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Nintendo UK Super Mario Maker 2 contest shifts to an "anything goes" theme

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Well here we are, the final week of Nintendo UK's Super Mario Maker 2 design contest. For the last outing, Nintendo is opening up all restrictions. You can create a course with absolutely anything you like, and then submit your designs by sharing a tweet with the hashtags #SuperMarioMaker2 and #NintendoUK with the course ID. Each week's winner will receive a Super Mario goodie bag containing a Super Mario Cap, Super Mario Question Block Mug, Super Mario Lamp , Super Mario Hat Rubber 3D Keychain and Nintendo Switch Super Mario Analog Stick Caps, courtesy of the Nintendo Official UK Store.

Nintendo UK Super Mario Maker 2 contest theme shifts to Super Mario 3D World items

Best of luck, builders!

We're into the fourth week of Nintendo UK's Super Mario Maker 2 design contest, and this time around, the theme of the course involves using the new items from Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo wants to see what kind of course you can make that involves at least one of these items, and you can submit your designs by sharing a tweet with the hashtags #SuperMarioMaker2 and #NintendoUK with the course ID. Each week's winner will receive a Super Mario goodie bag containing a Super Mario Cap, Super Mario Question Block Mug, Super Mario Lamp , Super Mario Hat Rubber 3D Keychain and Nintendo Switch Super Mario Analog Stick Caps, courtesy of the Nintendo Official UK Store.

Nintendo UK Super Mario Maker 2 contest theme shifts to the Power Balloon

We'll all float on

We're already into the third week of Nintendo UK's Super Mario Maker 2 design contest. This time around, the theme of the course involves the Power Balloon. Nintendo wants to see what kind of course you can make that involves the Power Balloon, and you can submit your designs by sharing a tweet with the hashtags #SuperMarioMaker2 and #NintendoUK with the course ID. Each week's winner will receive a Super Mario goodie bag containing a Super Mario Cap, Super Mario Question Block Mug, Super Mario Lamp , Super Mario Hat Rubber 3D Keychain and Nintendo Switch Super Mario Analog Stick Caps, courtesy of the Nintendo Official UK Store.

Nintendo Power Podcast Ep. 27: Super Mario Maker 2 & Animal Crossing: New Horizons Updates: Talk + Tips!

The latest episode is here!

If you ask us, you can never have too much of a good thing. That goes double for the Super Mario Maker™ 2 and Animal Crossing™: New Horizons games, which both just received big updates! Host Chris Slate is joined by Super Mario Maker 2 veteran Morgan Ritchie from Nintendo Treehouse and Animal Crossing: New Horizons superfan Yafine Lee from the Strategic Communications team at Nintendo of America to talk about the new features and trade tips on how to make the most of them. The group also recommends their favorite action-exploration games for Metroid™ fans, takes the Warp Zone Quiz, and picks their top upcoming titles for the Nintendo Switch™ system.

00:43 – Super Mario Maker 2 & Animal Crossing: New Horizons Updates

34:28 – Player’s Pulse

38:28 – Pro’s Picks: Action-Exploration Games

51:12 – Warp Zone Quiz

56:05 – Game Forecast

Super Mario Maker 2 "Headgear Hustle" Ninji Speedrun now available

Best of luck, speedrunners!

The next Ninji Speedrun for Super Mario Maker 2 is now available. In Headgear Hustle, players must collect pink coins as fast as they can. There are five different items scattered through the course to help you out. As usual, it's up to you to find the best and quickest way through the course. You have until May 7th, 2020 to show off your skills.

Checking out the new music block sounds in Super Mario Maker 2's Version 3.0 update

A whole new round of tunes!

The new elements of Super Mario Maker 2's 3.0 Update each come with hidden musical talent! Join us as we check out exactly sounds every enemy & power-up make!

Share your Super Mario Maker 2 courses for a chance to win a Super Mario goodie bag from the Nintendo Official UK Store

Let's see what you've got!

Create your own World Maps, experiment with new power-ups, and the Koopalings make their grand appearance in Super Mario Maker 2's final content update, available now!

We’d love to see what sort of courses you’re creating using content from the new update so we’ve started our own Super Mario Maker 2 competition! Each week there will be a fresh theme, with the first one being Koopalings! Simply create a course featuring one or more of the Koopalings.

To enter, simply share a tweet with the hashtags #SuperMarioMaker2 and #NintendoUK with the course ID of your course in keeping with the weekly theme.

Every Monday from May 4th 2020 to June 1st 2020 an independent judge will select one winner from all entries received by 23:59 BST on the Sunday of the previous week’s theme. Each week's winner will receive a Super Mario goodie bag containing a Super Mario Cap, Super Mario Question Block Mug, Super Mario Lamp , Super Mario Hat Rubber 3D Keychain and Nintendo Switch Super Mario Analog Stick Caps, courtesy of the Nintendo Official UK Store! Check the Super Mario Twitter account on Monday each week throughout the competition to learn the new weekly theme.

