Today Nintendo announced a big update for Super Mario Maker, the popular Wii U game that lets people make their own 2D Super Mario courses. A new tool, Super Mario Maker Bookmark, will allow players to use their phones, tablets or computers to search for courses to play. And there will also be a bunch of new tools and features players can use to build their levels and courses. 

“Players have already created and shared a huge number of courses, and now it will be easier and more fun than ever for players to create and find levels they will love to play,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Players who want to search for cool levels to play will be able to log in with their Nintendo Network ID and use the Bookmark feature on the game’s website to browse through popular courses or to browse for courses by difficulty, game theme, or course style. There will also be searchable tags, so you can search for puzzle or music courses, for example. Then you’ll be able to bookmark your favorites and fire them up using a Play Now button in the game.

Besides the Bookmark tool, there are a bunch of new features coming with the update, including a Fire Koopa Clown Car that shoots fireballs, P Warp Doors that can be invisible (for Ghost House courses), a Bumper that sends Mario bouncing away, and World Records that display the fastest time on each course.

The update is due on December 21, just in time for holiday play.

Linda Breneman

Linda Breneman

Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda Breneman.com or her family foundation's website, ludusproject.org.