A new GamesBeat event is around the corner! Learn more about what comes next.
A few weeks ago, Nintendo revealed that you could play Super Mario Maker 2 in multiplayer mode online. But it later clarified that you could only do that with random strangers through matchmaking. That means you cannot play with your friends. Now, at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles, Nintendo has acknowledged that may change.
During that presentation, the company said that it is “making changes to how you matchmake with friends” in Super Mario Maker 2. But the publisher didn’t provide any other details. It did not say you can play with your friends. It didn’t say how any of this will work. It also didn’t say when you can expect it. It seems likely that any changes will come in a patch after Super Mario Maker 2’s June 28 release date.
And this is a welcome change. Nintendo previously said that it was enforcing this restriction for a specific reason. The company didn’t want friends to have an unfair advantage on the global leaderboards.
Of course, that is a wild reason to limit the features of a game. While it’s important to treat competitive modes with some reverence, it’s more important to make things fun. And Super Mario Maker 2 with an online friend sounds like a great time.
Three top investment pros open up about what it takes to get your video game funded.
It’s worth noting that you could always play with friends in local couch co-op mode. And that doesn’t seem like it’s going to change.
GamesBeatGamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. How will you do that? Membership includes access to:
- Newsletters, such as DeanBeat
- The wonderful, educational, and fun speakers at our events
- Networking opportunities
- Special members-only interviews, chats, and "open office" events with GamesBeat staff
- Chatting with community members, GamesBeat staff, and other guests in our Discord
- And maybe even a fun prize or two
- Introductions to like-minded parties