We expected that Super Mario Maker would come to the Nintendo Switch eventually. As one of the Wii U’s best games, it seemed like an obvious no-brainer. The question really was a case of when and how. Would Nintendo choose to port the Wii U original akin to the 3DS version? Or would they start somewhere new, expanding upon the original game with a sequel? Well the latest Nintendo Direct confirmed the latter.

Nintendo started the Direct strong with the announcement of Super Mario Maker 2, a sequel that expands upon the original. While originally looking like a simple and straightforward installment in the franchise, the game quickly changes when the trailer shows new options. A major addition was the ability to create slopes, a mechanic that was strangely absent from the original.

Besides this, many tools will be at the disposal of the player, allowing more level design options then before. Players will have the ability to create moving block paths with fully mappable routes, place lengthy piranha plants who will move around dictated paths, and more. More background elements will even be available, such as Bullet Bills coming from behind the stage. Some assets were even pulled directly from Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World.

The cat bell from 3D World has also been added as an additional power-up.

While no exact release date has been announced, Nintendo is presently aiming for a June release. For now, you can get acquainted with many of the new tools that will expand your horizons by watching the trailer for Super Mario Maker 2.

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