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Thursday 22 August 2019

Super Mario Maker 2 - Another good reason to buy a Nintendo Switch

Super Mario Maker 2: Nintendo Switch, 10/10

Super Mario Maker 2 is yet another masterful title to add to the growing mountain of immediate gaming classics that reside exclusively in Nintendo devices
Super Mario Maker 2 is yet another masterful title to add to the growing mountain of immediate gaming classics that reside exclusively in Nintendo devices

Chris Hayes - Game Review

With the slew of exclusive games being released on the Nintendo Switch, it is undoubtedly becoming increasingly difficult for gamers to justify not buying one. Super Mario Maker 2 is yet another masterful title to add to the growing mountain of immediate gaming classics that reside exclusively in Nintendo devices.

The premise is exceedingly simple, the story mode is threadbare but there is such a mind-bogglingly vast well of content that any attempt at summarisation feels like a disservice.

Nevertheless, the first thing you may want to dive in to is the absolutely excellent tutorial section. The level of detail that the designers dive in to in this vast tutorial system gives the impression that you are looking over the shoulder of Nintendo's finest level building staff while they work.

The story mode exists almost purely as a reason to have you play over 100 pre-made levels, in pursuit of coin to repair the princess' castle. While feeling distinctly familiar, they go a long way towards bringing elements of the new building mechanics into the fold. The levels in the story mode range from classic Mario platforming all the way to levels that will challenge you with highly technical jumps and demanding puzzles.

In the maker mode itself, there are almost innumerable options for level design and customisation. There are 2D and 3D styles, with various building options exclusive to each mode. One of Nintendo's greatest accomplishments is their excellent menu design, which extends across many of their games. Super Mario Maker 2 somehow manages to have the best designed menu system, despite the complexity of the building options. Holding down a button on your controller will reveal nested options for a vast array of objects, allowing easy and intuitive access to common options. One of the most game-changing of these options is the "clear conditions" mechanic. Using this condition, you can set goals that must be met in order for the level to be cleared. For example, one clever community creator has uploaded a level that does not allow jumping or leaving the ground in any way.

In terms of creative pursuits, the addition of limitations often inspires artists to create their most brilliant works. For Super Mario Maker 2, the addition of the 'clear conditions' mechanic will surely spur thousands of creators towards making imaginative and novel levels.

If you are an owner of the Nintendo Switch, you would be doing yourself an injustice in not playing this game.

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