Generally favorable reviews - based on 98 Critic Reviews

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  1. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Apr 28, 2020
    A transcendent experience that will only continue to improve over time. [Issue #41 – September 2019, p. 68]
  2. Aug 19, 2019
    Another masterpiece by Nintendo. Super Mario Maker 2 is a delight for every creative soul out there - and yet also cares about players with no interest in designing their own levels. There are dozens of hours of pure fun for both of those groups.
  3. Jul 26, 2019
    Overall, this is a truly astounding accomplishment by Nintendo. The suite of tools is easy to learn and use, there are a ton of elements and features to employ, and with the ability to play what is practically an endless stream of new stages, this is a triumph of Nintendo’s creative spirit. A must for Switch owners— don’t sleep on this one!
  4. Jun 26, 2019
    With even more tools and features than before, Super Mario Maker 2 is a fantastic level-making package deserving of its number. Even players without a creative itch will have a blast with story mode, and being on a console with an install base already much larger than its predecessor ever had, there’ll no doubt be countless more exciting and inventive levels to come.
  5. Jun 26, 2019
    Mario Maker 2 offers a fun and more dynamic package than the original game. A surprising and enjoyable Mario classic in the making, with plenty to offer creators and non-creators alike.
  6. 100
    It may have taken a few years, but the king of level creation is back and better than ever. Super Mario Maker 2 might not reinvent the wheel, but it refines the entire level creation process to near perfection. An absolute must-buy for anyone with a Nintendo Switch.
  7. Jun 26, 2019
    Put in as simple a manner as possible, this is likely to be the last 2D Mario game you’ll need. It’s Super Mario Maker but with more of everything that made the original so phenomenal. Enemies, themes, game styles, gizmos, powerups, the Story Mode having an actual story, multiplayer, the list of additional gubbins is truly massive when you take a step back. There are a few small niggles here and there, but they're overwhelmingly dwarfed by the sheer joy and unbridled freedom that exceeds the original in spades. Realistically this game poses the question as to whether this is the future for 2D Mario as a whole. For any fan of Mario who owns a Switch – heck, for any Switch owner full stop – buying this game is an absolute necessity.
  8. Jul 15, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is a joyous experience jam-packed with seemingly never-ending content thanks to its rich suite of editing tools and a thoroughly talented community of level designers. No matter your skill level, you'll find something to love here, from it's wonderfully tight gameplay to the outstanding level-creator.
  9. Jul 8, 2019
    With a solid story campaign with 100 levels and a level design tool that allows players to create and play through each other's levels, Super Mario Maker 2 looks infinite. It is without a doubt one of the most complete Mario titles ever and one of the best titles available on Nintendo Switch.
  10. Jul 2, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is the definitive 2D Mario experience you can have. The powerful and versatile creation tool will blow your mind with all the possibilities to create the levels of which you have always dreamed.
  11. Jun 26, 2019
    Having someone to share Mario Maker with is like having a pen pal. You make something for them, send it to them, and then you wait to hear what they think about it. Maybe they make something for you, or maybe you build something new based on their feedback to challenge them even more next time.
  12. Jun 26, 2019
    A strong evolution, considering the previous entry. New story mode, 4-player multiplayer and an incredible quantity of tweaks in every aspect of the game. This is the sum-up for Super Mario Maker 2, an incredible editor and videogame.
  13. Jun 26, 2019
    In short, it makes creating levels as exciting or more exciting than playing them. Miyamoto would be proud.
  14. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is another Nintendo Switch essential. With more things to create with, more unique stages to play and better online functionality, this is the definitive Super Mario Maker experience. Honestly, the game is good enough to have the story mode sold separately, but the fact that it's bundled with such a powerful stage creation tool is incredible. This is one of the best Mario games of all time.
