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Super Mario Maker 2

69 critics
8.69
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Dalton CooperJul 05, 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.
Leo FariaJul 05, 2019
Especially since the fact you can take the Switch anywhere you want means that you’ll constantly have to play the console offline. Regardless of that, Super Mario Maker 2 is still good. Very good. It’s a Mario game made by Nintendo, so unless it’s called New Super Mario Bros U, it’s basically impossible for one of these to end up being a bad game.
Shubhankar ParijatJul 02, 2019
There’s just so much to do in Super Mario Maker 2. People often say about certain games that they offer infinite content and endless replayability, but here, that’s truer than it is in most other cases. Regardless of whether you’re looking to create your own deathtraps and ingenious courses, or are just looking to enjoy the courses created by others – Nintendo included – there really is infinite content for you here. The fact that it’s all so well-designed and easy to use, but also offers a ton of depth, makes it that much better.
Ashley ShankleJul 15, 2019
If online co-op worked worth a heck, Super Mario Maker 2 would be an easy 10 out of 10 GOTY hoedown throwdown; it'll still probably be my game of the year. I have a serious weakness for this game. However, even with the (totally optional) less-than-optimal online multiplayer, it's still a fantastic time for both casual and hardcore gamers with a soft spot for Nintendo's mascot.
Dave AubreyJun 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.
Kyle HilliardJun 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.
Ashley BatesJul 03, 2019
The current lack of Amiibo Support and one or two needed improvements to the online modes mean it isn’t “perfect”, but Super Mario Maker 2 is the ultimate package for both casual and dedicated Mario fans. Absolutely brilliant.
James PaleyJun 26, 2019
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.
Chris "Atom" DeAngelusJul 02, 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.
Kirstin SwalleyJul 01, 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.
Sam LoveridgeJun 26, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 is an almost perfect package, putting equal emphasis on discovery, creation, story mode, and outright brilliant gameplay.
Shaan JoshiJun 26, 2019
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.
Jenni LadaJul 02, 2019
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.
Ryan JanesJun 26, 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.
9.50
Seth MacyJun 26, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 does nearly everything better than its already excellent predecessor, keeping the charm of a Mario game while introducing some incredible new ideas.
CJ AndriessenJul 12, 2019
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.
Asif KhanJun 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.
Michael GoroffJun 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.
Alec SandarMay 31, 2019
Lastly, Super Mario Maker 2 music score is composed by the Koji Kondo, the legendary Nintendo composer, which rounds up the entire game ensemble nicely. He already composed many tracks for Mario and the Legend of Zelda series. Super Mario Maker 2 Switch release date is soon upon us and the game will definitely win you over and keep you entertained for a long time if you are a Nintendo Switch owner.
William SchwartzJul 05, 2019
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.
Trevor GouldJul 09, 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.
Mike WilliamsJun 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.
Lou ContaldiJul 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.
Garland PanJul 25, 2019
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.
Paul TamburroJul 04, 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.
Geoffrey TimJun 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.
Dan HodgesJul 07, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 is much more than an enhanced Switch port. Featuring a lengthy story mode, a myriad of smart additions, and more ways to create nightmarish abominations and call them Mario levels, this is some essential Mario that Switch owners won't want to miss.
8.00
Ken McKownJul 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.
Peter BrownJun 27, 2019
What I've played so far has proven, once again, that the Mario series is worth all the admiration it gets, and Mario Maker 2 is an excellent tool for picking it apart by pushing its enemies, mechanisms, and Mario, to their limit. I've yet to make a stage of my own that I think is worthy of sending out to other players, but I'm committed to getting there. 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.
John ReidJul 07, 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.
Stefan BriesenickJun 26, 2019
In its current state, the game is already a driving force, which can feel a bit exhausting at first because of the gigantic pool of creativity. Not only will Mario fans get their money's worth with Super Mario Maker 2 - anyone who feels somewhat attached to classic 2D platforming will too.
Alex OlneyJun 26, 2019
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.
GameCentralJun 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.
