Expect the Mario Maker sequel later this year.
Today’s Nintendo Direct opened with the surprise announcement of Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch, a sequel to the hit custom Mario level maker for Wii U.
Super Mario Maker 2 is set to come out sometime this June, and the Direct showed off a whole heck of a lot of new gameplay. In it, we saw the addition of a new visual style option based on Super Mario 3D World, as well as the inclusion of its iconic Lucky Bell power-up that puts Mario in a cat suit which lets him climb walls.
Other notable additions shown off include the option to finally place slopes that Mario can slide down, as well as the Angry Sun from Super Mario Bros. 3 that will chase the player. A whole lot of other new backgrounds and placeable objects were demoed, and much of what was in the first Super Mario Maker seems to be making a return too.
We also got a look at some redone radial joystick menus for picking which objects you have selected. This is likely to compensate for the lack of Wii U gamepad, though it wasn’t immediately made clear if the Switch’s touch screen controls would also be an option to play.
The Direct also made no mention of how sharing levels will be handled, or if levels made in the first game will be available in the second. The current release window for Super Mario Maker 2 is June 2019.
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Tom Marks is IGN’s PC Editor. Find him on Twitter @TomRMarks.