Nintendo held a direct recently that showed off exactly what Super Mario Maker 2 has in store for fans of the Big N. From 4-player co-op, to an incredible story mode, there's a lot to unpack in the above Nintendo Direct about what's next for the Mario brothers. 

"Super Mario Maker 2 puts the power of creating unique Super Mario courses into the hands of the player," said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Video game fans of all ages have more tools than ever to help them stretch their imaginations as they make, play and share the Super Mario courses of their dreams."

So what's new? Turns out - a lot: 

  • Slopes -- Create angled surfaces by just picking a direction and setting the length. Gentler slopes are an additional option.
  • Angry Sun -- Remember the angry sun that attacked Mario in the Super Mario Bros. 3 game? It's back and ready to put the pressure on players in this new game.
  • ON/OFF Switch -- Hit an ON/OFF Switch, and all the red and blue blocks in the course will swap! Setting them up wisely will help players create tricky puzzles and obstacles.
  • Water Level -- The water level in Super Mario Maker 2 can be adjusted in the Forest theme, so only half the course can be underwater if that's what the player wants. Water can even be set to rise and fall at different speeds over time.
  • Banzai Bill -- The red variations of these classic Super Mario enemies have a homing function, and chase poor Mario wherever he goes.
  • Co-op Making: Pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to create a course together, side by side.
  • To Be Continued...: There are more secrets in Super Mario Maker 2. Players will have a blast experimenting with all the tools and features they can use to create.

Nintendo also added new details about the Story Mode, saying: "In the single-player Story Mode, which can be played entirely offline, Mario sets out to help rebuild Princess Peach's castle. To fund this reconstruction project, he needs to collect Coins, which he can earn by accepting jobs from the bulletin board and completing the associated courses. Story Mode is a great way for makers to get inspired, with more than 100 original Nintendo-crafted courses to play."

Nintendo Switch players will be able to get in on the action on June 28th, though it is important to note that a Nintendo Switch Online membership is required.