Super Mario Maker 2 Zelda update Link Master Sword

Super Mario Maker 2 just got a lot better! A lot of players were miffed when the sequel cut out the Amiibo costume feature from the first game. Nintendo hasn’t changed that yet, but they did make Link a playable character via a new Master Sword item. Collecting the sacred blade transforms Mario into Link, and it’s much more than just a reskin. This item grants players the ability to shoot arrows, throw bombs, guard with a shield, downward thrust, and, of course, stab stuff. This Zelda update is available right now, and tons of players are already cranking out some awesome dungeons. You can check out the reveal trailer below.

Super Mario Maker 2 Zelda update

Here’s what’s new

The Master Sword item is more than enough to get me back into Super Mario Maker 2, but the Zelda update isn’t all that’s new! The version 2.0.0 update also adds a variety of items and a new speedrun mode. Here’s a breakdown of what’s new, courtesy of a Nintendo press release.

Dash Block: Available in the Super Mario 3D World style, the Dash Block course part gives Mario a major speed burst when stepped on.

Frozen Coin: These coins are surrounded by a block of ice and can only be released if melted by fireballs or other fire elements, including a certain angry sun.

P Block: When a P Switch is hit in the course, invisible P Blocks temporarily turn into hard platforms, or vice-versa.

Spike: This classic enemy coughs up massive spike balls and launches them at Mario. If used in the snow environment, Spike will toss snowballs instead!

Pokey: The iconic stacked cactus from multiple Super Mario games joins Super Mario Maker 2 for the first time. Players can even edit the height of each Pokey.

In the new Ninji Speedruns mode, players can take on a timed challenge in courses created by Nintendo exclusively for this mode. Other players’ Ninji Ghosts will run alongside players as they compete against rivals from around the world. The Ninji Ghosts that appear are selected from player data at a similar performance level, so players can gradually improve their performance by running the course alongside other players’ Ninji Ghosts. Players can also collect stamps by clearing courses and redeem them in-game to get special Mii costumes.

You can download Super Mario Maker 2‘s new Zelda update right now for free. And now that it includes the Master Sword, it’s not so dangerous to go alone anymore.

Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

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