Super Mario Maker 2 Pre-Order Guide, Switch Online Bundle, Stylus

Nintendo's newest level-building game releases on Friday.

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Now Playing: Super Mario Maker 2: Story Mode, Co-Op Play, and New Features - GS News Update

Super Mario Maker 2 was announced during a February 2019 Nintendo Direct and will release this summer on June 28 for Nintendo Switch. The upcoming game allows players to create their own Super Mario levels and share them for others to play. A sequel to Super Mario Maker, which released on Wii U in 2015, Super Mario Maker 2 expands on the original game's level-building tools and customization options in major ways. [Update: GameSpot's Super Mario Maker 2 review in progress is live now.]

A recent Direct showcased new gameplay elements for Super Mario Maker 2, and one of the biggest additions is online multiplayer. In fact, several online multiplayer modes will be available, including Multiplayer Versus, where you compete against others to finish a level first; Multiplayer Co-op, where you work together to clear a course; and Nearby Play, which lets you play locally with friends who also own a copy of the game, as long as you have a stable internet connection.

Players creating their own levels will have a whole new batch of assets to use from Super Mario World 3D; plus, new course themes (desert, snow, forest, etc.) and a wide range of other new customizations will be at players' fingertips. With Super Mario Maker 2, Nintendo is adding even more opportunities for players to get creative, which is sure to lead to some interesting level designs.

We've already seen a lot of promising gameplay from Super Mario Maker 2, and especially if you were a fan of the first game, you might be ready to secure your copy now. Nintendo is offering a couple of unique ways to bundle Super Mario Maker 2, and they each revolve around Nintendo Switch Online, which is required for many of Super Mario Maker 2's modes.

First, there's a Super Mario Maker 2 and Nintendo Switch Online bundle that'll get you the game and a one-year online membership for $70. That essentially saves you $10 on the membership, which generally sells for $20. If you already have a Switch online membership, Nintendo is also offering a pair of game vouchers for $100 that you can redeem for two eligible games. Assuming you pick two full-price ($60) games, the voucher deal will save you $20 in the long-term. However, we suggest checking prices for the games you want elsewhere first, as you can find many Nintendo games for cheaper at other retailers. For example, both Pokemon Let's Go games are selling for $44 each at Amazon, but Nintendo still has them listed at $60.

Super Mario Maker 2 pre-order bonuses

Target was offering an exclusive Super Mario Maker 2 tin lunchbox, but unfortunately, all pre-orders have sold out. No other retailers appear to be offering any sort of pre-order bonus.

Pre-order Super Mario Maker 2 standard edition

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The standard edition just comes with the base game and sells for $60. If you already have a Nintendo Switch Online membership and aren't interested in Nintendo's voucher-compatible games, this is your best bet.

Pre-order Super Mario Maker 2 + 12-Month Switch Online bundle

If you're planning to pick up Super Mario Maker 2 and don't already have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you'll probably want to invest in a membership if you want to enjoy any of the games online modes. You can, of course, pre-order the bundle at Nintendo, but other retailers are offering the bundle as well.

As a reminder, if you're already an Amazon Prime member, you can get 12 months of Switch Online for free.

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Insignia Styluses (3-Count) - Black/Red/Blue

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If you plan to create levels in Super Mario Maker 2, you'll likely want to buy a stylus, if you don't own a good one already. The game will force you to use the touchscreen when making levels in handheld mode, so a stylus will make your level-building easier and more precise.

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