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Comparing Super Mario Bros. 2's Mario sprite to the one in Super Mario Maker 2

One of the biggest parts of Super Mario Maker 2's 3.0 Update is the Super Mario Bros. 2 Mushroom, granting Mario the moveset and appearance of his SMB2 self! However this isn't 1:1 the original NES appearance. Several changes have been made to modernize SMB2 & grant Mario abilities he didn't have in the original game.

Super Mario Maker 2 Version 3.0 update - World Map Idle Animations, All Toad Houses, Tips and Tricks


Want to get even more out of Super Mario Maker 2's Version 3.0 Update? Here's how a lot of the new elements work and how you can get the most out of them - including using some brand new Toad Houses & how you can chain together the 3D World Block Power-Ups!

GoNintendo Thought: It's nice to see Super Mario Bros. 2 getting some love in Super Mario Maker 2

Welcome back, old friend

It's Super Mario Maker 2 update day! Let's talk about one of the most surprising features of this update; the inclusion of Super Mario Bros. 2 content! As always, thanks for reading.

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When Super Mario Maker 2 was announced, countless Mario fans were excited by all the new features that were going to be included. All sorts of new items, more themes for classic/modern Mario games, and even more editing options. It was like a laundry list of content that fans had been yearning for since the original Super Mario Maker launched. That said, there was still one often-requested feature missing from the sequel.

Nintendo decided to once again leave Super Mario Bros. 2 out of the Super Mario Maker fun. Fans were disappointed to see that the original Super Mario Maker skipped over Super Mario Bros. 2 as a theme, and then were even more disheartened when the sequel ignored that entry as well. What seemed like a lock for a second go-around was nowhere to be found in the Switch expansion.

While plenty of fans were sad that Super Mario Bros. 2 didn't make the cut, it was a decision that most could understand. Super Mario Bros. 2 is the one strange mainline entry in the series that doesn't fit with the rest. It started out life as a completely different game that Nintendo would cram Mario characters into for a stateside release. Nintendo felt the real Super Mario Bros. 2 was just too difficult for gamers outside of Japan, so they cooked up a makeshift fix for localization. The results were a Mario game that really didn't feel like the experience that came before it, and many fans were wondering why things were so radically different with Mario's next big adventure.

That story is ancient history now, but the repercussions are still being felt to this day. While Nintendo has seen fit to include many Super Mario Bros. 2 enemies in the series going forward, they've shied away from including themes and mechanics in subsequent Mario follow-ups. It's clear that Super Mario Bros. 2 was quite an odd situation for Nintendo back in the day, and it's not one they would ever do today. Some call that localization decision a misstep, while others found Mario's new mechanics and quirky adventure to be endearing. That second installment is not without its fans, which is why Super Mario Maker 2's upcoming update is a bittersweet affair.

Following the reveal trailer for the final update for Super Mario Maker 2, we now know that Super Mario Bros. 2 is finally going to be more recognized in the series than ever before. Nintendo has decided to finally embrace the wackiness of Super Mario Bros. 2 and let fans experience some of what made that installment so notable, strange, and unique. We unfortunately won't be getting a full-fledged Super Mario Bros. 2 theme, but at least we're getting the core mechanics that helped make the installment so interesting.

Via a special mushroom, Super Mario Maker 2 players can transform from Mario into SMB 2 Mario. That doesn't just come with a visual change, though. Super Mario Bros. 2-style Mario has a whole set of different attributes to utilize. Instead of jumping on enemies to squash them, you ride on top of them. If you want to, you can pick those enemies up and toss them at other enemies, blocks, and so on. You can also stand on top of them to use as makeshift platforms to reach new heights. There's also the SMB 2 digging mechanic as well, which lets you burrow down into the ground to see what treasures are hiding underneath. If you find a key down in the dirt, you better be ready to fend off Phanto! He's not going to let you get away with that cursed key easily.

Super Mario Bros. 2's mechanics will open up a wealth of new ways for players to build courses within the Super Mario Bros. theme. Mario's SMB 2 abilities alone completely change the way a Mario game is played, turning enemies into different kinds of obstacles, as well as unique opportunities for platforming. Couple that with the digging gimmick and I think you'll see creators cooking up some really imaginative ideas that'll greatly expand what is possible within Super Mario Maker 2. Creators continue to come up with insane uses for all themes and items, and there's no doubt the SMB 2 content will be exploited to the fullest.

At the same time, it's just nice to see Nintendo recognizing Super Mario Bros. 2, even with all of its oddness. The game was a major part of childhood for millions of NES players. When we first sat down with the game, we had no idea about its history or why it was so different. We were just excited to have a brand-new Mario game to play. It's been a shame to see so much of SMB 2 left to its NES history over the years, save for a few WarioWare nods. Super Mario Maker 2 is finally bringing the previously-shunned installment out of the shadows and back into the limelight. Hopefully Nintendo will see just how happy the decision makes fans, and they'll reconsider their stance on the game's themes in general moving forward.

Let's hope this is just the start of some SMB 2 love from Nintendo. With the series reaching its 35th anniversary, it's time to celebrate all things Mario. SMB 2 is just as deserving as any other installment. It's important to remember this game for all of its strange features and off-beat antics. Plus, I'm always down for anything that brings more attention to Wart!

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