Super Mario Maker 2 finally gets online friends multiplayer update

 

Nintendo have updated Super Mario Maker 2 with the much-requested and long-awaited ability to play with friends online. The version 1.1.0 update is out now, bringing a number of tweaks and improvements across the game.

Originally promised back in June, a few weeks prior to the game’s launch, the announcement came in response to criticism from the community and game critics. But it’s taken Nintendo three months to re-engineer the game’s online functionality.

Heading into the game’s Course World and Network Play, you will now see a “Play with friends” option, letting you create or join a lobby with buddies on your friends list. Nearby Play has also been amended to allow you to play levels from Course World as well as Coursebot, and music to the ears of many is that the game will now cancel matches where network stability is too poor. These things go a little way to addressing our biggest complaints with the game’s multiplayer, but there’s still further improvements that could be made.

Elsewhere, the whole game can now be played with a single Joy-Con, and you can use both touch and button controls together when in handheld mode – a touch-only option is still there.

Here’s the patch notes for version 1.1.0:

Course World

Network Play

  • Added “Play with friends”
    • You can now play online with friends in either Multiplayer Versus or Multiplayer Co-op modes.
    • You can now select courses uploaded to Course World as well as courses saved to Coursebot.
    • The Nintendo Switch Online mobile app is now supported.
      • You can automatically match online with people that you were matched with via the app, and can voice chat with them.
  • Added features to “Nearby Play”
    • You can now play in Multiplayer Co-op mode as well as Multiplayer Versus mode.
    • You can now select courses uploaded to Course World as well as courses saved to Coursebot.
    • When playing a course saved to Coursebot, the host system doesn’t need to be connected to the internet.
  • Added “LAN Play”
    • Players connected to the same LAN (Local Area Network) can now wirelessly play together.
    • After selecting Network Play, you can switch to LAN Play mode by clicking in the L Stick and pressing the L or R buttons.
  • If the connection is unstable before Multiplayer Co-op or Multiplayer Versus starts, the match will be cancelled.
  • In Multiplayer Co-op, when everyone chooses “Let’s start over!”, the timer will now be reset.
  • Changed the look of the gauge for S+, the highest rank in Multiplayer Versus.
  • If a player places Builder Boxes after a warp point, other players will now be able to break them and proceed forward.
  • All players will take the same amount of time to move through a Warp Pipe, regardless of the state of their character.
  • After updating to Ver. 1.1.0, you will no longer be able to match with players using Ver. 1.0.1 or lower in Network Play.

Course Info

  • You can now select Play Together directly from any course uploaded to a player’s profile.
  • Simplified the display of comments containing stamps in “View comments.”

Maker Profile

  • Added a refresh/update button to “Courses uploaded.”
  • Added a list showing a user’s 100 most recent First Clears.
  • Now displays a user’s total number of First Clears.
  • Now displays a user’s total number of world-record times.

Official Makers

  • Added a list of Official Makers in Leaderboards.
Course Maker
  • You can now use touch with button controls in handheld mode.
    • You can also go back to touch-only controls from Settings in the Main Menu.
General
  • You can now play with a horizontal Joy-Con in all Game Modes.
    • You can change your controller grip from Settings in the Main Menu.
  • Other issues have been fixed to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

Source: Nintendo

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