Steal of a deal

Super Mario Maker 2 + Nintendo Switch Online Bundle

Just the game

Super Mario Maker 2

For just $10 more, you get the highly anticipated Super Mario Maker sequel and a 12-month, individual Nintendo Switch Online membership. A membership allows you to access Course World, which lets you upload your creations for others around the world to play along with other features.

$70 pre-order at Amazon

Pros

  • 50% off 12-month subscription
  • Individual Memberships are stackable
  • Access online content

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Can't stack onto Family Memberships

You can simply get the Super Mario Maker 2 game. If you currently don't have a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you'll still be able to play local multiplayer and create levels for people to play on your own console. You just won't be able to access any online content in the game's Course World.

$60 pre-order at Amazon

Pros

  • Costs less
  • Play local multiplayer

Cons

  • Don't get a membership deal
  • Might not be able to access online content

The Super Mario Maker 2 bundle is definitely the better option for most people, especially anyone who wants access to online content for any of their Switch games, anyone planning to get an Individual Nintendo Switch Online Membership, or those who already have an Individual Membership.

The bundle gives you a 12-month Individual Membership for 50% off the regular price. It's a great way for new people to test the service out without spending too much. If you already have an Individual Membership, you can stack the 12 months onto your existing months. It's a win-win. The only time in which we'd recommend going with the game on its own is if you have a Family Membership or if you don't want any access to online gaming.

Comparison

Super Mario Maker 2 + Bundle Super Mario Maker 2 (without Switch Online)
Price $70 $60
12-month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership x
Story mode
Local multiplayer
Local co-op creation
Online multiplayer x
Play online members' levels x
Upload levels for online members to play x

What is Nintendo Switch Online?

Nintendo Switch Online is a service offered by Nintendo that allows you to access online content on a number of Switch games as well as a library of NeoGeo games. There are two types of memberships: Individual and Family. Family Memberships make it so up to eight Nintendo Accounts within your home get access to this online service. In comparison, Individual Memberships only work for one account even if there are multiple accounts on your Nintendo Switch console.

When we spoke with a Nintendo representative, we were told that you can stack Individual Memberships purchases up to 1,000 days, which is a little less than three years. This means that if you already have a Nintendo Switch Online membership and you get the bundle, you'll add 12 months to your current account at 50% off. Not a bad deal at all. The rep further clarified that the code that comes with Super Mario Maker 2 doesn't expire, so you can redeem it whenever works best for you.

  • Individual Membership: $4 for one month, $8 for three months, $20 for 12 months
  • Family Membership: $35 for 12 months

Nintendo Switch Online is an important aspect of Super Mario Maker 2. As you can see below, you get access to exclusive features like online co-op, course download, and more if you have Nintendo Switch Online.

Super Mario Maker 2 without online content

  • Story mode
  • Level creation
  • Local co-op creation
  • Local multiplayer
  • Nearby play

Super Mario Maker 2 with online content

  • Story mode
  • Level creation
  • Local co-op creation
  • Local multiplayer
  • Nearby play
  • Leaderboards
  • Online multiplayer versus
  • Online multiplayer co-op
  • Play other online players' courses
  • Post comments on online courses
  • Download online players' courses to play offline
  • Upload your courses for others online

When is it better to just get the game?

Even though the Switch is a more kid-friendly console and offers parental controls, some parents still don't want their children to have access to online content. In this case, you'll just want the game without the bundle. Don't worry, the new Story Mode will give you over 100 unique levels to play through.

Additionally, you might not want the bundle if you currently have a Family Membership. We verified with a Nintendo representative that anyone who already has an existing Family Membership won't be able to tack the 12 months from the bundle onto their account. They will be given an Individual Membership in addition to their existing Family Membership. You likely won't need both.

On the level

We highly recommend purchasing the bundle even if you already have a Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership. You'll get access to the game, get a sweet deal on the membership, and you'll even be able to stack the included 12-months onto an existing membership if you have it. The best part about it all is you'll have access to an ever-expanding number of levels created by other players online. Play all of the fun activities that Super Mario Maker 2 has to offer.

The only exception here is that Family Membership holders might want to get the game on its own since you can't stack Individual Membership months onto your Family Membership.

Steal of a deal

Super Mario Maker 2 + Nintendo Switch Online Bundle

The game and a 12-month membership

The included 12-month access to Nintendo Switch Online ensures that you'll be able to experience all of Super Mario Maker 2's online content. You'll be able to upload your own levels for others to play online, play with random people around the world, and participate in Leaderboards.

Just the game

Super Mario Maker 2

Build your own Mario levels for others to play

Super Mario Maker 2 is still a lot of fun without a Nintendo Switch Online membership. You'll be able to create levels on your own or with a friend, and play local multiplayer with up to three other players. You just won't be able to access any online content.

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