Super Mario Maker 2 is only a few weeks away from launch and players are quickly learning more and more details about the upcoming sequel to the Wii U hit. A big selling point of the new iteration is the multiplayer aspect of the game, but as more details are revealed, some surprising quirks and limitations have been the main topic of conversation.
A recent Nintendo Direct revealed how Super Mario Maker 2 multiplayer works and some fans were a little annoyed at the requirement to have multiple Switches locally available for some couch co-op modes. Additional details have since been revealed that make it sound like playing Super Mario Maker 2 online with friends is also going to stir up some issues.
The news comes from a recent press release in which a Nintendo representative apparently revealed that Super Mario Maker 2 online play will only be possible with randoms and it will not be possible to play co-op or competitive modes online with specific friends. Sure, there's a chance you could get placed in a room with a friend, but there is no actual game feature to group up and make this happen.
According to the Nintendo rep, the reason for this limitation has to do with the game's global leaderboards and ensuring fairness. Although that sort of makes sense for competitive mode (though there could just be an unranked option), there are no leaderboards for co-op that we know of and the limitation is still in place there.
It will be interesting to see if Nintendo ends up adding this feature post launch or if players just learn to live without it. The game will certainly still offer plenty of entertainment without online play with friends, but it does seem like a glaring omission for a game that is putting the focus on multiplayer in a big way.
Super Mario Maker 2 is set to release June 28, 2019, exclusively for the Switch.
Source: Nintendo World Report