Super Mario Maker Gets New Items and a New Mode

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

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Super Mario Maker Keys Update

 

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.

Super Mario Maker Keys - Pink Coins

Pink Coins

 

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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Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.