GAMES - Review
14:56 - 23rd November 2015, by Michael Dodson

Super Mario Maker

If you’ve ever enjoyed a 2D Mario platformer (and let’s face it – who hasn’t?) and wondered what it would be like to design your own levels, the answer is finally here. Super Mario Maker is a user-friendly course creation tool that makes excellent use of the GamePad, giving you free reign to arrange blocks, enemies and items by dragging them across the screen and placing them with the stylus. Graphics can be effortlessly switched between four graphical styles, from the classic Super Mario Bros. to the more recent Wii U entry, each one offering a variety of level themes, including the classic grassy hills and lava filled castles.

We had an absolute blast making our own levels, often losing hours to finely tuning their layout. There’s a real sense of satisfaction being able to upload them for others to play and comment on, and when we weren’t in the creative mood, there were a limitless number of levels made by others to enjoy.

Of course, there’s a big difference between being able to create levels and being able to create good levels. For every course that offers a novel use of an item or a challenging but manageable arrangement of obstacles, you’ll find many, many more that are unfairly difficult, or just plain forgettable. Fortunately, Nintendo has provided a robust online rating system, as well as a few short ready-made courses on the disc to help provide inspiration.

Super Mario Maker is the perfect celebration of the series’ 30th anniversary, and the most exciting thing about it is that the only limit is our own imagination.

An incredibly user-friendly construction kit, where creating levels is just as fun as playing them
SCORE: 4.5/5
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