One of the earliest pieces of key art released for Super Mario Maker 2 featured both Mario and Luigi wearing builder hats, getting some fans to speculate that the upcoming sequel to 2015’s Super Mario Maker would have something the original didn’t: multiplayer options. In today’s (May 15) Super Mario Maker 2 Direct presentation, it was confirmed that the game will in fact have multiplayer capabilities.
During the Direct, it was revealed that the new game will have a few different options for multiplayer play. For one thing, stages can now be built by more than one player at a time. By giving one of the Switch’s Joy-Cons to someone sitting next to you, you can work on building levels together. Additionally, the new Network Play mode will let players play through levels with others online. There are two ways to play with others online: Versus and Co-op. In Multiplayer Versus, up to four players will be dropped into a random level and whoever is able to get to the end first wins. Players will also be assigned a Versus Rating, based on how well they perform in Versus mode. Meanwhile, the Multiplayer Co-op mode encourages players to work together, with all players winning once a single player reaches the end of the level. While Multiplayer Versus mode requires all participants to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to play online, Multiplayer Co-op mode can be played by up to four players locally, as long as each player has their own Switch and copy of the game and at least one of them has a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
Super Mario Maker 2 launches for the Switch on June 28.