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Super Mario Maker gets checkpoints, smarter power-ups in November

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Nintendo will release a software update for Super Mario Maker in November that will add a handful of welcome new features, including the ability to add checkpoint flags to your levels. Even better, Nintendo is making it easier to find "official" Super Mario Maker courses created by Nintendo developers, which might mean suffering through fewer auto-playing levels.

Super Mario Maker's Nov. 4 update also adds the ability to make power-up blocks a little smarter. Course makers will now have the option to put super mushrooms and fire flowers into the same question block, making Super Mario Maker behave more like real Super Mario Bros. Question blocks with a super mushroom/fire flower combo will dispense a mushroom if Mario is small or a fire flower if he's big.

The update also adds a harder version of the Gnat Attack mini-game and new "Event Courses." Here's how Nintendo describes that new set of courses:

Event Courses will feature levels from partner creators outside Nintendo. One of the first Event Courses will be "Ship Love," the winning level from the "hackathon" event that was held at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park earlier this year. Facebook is the first outside partner in the United States to design a level for Super Mario Maker; employees had the opportunity to design and present their creations to a panel of judges before the winning level was selected.

The level that was featured in the final round of the Omegathon event at this year's Penny Arcade Expo event will also be available for players to experience shortly after the update goes live. New Event Courses will be added to the listing on an ongoing basis, some of which may even feature new Mystery Mushroom transformations.

You can see all the new updates in action in Nintendo's video above.

For more on Super Mario Makercheck out Polygon's review and our Devs Make Mario video series.

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