Final Super Mario Maker 2 update adds world-building mode, new course parts

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On April 22, the free, final update to Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch adds a World Maker mode, as well as a host of new content and features.

In World Maker mode, 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.

In addition to World Maker, the Koopalings are back. All seven of these troublemakers, each with his or her own movement pattern, can be added to user-created courses. Other enemies added to the game include the key-chasing Phanto and the wind-up Mechakoopas.

Additional power-ups and course parts are also coming to Super Mario Maker 2 as part of the free update, including the SMB2 Mushroom, which transforms Mario and friends into their look from the Super Mario Bros. 2 game and allows them to pick up and throw items and enemies – just like in that classic game! With the Frog Suit from the Super Mario Bros. 3 game, Mario can swim through water with ease, and even run across its surface! Other power-ups added to the game are the Power Balloon first introduced in the Super Mario World game, the Super Acorn from the New Super Mario Bros. U game and the Boomerang Flower from Super Mario 3D World. There are also five variations for wearables like the Cannon Box and Propeller Box from the Super Mario 3D World game.

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Video game release schedule:

TitleRelease dateSystem(s)GenreOrder
Mario Kart Live: Home CircuitOct. 16, 2020NSRacing
Pikmin 3 DeluxeOct. 30, 2020NSAdventure
Cyberpunk 2077Nov. 19, 2020GS PC PS4 XB1RPGhttps://amzn.to/2VZocWn
Hyrule Warriors: Age of CalamityNov. 20, 2020NSAction
Empire of SinDec. 1, 2020NS PC PS4 XB1
Twin MirrorDec. 1, 2020PC PS4 XB1
Immortals: Fenyx RisingDec. 3, 2020GS NS PC PS4 PS5 XBSX
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive EditionDec. 4, 2020PC PS4 XB1RPG
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightDec. 4, 2020NSRPG
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2Dec. 8, 2020NSPuzzle
Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy LegendDec. 19, 2020NSRPG
Those Who Remain Deluxe Edition (physical)Summer 2020PC PS4 XB1Adventurehttps://amzn.to/3eN8AxG
Those Who RemainSummer 2020NSAdventurehttps://amzn.to/3eN8AxG
Bravely Default II2020NSRPGhttps://amzn.to/2VzcTVK
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla2020PS4 XB1RPGhttps://amzn.to/35qZNgH
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaSpring 2021PS4 PS5 XB1 XBSX NSBuildinghttps://amzn.to/2W076c8
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s FuryFeb. 12, 2021NS3-D Platform

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