  15. Jun 26, 2019
    If we were fearful of a 'Version 1.5' when the announcement of Super Mario Maker 2 was made, that is certainly not the case now. After a long time spent skimming its levels and creative tools, SMM2 has fully convinced us of its potential. Fun, filled with content, and always surprising, it's easy to get lost in the superlatives that describe this true 'social network' of 2D platform games. It's a new, instant hit for the Switch and close to perfection, which should appeal to budding level designers as much as lovers of the platform game genre.
  16. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is the most accessible game design tool ever created, and that core is just one part of a greater whole. I spent hours building levels, testing them, and starting over again, and I feel like I've only barely scratched the surface of what's possible. The Story Mode has a basic story, sure, but it's still a great excuse to introduce hundreds of novel, professionally made levels to play. Its design tutorials are so much more in depth than they ever needed to be, and you can take them or leave them as you see fit. Super Mario Maker 2 affords so much freedom in how you play, how you make, and even how you learn, it's astonishing how incredibly well it's all held together in one cohesive package.
  17. Jun 26, 2019
    If you’ve played Super Mario Maker, you already know this Switch sequel is a must-buy. If you’re a Switch owner, Super Mario Maker 2 needs to be part of your collection. Easy as that.
  18. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is a masterpiece. An exuberant and hilarious editor that makes the Wii U game look like a beta version. An irresistible tool used by Nintendo itself to create a brilliant story mode and an even more social chapter, perfect for sharing the experience, online or on the sofa.
  19. Jul 4, 2019
    Don't hesitate to put this sequel into your must-buy list if you enjoy creating and challenging in the original Super Mario Maker.
  20. Jun 26, 2019
    This sequel makes everything better, as simple as that. It’s a title that can be enjoyed by any type of player, and we think you shouldn’t miss it if you own a Switch.
  21. Super Mario Maker 2 is following in the footsteps of the first game but offers much more freedom and a better experience. It delivers a huge amount of content for countless hours of fun.
  22. Jul 19, 2019
    The rising success of Minecraft has, without a shred of a doubt, paved the way for the world-building genre, with Super Mario Maker 2 being a star example of this. With more building options compared to the previous edition, a new Story Mode and a vast access to an ever-changing availability of courses in Course World, Super Mario Maker 2 is here to steal away lots of our free time.
  23. Jul 9, 2019
    Whatever barriers to the player’s imagination existed in the first iteration of this game, Nintendo has torn many of them down.
  24. Jul 8, 2019
    This is a grandiose, yet slightly imperfect follow-up to the Wii U’s darling game. But for SMM2’s faults and a lack of the original’s wackiness, it truly does shine as another great do-it-yourself Mario game. Even if you don’t want to build, the wide-ranging levels soon to be on offer can keep you going for many, many hours.
  25. Jul 8, 2019
    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.
  26. Jul 8, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is a game that transcends its flaws. While the game can improve in several key areas, these shortcomings are triumphantly eclipsed by the strengths of the game. From its robust and accessible suite of level creation tools to its myriad ways to play, the sheer potential for fun, subversive Mario experiences outshines any problem the game may have. Super Mario Maker 2 is more than a game, it’s a community—one I plan on spending a lot of time in.
  27. Jul 8, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is a must have game for every Nintendo Switch owner. We are talking about a project that offers what seems like endless possibilities. All the additions are welcome and very fun to use and experiment with. It also tries it best to teach the player to design good levels and to think about the game in a creative way.
  28. Jul 8, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is not without its small gripes, but if you put away the magnifying glass and look at the game on a whole, this game is a perfectly executed idea from Nintendo. This is the Mario Maker game creative fans have been dreaming of.
  29. 90
    Super Mario Maker 2 offers an incredible depth of tools to create anything you can dream up from some of the most iconic Super Mario Bros. games. Whether you're a creator or a player, a beginner or shell-jumping pro, there's something for you.
