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Super Mario Maker 2’s debut trailer was packed with a ton of new features

There are so many new things to play with in the Nintendo Switch sequel

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

Nintendo unveiled a sequel to Super Mario Maker for Switch last week during a jam-packed Nintendo Direct presentation. While the company didn’t say much about the game during that livestream, the debut trailer for Super Mario Maker 2 says a lot. The trailer is stuffed with information about what’s new in the sequel, and fans have been picking it apart for unannounced details.

The most obvious new additions in Super Mario Maker 2 are the ability to add slopes — a la Super Mario World, a feature Nintendo devoted nearly a third of the trailer to — to level designs, and new gameplay elements from Wii U game Super Mario 3D World, like the Cat Suit, transparent warp pipes, and enemies like the Ant Trooper, Piranha Creeper, Porcupuffer, and Skipsqueak.

Slightly less obvious are much-needed Super Mario Maker updates like vertically-scrolling levels, coin-collecting level objectives, and custom scrolling — seen at the :50 mark in the announcement trailer, a feature that makes proper airship levels possible. Unfortunately, the trailer also confirms the addition of Super Mario Bros. 3’s Angry Sun, the stuff of nightmares.

Other new features, like the ability to add parachutes to enemies and power ups, are showcased in the trailer and highlighted in the game’s promotional artwork.

Promotional artwork of Super Mario Maker 2 featuring Mario and Luigi constructing a level in the style of Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo

That artwork also hints at new features not shown in the trailer: a car for Koopas to drive, cat-eared Bullet Bills, and side-scrolling Thwomps, for example. Hopefully, the inclusion of Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Toadette in the artwork is an indicator that all four will be playable and distinct.

The Super Mario Maker subreddit has an exhaustive breakdown of everything else in the Switch game’s trailer, from new themes to multicolored Yoshis and warp pipes, if you want to dive even deeper.

Super Mario Maker 2 is bound for Nintendo Switch in June.

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