By Michael Fontanini / March 10th, 2016
Super Mario Maker has just received another free update that adds a handful of new items and a new mode to the game. For those of you who thought 100 Mario Expert Mode wasn’t crazy enough, Nintendo has added Super Expert mode into the mix. This mode tasks you with beating 6 super expert courses in 100 lives. This update also adds three new unlockable costumes in 100 Mario Normal Mode, and four new ones to 100 Mario Expert Mode. Unfortunately, there are also 5 new costumes that can only be obtained by beating Super Expert Mode, and should probably have been given an alternate unlock method.
The new items include the keys from Super Mario World that can unlock new areas of the level. Keys can unlock the new door variant, locked doors. These doors have a keyhole in them and can only be used with the help of a key. Nintendo has taken keys one step further, though. You can even attach a key to an enemy, forcing the player to defeat said enemy to get the key. This makes it possible to create mandatory boss battles much more easily. Before you had do something like putting the boss in a clown car so Mario had to defeat him to get the clown car, which he could then use to reach the exit of the boss room.
Another new item are the new pink coins that you can get by, you guessed it, shaking a coin. Collecting all of the pink coins in an area is one way the player can get a key. However, level creators can also place keys in blocks, or attach them to enemies. Along with these new items a new hazard has been added to the game, the spiky skewers from the dungeons of Super Mario World. Slamming down from the ceiling to destroy Mario, they offer a new danger for players to avoid. Skewers can also be placed sideways in your levels.
Additionally, the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website has also been updated and will now show world record holders for each course. There is also another new event course, but those are added regularly and some can also unlock new costumes. The player community has created about 6.2 million courses for the game up to now, and then played those courses over 400 million times so far. That’s a lot!
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