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The Mario experience of your dreams has arrived and is bursting with creativity... including yours! Play a near-limitless number of intensely creative Super Mario levels from players around the world. It's easy enough to create your own levels with the Wii U GamePad controller that it may feel like you're simply sketching out your ideas on paper, but you can now bring enemies and objects into a playable course in ways you could only dream of before. What was impossible in traditional Mario games is now impossibly fun, so let your imagination run wild!
Give players the tools to create their own classic Mario levels and easily play and appreciate the work of others
Classic Mario has never looked better. Even the 8-bit mode looks incredibly sharp in high definition
Familiar Mario themes permeate the entire experience, but many new tracks and remixes stand out admirably among the classics
The platforming is flawless, and the GamePad's creation tools are intuitive and easy to use
A literally endless supply of Mario levels is at your fingertips, as long as you don't mind if they aren't up to Nintendo's standard of quality. Getting creative with the tools is fun, and so is seeing what others have devised
Since Mario first won the hearts of gamers across the world in the early 80s, fans have been sketching up their own ideas for Mario levels on paper and imagining what sort of worlds they could create for the iconic plumber to explore. For this reason, Mario Maker seems like a tool that should have existed years ago - but it has been worth the wait.
After so many years starring in games, Mario's core mechanics are still fun. Running, leaping, and jumping on enemy heads feels identical to the way it has in the past, but now you are able to claim a certain amount of authorship over it. If you aren't interested in creating levels, you have more than 60 Nintendo-created stages to play through. They're short, so it's not enough to merit a stand-alone Mario game, but they're entertaining and do a good job of showing off what the game can do.
Despite not being anything close to a game designer, I have spent plenty of time with game-creation tools. I've created levels in games like LittleBigPlanet and worlds in Project Spark, but the process always feels time-consuming and complicated. In terms of ease of use and the time required to create something you are proud of, Super Mario Maker is the fastest and most rewarding.
It's easy to switch between the different eras of 2D Mario (Bros., Bros. 3, World, and New) while creating, but there is no cross-pollination among them, since each uses different physics and power-ups. All the pieces and templates translate within each era, though, which offers an interesting opportunity to see how familiar mechanics and art assets have gone through subtle changes through Mario's 30 years.
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