  30. Jul 7, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 has a bright future ahead of it, but it’s still a fully-featured game at launch. The new tools make for exciting additions to the game, and users have already created spectacularly fun levels that can be downloaded right now. The multiplayer implementation in Super Mario Maker 2 definitely has room for improvement, but otherwise players should have a ton of fun with the game.
  31. Jul 4, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is a joyous celebration of the intricacies that go into designing the perfect level. It’s a game where you can invest hours creating and playtesting one short section of one small level, or decide to do away with creation altogether in favor of playing through its ever-growing number of courses. Despite recurring technical problems that have become synonymous with Nintendo games, Super Mario Maker 2 is still an essential Switch purchase, building upon the groundwork laid by its predecessor and adding so much more.
  32. 90
    Super Mario Maker 2 is the ultimate package for both casual and dedicated Mario fans.
  33. Jul 2, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is the best of both worlds. For creative-minded players, the level design suite is robust and includes a number of excellent new features to make an even greater variety of courses. For those who just want to play, Super Mario Maker 2 has an excellent campaign filled with 100-plus Nintendo-designed levels — not to mention the constantly growing library of user-created levels. The online multiplayer isn’t feature-rich, but it doesn’t stop Mario Maker 2 from joining the lineup of top-tier Nintendo Switch games.
  34. 90
    There are a lot of things Super Mario Maker 2 gets right. The course creation tools are solid, and the tutorial lessons and story mode levels are good at helping people understand how things work and what they might want to do to create a fun level. It is disappointing the local multiplayer doesn’t work as well and the game seems to ignore that people already have friends lists with people who they may want to play with or whose work they may want to see. Still, it is a promising game, and one that only has the potential to get better. Especially since getting to play online with friends is a feature that will come eventually.
  35. Jul 1, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 allows players to be much more innovative when they create levels, which makes them more fun to be played. If you like Mario, it's going to be hard to find a game with better value.
  36. 90
    Ultimately, the replay value of Super Mario Maker 2 is an infinity symbol. There is just an insane number of variables that ensure inventive new levels will be created for years to come. Likewise, player rankings and unlockable costumes incentivize players to keep going. And when you start to get fatigued, you can always hop back into Story Mode to relax and recharge. Annoyances like imperfect building controls and laggy online play put a slight damper on things, but they’re not deal-breakers. Super Mario Maker 2 is a mandatory Mario experience.
  37. Jul 1, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is still heavily about the creation process, but adds great new features that make it even more enjoyable than ever before. This makes it much more of a title built for creators and players than its predecessor, even if building is still the key element. Super Mario Maker 2 is full of tons of things to do and endless levels waiting to be made. This is a must-have for fans of Mario and all of those who may have missed out on the original. It’s a creator’s dream come true with the amount of tools available and an all-around great way to enjoy Mario levels made by fans for fans. Super Mario Maker 2 improves all the core aspects that made the original fun and it hopefully lasts a good long while to see all the fantastic levels that come of it.
  38. Jun 28, 2019
    This game offers as many challenging gameplay as it's predecessor, while adding a fun story mode and playing online with friends. Mario only gets better.
  39. Jun 27, 2019
    It’s funny every time I try to finalize this review I remember an exciting feature I’d forgotten to mention and have to go back. That’s the kind of game Super Mario Maker 2 is though. It’s a game that builds on the original in a number of smart ways introducing a wealth of new features, entertaining modes and appreciated improvements. It’s a perfect fit for the Switch and a game where the best is yet to come. I for one cannot wait to see what the creative minds out there come up with over the coming months.
  40. Jun 26, 2019
    With several ways to make and play, Super Mario Maker 2 is a stunning sequel for the Nintendo Switch. Create courses on the go or in co-op, try your hand at beating a level in the fastest time, or take inspiration from the developers themselves by playing the inventive levels seen in Story Mode. We just wish it had one more overworld to make those slots even.
  41. Jun 26, 2019
    A comprehensive mission-driven campaign, boundless tools and tiles and additional themes serve up a tonne of potential for creators. Super Mario Maker 2 offers a canvas to create a truly authentic Super Mario Bros. experience.
