Building up the Super Mario empire

In 2015, Nintendo made countless fans' dreams come true by allowing them the ability to create their own Mario levels with Super Mario Maker. Now, four years on, that game is getting a sequel, with new additions such as co-op stage-building and a single-player story mode in which Mario sets out to rebuild Princess Peach's castle.

Like the prequel, Super Mario Maker 2 (¥6,458 for Nintendo Switch) lets players craft stages in the style of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U. This time, however, Super Mario 3D World has also been thrown in. Players can now create stages using the touch screen or the controller because the Switch can be docked to play on a big-screen TV. The stage-creation tools are also more sophisticated than before and even allow players to customize the auto-scrolling speed.