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  • Summary: Mario fans of the world, unite! Now you can play, create, and share the side-scrolling Super Mario courses of your dreams in the Super Mario Maker 2 game, available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system! Dive into the single-player Story Mode and play built-in courses to rebuildMario fans of the world, unite! Now you can play, create, and share the side-scrolling Super Mario courses of your dreams in the Super Mario Maker 2 game, available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system! Dive into the single-player Story Mode and play built-in courses to rebuild Princess Peach’s castle. Make your own courses, alone or together. And with a Nintendo Switch Online membership*, share your courses, access a near-endless supply made by others, enjoy online multiplayer, and more. A new side-scrolling Mario adventure that unleashes the creative potential of Super Mario Maker 2 awaits in Story Mode, which contains over 100 built-in courses. And in Course Maker, a wide range of parts, tools, and more are available so you can construct your own courses. Want coin-shooting cannons? Bowser riding on a giant Goomba? Cat Mario sliding down slopes to take out an army of baddies? Go for it! You call the shots. Pass a Joy-Con controller to a partner to build cooperatively on a single system. Expand
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  1. Positive: 96 out of 98
  2. Negative: 0 out of 98
  1. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Apr 28, 2020
    100
    A transcendent experience that will only continue to improve over time. [Issue #41 – September 2019, p. 68]
  2. Jun 26, 2019
    95
    In short, it makes creating levels as exciting or more exciting than playing them. Miyamoto would be proud.
  3. Jun 26, 2019
    90
    Super Mario Maker 2 is a much needed and long awaited addition to the Switch. Even the smaller additions to course making goes a long way to giving players the tools they need to make courses that you wouldn’t be able to distinguish from the real deal. If you’re not interested in building levels, there’s plenty to play in the story mode and the content from the Course World will ensure there’s content for years to come. While there are some limitations that might irk hardcore course builders, there is so much more to like about the game. How can you pass up a Mario game that has the most inventive courses the series has seen in years.
  4. Jul 8, 2019
    90
    The necessity of a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to fully enjoy some of Super Mario Maker 2’s best features is an unfortunate reality for Switch owners, but the wealth of amazing online content is worth the price of admission in my eyes. If you own a Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Maker 2 deserves to be permanently installed on your system.
  5. Jun 26, 2019
    87
    Super Mario Maker 2 expands on the first in a great way. New possibilities, a story mode and coop are a great addition. There are however a few details that can lead to some frustrations, but they are few and far between.
  6. Jun 26, 2019
    85
    Super Mario Maker 2 is a remarkable continuation from the original game. This new entry in the series takes the best elements of the previous one and adds a huge number of new elements, modes and styles. The creator mode is larger and deeper, the online multiplayer is just fun; but the story mode lacks on personality. Even though the game is bigger and extensive, it is definitely not the ultimate Mario Maker.
  7. Jul 14, 2019
    70
    But that toolkit is only half of the equation. The other half is a platform game with no quality control, no impetus for putting legitimate effort into your original designs, and no way to weed out poor content creators other than trusting that players will be able to discern the difference between a bad level and good level and rate them accordingly. Given how many positive messages I've seen attached to genuinely bad stages, I don't have much faith in the Mario Maker community right now and I question whether it'll get better down the line.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 311
  1. Jun 28, 2019
    10
    This is an absolute must-buy for the Switch. It takes Mario Maker 1 and adds a huge amount of things to it. New styles, new themes, nightThis is an absolute must-buy for the Switch. It takes Mario Maker 1 and adds a huge amount of things to it. New styles, new themes, night versions of all of them, vertical levels, custom scroll, multiplayer co-op and versus both local and online, a full story mode, ...

