Nintendo's Tezuka talks Super Mario Maker 2 - Fan creations, being inspired by fan courses, the challenge of adding new themes, and a desire to create an all-new Mario theme

Tezuka has a lot of plans!

Super Mario Maker 2 is less than 24 hours away from launching. Fans are chomping at the bit to go hands-on with the sequel and create some amazing courses. In an interview with Game Informer, Nintendo's Takashi Tezuka revealed one of the most impressive fan-made creations he saw in the original Super Mario Maker.

"There's actually somebody who made a calculator using Super Mario Maker. That was really surprising. I never imagined that would happen!"

Between Nintendo's own Mario games and fan-made courses in Super Mario Maker, there's no shortage of variety out there. What kind of stage does Tezuka enjoy the most?

"I'm actually a fan of simple courses. Courses, for example, where you have a bridge and cheep cheeps are jumping up one after the other, getting in your way. It was really easy to make."

Fans have obviously come up with content in Super Mario Maker that Nintendo never even dreamed of, and more will come in Super Mario Maker 2. Does Tezuka think that Nintendo's future Mario games might end up being influenced somehow by what fans have created in Super Mario Maker, and the upcoming sequel?

"I do think we've probably been influenced by the things we've seen people making in Super Mario Maker up to this point, but I don't know exactly what sort of concrete form that would take in the Mario games in years to come. With things like that, we'll put the game out, see the reaction from the fans, then make decisions about what we'll decide to include in games going forward."

Super Mario Maker 2 offers even more content for fans to build stages with, as well as the addition of new themes. That said, not all Mario games are represented in Super Mario Maker 2. Why hasn't Nintendo packed even more in there? Tezuka explains that doing so is no easy task.

"It's actually pretty difficult to create a whole new game style or course theme for the game; we have to make sure that when we do that, that they're compatible with the game and its controls. It was actually quite difficult from a technical perspective because with the Super Mario 3D World game style, for the first time we had to take a game that was originally in 3D and try to figure out how to adapt it to a 2D play style. After working on it for a while, we realized there were enough differences that we'd would need to separate it out from the rest of the game styles. Once we realized that, we were able to proceed with adding it."

With all the new content in Super Mario Maker 2, it's clear the team worked their butts off to make this sequel bigger and better in every way. How did the team manage to come up with ideas like the Story Mode, new items, and themes? Tezuka elaborates on the topic.

"It's important when making a development team to put together a team in such a way that it's going to get the best out of everyone who's a part of that team. If you can really get a team inspired or get everyone to be excited about the game they're working on, then you'll get people to contribute good ideas that aren't necessarily pertaining to their specific discipline, and that's really good. The Super Mario Maker 2 team is a good example of that."

Finally, Tezuka is once again asked about the potential for a Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA) theme in Super Mario Maker 2, he would only state that he'd like to see it happen. He parlayed that answer into another idea for a theme in Super Mario Maker 2 by saying, "Some new kind of Mario might be good!"

Check out Super Mario Maker 2's new Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World music

Music to my ears

No joke, I think I might be most excited for the new songs in Super Mario Maker 2 than any other element. New themes in a classic style from the legendary Koji Kondo! What more could you ask for? Check out the video above to hear some new music for both Super Mario World and Super Mario Bros. 3.

Super Mario Maker 2 - Menu Tour and more gameplay

Super Mario Maker 2 is almost here. We're just a tad over 24 hours away from launch! Can you stand the wait? Hopefully some more video footage will hold you over until the game goes live!

Super Mario Maker 2 to include some content from Super Mario Land

Now you're playing with power...PORTABLE POWER!

Well here's a nice surprise! Super Mario Maker 2 has been released early in some parts of the world by retailers who didn't feel like following street dates, which means we're getting a look at some unannounced content early! Turns out Super Mario Land is going to have some representation in the game! If you don't mind spoilers, hit the jump to have a look at what's in store.

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Nintendo Minute - Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational Courses BROKE Us!

Got a minute?

Hi, not sure why we did this to ourselves but we attempted to play the multiplayer course from the Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational and wow… there are no words to describe this experience. Please watch till the end for something truly ridiculous. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you on Friday!

Super Mario Maker 2 - Japanese commercial #4

Nintendo has released the fourth commercial for Super Mario Maker 2 in Japan. It's time for the final marketing push before launch. This should end up being the next big thing for Switch, and move quite a few units come next week. Let's see how hungry the audience is for classic Mario!

The Cat Mario Show - Ep. 142 (Japanese)

The Cat Mario Show is back yet again, and it's a special episode this week. Cat Mario and Peach are obviously excited about Super Mario Maker 2, which is why that title is the focus of this week's show!

Super Mario Maker 2's Endless Challenge mode doesn't restrict how many levels you can skip

Super challenging, except when it's not

With Super Mario Maker 2 launching at the end of this week, we only have a few days left to pore over video content and new info. Today's videos take a detailed look at Endless Challenge, which you can get the full rundown on below.

- you are given a handful of lives and are tasked with beating as many stages as you can before getting a getting a Game Over
- the goal is to set a high score
- Endless Challenge has no limitation on skipping levels even on the hardest difficulty, which is Super Expert

Get another look at Super Mario Maker 2's retail release in Taiwan

Super Mario Maker 2 is releasing all over the world this Friday, and that includes Taiwan. Retailers in Taiwan have gotten their shipments, and are more than happy to show off the goodies on social media. Check out the retail packaging, stylus, and even a peek at the reversible cover in the pic above!

Bluefin Presents Super Mario Toy Bundles By Tamashii Nations

Live out your Mario fantasies outside of the game!

Bluefin, a Bandai Namco group company and the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, celebrates the release of the Super Mario Maker™ 2 video game with a variety of Mario Maker Bundles from Bandai Tamashii Nations.

The Mario Maker Bundles are perfect for people who want to bring Mario Maker to life. Choose from 8 bundles or get them all!

Mario fans of the world, unite! Now you can play, create, and share* the side-scrolling Super Mario™ courses of your dreams in the Super Mario Maker™ 2 game, available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system! Dive into the single-player Story Mode and play built-in courses to rebuild Princess Peach’s castle. Make your own courses, alone or together. And with a Nintendo Switch Online membership*, share your courses, access a near-endless supply made by others, enjoy online multiplayer, and more! Super Mario Maker™ 2 debuts on June 28th.

Check out the full lineup of toys here


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