Super Mario Maker update to include mid-level checkpoints, more content

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 27 October 2015 14:55 GMT

Nintendo will release an update to Super Mario Maker next week.

One of the more welcome additions to the update is the ability to add mid-level checkpoints to levels.

This allows creators to add flags to levels, so players won’t have to start from the beginning again if they die. This will come in handy for the larger and more difficult player-created levels.

Once the update is applied, players can also insert power-ups that are dependent on Mario’s status such as the ability to add a Super Mushroom to a Fire Flower and placing it inside a block.

The addition of Course World categories which will highlight new levels from Nintendo and curators will also be added.

The software update also introduces Event Courses in the game’s Course World online hub. Event Courses will feature levels from partner creators and one of the first Event Courses will be Ship Love. This winning level was created during the hackathon event at Facebook headquarters. This is the first outside partner in the United States to design a level for Super Mario Maker.

The level that was featured in the final round of the Omegathon event at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo event will also be available for players to experience after the update goes live. New Event Courses will be added to the listing on an ongoing basis, some of which may even feature new Mystery Mushroom transformations.

Additionally, a new Official Makers section in Course World will be added after downloading the update, featuring “specially selected courses,” including some created by Nintendo.

The update will go live on November 4.

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