Super Mario Maker updating incoming: Checkpoints included!

Super Mario Maker is due some gameplay changes and the update goes live November 4th!

Super Mario Maker is due some gameplay changes and the update goes live November 4th!

If you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of months, I’m sure you would have heard of a small Nintendo title by the name of Super Mario Maker. People all across the globe have been creating levels and using their imaginations within the Mario universe, and new details of a free update scheduled for the game on November 4th have been brought to light.

The first thing to mention is the inclusion of the checkpoint flag, up until now you have not been able to insert checkpoint flags on any levels you create. You can watch the handy little video up above there to see how they have integrated the checkpoint flag into the game, it seems pretty nifty and I’m sure will stop a lot of those rage quitters as I’ve seen some of the levels are punishingly difficult.

There will now be new Course World categories as well, this means that Nintendo can highlight (favourite if you will) certain levels that are of particular interest. They may be made by a partner of theirs or someone outside the company, one example that has been made is the Event Course tab that features a level called ‘Ship Love’ and was created at the Facebook HQ in Menlo Park; the first to be made in the US by an outside partner.

A couple of gameplay changes feature new ways to use items, for example if you place a fire flower and a mushroom in a question mark block then the smaller Mario will receive the mushroom and the bigger will get the fire flower.

What do you think of the update? Worth the wait? The inclusion of checkpoint flags will bring about a new wave of levels I think, let me know in the comments below!

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Hi guys, The names Toby and I'm from the UK, I'm 26 years old and I've had a huge passion for the gaming world pretty much since birth. My first gaming console was the NES and I've got my parents to thank for that one, since then I have been gaming non stop, mainly on Nintendo consoles and handhelds but I've recently branched out into Sony's world and I'm playing a lot of Steam games. My favourite genre's are probably JRPG's, Platform, Action/Adventure and I love games with a good story, things like The Last Of Us, Ni No Kuni, the Professor Layton series. I'm a massive Zelda nut, always loved the franchise, the characters and the different art styles, not to mention the music. Apart from gaming I enjoy going to the gym, reading and general socialising. Quite a big film buff as well and I love my music and the cinema! That's me in a nutshell anyways, look forward to chatting games with you all! :)