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.


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!

Super Mario Maker 2 'Version 3.0' footage round-up

A free update to Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch system adds a new World Maker mode, as well as a host of new content and features.

Super Mario Maker 2 Version 3.0.0 update now live

All-new content awaits!

Super Mario Maker 2 has been updated to Version 3.0.0. Check out the full patch notes below.

Mario Kart Tour's "Trick Tour" to feature Builder Mario and Builder Toad

Build me up!

In honor of the big Super Mario Maker 2 update coming, Nintendo is adding something a bit special to Mario Kart Tour. The previously-announced Trick Tour will now include Builder Mario and Builder Toad, who are certainly dressed to celebration Super Mario Maker 2! They'll be dropping by for some racing action on April 22nd, 2020. You can check out more screens and art for their arrival here.

12 Things You Probably Missed in Super Mario Maker 2's Update 3.0 Trailer

Did you catch all this?

The trailer for Super Mario Maker 2's 3.0 update reveals a lot of new features--and it's hiding a few secrets too! We take a look at all of the hidden details involving involving the World Map creator, the Super Mario Bros. 2 mushroom, hidden new mechanics, and course bot's girlfriend?! This and tons more in our latest analysis!

Free Final Update to Super Mario Maker 2 Adds World-Building Mode and New Course Parts

A whole new world!

The Super Mario Maker 2 game allows players to unleash their creativity with more new options and the ability to create their own world map. On April 22, the free final update to Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch system adds a new World Maker mode, as well as a host of new content and features.

In World Maker mode, multiple courses created by a user can be tied together on a path from the starting point on a world map to the end castle. The look of the world map can also be customized. Up to eight worlds containing a total of up to 40 courses can be combined, creating a mini Super Mario game that can be shared with others.*

In addition to World Maker, guess who else is making an appearance in Super Mario Maker 2? The Koopalings! All seven of these troublemakers, each with his or her own movement pattern, can be added to user-created courses. Other enemies added to the game include the key-chasing Phanto and the wind-up Mechakoopas.

Additional power-ups and course parts are also coming to Super Mario Maker 2 as part of the free update. This includes the SMB2 Mushroom, which transforms Mario and friends into their look from the Super Mario Bros. 2 game and allows them to pick up and throw items and enemies – just like in that classic game! With the Frog Suit from the Super Mario Bros. 3 game, Mario can swim through water with ease, and even run across its surface! Other power-ups added to the game are the Power Balloon first introduced in the Super Mario World game, the Super Acorn from the New Super Mario Bros. U game and the Boomerang Flower from Super Mario 3D World. There are also five variations for wearables like the Cannon Box and Propeller Box from the Super Mario 3D World game.

All of this and more can be experienced by downloading the free update on April 22. For more information about Super Mario Maker 2, visit https://supermariomaker.nintendo.com/.

Both Builder Mario and Builder Toad are also making an appearance on the racetrack in the Mario Kart Tour mobile game!** During the Trick Tour from 11 p.m. PT on April 21 to 10:59 p.m. PT on May 5, players can try to acquire these hardhat-wearing drivers and use them to earn in-game rewards or challenge friends in online multiplayer.

Super Mario Maker 2 "Swinging Claw Flyway" Ninji Speedrun now available

Catch and release

Looking for something to fill your time with while you practice social distancing? Why not hop into Super Mario Maker 2 and give the new Ninji Speedrun a shot?

The "Swinging Claw Flyway" speedrun is now available in Super Mario Maker 2, and it has you jumping from swinging claw to swinging claw in order to speed your way through the course. Perfect your catch and releasing timing to shave seconds off your time!

Ultra Dolphin Revolution celebrates Mar10 Day with Space Hunted X Super Mario Maker levels

A neat way to celebrate the special date

Ultra Dolphin Revolution shares Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker 2 levels in celebration of Mar10 Day!

Happy MAR10 Day!

We here at Ultra Dolphin Revolution are huge fans of Super Mario (if it isn’t obvious enough.) So we’re celebrating Mar10 Day by sharing our Super Mario Maker levels that are inspired by our game, Space Hunted. Because we’re UDR, we’ll be releasing a level for both Super Mario Maker for Wii U and Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch.

Super Mario Maker 1: A5C8-0000-040C-0A35

Super Mario Maker 2: 2LD-YDS-76G

Please enjoy our levels in our unofficial Space Hunted x Super Mario Maker event! Wahoo!

Ultra Dolphin Revolution is an independent game developer primarily focused on Nintendo consoles. We have developed “Shadow Archer” for Wii U and are currently working on “Real Men Use Items!” We’re a proud, independent developer that engages with Nintendo fans and the retro gaming community. Visit us at ultradolphinrevolution.com and our social media pages fb.com/ultradolphinrevolution and twitter.com/UltDolRev


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