Nintendo is parting ways with Super Mario Maker 2, but its final update brings some huge additions.
Super Mario Maker 2 has been out for almost a year at this point, and the amount of stuff people have made is impressive. The game provided Nintendo fans everywhere with the most complete toolset yet to create Mario levels, including some big new mechanics like co-op creation. With the year mark almost here, it's time for Nintendo to close up shop. Super Mario Maker 2 has just received its final update the other day, and to show us all what's new, Nintendo provided a trailer. The update is beefy, providing players with a wide range of new add-ons for level creation. The most significant addition, however, is a familiar feature from most Super Mario games: Worlds.
With this one last update, players can now create their own Worlds to house their levels, linking them together as they see fit. This is a big deal for a number of reasons, but most obviously, it means players will be able to create themed levels that tell a story or follow their own patterns and ideas from level to level. World designs can be customized so that the backgrounds look however players wish, and you can make up to eight worlds total with up to 40 levels in all. The new feature is entitled 'World Maker' mode, and the entire process is up to you, from the very first level to the end-world castle. I would say that if Nintendo was wanting to end off Super Mario Maker 2 with a bang, this was the correct way to go about it. The update has only been out for a day now as of the time of this writing, and fans have been clamoring to create worlds left and right. The Super Mario Maker community can't be stopped, and this addition will likely keep the community thriving for years to come.
World Maker mode isn't the only thing to see here, however. The Koopalings have made a return; each Koopaling can be used as a boss in your levels, providing seven different new varieties of boss battles. Phanto and Mechakoopas have also been added, as far as enemies are concerned. But what's a good set of enemies without a cool set of powerups to defeat them with? The final update holds a number of new powerups to play with, including the Super Mario Bros. 2 mushroom. Grabbing this transforms Mario and the gang into their SMB2 counterparts, allowing them to pick up and throw things just like in that game. Some other powerups include the SMB3 Frog Suit for water levels, Super Mario World's Power Balloon, New Super Mario Bros. U's Super Acorn, and the Boomerang Flower featured in Super Mario 3D World. The latter game gets a little extra love with the additions of new variants for the Cannon and Propeller Box. Levels could never be more fleshed out.
The update went live on April 22nd, so if you haven't downloaded it yet, make sure you do so the next time you boot up Super Mario Maker 2. As for the game itself, it's available exclusively on Nintendo Switch. In order to take advantage of the online component (i.e. playing other people's creations and sharing your own), you'll need a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Thankfully, the yearly fee for one is quite cheap, and very worth it for this game in particular. To check out the mentioned features in action, you can view them in the new trailer below. And with that, Super Mario Maker 2 is done. No more updates will be provided for the game, but with the huge range of tools Nintendo has provided, that won't stop the community for one second. If you ever need your daily dose of Mario, the game is a great way to pick up and play a near-endless stream of classic content. Thanks for all the fun, Nintendo, and for inspiring the little game developers within us all.