  42. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 makes its predecessor look small and limited compared to it. And that by itself says a lot about the game.
  43. Jun 26, 2019
    The possibilities offered by Super Mario Maker 2 are practically endless. Create levels with many customization options or play the infinite creations of other players. The limits of the game are the limits of the imagination of its players.
  44. 90
    I really wanted to see a bigger improvement from the original Super Mario Maker to this sequel. The features that Nintendo has added in are nice, but with only one additional game environment to play around with in Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo is underselling the own rich heritage that it has to work with. With that being said, anything that encourages people to create, rather than just consume, is a noble cause, and Nintendo has managed to build something completely accessible despite giving users absolutely everything they need to recreate any Mario level. That's surely the holy grail of the creator genre.
  45. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is a worthy successor to the original game. The additions of the new Super Mario 3D World style and host of new features really make this feel like a solid evolution of that creative explosion that began in 2015 on the Wii U. For many players, Super Mario Maker 2 will feel like a revolution, while veteran creators will take their knowledge into a whole new wave of level design. Nintendo has provided players with the tools to create an infinite amount of challenging, fun, and ridiculous Mario levels. Now we can all play with power. Infinite power.
  46. Jun 26, 2019
    Players now have the chance to make their own hellish, evil Mario levels on Nintendo Switch. Super Mario Maker 2 starts with the foundation established in the first game, and adds new themes, new game styles, and new items. It falters due to the loss of the second screen of the Wii U and 3DS iterations, and the lack of Amiibo costumes hurt, but this is still a fantastic package for a Mario fan or budding lever designer.
  47. Jun 26, 2019
    This game is almost in every way bigger and better than its predecessor. There is a gigantic variety in parts, objects, themes and styles. Plus the newly added single-player mode that is a great inspiration.
  48. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 could hardly be a better return of Nintendo's feat of Mario-based level design. Thanks to its wealth of content and options, simple interface, multiplayer component and sense of immersion, Super Mario Maker 2 is on a perfect track to become the main reference when it comes to games about platformers' design and one which will appeal to all kinds of players.
  49. 90
    This is a stunning celebration of all things Super Mario, from the music and the art to the characters and items, and it's also a great social tool that uses the ubiquitous language of running and jumping to share gameplay and narrative ideas between players worldwide. It has lost a bit of its weird edge since last time, but it's also gained a lot more variety and much more substantial systems for sorting stages and playing with friends.
  50. Jun 26, 2019
    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.
  51. Jun 26, 2019
    That's the curious power of the Mario Maker games. They can transform a passive audience member into an active participant. I'm dissecting stages and layouts with brand new vigor. Every design choice is something to be absorbed and digested for later use. Even if you don't fancy yourself a creator, I highly recommend Super Mario Maker 2. You'll be shocked at the subtle yet significant shift in your mindset.
  52. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is just brilliant. It takes the best elements of previous games of the series and merges them, adding a huge series of new elements and games modes. The course editor is deeper than ever and there are a new single player story mode, new competitive and cooperative modes both local and online. This is just dope and you cannot stop playing this game.
  53. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is the almost perfect package, putting equal emphasis on discovery, creation, story mode, and outright brilliant gameplay.
  54. Jun 26, 2019
    Despite the multiplayer being slightly underwhelming, the new creation tools, single player story, and addition of Super Mario 3D World make Super Mario Maker 2 a fantastic overall package.
  55. Jun 26, 2019
    Well-crafted, feature rich and with all the class Nintendo can wield. An excellent editor that will keep creators and players busy for years.
  56. Jun 26, 2019
    The most powerful Super Mario level designer tool is back. Whether you want to create or test out the creations of others, there is no doubt you will have a blast with Super Mario Maker 2. Unless Cappy brainwashed you and... Oh who am I kidding, this is a great game, and a must buy for any lover of the classic Super Mario platformer adventures.
