Mario Maker 2 Multiplayer: Local Co-op, Can You Play Story Mode in Co-Op?

Mario Maker 2 Multiplayer: Local Co-op, Can You Play Story Mode in Co-Op?

There are a few multiplayer features in Mario Maker 2, though they’re not exactly easy to find. Here’s what you need to know.

Super Mario Maker 2 is finally here, allowing Nintendo Switch players around the world to create share and play bespoke levels designed by the community. There’s also a surprisingly robust Story Mode, in which Mario must rebuild Peach’s Castle by taking on jobs and earning coins. There’s multiplayer functionality to contend with here, which is fitting given that Mario games have often allowed for local co-op. In this Mario Maker 2 Multiplayer Guide, we’ll take a look at how multiplayer works in the game. We’ll detail whether or not Mario Maker 2 allows for local co-op, and if you can play the Story Mode with a pal.

Mario Maker 2 Multiplayer

Mario games have generally always let you play along with a friend in tow. But with Mario Maker 2 being a spin-off title in the series, it’s confusing as to whether it has the same commitment to multiplayer as its peers. Let’s take a look at how multiplayer works in Mario Maker 2.

Is There Online Multiplayer in Mario Maker 2?

Let’s start off by looking at whether there is online multiplayer in Mario Maker 2. Luckily, there is indeed. Just head to the Course World Menu and select ‘Network Play’. From here you can play with others via local wireless with multiple Switch consoles, or online.

How to Play Local Co-Op in Mario Maker 2

If you’re looking to play Mario Maker 2 with a friend on the same Switch, head to Courses and download the levels you’d like to play. Now, switch over to Course Bot, where you can select a stage. On the starting screen, you’ll see four alien heads to the right of the screen. We’ve shown this in the image below, so select it and you’ll be able to get started.

Mario Maker 2 Story Mode Multiplayer

Unfortunately, you cannot play through the story mode in Mario Maker 2 in multiplayer. This means local co-op, and online matchmaking are disabled as soon as you load up story mode, so you’ll need to stick to Course World.

You Can Build Levels Using Local Co-Op in Mario Maker 2

Finally, let’s take a look at how building stages works when you bring in a friend. You can head into the Course Creator to start, then select the option in the bottom left corner to bring in a friend. You’ll need to use a Joy-Con each, and the controls are a little different. We’ve included info via the image below:

Jake Green

Senior Guides Writer

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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