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Super Mario Maker Key Update Is Here

During last week’s Nintendo Direct it was announced that Super Mario Maker would be receiving an update to the course creator’s toolset. The biggest of these additions are the locked doors and keys that can now be placed throughout the levels. Gamers will now be able to create some truly puzzling courses that involve hiding keys in blocks or enemies in order to open a door.


Pink coins can now be utilized as collecting pieces in order to reward the player with a key. This is similar to how the red coins work in prior Mario games, except instead of rewarding the player with a power-up it will award a key. I expect many creators out there to come up with some wild ideas for this.


Skewers are a new hazard that can be applied to levels. These have been hallmarks of many of the Mario castle levels and now you can use them however you like. Super Expert Mode will now be available for those who have conquered Expert Mode in 100 Mario Challenge. This will unlock 12 new Mystery Mushroom costumes if you run through it over and over again.

Other enhancements include more filters and options for the Super Mario Maker Bookmark portal and the ability to look at failure points and comments on the levels you’ve uploaded. This can help you spot trouble areas and perhaps lead to you becoming a better course designer.


I love the post-launch support that Super Mario Maker is receiving. This helps keep the game fresh and the creation community active by making new and innovative courses. This update, like all others before it, is completely free and is available right now.



Today, a software update to the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console adds some additional items, modes and features to the critically acclaimed game, making it even more fun to create, share and play levels from all around the world.

Fans of the Super Mario World game for the Super NES fondly remember the key item, which, when grabbed, unlocks keyholes and grants access to new parts of the level. With this new free update to Super Mario Maker, both the key and locked doors with keyholes will be added to the game. Accessed by shaking the P-Switch and Door items, respectively, the key and locked doors can be used together to create challenging new levels. The key can even be attached to enemies, forcing players to defeat an enemy to retrieve the key and move forward. With this, mandatory boss battles are born!

When players shake a coin in Create Mode, it will now change into a Pink Coin. If a player collects all the Pink Coins in a course, a key will appear. By using the key, locked door and Pink Coins, players can expand imagination and create unique puzzle solving levels.

A new skewer obstacle will also be added to the game. Originally featured in Super Mario World, this huge, foreboding column comes slamming down in a level and appears in a course by shaking the Thwomp item in Create Mode.

Players looking for a serious challenge are in luck, as after downloading the free update, a new “Super Expert” difficulty will be added to the 100-Mario Challenge. This new difficulty pulls random courses that have been categorized as being “Super Expert” after the courses are created. By completing 100-Mario Challenge on this difficulty, five new Mystery Mushroom costumes can be won. (The update also brings three new costume rewards to “Normal” mode and four to “Expert.”)

The game update also brings new additions to the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website, which lets users sort and search for levels using a smart device or browser. Super Mario Maker World Record players will now be shown on the website.

Recently, there have also been some new costumes added to the game, including the always smart and sometimes zany Professor E. Gadd from the Luigi’s Mansiongames. Fans of Daisy can play through the Adventures in Sarasaland Event Course and also get the Daisy costume. Players should check Event Courses often for new levels to play.

Super Mario Maker has a staggering 6.2 million different user-created playable courses, which in turn have been played more than 400 million times as of Jan. 27. For more information about the game, visit


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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