  57. Jun 26, 2019
    The Switch makes a near-perfect home for Super Mario Maker 2, an exceptional platformer as well as a boundless course editor.
  58. Jun 26, 2019
    SMM2 is more fun and full of content than its precursor, but at the same time it's a step back, because it puts walls around some content (World Levels, created by players), forcing you to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online to play that part of the game. And it's an important chunk, because after completing the Story mode, it's the place to go.
  59. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 represents today, despite some weaknesses, the most complete episode of the series: fanciful for the most passive platform devourers, indispensable for every creative of the Mushroom Kingdom that aims to be defined as such.
  60. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is the perfect evolution for an already successful formula, thanks to its many additions that make the game even more rich than its predecessor.
  61. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is not a radical reinvention of the original Mario Maker, but it earns the “2” in its title with a story mode full of great Mario levels, worthwhile additions to the creation toolset, and new options for playing and creating cooperatively. The future is bright for Super Mario Maker 2, and I can’t wait to see what the community makes with it. But even at this starting line, I had plenty of Mario to play and enjoy.
  62. Jun 26, 2019
    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.
  63. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Aug 2, 2019
    In addition to constructor mode, the game also has a solid single-player story with over 100 levels. SMM2 will have you race, fly, explore labyrinths, solve puzzles and fight monsters – every interesting concept of the past 30 years found its place in this game. [Issue#239, p.72]
  64. Jun 26, 2019
    Thanks to the many new options and themes, the possibilities are immense, and the excellent online connection guarantees constant supply. Nevertheless, the experience compared to the Wii U experience is sobering, at least if you go for the pure comfort. Here's how perfectly the concept was tailored to Nintendo's final console. Of course everything works well on the switch - but with the limitations of the hybrid concept.
  65. Jun 26, 2019
    The level editor present in Super Mario Maker 2 is amazing, better and more refined than the first one. With Nintendo Switch Online, it becomes an-almost-neverending game; without it, the Story Mode isn't enough to buy this title.
  66. Oct 19, 2019
    Nintendo will surely need to work on new artistic and mechanical styles to make its future 2D Mario games attractive, as Super Mario Maker 2 takes all the best from Super Mario Maker 1 and boosts the game with new options, a better interface, more customization, themes, night mode, interesting enemies and wraps the whole package with a fun new story mode and an online mode that even with its flaws, is competent.Super Mario Maker 2 offers the ultimate experience for Mario 2D fans and certainly yields much more fun than the 60$ what it is charged for.
  67. Jul 10, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 may make a weaker impression than the game-changing original, but it breaks out the gate with far fewer problems and with much more skill level appeal. Though it misses the mark in some highly-requested QoL improvements, it adds much more in value, diversity, and replayability. Super Mario Maker 2 is the game that keeps on giving, while leaving enough room to build in the future.
  68. Jul 8, 2019
    With a vast and directly available content, Super Mario Maker 2 is still a must in terms of creative tool, but made better thanks to the story mode. The only drawbacks are the 2 player creation, the online multiplayer mode, and the UI that still feels like it's been tailored for use with the stylus.
  69. Jul 2, 2019
    All in all, Super Mario Maker 2 is about as solid of a sequel as you could ask for. It's fun and easy to play, offers a staggering amount of content, feels like it adds enough new fresh features that it isn't just a DLC/re-release with a fancy name, and it's generally everything the game should be. If you enjoy Mario-style gameplay, then you owe it to yourself to give SMM2 a shot. The Nintendo-provided levels are a delight to play, and there are so many varieties of user-created levels out there that you'll never run out of options.
  70. Jul 2, 2019
    In all honesty, I have to admit I spent a good portion of my time playing the game in the level editor mode, and it all seemed so exciting knowing I could make a level just the way a like it. The story mode isn’t all too shabby at all, but the fact that you always know you still need more coins makes it feel a bit grindy as you always keep your eyes on the score, even if you don't do it on purpose. All in all, I have to admit I had fun testing Super Mario Maker 2, and as soon as I’m done with this review, I’m going back to designing yet another level!
