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Nintendo have announced a free software update for Super Mario Maker that will add a host of new features to the game.

Most anticipated is the inclusion of mid-level checkpoints – a feature requested by players since the game launched.

Following the update creators will be able to add up to two flags to their courses, allowing players to resume from the last checkpoint passed if they lose a life. Course creators can choose to edit and re-upload their existing courses, or create new courses from scratch using the new feature.

In another addition players will be able to create power-ups that are dependent on Mario’s status. For example, attaching a Super Mushroom to a Fire Flower and placing it inside a block will see Mario will receive the Super Mushroom when he is small, and the Fire Flower when he is large.

The software update also introduces an Event Course category that highlight levels from creators outside Nintendo. One of the first will be Ship Love, the winning level from the hackathon event that was held at Facebook headquarters earlier this year.

The free software update for Super Mario Maker on Wii U will go live on November 5th.

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