There's some great mechanics such as the perks system, unique mission variety, hunting for animals and even some of the weapons can be fun to use. But the mangled progression system, dull storytelling, finicky shooting and the abysmal vehicle controls damper the fun overall. Fans of the franchise will find plenty to enjoy, but New Dawn is a far cry from the series' best.
It’s a game that has a lot of hard work and passion poured into it, and the charm that’s bursting through its seams makes it irresistible. It may not be as challenging as Yoshi’s Island or Woolly World, but even with its minor flaws, this one is a well-crafted experience.
Seeing the amount of imagination on display from both Nintendo and the millions of level builders so far shows that this game is going to remain a Switch staple for a long time. Even with some minor blemishes, Super Mario Maker 2 is definitely a killer-app for the system.