added features.

Perhaps most surprising (and gratifying) of the announced features is the ambitious World Maker Mode, where “multiple courses created by a user can be tied together on a path from the starting point on a world map to the end castle. The look of the world map can also be customized. Up to eight worlds containing a total of up to 40 courses can be combined, creating a mini Super Mario game that can be shared* with others.”

Super Mario Maker 2 Update: The Koopalings are back

In addition to World Maker Mode, players will also come across the Koopalings — Larry Koopa, Morton Koopa Jr., Wendy O. Koopa, Iggy Koopa, Roy Koopa, Lemmy Koopa and Ludwig Von Koopa — seven of Bowser’s most notorious underlings, “each with his or her own movement pattern,” who can now be added to user-created courses. Other enemies to be included are the dreaded Phantos of Super Mario Bros. 2 fame and the wind-up Mechakoopas who first appeared in Super Mario World.

Super Mario Maker 2 Update: Power-Ups

A slew of new power-ups and course parts will also be added in this update including:

  • The SMB2 Mushroom, which transforms Mario and his friends into their appearance from Super Mario Bros. 2 and grants the ability to pick up and throw items and enemies, just like you could in back in 1988.
  • The Frog Suit from Super Mario Bros. 3, which grants Mario and Luigi the ability to jump higher, swim faster and “even run across [the water’s] surface.”
  • Other power-ups being added include the Power Balloon from Super Mario World (which causes Mario to swell up and take on the properties of a balloon), the Super Acorn from Super Mario Bros. U and the Boomerang Flower from Super Mario 3D World. There will also be five varieties of wearables like the Cannon Box and Propeller Box from Super Mario 3D World.

What do you think of the Super Mario Maker 2 World Maker update? And with all this Phantos and SMB2 mushroom talk, we have to ask: what about Mouser and Wart?

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The Super Mario Maker 2 World Maker update is available for free on April 22nd.

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Ninja Gaiden was my rite of passage at an early age. After finally beating that game (and narrowly dodging carpal tunnel) I decided to write about my gaming exploits. These days I enjoy roguelikes and anything Pokemon but I'll always dust off Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country and StarFox 64 from time to time to bask in their glory.

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