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Mario Maker just Super
Sept 9, 2015
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Celebrating Mario's 30th anniversary, Nintendo is now putting the power in the hands of fans. With Super Mario Maker, you can create your own crazy, zany Super Mario levels and share them online with other fans.
The creation tool itself is not only very intuitive and easy to use (point, click and drag) but contains the look, elements, bonuses and mechanics from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U.
Just because the tool is simple though doesn't mean it is vastly limited. There are all manner of neat tricks which allow you to manipulate the different elements. One of the more popular techniques is to stack Goombas or Koopas on top of each other so they move in a marching phalanx. Give Mario a shell helmet, put almost anything you like in a question box even an enemy (just grab the item and drop it in), create gigantic enemies (attach a mushroom to them) or make anything fly (just give them wings).
There really are no limits to what you can create except maybe when it comes to the vertical and horizontal borders of your levels. Some jokers of course push things to the limit and create truly impossible levels. That's not a problem though. In the various modes, Mario Maker lets you skip those levels if you so desire and the one stipulation of uploading a level in the first place is you have to have completed it as a player yourself.
When you want to take a break from designing your next masterpiece, you can play 10 Mario Challenge or Course World. In 10 Mario, you are given 10 lives to complete eight pre-designed courses. Some are relatively easy such as one in which you just need to sneak past a floating column of Boos and some are more complicated and difficult. The good news is you can win back the lives you have lost and any new courses you clear are added to your list of designer templates.
Course World is the repository for everyone's creations. Within it is the 100 Mario Challenge. Similar to the 10 Mario Challenge, you are allotted 100 lives to clear eight courses. The courses are pulled from the list of creations uploaded from all over the world. If there is a course that is far too challenging or just flat out impossible, you can skip it for a new one but the choice will cost you a life. As long as other players keep creating though, you will have new levels to play, rank and comment on. Just like 10 Mario Challenge, you can win back lost lives too but you can never exceed the 100 limit.
Also if you happen to own any Amiibo figures you can scan them in. Doing so will unlock and add new elements for you to enjoy and use.
A gift that just keeps on giving, Super Mario Maker provides fans with the satisfaction of dreaming up their own concepts, sharing them with the world and the only true boundary being the limit of their imaginations. Super Mario Maker may not make anyone into the next Hideo Kojima, Tim Sweeney, Roberta Williams or Shigeru Miyamoto but it might give them a new-found appreciation for the art that is game design and development.
Super Mario Maker
Rating: 8 / 10
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