  71. Jul 1, 2019
    Like we said, we can’t call Super Mario Maker 2 a bad game, not by a long shot. It’s just that it could be better. Heck, if a few usability issues were fixed and a few more items were added to maker mode, we would be giving this game a perfect 10/10. As it stands, there’s room for improvement and hopefully we will see that improvement in future DLC patches.
  72. Jun 26, 2019
    The successful incorporation of the 3D World style, the maximum interest and invitation with the puzzle levels or all the inclusions for the multiplayer in all its aspects (especially when the patch arrives), compensate for the Story mode which has not been so inspired or that it remains somewhat tedious both on the touch screen with your finger and with the console in the Dock.
  73. Jun 26, 2019
    Certainly, the title could have tweaked some aspects like the often frustrating online multiplayer or the Gamepad Pro gameplay, but that does not take the Nintendo platform game away from excellence.
  74. Jun 26, 2019
    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.
  75. Jun 26, 2019
    The original Super Mario Maker is an enduring bit of software, but this makes up for just about every one of the original’s transgressions and adds a full-fat campaign to boot. It’s lovely stuff, offering a world of infinite Mario that has a little something for everyone.
  76. These levels are clearly designed to make us think about how to make our own levels rather than deliver the sort of flowing, satisfying play found in Mario’s best games. Some deliver lessons so short that they can literally be completed in just a few seconds.
  77. 85
    Super Mario Maker 2's newfound strength is hidden within the details, and that is what I really like about it. In its wake, it lost some of its Mario Paint roots, but Story Mode brings enough fun to overcome that sadness. Players and creators, rejoice.
  78. 85
    Super Mario Maker 2 is a breath of fresh air. The story mode is fantastic, the online multiplayer additions are more than welcome and the new items and game modes are absolutely fantastic.
  79. Jul 3, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 does a fantastic job of laying the foundation for a seemingly endless supply of 2D platforming fun. Aside from some major issues with its multiplayer and a few other goofy decisions, it's an overall excellent experience.
  80. Jul 1, 2019
    Bigger and incredibly intuitive to use: Even with its online problems and some irritating constraints, this is a highlight for creative Jump&Run-builders.
  81. Jun 26, 2019
    All the new and surprising combinations, elements and options make it that the possibilities in Mario Maker 2 now truly are limitless.
  82. Jul 25, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 builds upon the original in very basic ways. The game adds an impressive array of new mechanics that allow creators more freedom to design. With the addition of the painfully tedious, gimmick-driven story mode, the developers teach players just how annoying the new features can be. Regardless, designing levels has never been more convenient and the vast sea of user-created content is bound to provide endless enjoyment. Overall, Super Mario Maker 2 is a solid release that is highly recommended and successfully manages to mostly satisfy both creators and players, despite the game’s various issues and shortcomings.
  83. Jul 25, 2019
    Despite a couple of compromises regarding the controls, we still find it difficult to stop playing Super Mario Maker 2. Creating your dream courses has never been more fun, and what we lose without the Wii U stylus we gain back through the large number of accessories and the 3D World Mode. The concept of downloading new courses can i theory keep the game alive for years to come. It could very well be the last 2D Mario you'll ever need to buy.
  84. Edge Magazine
    Jul 20, 2019
    Hamstrung slightly by its hardware, this is a wonderful and educational creative tool; better, if less lovable, than its predecessor. A compromise, then, but a damn-near essential one. [Issue#335, p.104]
  85. Jul 18, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is an outstanding game that is marred by some odd choices familiar with Nintendo games. Their online features still feel like a relic of the past, and with something that relies so much on creation and sharing it sticks out like a sore thumb here. Still, getting past that and knowing updates are on the horizon makes me comfortable in recommending this title. It is a pure blast creating and sharing levels with friends, and of course letting my son’s creativity run wild in creating new levels. The single player content is a welcome addition to an already impressive package. Super Mario Maker 2 is a fine addition to the Switch library, now can we please get that Zelda Maker stat?
