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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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Score distribution:
  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: 22 out of 283
  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 28, 2019
    10
    One of the most expertly crafted games in the platforming genre.

    Thank you, Nintendo, for giving us such a WONDERFUL game.
  3. Jul 10, 2019
    10
    My eyes have gone crossed in a haze of pixelated bliss. Swipe you fingers around on the touch screen and voila! you've created your ownMy eyes have gone crossed in a haze of pixelated bliss. Swipe you fingers around on the touch screen and voila! you've created your own personal, silly homage to one of gaming's great all-time classics.
    One minute 8-bit Mario is kicking Koopa shells and bopping blocks and the next minute 3D Kitty Mario is pawing away at Goombas being shot out of a bullet cannon. Amazing player created levels already showcase the baffling level of creativity of the Nintendo gaming community. The dynamic between playing such skillfully crafted levels and knowing that you technically have the potential to somehow make them yourself is unlike anything else in modern gaming. Having not played MM1 I'm quite astounded at the way Nintendo has seamlessly rolled 30+ years of their classic 2D platformer into one cohesive package.
    When levels change from original Mario theme to the newer 3D Mario theme and then to Super Mario 3 graphics its not only cool but it's visually refreshing to my eyes!
    Hopefully the popularity of this game will lead to more games that allow players to leave their own fingerprints on the legacy of the games they love!
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  4. Aug 4, 2020
    9
    This is the best game the switch has to offer! Sadly it has very little to do with nintendo and more so to do with the community itself. It'sThis is the best game the switch has to offer! Sadly it has very little to do with nintendo and more so to do with the community itself. It's basically the fans creating good content in the mario universe which nintendo has proven time and time again they can no longer do. I wish they would add in more playable characters... Wario for example! Come on man show my boy some love! The main gimmick here is you will be paying that 3.99$ a month just to be able to play the good levels of this game because they are all fan made! If your playing this offline I feel sorry for you! The community courses are the bread and butter here. Wonderful stuff. Hours and hours of fun! This one at least I felt like I was getting my money worth! Expand
  5. Jun 28, 2019
    9
    This game is infinitely better than the original, and though it's not perfect, it's one of the best Nintendo Switch games so far! It's so muchThis game is infinitely better than the original, and though it's not perfect, it's one of the best Nintendo Switch games so far! It's so much easier to make courses now, and there's so much more to do! It is definitely worth $60! Expand
  6. May 12, 2021
    8
    Fine game. Worth a try at discount. It’s hard to find a good level on popular , you must find good levels from internet. Story mode is fine.Fine game. Worth a try at discount. It’s hard to find a good level on popular , you must find good levels from internet. Story mode is fine. Making levels is fine Expand
  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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