Super Mario Maker 2 Has Finally Added Online Multiplayer With Free Update, Plus New Features

Super Mario Maker 2 Has Finally Added Online Multiplayer With Free Update, Plus New Features
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Super Mario Maker 2 has obviously been a huge hit for Nintendo. With the ability to create the course of your dreams and share them with people around the world, it’s a great creation tool that has built an amazing community over the years. One of the biggest let-downs with the recent game, however, is the inability to play with friends online. It has been one of the most requested features, and luckily, it looks like Nintendo has been listening to the fans.

Until now, the only way to play with your friends was actually through a fairly complicated process. Not only were you restricted to local co-op, but you had to jump through a few hoops in order to even get a stage ready for multiplayer. You couldn’t just browse through the online Course World, select a stage, and play it.

Instead, you had to download any stage that you wanted to play with a friend, and while that doesn’t sound like such a major problem, it was tedious. Playing online was only available with random players.

Nintendo is finally giving Super Mario Maker 2 players what they’ve been asking for. The free update, which is already live, lets you play co-op and versus multiplayer modes online with anyone on your friends list. You can also select a difficulty in Course World when hopping into random stages, and you can also play any stage that you have saved locally.

The update also adds some new features to the game. In the online Course World, Nintendo has added “Official Makers” to the Leaderboards, allowing you to browse official courses made for special events and more, such as the Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019 courses. It’s a neat way to get access to some excellently designed levels, as well as allow players the chance to experience professional tournament stages.

Aside from multiplayer and online changes, the free update is finally adding another highly requested feature; When designing levels in handheld mode, you can now use either the buttons or the touchscreen, rather than just being restricted to touch controls. It may not sound like a lot, but for those of us who prefer to use the buttons when designing stages, it’s nice to know that we finally have the option on the go.

Nintendo has taken an already amazing game and made it even better with version 1.1.0. Make sure to boot up your Switch and download the new update today.