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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: 22 out of 287
  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 21, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Super Mario Maker 2 became an important improvement from its first edition on the Wii U. It introduced many new things which made the experience entertaining enough, from new elements and a history mode to the ninji time trials, where you always try and retry just to improve your time and show your Mario-playing skills to the ranks. However, there were two things (and mainly one) which made me play the game every day for much time.

    The first one (and the main one in my opinion) is the online multiplayer feature, and more specifically, competitive multiplayer. Before the game was revealed, I was never expecting to find this on a Mario game, but one year and two months after the game release it is probably one of the best improvements the original game could have got. It is not perfect indeed, as many times you can have some bad luck and play s*** levels which I think their creator do not even know why did they publish them, but apart from that, there are many traditional short levels which can be interesting to play, or specific 4vs4 courses just for this mode. It also depends on luck many times (on the final result I mean), but when it does not, it is clearly the best feature of the game IMO.

    The second one is the world map creator, which was many times requested by the community, and it has obviously been a great addition, as you can collect game worlds to create your own Super Mario game. I did not play many worlds, but the ones I played were worth it. You can see many creative levels which you would not see normally on the most-featured published courses and which would clearly be popular if they were enoughly voted.

    Apart from those two new features, the community for Mario games is still impressive. You can proof this by playing the most popular worldwide levels. I am still impressed by how can someone make some things which for me would be impossible. But as I said, that is why the community is impressive, they can surprise you in any moment with any idea.

    In conclussion, this game is an absolute must-buy for the Nintendo Switch. I am giving it a 9/10 because I just find a problem on the game, and it is lag on online multiplayer games. Many many times, levels can be unplayable. If you want to play the game by its multiplayer, then I think this is not your game, but if you consider yourself a true Mario fan, then, go ahead.
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  5. Jul 20, 2019
    9
    Extremely good game, must-have if you own a Nintendo Switch. The only thing that's keeping this game from a 10/10, is the online. It's justExtremely good game, must-have if you own a Nintendo Switch. The only thing that's keeping this game from a 10/10, is the online. It's just unplayable, even if you're internet is good. Expand
  6. Jul 29, 2021
    8
    Overall a large improvement from the previous game - the increased amount of items and extra game styles alongside the addition of a barebonesOverall a large improvement from the previous game - the increased amount of items and extra game styles alongside the addition of a barebones but incredibly fun world editor make this the definitive Mario-making experience. Story mode is a good introduction to various interesting mechanics and ideas (however short it may be) and serves as an interactive part of the new tutorials added to this game. Detailing how to increase fun and remove frustration for a potential player, these new tutorials help less experienced players focus on making quality levels. This focus on promoting good level design to new players coupled with the ability to 'boo' a level means most levels you come across are enjoyable as opposed to the mixed bag you'd often find in the first game.

    Unfortunately the online is subpar and the transition from Wii U to Switch has been to the controls of Mario Maker 2's detriment - touch screen is practically required and even then it doesn't match the experience of the dual-screen gamepad and TV play the Wii U allowed.
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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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