Super Mario Maker 2 is one day away from its final major content update. The update brings Koopalings, a few Super Mario Bros 2 items, and, most notably, allows creators to build their own Mario games by stringing together up to forty levels on a custom world map with the “Super World” feature. It’s a great amount of content that is sure to bring plenty of players back to the game, and it may even spark a few lofty creations. Apparently, though, Nintendo had a bit more planned at one point. Imran Khan, former senior editor at Game Informer, revealed yesterday that he had heard that a Super Mario Bros. 2 theme was at one point in development for Super Mario Maker 2. With COVID-19 forcing the world to a standstill, he believes that Nintendo just pushed out what they had and called it a day.
I had definitely heard SMB2 was being developed as a theme, so I am guessing this update is them just throwing everything they're working on out the door and closing it on Mario Maker 2. Kind of hard to blame them with COVID, but yeah.
— Imran Khan (@imranzomg) April 21, 2020
An additional theme is not that crazy of an idea at all – look at how lonely Super Mario 3D World is in the “Additional Themes” box. With all of the Super Mario Bros. 2 items showing up in the final Super Mario Maker 2 update, it’s not hard to imagine that something bigger was once planned.
Khan has revealed a few random industry happenings in the past, many specific to Nintendo. According to him, Nintendo once wanted Sora in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, they canceled a planned Fire Emblem remake on 3DS in 2019, and they held off on localizing Mother 3 for fear of numerous controversial images within the game. Now, we can add DLC themes for Super Mario Maker 2 to his pile of almost-existent game content.