Super Mario Maker 2s online mode will get a “friends” patch after launch [Updated]

  • A first for any Super Mario game: online play. This expands upon the local-multiplayer insanity of the New Super Mario Bros. series. Nintendo
  • And, gosh, don't Toad and Toadette look cute in their junior-sized SMB3 forms? (They look different in each of the game's five skins.) Nintendo
  • Every versus match begins with players bouncing around a line-marked starting barrier. Once a timer counts down, you can run freely through the thing and race for the goal. Nintendo
  • SMM2 will include a first for a Nintendo Switch game: its local multiplayer content will only work if one of its users is a) connected to the Internet and b) a paying Nintendo Switch Online subscriber. That's a bad look for a cool new mode, Nintendo. Nintendo
  • Network play, eh? Nintendo
  • Pick a few filters before searching for a random course made by another SMM2 fan. Nintendo
  • We hope there'll be a few more tags available for custom-level searches by the time the game launches.
  • When you beat an uploaded level, you can tag it in Miiverse-like fashion with a comment. New to this sequel: Level creators can choose whether or not players need to have reached that point in a level to see comment indicators.
  • Unsurprisingly, Nintendo has included a series of family-friendly stickers for the level comment feature.
  • However, this screenshot seems to imply that custom-drawn images will be supported. The video presentation didn't clarify exactly how players will be able to draw and upload custom comments. Nintendo

Update, June 11: Shortly after Nintendo's E3 2019 "Direct" video presentation on Tuesday, the game maker hosted a "Treehouse" panel on YouTube with updates about previously announced Nintendo Switch games. One of those updates confirmed some good news for hopeful Super Mario Maker 2 owners: its online matchmaking service will indeed receive "friends-only" modes after all.

When discussing upcoming support for the June 28 game, producer Takashi Tezuka said through a translator, "A new update will let people play with your friends online." The game will not ship with this feature in June, and no date was attached to this eventual update. But we're glad to see the company publicly reverse course and reach feature parity with other first-party Nintendo Switch Online games.

Original report:

Most of the news to come out of a recent Super Mario Maker 2 press event seems to be good, with series fans confirming that the "make your own Mario" series has only gotten bigger and better in its Nintendo Switch premiere. But the event also included confirmation of a strange limitation for the June 28 game: the series' new online-multiplayer modes—which require a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership—will not let players matchmake with friends.

As news reports from the event emerged on Tuesday, one of those (from Nintendo World Report) included a tidbit disclRead More – Source

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