Super Mario Maker 2 - Online multiplayer is limited to random players only (UPDATE)


UPDATE 2 - The information was true. You cannot play online with friends. Here's the full statement.

As the game is now, you cannot create friend lobbies online. You can only play online with randoms. You can still get friends together and play with local play, and you're free to play with 4 players on one Switch system. You can also still challenge friends to your creations, and take on their designs through Course ID and having them follow your maker profile.

Nintendo has also stated that you cannot mix local and online players to fill out gaps. In other words, you can't take two local players online, and then have two random online players fill out your team of four.

UPDATE - There's conflicting information out there about online multiplayer. We've reached out to Nintendo for further comment and clarification.

The addition of online multiplayer in Super Mario Maker 2 comes with a major caveat according to a Nintendo representative at a press event last week: you can only play with random players online, whether you’re seeking out co-op or competitive play. The only way to play multiplayer specifically with friends is through one system or local wireless play.

Nintendo’s reasoning is that, with global leaderboards, the matchmaking for competitive play would be compromised if you could play with friends. That limitation also extends to co-op play as well despite those not being leaderboard driven.


Top Rated Comment
Tue May 28 19 10:50am
Rating: 5

This information just saved me $66.. thank you Nintendo

Tue May 28 19 09:59am
Rating: 4

That's really stupid. Can Nintendo just hire someone that actually PLAYS their games as a consultant going forward? Make a separate mode just for playing with friends. Make a non-leaderboard mode for it!

Tue May 28 19 10:19am
Rating: 4

This isn't confirmed. We're getting conflicting reports:

"That competition will be more direct in the sequel; players can team up or battle with friends, both locally and over the internet."


Which is true?

Good eye. Who do we believe and what would be polygon's motive for reporting an inaccuracy?

"players can team up" - doesn't specify with whom, does it?

Tue May 28 19 10:50am
Rating: 5

This information just saved me $66.. thank you Nintendo

Were you already not planning to buy it prior to May 15? Because before then we didn't even know it was going to have multiplayer at all. Was that legit the only reason you were going to buy it?

That is REALLY disappointing. Friends and family are the ONLY people I would want to play online with.

Nintendo: We hate your Friends. Mario is your only Friend now.

Me: But what about Bob?

I was just watching 4-5 episodes of Twin Peaks:The Return. I also live i a red house basically in the woods and you mention BOB!

What year is this?

The year is 1984, clearly

Invariably, when it comes to online, Nintendo will always do the the thing you fear will happen. They love fulfillment of fears when it comes to their online practices!

That's terrible, to the point where it nearly will ruin the entire mode for me. Unfortunately I even convinced one of my friends to get this even though she had very little interest in it, I told her we could make levels and play online together so she pre-ordered it that day. Nintendo needs to confirm or deny this so she can at least cancel her pre-order.

In the back of my mind I almost did suspect this because of how they worded it in the Nintendo Direct as "play with other players around the world" instead of "play with friends" like they usually would say.

That totally kills co-op. Hope that's not true.

Tue May 28 19 01:58pm
Rating: 2

Only Nintendo can screw up a basic online mode.

That sucks, but it's a huge step up from the fist game. At least local Co-op has already been confirmed.

Tue May 28 19 02:40pm
Rating: 3

This reminds me of Splatoon 2's lack of cloud saves. Nintendo couldn't figure out how to enable them and prevent cheating. Screwing up online is par the course for Nintendo.

And don't forget, kids: You're paying for this now.

Yep. $1.66 cents. If you buy the SMM2 online version you pay .88 cents.

Even though I do not want it I still think it's time Nintendo let's someone else take over their online part. MS are very willing, I am sure. For good money. Then again, we know how the Sony-Ninty relationship went.

Gah! Can't Nintendo just do it right?

No wonder 3rd parties don't bother making explicit party systems for the Switch that they don't have to make for the other consoles when even Nintendo cannot be bothered.

You can’t have proper matchmaking if people can play with friends? Have the people working on this game played any online game made in the past 15 years, including several made by Nintendo? This is completely baffling.

Tue May 28 19 08:20pm
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I said that there was only one thing that was going to be guaranteed in regards to Super Mario Maker 2, and it was that the online was going to be complete and utter trash. People took offense to that, trying to pretend like nothing would go wrong, like it has many, MANY times in the past with regards to Nintendo's handling of online matters.

Well, I don't want to be the one to say I told you so, but...

I told you so.

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