Today, during Nintendo’s tournament showcase, they ran contests for three different games: Splatoon 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Mario Maker 2. The first tournament was the Super Mario Maker 2 invitational, featuring players/YouTubers/content creators The Completionist, Abdallah, thedragonfeeney, and Yellowkillerbee. This invitational was very fun and competitive, but more importantly, it expertly showcased the new mechanics and game modes that this game has to offer.
To start with, let’s just go through how the invitational worked. The first round was a 1v1 where the winner got to pick their partner for the 2v2 part of the tournament. The team who won the 2v2 would then face each other in the finals. Abdallah won against The Completionist in the finals to take home the trophy.
Although the tournament showed every era of Mario games during this tournament, there was a bit more focus on Mario 3D World. We got to see how things like the Cat Suit as well as the Extending Block and how Ground Pounding it will make a big difference. There was an interesting difference in verticality compared to other games like Mario Bros 3 & World since the Cat Suit can climb walls and glide. Since the first round of the tournament was time-based, things like ground pounding the Extending Blocks really helped some of the participants when compared to others who jumped consecutively one after another. One of the levels also heavily featured the new car mechanic, which proved to be difficult for some contestants to control in some of the auto-scrolling/dodging obstacle courses. It looked really exciting and it did a good job of getting people excited for this new game mode.
A highlight of the invitational was the co-op 2nd round that featured a lot of puzzle courses. The co-op mode will play incredibly differently than single-player mode, especially when it comes to puzzle type courses. The Treehouse team that made these courses really wanted to show off the new Switch Block item, which makes certain blocks appear or disappear. These switch blocks means you will have to have very precise jumps, coordinate with your partner when they need to hit the on/off switch when compared to your jumps, and just how each puzzle you face will need to be conquered. The madness will certainly heighten when four players are on one map.
The Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational did a great job of showing off a lot of gameplay while keeping things very interesting. Demonstrating the co-op mode was smart and probably got more people hype for this game. We will see a lot more during Nintendo’s Treehouse gameplay event that is happening during this E3 week.