I’ll admit, I’m far more interested in exploring the insane creations of the Mario Maker community than putting together my own levels. (It didn’t help knowing that anything I made would be wiped ahead of the game’s release. ) But after spending a few hours crafting a Super Mario World and Mario 3 entries, I’ve come to appreciate the building process as a form of zen meditation.
Naturally, you’ll need to subscribe to the Switch’s online service to take full advantage of the game, but Nintendo is at least offering a year-long subscription with the $70 Mario Maker 2 bundle. (Typically, Switch Online costs $20 a year, or $4 a month. ) Nintendo hasn’t done a great job of selling the benefits of Switch Online so far, but I’d bet this game will encourage hesitant players to sign up.
I figure Nintendo wanted to focus more energy on the level building aspects of Mario Maker 2, but I would have liked to see something bolder, like the single player World of Light mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
This time around, Nintendo also added Super Mario 3D World to the level types, which introduces a slew of new enemies (a Banzai Bill that shoots towards the camera! ) and power-ups (the cat suit! ).
Then again, you might not even notice how threadbare the story mode is as you’re diving into all the levels being created by the Mario Maker community.