Top positive review
List of Changes /Features
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2019
First thing to note is that if you don't have Nintendo Online subscription, some features will be inaccessible to you: Share and play user created levels.
This game has more tools to make your own Mario 2d levels. Some features are omitted from previous game, but overall experience is better. There's a new Super Mario 3D World theme that can be accessed; opening up more possibilities, and this version includes local and online multi player.
Let's go over some of the games' features:
1. Story Mode:
Beat levels to restore Peach's castle.
Similar setup to the 3DS version of the game
100+ original levels made by Nintendo
Levels are made by developers of the game, and is really creative
These levels give you great ideas to make your own levels
2. Yamamura's Dojo
In depth tutorial mode to build levels.
When creating levels, better to use capacitive stylist than your fingers
Best to create levels in handheld mode. TV mode can be more tedious especially when inserting multiple objects in quick secession
3. New objects:
A. Create slopes
Can now create slops. Original game was all flat
Also make slops with conveyor belt
In Super Mario Bros theme; small Mario now has a crouching sprite, but cannot actually slide down the slopes
B. On/off switch
Swap red/Blue blocks
Make conveyor belts change directions
C. Angry Sun
Can insert Angry Sun into your level.
Will follow and attack you while playing through level
D. Snake block
Can setup trajectory of moving block
E. See Saws
Add to play around with balance
F. Swinging claw
Grab and swing to get to new destination
G. Dry Bone Shell
Use as pants like the boot power up. immune to lava
can play dead.
H. Large coins.
Insert large coins worth 10, 30 or 50 coins
I. New sound effects
Give you a vertical boost
Will drop from wall once near.
Attach to enemy or item. Watch them fall slowly overtime
Unlike angry sun that make you lose a life; if you grab the moon it'll clear the screen of enemies
N. Blinking blocks
Set timer before blocks disappear
4. Custom Scroll
Can adjust speed, trajectory and movement
Can create vertical sub areas
Create scroll stops to make secret rooms
5. Level Themes
Airship, Castle, Desert, Forest, Ground, Ghost house, Snow, Underground, underwater (can adjust water level)
Day and night theme
Night theme makes original theme have different properties. Example:
Ground theme: Goombas Float
Forest: rising water turns into rising poison
Sky theme will have low gravity
Desert theme will have sandstorms.
Underground, level will turn upside down
Ghost house has limited light around you
Snow has ice physics on ground
Able to change graphics, can swap between Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World themes
Need Nintendo Online Membership to play online
Go to course world to browse other's users creations
Browse by popular courses. If anything like old game, popular youtube, twitch users will show up top and not much creative levels in the long run will show up top. which is super lame.
There's a like (I like it!) and dislike (Boo!) button. Hopefully this solves the issue
Able to search by tag: Puzzle solving, auto scroll levels, short and sweet, speed run, etc.
Endless challenge mode. A mode where you keep playing random custom user created content until you lose all your lives or exit out. This mode has a leader board
Able to play multiplayer with others in same level in cooperative or competitive setting
If you play competitively, you get a versus rating (ranked)
Still have to input Maker ID to view friends' levels
Can download courses and play offline when not at home or at location with no wifi.
7. Online Maker Profile
Create your own mii-like character/avatar.
Get shirts and hats by completing various objectives
Maker points. Get points if people like your levels. Again popular online streamers get advantage here which is unfair to other players as it's hard to get noticed.
8. Co-op play:
Can play levels together (local only). Cannot play online with friends (unless you get a lucky match-up). Heard Nintendo is going to patch this in later, but as of this review you're not able to play with friends online.
Able to build levels cooperatively
Wireless nearby play. Able to play with 3 other Switch consoles
9. Set winning conditions
Example: collect all coins, defeat all enemies, finish level with power up, finish level but must defeat certain amount of a specific enemy, etc
10. Mario 3D world game style
More options than traditional level builder like climbing walls as cat Mario, insert clear pipes, use warp boxes, ride in koopa troppa car, banzi bill can fly toward screen, new enemies, do flips, etc
Cannot toggle through Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, and Super Mario World when in this mode. If you try to toggle through in create mode, it will erase all data
Some items/options not available in this style vs the others. Have to memories what works and what doesn't when creating
11. The title screen no longer contains hidden Easter eggs in it.
12. No longer have The Gnat Attack (fly swatting) minigame
13. No longer have shaking functionality, but can tap and have pop up menu on items/enemies without going into sub menu
14. New music themes
15. Cannot record sounds since the Nintendo Switch doesn't have a mic
16. No amiibo costumes
17. No pipe stacking
18. Course ID shortened to 9 characters
19. Able to see would record time completion for each level in pause menu
20+. If you notice anything i didn't, or if there's a patch update for new features; please put it in the comments
Overall, very fun game for those who are creative or want to play creative 2D Mario levels. Nintendo Online membership required to get the most out of the game