Super Mario Maker 2 seeks to earn that sequel designation via a ton of new features. [credit:
The latest “Nintendo Direct” announcement video came packed with surprises, and none shattered more earth than the big Mario and Zelda games at the video’s beginning and end.
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As seen in the above gallery, Super Mario Maker 2 is heading to Nintendo Switch in June 2019, and it appears to include enough new tools and systems to rank as a bona fide sequel, if not at least a serious “deluxe” edition. The revealed footage sticks primarily to the four games that the original build-your-own-platformer game supported (SMB1, SMB3, SMW, NSMB), but it adds tools like auto-scrolling paths, clear tubes, piranha plant pathing, more platforms, and the cat-suit power-up.
Beady-eyed Link matches the “hand-sculpted” look that pervades this Link’s Awakening remake footage.
Though Nintendo issued only a vague release window of “2019,” the company had a lot to showcase for its upcoming, surprise-announced remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. This apparently faithful remake retains the 1993 Game Boy game’s top-down perspective (along with its occasional drops into underground side-scrolling), but it otherwise remakes the entire game as a fully 3D adventure.