Just a couple years into the Nintendo Switch lifecycle and already we’re seeing the release of the 3rd mainline Mario title, counting Super Mario Odyssey and the re-release of New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe a few months ago. Super Mario Maker 2 releases this Friday and the review embargos have been lifted! While most reviewers found a lot to like in this sequel to the greatly underplayed Wii U and 3DS game, a few had some complaints – mostly around Nintendo’s somewhat immature online service.
Here are a few thoughts on the game, currently sitting a pretty successful 89 on Metacritic at the time of this writing:
God is a Geek – 9/10
“There are some curious decisions within Mario Maker 2, because of course there are. The first, and one of the most disappointing, is that you can’t create levels that require co-op.”
TheSixthAxis – 8/10
“Then there’s the online multiplayer… …Whether multiplayer co-op or versus, you’re always having to contend with the ability to collide and interact with the other players, and so losing even a dash of the responsiveness of the single player is a real shame.”
NintendoLife – 10/10
“Put in as simple a manner as possible, this is likely to be the last 2D Mario game you’ll need. It’s Super Mario Maker but with more of everything that made the original so phenomenal.”
IGN – 9.5/10
“This sequel might be the most accessible game design tool ever created.”
USgamer – 4.5/5
“New items, new themes, new styles, and multiplayer means that Mario Maker 2 is two steps forward against the one step back; at the very least that means Nintendo is moving the series in the correct direction.”
GamesRadar+ – 4.5/5
“It takes everything that made the original great but takes into consideration all those years of player feedback. It really is the complete package of play, create and discover for a game that really won’t stop delivering something new.”
Will you be picking up Super Mario Maker 2 this week?