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Super Mario Maker

Posted by Shadowfox364 on September 21, 2015 at 1:50 AM

For 30 years, we’ve seen this Italian Plumber fight giant turtles, play golf, tennis, basketball, soccer, kart race, party, paint, and save princesses. And now he’s back to his old school 1980s platforming roots, but not what you would expect, this time we call the shots, we make the levels for Mario to beat. Behold Super Mario Maker, the most recent release on the Wii U.


Main Game- there really isn’t much of a story in this game so this is a more of a “Main Game in General” section, to me it’s more of a “choose your own adventure book” as you’re the one making the levels. There are 2 main modes other than the playing user levels at choice, there is the 10 Mario Challenge where you only have 10 lives to beat 8 courses randomly selected by the Nintendo developers, and the 100 Mario Challenge where you have 100 lives to beat a select number of courses depending on which difficulty you choose, there you will be able to unlock special costumes, but we’ll get to that in the Extras section.


Gameplay- Gameplay is divided up into 2 categories, level design and playing the level, you use the Wii U gamepad to create levels using themes from four Mario games: Super Mario Bros (NES), Mario Bros 3 (NES), Super Mario World (SNES), and New Super Mario Bros U (Wii U), sadly you cannot interchange between themes when making levels, so no you cannot make a level using Mario 1 and Mario 3 design or any other combo, you can however shift between different level themes from each games, for example you can use a warp pipe to shift from Ground to Underwater, or Underground to Bowser’s Castle if you want. When it comes to playing the levels, they can range from easy to Kaizo Mario level difficulty which highly increases Replayability and makes it so you want to beat the level. When you first start off the game, after the tutorial, you will be able to start making your levels and publishing them, note you’ll only be able to upload 10 when you start, as your levels get more popular you will be able to upload more. New to Mario is the Skinny Mushroom which turns him into a taller but slim Mario, which is very creepy, it’s an unlockable/random drop as well.


Sound and Music- The music of the Super Mario franchise has never been a disappointment, Mario Maker’s soundtrack features tracks old and new, Originally in Super Mario Bros, there were never any airship levels, so new music was created for those in mind, which was pretty neat. What is a really neat feature I really enjoyed was the ability to change sound effects for certain items and being able to record quick little sound-bites to create a little humor in your levels.


Extras- There are a ton of neat little extras in Mario Maker, and a lot of them pay homage to Mario Paint from the SNES, you got the fly swatting mini game, which is still as annoying as it ever was, some of the music are remixed Mario Paint tracks. Hey remember when I said there were unlockables, there are a lot, other than the daily tool pick-up, there are 103 Amiibo special costumes you can unlock, every Amiibo figure you own is compatible with Mario Maker and will allow you to receive a special secret mushroom containing that character to use for the levels you create. There even is a neat little CRT mode, which displays the level in what looks like a CRT-TV even included is that good old eyestrain we all knew and loved about the 80s and 90s, there are 2 methods to obtaining this mode the first is to press Down on the D-Pad and the 4 face buttons at the same time, this allows the entire level to have the effect, the other is to obtain a mega mushroom, but the only way to get those is to have the special 30th anniversary Mario Amiibo or play a level that has a mega mushroom.


Final Score- 9/10. Super Mario Maker is the Mario game for the gamers by gamers, it has a ton of variety for all Mario players new to the franchise and veterans, the amount of Replayability is crazy high and with new levels being published daily by players there’s always more to come back to.


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