- The upcoming Super Mario Bros. Wonder removed collision with other players in local co-op to make gameplay less stressful and more enjoyable. Unlike in New Super Mario Bros., players will not accidentally be knocking their allies off platforms.
- The game also features a new specter system where players who die become ghosts and must run into another player to come back into the game without losing a life.
- The online multiplayer mode allows players to join drop-in lobbies and watch others play, providing hints and a less stressful co-op experience.
The director of the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Wonder reveals that the game originally saw its players being able to collide with each other, but the mechanic was eventually taken out. This may seem like a small change, but it is one of the most helpful tweaks that has been made in comparison to past entries. Past co-op multiplayer platformers from the franchise like the New Super Mario Bros. games on Wii and Wii U featured it, but this quality-of-life change makes things less chaotic.
The upcoming Super Mario Bros. Wonder is an eagerly anticipated release for 2023, with it featuring brand-new power-ups, a badge system allowing for a variety of actions and experimentation, and co-op multiplayer with a varied character roster. Players can also play the game in local co-op or online multiplayer, with the latter multiplayer mode being more indirect in its approach. Some of the multiplayer modes were discussed by the game’s director, Shiro Mouri, along with why the development team removed collision with other players in local co-op.
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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mouri states Nintendo originally designed the game with collision, but removed it to make gameplay less stressful. In the aforementioned New Super Mario Bros. co-op platformers, players could jump off of each other’s heads or even pick up and throw them. This could lead to frustration rather than enjoyment when players kept colliding with one another. Mouri also explains that removing this element allowed for more player freedom, where if one player is already standing on narrow platform, another can safely jump there without risking the other player or themselves being bumped off of it.
There are some other co-op features in Super Mario Bros. Wonder that also contribute to this more streamlined gameplay. This includes the new specter system, where if a player dies, they become a ghost that must run into another player in order to come back into the game without costing a life. Previous co-op Mario games had these characters brought back in a bubble at the cost of a life, and was fully dependent on an active character reaching them instead. This change allows players to stay in the game longer and at their own pace.
The online multiplayer for Super Mario Bros. Wonder is also a way players can play together, featuring drop-in lobbies and the ability to watch all players in a level trying to get through it. This can allow players to observe how someone tackles a stage and get hints on how to approach a level. All of these mechanics allow Wonder to offer a less stressful co-op experience than the previous games.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder launches on October 20, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
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Source: Rolling Stone