The latest free update for Super Mario Maker 2 will finally add a long-requested feature: the ability to create your own worlds.
Super Mario Maker 2 gives players near-limitless possibilities for creating their own Super Mario courses, but until now, it’s been limited to just that—courses. In a typical Super Mario game, those courses are thematically linked by the worlds that they’re part of, and connected by an overworld map. It’s easy to overlook how crucial these worlds are to creating a coherent vision of a game that’s more than just a series of isolated levels.
With the World Maker mode included in Super Mario Maker 2‘s latest update—due out April 22—players will finally be able to create such worlds of their own. Each world can be customised with different themes and design elements, including warp pipes, bonus levels, and unique course icons. Players can combine up to eight worlds and 40 courses to create their own full-fledged Super Mario game, which can then be shared online with others.
The update also comes with a number of other course parts, power-ups, and enemies for players to add to the levels they create. Among these are the seven Koopalings, each with their own movement patterns and attacks (the trailer for the update shows a boss battle with all seven at once, which looks… hectic). New power-ups include the Frog Suit from Super Mario Bros. 3, the Power Balloon from Super Mario World, the Super Acorn from New Super Mario Bros. U, the Boomerang Flower from Super Mario 3D World, and a new mushroom that turns players into the Super Mario Bros. 2 version of their character, complete with the ability to pick up and throw enemies.
Sadly, this will be the final major update for Super Mario Maker 2, but at least I’m sure these new features will keep players happy for a long time to come. I can’t wait to see what sort of creative ideas people come up with using the World Maker—given how much the community has been able to achieve with the course creator to date, I’m sure will see some brilliant world designs.