Fifteen minutes worth of Super Mario Maker 2 preview dropped in May 15's Nintendo Direct, providing detail on a castle repair storyline, four-player online challenges and plenty of new level-building features.
Nintendo hopes to instil a spirit of friendly rivalry with its level creation, sharing and playing suite Super Mario Maker 2.
As with its Wii U predecessor which was, by nature of the console's underperforming sales, disproportionately overlooked – at least until its re-release for the portable 3DS – Super Mario Maker 2 invites players to dream up and construct their own takes on Nintendo's franchise mascot and his jump'n'run adventures.
The Nintendo Switch edition allows creators to flip between four eras of Mario visual design on the fly, use slopes as well as block-by-block steps, bring in new desert, snow, sky and forest themes, add in moving snake block platforms, mess around with conveyor belts, screen scroll speeds and directions, massive Bullet Bill enemies and so on.
There's also a Super Mario 3D World style that is likewise crammed full of features for budding level designers to explore.
For those that want more of a guided experience, there's a story mode that not only sticks closer to a traditional 2D Mario game, but also serves to introduce level-making features step by step.
Online mode is likewise boosted by the addition of a four-player multiplayer designed for competitive and cooperative play.
Super Mario Maker 2 is set to release June 28 on the Nintendo Switch; online modes require an active subscription to Nintendo Switch Online. – AFP Relaxnews