Super Mario Maker has been a pretty solid hit for Nintendo. Today the company has announced that more than 3.3 million levels have been created for the game and uploaded to the internet across the globe. Nintendo is also announcing that they’re making the game better.
There were some things that were missing from the original release of the game to help make it feel more like a true Mario experience. One was the ability to add mid-level checkpoints for those really long levels. The other was that power-ups didn’t feel quite right because you couldn’t make them change depending on how Mario was at the time. Both of those things are changing.
Nintendo will be pushing out a free update on November 4th that will add those things. Mid-level checkpoints will now be able to be added courtesy of the flag that was introduced in New Super Mario Bros. That will help make those really long levels more manageable.
Power-ups will be able to be modified based on Mario’s status. By adding the power-up you want (ie Fire Flower, Propeller Suit) and a Super Mushroom to a block the power-up will correspond to Mario’s current status. For example, if he is small you’ll get the Super Mushroom. If he’s bigger you would get the Fire Flower or whatever other item was in the block.
Also new are Event Courses that will be added from time to time. These courses are special ones that are created from partners outside of Nintendo. One of the first to be added is a level called “Ship Love” that won the “hackathon” that was held at the Facebook headquarters earlier this year. In addition to that a new section called the Official Makers section will be added to the Course World after the update that will feature specially selected courses.