Nintendo announced that Link and the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda are coming to Super Mario Maker 2 on December 5. The Master Sword is a Power-Up only available in the Super Mario Bros. art style, and it transforms Mario into the green-clad hero from Hyrule.The Power-Up isn’t just cosmetic, as it adds a number of Link’s classic moves into the Mario Maker mix. Link can fight enemies with his sword and block incoming attacks with his shield. Link also has a dash attack that’s reminiscent of the Pegasus Boots, and a down thrust move that sends him straight to the ground. Additionally, he can use bombs and arrows to overcome obstacles.
Other Nintendo characters were previously playable in the original Super Mario Maker on Wii U, but they weren’t outfitted with a totally unique moveset like we’re seeing now with Link.
Link isn’t the only new feature coming to Super Mario Maker 2 on December 5. Classic Mario foes Spike and Pokey will join the lineup of enemies. Spike tosses out spiky iron balls, while Pokey can create a tall, dangerous obstacle for players to navigate around.
The frozen coin is a new item, and it’s simply a coin encased in ice. This part is not available in the Super Mario 3D World art style. On the flip side, the Dash Block is only available in the 3D World toolset, and it speeds up your character to the max when you run over it. Lastly, the P Block item adds blocks that are only visible after a P Switch has been hit.
Along with the new parts, Super Mario Maker 2 is also getting a new mode called Ninji Speedruns. Here, players will try to get the best time on courses created by Nintendo specifically for this mode. Ninji Ghosts representing other players from around the world will race alongside you.
Super Mario Maker 2 has seen a lot of success this year. It made our list of the best games so far in 2019, and it’s nominated for Best Family Game at The Game Awards. Super Mario Maker 2 was also the best-selling game in June, selling over 2 million units in its first three days.
Logan Plant is a writer for IGN, and the Production Assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN’s weekly Nintendo show. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.