Super Mario Maker 2 review: A genius idea taken to a whole new level

Nintendo's master class in game design is back and it's perfect for the

Super Mario Maker 2 review: A genius idea taken to a whole new level

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In addition to the large swathe of objects and items players can use to create new worlds, Super Mario Maker also allows players to save levels in five unique Mario styles (Super Mario, Mario 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros, and Mario 3D World), all of which have different graphics and different Mario moves/mechanics.

Super Mario Maker does exactly what it says on the tin: It’s a video game, but also a tool that allows you to create your own Mario levels.

Mario Maker 2 feels like it’s Nintendo’s Master Class in game design.

My final note, which I also made five years ago: Nintendo should make Maker a whole line of games. Zelda Maker. Metroid Maker. Mario Kart Maker.

There is a sort of teacher in Mario Maker 2, in the form of a pigeon (Yamamura) who delivers a few dozen short lessons on game design, helpful ideas and tutorials.

I’ve realized, playing Super Mario Maker 2, that I’m a terrible game designer.

Super Mario Maker made its debut on the Nintendo Wii U in 2015.

If I asked you what the ideal Nintendo Switch game was, you might suggest Super Mario Odyssey or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Super Mario Maker 2 does has a few multi-touch moves, though, including a two-finger zoom-out to see course overviews.

The Story Mode is a full Mario game of levels, and there are an infinity more that’ll be online.

Super Mario Maker 2’s creative toolkit is larger than you might expect.

I’ve been playing Super Mario Maker 2 for a week and also letting my kid play.

For many Super Mario Maker 2 will be an entry point to an idea waiting to go stratospheric.

Super Mario Maker 2 is a great update to the original Mario Maker.

There’s the game’s Story Mode, which is like a full standalone Mario game and has dozens of levels to try.

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