During Super Mario Maker 2’s Treehouse Live segment, Nintendo’s Takashi Tezuka confirmed that the team is working on allowing friends to be able to play together online.
This comment was in response to the news that those playing Super Mario Maker 2 online would only be matched with random players as “with global leaderboards, the matchmaking for competitive play would be compromised if you could play with friends.” Nintendo also confirmed the news on Twitter.
This was not taken well as many wish to try out the new multiplayer features in Super Mario Maker 2 that allow players to play through any created course as Mario, Luigi, Toad, or Toadette with friends online.
Online in Super Mario Maker 2 consists of Multiplayer Versus and Multiplayer Co-Op. In Versus mode, players will also have a Versus Rank that will rise and fall depending on the player’s Win/Loss Ratio. In Co-Op, when one player finishes the level, all win and finish as well.
While it appears that these changes will not make it to Super Mario Maker 2 before its launch on June 28, 2019, players will still be able to play these modes locally with up to three friends or through Nearby Play if each player has a Switch and Super Mario Maker 2. In nearby play, only one player needs a consistent internet connection for the function to work.
Nintendo held its E3 Nintendo Direct this morning and revealed that the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development. It also revealed new information on The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it revealed that The Hero from Dragon Quest and Banjo-Kazooie would both be headed to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.