Super Mario Maker 2 Update Adds Playable Link, New Course Parts

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Mario and Zelda, two of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, have crossed paths numerous times before, most recently with the Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake, which features enemies from the Mario universe.

With an upcoming free update to Super Mario Maker 2, it’s time for the Hyrule warrior to visit Mario’s universe. The 2.0 update, arriving Dec. 5, adds Link as a playable character via the new Master Sword powerup item.

This new form isn’t just a costume swap either, as Link comes equipped with his sword, bombs, and arrows, opening up entirely new gameplay designs. Link can shoot arrows to activate switches, stab down with his sword to defeat spiky enemies, and blow up walls with bombs.

The only catch: the Master Sword is available exclusively on the original NES 8-bit Mario theme, recreating the pixelated look of the original The Legend of Zelda from 1986.

In addition to Link, the 2.0 update also adds several new parts, and a new speedrun mode. The new parts include Frozen Coins that need to be melted and Dash Blocks from Super Mario 3D World. Pokey, the stacking cactus enemy, also makes its debut on Super Mario Maker 2. And yes, you can directly edit its height.

Ninja Speedrun is the new gameplay mode, where players can take on timed challenges created by Nintendo specifically for this mode. Ninja Speedrun challenges will last for a week, with new courses rotating in periodically. Players will be ranked by their play time, and can see other ninja ghosts from a similar performance level running the course, as a way to improve. Players can collect stamps and earn Mii costumes by completing courses.

Super Mario Maker is available on Nintendo Switch. The 2.0 update arrives December 5.

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Mario Maker, Zelda, Star Fox Coming to Nintendo Selects

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Three classic Nintendo 3DS games are joining the Nintendo Selects discount program: Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and Star Fox 64 3D. All three games will be available for $19.99 and sport the Nintendo Selects packaging starting Feb. 4.

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is the portable version of the Wii U hit that lets you make your own Super Mario levels. The editor includes four distinctive eras and dozens of items and special effects to create an infinite and endlessly replayable list of 2D levels. The 3DS version includes touch screen controls and 100 pre-assembled courses in the Super Mario Challenge. It’s rated E for Everyone.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D is a 3D remaster of the 2000 classic sequel to Ocarina of Time. Link must race to save the city of Termina from destruction at the end of a crashing moon, using time-travel to help people, solve quests, and explore dungeons. It’s rated E10+.

Star Fox 64 3D is a remake of the 1997 Star Fox game for the Nintendo 64. Control Fox McCloud’s Arwing starship as you blast your way through the planets of the Lylat system and square off against the evil Dr. Andross. The 3DS version includes the original 64 Mode and a new 3DS Mode which includes improved balancing and objectives. A more difficult Expert mode can also be unlocked as you play. Star Fox 64 3D is rated E10+.

Nintendo Selects is an excellent way to pick up great first party Nintendo games for cheap, though currently there are no Switch games in the program. Other Nintendo Selects games include Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

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Moonlighter Opening Shop on Switch this November

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Moonlighter launched earlier this year on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and now it’s finally coming to Switch. 11 bit Studios has announced that Moonlighter will release on Switch this November. A specific date has not yet been announced.

Moonlighter is an action-RPG that combines the dungeon-crawling of old-school Zelda games with running a merchant shop with all the loot you acquire. You play as Will, a shopkeeper with heroic tendencies as you explore the mysterious dungeons outside of town.

The game also uses a rogue-like system. It’s not game over if you die but you drop most of your hard-earned loot, and dungeons are randomly generated each time you go inside. For a price you can teleport back and forth between the dungeon and the town. Each dungeon has an end boss that unlocks the next harder dungeon.

At the shop you can set your own prices for each piece of loot you find. The ideal sell price is mostly trial and error, with some light economy management. Also in town Will can use materials and gold to upgrade his weapons and armor and purchase potions.

Moonlighter is developed by Digital Sun and published by 11 bit Studios. It’s available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and coming to Switch in November. It’s rated E10+ for Fantasy Violence.

The Swords of Ditto Review

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4

Many video game genres overlap and blend well together. Shooting and third-person action. Narrative-rich adventure with first-person exploration. RPG elements in just about everything. Yet in the paraphrased words of Dr. Ian Malcolm, just because you can combine genres doesn’t mean you should.

The Swords of Ditto is a cautionary tale. The concept seems solid: combine the basic structure of classic top-down, 2D Zelda within the framework of a challenging roguelike, creating a frustrating experience that relies too much on repetition.

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