New Mario Maker Update Eliminates 9-Day Unlock System

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Players who pick up or have downloaded Super Mario Maker starting September 11th will be greeted with a nifty day-one patch. Version 1.01 is now live in Japan and Europe (and should be for North America very soon) and brings the following changes to the experience (emphasis added):

•“Create a course” scene: a small element was added.
Condition(s) for increasing the amount of useable parts (in the level editor) were added.
•Various changes meant to improve the gameplay experience.

For clarity, the new ability to unlock tools for level creation is based on the amount of input leveled in the creation mode. Therefore, you must actively use the tools available from the start over 15 minutes to unlock the next set, and so on.

Before today’s update, Nintendo had announced that parts for level creation would unlock in waves across nine days. The player would have to play in the level creation mode for at least 15 minutes per day to trigger the next unlock set. This was the most cited complaint in Mario Maker reviews, which went live a couple weeks ago. (Ed. note: the Always Nintendo review will be live very soon).

This is not the first time Nintendo changed a recent game release for the better. The reviews for Code Name S.T.E.A.M. cited the long wait on enemy turns during the course of gameplay, which Nintendo sped up considerably in a later patch.

Super Mario Maker continues its global roll-out across the weekend, having released in Japan and Europe and launching in North America and Australia on Friday and Saturday respectively.

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