Nintendo News: New Software Update Brings Mid-Level Checkpoints and New Courses to Super Mario Maker

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Nov. 4, a free software update for the Super
Mario Maker
game brings new content to the hit title for the Wii
console. These include the ability to add mid-level checkpoints to
levels, as well as the addition of Course World categories that
highlight new levels from Nintendo and partner creators outside
Nintendo. To date, players have uploaded more than 3.3 million levels
globally, and these new features add even more ways to play and create
in the game than ever before.

With the addition of mid-level checkpoints, users now have the option to
add flags to their levels, allowing players to start at the selected
point if they lose a life – rather than having to start over at the
beginning of the level. Players can choose to edit and re-upload their
own levels, or create new levels from scratch using this feature.
Shaking an arrow sign item from the course parts palette will allow you
to place a checkpoint flag.

Following the update, players can also insert power-ups that are
dependent on Mario’s status. For example, by attaching a Super Mushroom
to a Fire Flower and placing it inside a block, Mario will receive the
Super Mushroom when he is small, and the Fire Flower when he is large.

The software update also introduces Event Courses in the game’s Course
World online hub. Event Courses will feature levels from partner
creators outside Nintendo. One of the first Event Courses will be “Ship
Love,” the winning level from the “hackathon” event that was held at
Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park earlier this year. Facebook is the
first outside partner in the United States to design a level for Super
Mario Maker
; employees had the opportunity to design and present
their creations to a panel of judges before the winning level was

The level that was featured in the final round of the Omegathon event at
this year’s Penny Arcade Expo event will also be available for players
to experience shortly after the update goes live. New Event Courses will
be added to the listing on an ongoing basis, some of which may even
feature new Mystery Mushroom transformations. Additionally, a new
Official Makers section in Course World will be added after downloading
the update, featuring specially selected courses, including some created
by Nintendo.

The free software update goes live on Nov. 4. For more information about Super
Mario Maker
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