  86. 80
    It all adds up to a terrific Mario game that offers boatloads of freedom. Whether you’re a creator, a gamer looking for the next great Mario level speed run, or just somebody who wants a little bit more Mario in their lives, there’s something here for you.
  87. Jul 9, 2019
    Quotation forthcoming.
  88. Jul 3, 2019
    Whether exploring the full potential of a single element or throwing things at the wall to see what sticks, I've got the itch to join the creator's club. Mario Maker 2 makes the learning process intuitive and enjoyable. Most importantly, it's enabled designers amateur and professional alike to share their creativity with the world. The community is off to a great start, and thankfully, the fun has only just begun.
  89. Jul 3, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 offers an incredible amount of content and is one of the highlights of the Nintendo Switch's 2019 lineup. The omissions from the first game and the poor quality of the online modes are the only things holding it back from greatness.
  90. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 will please both dedicated level-builders and newcomers. Story Mode gives players a nice pu-pu platter of professionally made Mario levels, and the inclusion of 3D World’s suite of tools and moves offer even the most seasoned veterans more with which to experiment. But in terms of pure scope and ambition, Super Mario Maker 2 more closely resembles the “Deluxe” Wii U rereleases that have become staples of the Switch’s library. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since the formula is so exhaustive already. Just don’t go in expecting a true evolution of the series—and get that Switch Online subscription ready.
  91. Jun 26, 2019
    The definitive version of the Mario Maker concept, for better or worse. Super Mario Maker 2 delivers a charming, easy-to-use, but tool-heavy creative romp with near endless potential future content.
  92. Jun 26, 2019
    Not just one of the most versatile 2D game creation tools on consoles but the best collection of new Super Mario courses since the 90s.
  93. Jun 26, 2019
    The story of Super Mario Maker 2 appears manufactured in a rush, with Luigi lending a hand as an extra, but the castle's restoration offers an excellent presentation of this episode's additional perspectives. Those fulfill the main gaps of its predecessor through incredibly polyvalent mechanisms, quite magical staging tools and more or less stunning power-ups. Some elements among the most audacious are unfortunately confined into dedicated styles, along with limited control means overall, the architectural vision remaining very straight and square. Such stands the counterbalance of the harmony deployed inside this marvelous building site, even more accessible to boot. While the cooperative works don't always operate in synergy, the community dimension proves more stimulating than ever. A new (mile)stone - solid and ingeniously cut - for this construction edifice à la "MarioWare".
  94. Jun 26, 2019
    Stage creation without a stylus can be a little clumsy on the Switch, and there isn’t quite as much creative freedom as there is with other game makers such as LittleBigPlanet, but this is still easily the best Mario Maker yet and an excellent entry point for the series thanks to the new story mode. Of course, success depends on the productivity of the online community, but Nintendo looks to have provided all the necessary tools and features for this sequel to reach its skyscraper potential.
  95. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is all that the original was and more. The Story Mode feels like a proper campaign, demoing all of the old and new feature and barmy possibilities found in the intuitive level creator. It's a shame that it features some typical Nintendo online stumbles, but it shouldn't be long before that's forgotten in the face of the boundless creativity of the Super Mario Maker community.
  96. Jul 10, 2019
    I expected Super Mario Maker 2 to be an outstanding sequel but instead, it’s simply good. It takes steps forward and back in near equal measure, having significant post-launch shortcomings that go beyond mere nitpicking. Namely, the inferior online implementation at present, especially the, at times, borderline-unplayable online multiplayer. I certainly don’t expect perfect, but I also don’t expect a selling point this flawed from the Big N. It forfeits the right to a higher score, but I’m absolutely confident the game will continue to improve with updates. Meanwhile, it still offers a ton of creative potential and courses to play, representing good value for the cost.
