Super Mario Maker 2 is all about letting your creativity run wild and making some incredible Mario levels. Of course, multiple brains and inputs of creativity are always better than one, so you’ll likely be wondering what the deal is with Mario Maker 2 multiplayer, including whether there are splitscreen and online options. Well, here’s the whole multiplayer suite explained.
You have three different ways to play multiplayer in Mario Maker 2. The first is splitscreen multiplayer, which enables you to both create and play through levels with your friend on the same Switch consoles.
Next, you’ve got the local multiplayer option which allows you to play with your friends on your own Switch’s on whatever stage you decide to download from the vast wealth of levels created.
Finally, there’s the online multiplayer option, though right now, this is the one that’s most limited in its functionality. Still, we’ll run you through how to play each of these multiplayer options in Mario Maker 2.
How to Play Splitscreen Multiplayer in Mario Maker 2
If you’re looking to create levels with a friend in Mario Maker 2, you can do so in splitscreen… though you’ll both technically just be sharing the one screen.
To play splitscreen, when making a course, you need to press the icon in the bottom left, just above the play icon, that has two little creatures in it.
That’ll bring up two controllers to show the buttons and who will be able to do what.
Whoever chooses Mario is able to multigrab, copy, erase, and look at the menu, whereas Luigi (likely player two) will only be able to select and erase different parts. It’s not ideal, but it’ll do for now.
When it comes to playing through levels in splitscreen multiplayer, it’s a little tricky. First, you need to go to Courses from the Course World menu. Then, select the course that you want to play and download it.
You cannot just play the course from here. Download the course and place it in Coursebot, and then access Coursebot from the sidemenu that appears on the right.
Once this has loaded up, you then need to select the course and before pressing play, you’ll see four different colored people in an icon just to the right of the course screen.
Select this and you’ll be given the ‘Play Together’ option where you can sync the different controller types. Simply get player two to press L + R on their designated controllers and you’re all good to go.
How to Play Local Multiplayer
If you and your friends want to play on your own Switch’s but are all in the same room, you have the option to play via a wireless local play option, too. To do this, you’ll need to select Play from the main menu, and go to Course World.
From here, you’re selecting Network Play and then Create a Room or Find a Room.
Depending on whether or not you’re going to host the session or a friend’s already got one set up, you simply choose whichever option applies to you. Either way, the room will then be available for those in the nearby vicinity to join.
How to Play Online Multiplayer in Mario Maker 2
To play online, you need to head to the Course World and select Network Play. Here, you’ll see options for global play with strangers, or the ability to make and find rooms nearby.
Choose whichever you want. Making a room will lead you through setting up the difficulty before creating the room.
Can You Play With Friends Online?
Unfortunately, at this moment in time, you cannot play with your friends online in Mario Maker 2.
This is due to come to the game as part of a post-launch update, but for now following the steps above for online multiplayer will simply see you paired up with random players from around the world.
That’s everything you need to know about Mario Maker 2’s multiplayer. For more tips, tricks, and guides, be sure to search for Twinfinite, or check out more of our guides for the game below.
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