9.00
Jorge Ba-ohJun 26, 2019
If Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the celebration of all things Nintendo, Super Mario Maker 2 is the ultimate celebration of all things Mario! The original Wii U game expanded on what was possible in a Mario course, but the follow-up elevates the experience with true sequel status. 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 - Press start, the flagpole awaits!
Adam CookJun 26, 2019
Jagger was wrong, then, because although it’s not perfect, I got what I wanted: a deeper dive into the machinations of Mario-course creation, a single player, and the chance to sit on the toilet doing it all. Whether you want to create your own levels or not, and at the risk of repeating myself or aping others, SMM2 amounts to “infinite Mario World” courses, as long as the game is supported. It doesn’t have quite the startling impact of the original game, and there’s a way to go in terms of improving the online aspects, but Maker 2 is still absolutely fantastic.
Daan KoopmanJun 26, 2019
The Super Mario 3D World style and objectives in particular are game changers that completely change how levels are made. Course World has seen some massive overhauls and most are welcome additions to the overall package. 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.
Stefan LJun 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.
7.00
Az EliasFeb 11, 2020
Sharing on forums and following good creators can be the saving grace, because great content is out there; it's just tough to find. There is plenty of potential to make Mario Maker 2 a worthy sequel if Nintendo went for it, but it lies with them on whether or not they unhook those leashes from players and continue to bring in more features both old and new.
A.J. MaciejewskiJul 03, 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.
John FrisciaJun 29, 2019
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.
Joe DeClaraJun 26, 2019
The Switch makes a near-perfect home for Super Mario Maker 2, an exceptional platformer as well as a boundless course editor.
Alan BellJul 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.
Steve WrightJun 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.
Shannon GrixtiJun 26, 2019
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.
Sergio C. GonzálezJun 26, 2019
Si tienes Nintendo Switch, tienes un nuevo imprescindible para la lista; uno que nos deja con ganas de más opciones y menos limitaciones.
Jesús BellaJun 26, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 supone una fuerte evolución con respecto a la primera entrega para Wii U. La incorporación de un modo historia es su mayor contribución, pero no es menor el añadido de nuevas posibilidades para construir tus niveles, así como mejoras sobre todos y cada uno de los sistemas preexistentes, incluyendo el añadido de multijugador para hasta cuatro personas. Nintendo se ha puesto bien el casco de obra en esta ocasión, para crear un juego extremadamente cuidado y que nos hará pasar mucho tiempo tanto jugando, como trabajando en ese nivel que podría impresionar hasta al mismísimo Miyamoto. ¿Quién sabe?
8.50
Javi AndrésJun 26, 2019
Un título que ya no sorprende como entonces, claro está, y hasta prescindible si tenéis aquel que estrenó las posibilidades en un juego de Mario que nunca se habían visto antes. Sin embargo, ciertamente este segundo Maker es uno de esos productos tan duraderos en horas y llenos de pequeñas cosas nuevas que sorprende pensar cómo en el primer título faltaban o se dieron de lado.
9.20
Carlos LeivaJun 26, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 es todo un juegazo y una secuela brillante capaz de contentar a todo tipo de jugadores. Su Modo Historia satisfará a quienes solo busquen otra gran aventura de Mario, el editor de niveles se ha mejorado y ampliado de una manera tan gigantesca que los amantes de dicha herramienta verán el cielo abierto ante el mar de posibilidades que ofrece a la hora de dar rienda suelta a nuestra imaginación.
chiconuclearJun 26, 2019
Insisto en que no todos los juegos lo tendrían tan fácil para hacer atractiva y estimulante una propuesta como esta, pero que la universalidad de Super Mario y el séquito de seguidores dispuestos a llenar internet de niveles no os lleve a engaño: aquí hay inteligencia y cariño y talento, y eso no te lo da Super Mario. Eso es otra cosa.
Pedro Pérez CesariJul 06, 2019
En resumen: recomiendo ampliamente Super Mario Maker 2, tanto a aquellos que lo ven como una herramienta de creación, como para quienes sólo quieren jugar. Se trata de juego de alta calidad que logra superar a su antecesor en casi todos los sentidos y que me deja emocionado por ver lo que su comunidad podrá hacer una vez que sepa sacar provecho a todas sus herramientas.