Whether you've taken a break from Super Mario Maker 2 or haven't stopped tinkering, Nintendo's going to keep giving you reasons to come back to Course World. The new 1.1.0 patch to Super Mario Maker 2 adds options for online play with friends and LAN play, expands the features of nearby play, and includes a handful of other improvements to the multiplayer experience, UI, and controls.
When it launched in June, Super Mario Maker 2 only supported online matchmaking for co-op and versus multiplayer. On a Nintendo Treehouse Live stream ahead of Super Mario Maker 2's release, a Nintendo representative said that "some changes" were in the works to let players link up with friends online.
The full list of multiplayer changes in this new update actually goes a bit beyond adding online play with friends. In both the new "play with friends" mode and the existing local "nearby play" mode, both versus multiplayer and co-op are now supported. Both modes also support playing courses from either Course World or ones saved locally to Coursebot. For "nearby mode," the host Switch system won't need an internet connection when playing courses from Coursebot. There's also the option to change "nearby play" to a LAN setting, which may not be worth the effort if you're in the same room as your friends but could faciliate some office or college dorm-wide Mario Maker rivalries.
Nintendo's new update also makes a number of notable quality of life improvements to Super Mario Maker 2. For online multiplayer, matches will be canceled before they start if the game detects an unstable connection. In Course Maker with an undocked Switch (or a Switch Lite), you can now use both touch screen and button controls if you so choose.
If that's still not enough to draw you back in, Nintendo of America's tweets about the new patch confirm that future Super Mario Maker 2 updates will introduce new course parts. The original Super Mario Maker received P switch doors, bumpers, keys, and other objects that helped keep its creator community invigorated months after the game's release, so it's good to see that Super Mario Maker 2 will get some similar post-release support.
To find all of the unlockables and get the most out of Super Mario Maker 2's various modes, check out USG's Super Mario Maker 2 guides section.