Get your thinking helmets on, because Mario and co. are here for a second course of constructive adventure with Super Mario Maker 2! The original entry on the Wii U (and later 3DS) managed to be quite the highlight for the system, so to say that the sequel had it’s work cut out for it is an understatement. Thankfully, this follow-up to the fan-favourite has done everything it needed to and more in creating a worthy successor.
For those who missed out on the original (or didn’t own a Wii U, and who could blame you), Super Mario Maker 2 is a game that allows you to create your own 2D Mario stages in the style of earlier titles Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros Wii, alongside the brand new Super Mario 3D World style. These levels can then be shared online for others to try, or you can download the creations of others to try yourself. This is of course complimented by a large number of built-in stages, ensuring there’s plenty to do in the game.
Right from the get-go, you can see the level of detail and polish that’s been put into the presentation for the game. Each of the offered styles look the best they’ve ever been, in particular the new 3D World style which is a truly gorgeous translation of it’s predecessor’s visual spectacle.
The backgrounds are filled to the brim with detail, and every single level, be it set during a sandstorm in the night or a frozen tundra in daylight is accompanied with some amazing new tracks from Koji Kondo. Each of these tracks (which we learned about back in May) evoke just the right feel for their associated areas, and stand equally among their forebearers. No punches were pulled with the game’s look and sound, and it shows from the minute you launch the game.