    I could go on and on, but the tl;dr is that you owe it to yourself to get this if you even remotely enjoy platformers in general.
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  2. Jun 30, 2022
    10
    this game is so good. has so many content and the challenges is so funny yes!
  3. Jul 2, 2019
    10
    El juego es muy bueno, les aconsejo que lo prueben o vean videos de personas jugandolo para que formen su propio juicio y no hagan caso de losEl juego es muy bueno, les aconsejo que lo prueben o vean videos de personas jugandolo para que formen su propio juicio y no hagan caso de los haters desinformadores que solo tratan de desprestigiar el juego debido a su envidia y fanboyismo Expand
  4. Jul 19, 2020
    9
    If you love Mario, your gonna love this game! It has a lot to do, with endless mode, story mode, and course maker! My only downside with theIf you love Mario, your gonna love this game! It has a lot to do, with endless mode, story mode, and course maker! My only downside with the game, doesn't come from the game itself, but this game is filled with garbage levels, either too easy, or too messy. I recommend this game! Expand
  5. Jul 8, 2019
    9
    The long awaited sequel to one of the most popular games on the Wii U has finally arrived on the Nintendo Switch. Lots of new features haveThe long awaited sequel to one of the most popular games on the Wii U has finally arrived on the Nintendo Switch. Lots of new features have been added, like an Online-Multiplayer, a Story Mode and tons of new elements to build with. Instead of the 100-Mario Challenge, there is now an endless challenge mode, where you have to tackle randomly selected levels till you run out of extra lifes. Let’s have a look at each of these modes.

    Story Mode:
    I was quite surprised, that there was an actual Story Mode in this game. Sure, it’s nothing mind-blowing, but it’s definitely more interesting than, the “Story Mode” of Super Mario Maker 1. You simply have to complete missions, in the form of playing levels to collect coins. These coins are used to build up Peach’s castle. You even have the option to choose, which parts you want to build first. While the selected part gets built, you have to complete more missions, so that the construction can progress. Some of these missions can only be accessed by talking to specific characters. By accomplishing these special missions, you even get some extra awards, like outfits.

    Playing the story mode is a good way to learn, how the different elements in Super Mario Maker 2 work. Each level shows you, how many possibilities there are with the editor of this game. There is a level for almost every feature, which is quite useful if you aren’t familiar with the game.

    Editor:
    It’s no surprise that building on the Nintendo Switch is not as convenient as on the Wii U. On the Wii U you were able to build with the Gamepad and could immediately play the level on the TV. However, on the Nintendo Switch you either have to use the control sticks of your controller to build levels on the TV or you can use the touchscreen of the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode with your fingers (unless you have a stylus). But other than that, the editor hasn’t changed that much. The sorting of the elements is a bit more clear, because categories have been added. You can now change from day to night, which changes some of the physics, depending on the theme. You can customize the auto scrolling (only in horizontal areas however), adjust the water-, poison- or lava level and build levels in the game style of Super Mario 3D World, which includes some exclusive elements, which cannot be used in other game styles.

    Online:
    When playing Endless Mode I noticed, that the levels I got, weren’t nearly as bad as the ones in Super Mario Maker 1. Since they added a Disliked button, it seems to be much easier to pick out good levels. However, now there is another problem. If you upload a new level and don’t have any other friends with this game, it’s very likely, that it won’t be played for a long time. The level needs at least one play to get in the pool of recommended levels, which can be quite demotivating for builders, which spent a lot of time building their levels. Even though Nintendo needs to fix this problem somehow, players can at least experience good levels for now. And like I said, if you have at least one play or like, it will get in the list of recommended levels, which means, that your level will be played more and more.

    The last thing I want to talk about is the Online-Multiplayer, which is not that great at the moment. To have an enjoyable experience, every player of a match, has to have a stable internet connection. Otherwise it will most likely lag really bad and in the worst case, be even unplayable. At the moment, you also cannot make private rooms to play with your friends, but have to play with random players. Sadly, you also have no option to choose, which type of levels you want to play.

    To sum up, Super Mario Maker 2 is a really enjoyable game with lots of different modes, even though the Online-Multiplayer needs to be improved. With the amount of things you can do in the editor, there is almost infinite content in this game. If you are a fan of 2D platformers you really have to check this game out.
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  6. Jan 15, 2022
    8
    Nintendo really said: If you hate the New Super mario Bros games so much, then make it yourself.
    One of the most expertly crafted games in
    Nintendo really said: If you hate the New Super mario Bros games so much, then make it yourself.
    One of the most expertly crafted games in the platforming genre.
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  7. Aug 3, 2020
    0
    this game is a great concept, but mario. Every mario game feels like garbage to play, and this is no different

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