Super Mario Maker 2 on the Nintendo Switch is a game that I was greatly anticipating. I played the first Mario Maker to death with my son and we had a great time so I was very excited to see what Nintendo had in store for us with the sequel. Thankfully they hit a home run and just added more great stuff to what is already a fantastic game.
How to Download Super Mario Maker 2
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The Game Review
There is actually a story mode in Super Mario Maker 2 and I found it to be a lot of fun. The idea is that Peach’s Castle has been destroyed and Mario needs to get coins to fix it. You get these coins by playing through 100 increasingly hard pre-made levels. Some of these levels are devilishly hard, but they are a ton of fun.
Another addition that I really like and is way more useful than I thought it would be is Yamaura’s Dojo. This is a tool that teaches you how to create in the game and it is fantastic. Now even though I spent hundreds of hours with the original game on the Wii U and the 3DS. I still found this very useful and I am sure players new to this will really benefit from it.
Now let’s get to the main thing you want to know about, creating levels! Nintendo has not reinvented the wheel with Super Mario maker 2 and that is good because they did not need to. They have just improved on what was already there and added in a lot more stuff for you to use in order to create your own dream Super Mario levels.
You can still use Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario World, but they have also added in Super Mario 3D World to the mix. This is really neat and seeing Cat Mario in 2D is really cool. Certain things are locked behind a certain style, like the Cat Suit for example, but this is not really a negative and it makes sense that Nintendo did it this way.
Making levels is very, very addictive and thankfully the controls are great. Many people will say that you have to use the touchscreen. I though have played the game on my TV using the Joy-Cons and not had an issue making a level. Sure, using the touchscreen is faster, but I do not feel that I am missing out on anything, plus I would much rather play on my TV than in handheld mode.
Nintendo really has done this game justice. My only complaint is that the online aspect of the game is very, very strange. It is almost like Nintendo went out of their way to make it as awkward as possible. This is very much a “Nintendo” thing to do, but their lack of ability when it comes to online gaming is starting to get old. Sharing levels with friends should be easy to do, but that is not the case.
The online aspect is lame, but that is not my main issue with the game. It was awesome how you had so many Amiibo costumes to use in the first game. My son and I actually bought a load just for Mario Maker! So, the fact that this game does not support Amiibo’s as the first game did was very disappointing.
Apart from the whole online aspect of the game. Super Mario Maker 2 for me is a smash hit. Nintendo really did a wonderful job here and I am sure this is going to be on many people’s game of the year list come December. It also gets me excited about what could be next in this series. Mario 3D Maker, Mario Kart Maker or what about Legend of Zelda
- It is even better than the first game
- I liked the inclusion of things from Mario 3D World
- Making levels is very easy to get to grips with
- It has a really fun story mode
- Nintendo put in a very clever tutorial mode
- Sharing levels is way harder than it should be!
- You cannot use Amiibo’s!