'Super Mario Maker 2' Update Includes 'Legend of Zelda' Content and More

Super Mario Maker 2 is one of the best Nintendo Switch games of 2019, and it's getting a hefty update that includes a new playable character, parts and more.

On December 5, the free update makes Link from The Legend of Zelda a playable character. This version 2.0 will also add the Master Sword as a new item for players to use in their course-building ventures.

However, the Master Sword will be available only in the 8-bit Super Mario Bros.–style course. To play as Link, simply pick up the Master Sword to transform Mario into the protagonist from the Legend of Zelda series. Players will likely want to place the Master Sword in the beginning of their course to maximize their playtime as Link.

When Mario transforms into Link, he'll obtain a list of new abilities. Using his arrows, Link can shoot far-off switches that Mario would normally not be able to hit. His new down thrust move with the sword will defeat usually protected enemies like the spike-covered Spinies. And with bombs, some walls that would normally be impassable by Mario and friends can easily be blown up.

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Version 2.0 of Super Mario Maker 2 will also add these new parts for players to use:

  • Dash Block: Available in the Super Mario 3D World style, the Dash Block course part gives Mario a major speed burst when stepped on.
  • Frozen Coin: These coins are surrounded by a block of ice and can only be released if melted by fireballs or other fire elements, including a certain angry sun.
  • P Block: When a P Switch is hit in the course, invisible P Blocks temporarily turn into hard platforms, or vice versa.
  • Spike: This classic enemy coughs up massive spike balls and launches them at Mario. If used in the snow environment, Spike will toss snowballs instead.
  • Pokey: The iconic stacked cactus from multiple Super Mario games joins Super Mario Maker 2 for the first time. Players can even edit the height of each Pokey.

A new game mode will also be added. Ninji Speedrun is a timed challenge mode where players compete in courses created by Nintendo exclusively for this mode. The name of the game is to complete it in record time, so test your platforming skills in weekly events.

According to the official press release "other players' Ninji Ghosts will run alongside players as they compete against rivals from around the world. The Ninji Ghosts that appear are selected from player data at a similar performance level, so players can gradually improve their performance by running the course alongside other players' Ninji Ghosts. Players can also collect stamps by clearing courses and redeem them in-game to get special Mii costumes."

Each Ninji Speedrun event will run for about one week, with new courses released periodically.

Super Mario Maker 2 is available now for Nintendo Switch.

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