Super Mario Maker 2 Revealed During Nintendo Direct
A sequel to Nintendo's Super Mario Maker is on its way, with Nintendo revealing Super Mario Maker 2 during this afternoon's Nintendo Direct presentation. This announcement was accompanied by a trailer highlighting some of the things that players will be able to do when creating their very own Mario levels in the new game.
Fans can build a wide range of levels in Super Mario Maker 2, including old-school 8-bit Mario offerings as well as more current 3D-style ones. All of these levels will be side-scrollers, and, in a major improvement over the original game, players will now be able to create slopes for the very first time.
The trailer further revealed all of the creatures that players can make use of, along with various mechanics. It even seems possible that two players might be able to work together on a level, as, near the end, both Mario and Luigi are shown in construction uniforms.
Super Mario Maker 2 will release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch in June of this year. It will be the first new entry in the franchise since Super Mario Maker launched on the Wii U in 2015, although a version of this original title was released for the 3DS in 2016.
Both versions of the game were received fairly well, with the Wii U version of the title earning an 88 out of 100 on Metacritic and the 3DS version coming in a bit lower at 73 out of 100. The game also won several awards, including "Best Console Game Nintendo Wii" and "Best Social/Casual/Online Game" at Gamescom as well as "Best Family Game" at the 2015 The Game Awards. It won two technical awards from NAVGTR, and it was nominated for several more.
Since the original launched in 2015, players have created over 7 million courses, and they have been played more than 600 million times. As such, today's announcement should mean that a lot of Mario fans are going to be having a lot of fun very soon with Super Mario Maker 2.