  97. Jul 18, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is a perfectly fine way to pass the time, though you'll quickly begin to see the seams. As far as game-maker tools go, it's probably the easiest to use - but that doesn't mean it's the most entertaining or diverse.
  98. Jul 14, 2019
    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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  1. Jun 26, 2019
    Even in my limited pre-release testing period, with only a few creators' levels to pick through, Super Mario Maker 2 has already proven itself a wonderful package. Course creators can look forward to an amazing game-making tool set whose depth is matched by its accessibility, while players have a functionally endless set of Mario courses to dig through over the course of years. What’s not to like? [Ars Technica Approved]
  2. Jun 26, 2019
    A quirky and powerful construction toy that's fun to play with even if you aren't trying to make anything. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  3. Jun 26, 2019
    While the improvements that Nintendo has made ensure it will likely have a much smoother launch than the first attempt, if that game’s trajectory is any indication, the game’s story is just beginning. We won’t truly know how Super Mario Maker 2 did until millions of fans are bashing away at it. For now, I can say that Nintendo has delivered a much more robust and feature-rich Mario maker, and hope players will use it well.
  4. Jun 26, 2019
    Seeing what other people create on their blank Mario canvases is also a nice way to get inspired for your own creations, to see how different ideas can be implemented, and possibly most importantly, see what kinds of things don’t work at all.
  5. Jun 26, 2019
    Upon handing my creation to friends and colleagues, I watch them struggle to complete the level in the mere 20 seconds I put on the timer, not knowing that they just needed to relax and let the game play itself. When I show them how to beat it afterward, they groan and roll their eyes. I am filled with immense satisfaction. That’s the magic of Super Mario Maker 2.
  6. Jun 26, 2019
    Super Mario Maker 2 is an excellent sequel, and I’m incredibly excited to see what the community does with it when it officially launches. I also really enjoy playing through levels on the go, something that wasn’t possible with the Wii U. But while there have been plenty of Wii U games that migrated to the Switch — including Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze — this is the first time I’ve ever pined for the clunky Gamepad. It’ll probably be the only time, too.
  7. Jun 26, 2019
    Iterative sequels are obviously pretty common in video games, but when a game is built around user-generated content it’s plainly more difficult to get right. Super Mario Maker 2 nails it, however, mashing together the joy of 2D Mario and the frightening ingenuity of a huge community of players to make for a Switch game we could easily all be playing in a decade. It’s difficult to think of a more compelling argument than that.
  8. Jun 26, 2019
    Nintendo is a company that craves control, and what makes Mario Maker so different from its other creations is how much control is put in the hands of players. That also means they need to trust those players. I hope they do.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 846 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 846
  1. Jun 28, 2019
    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. Jul 4, 2019
    The game itself is great, the community is atrocious. 98% of the levels made are worthless trash that don't seem to grasp basic concepts inThe game itself is great, the community is atrocious. 98% of the levels made are worthless trash that don't seem to grasp basic concepts in making a level. So if you make something good, I applaud you, but sadly your level will be buried underneath mountains of trash. Full Review »
  3. Jun 28, 2019
    Bought this game thinking that when you publish a level online people would play it and everyone would have fun playing each others levels.Bought this game thinking that when you publish a level online people would play it and everyone would have fun playing each others levels. After all, that's how it was advertised. Maybe the algorithm would put it in someone queue or something. This is not the case. If you want anyone to play your levels you have to go online and beg people to play it.
    This sucks because
    a) There's a lot of content locked behind accomplishments and may of them are related to how many people play your levels
    b) why even spend the time to make them if nobody is going to play them.

    Just as well many of the top shared levels are low effort auto players where all you have to do is hold the stick right to run and nothing else.
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