Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

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Platform: 3DS
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
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Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

Ask anyone who has played the Mario titles since childhood, and they will tell you they love the idea of making their own Mario levels. The modding scene in video gaming left fans do this for years, but the release of SMM helped to give fans an official way of making their own Mario titles come to life. With that in mind, the 2015 release of Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS was a huge moment for the console and Nintendo. With the SMM series moving on to a sequel, though, is it worth going back and playing Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS today?

A revolution for Mario fans

When first released, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS was a game-changer for fans who wanted to simply build their own levels. This provided them with all of the tools and functions they needed to get as creative or as challenging as they wanted. The end result was a hugely enjoyable game that was all about simply enjoying the simplicity of building. For many, though, the novelty soon wore out. While it was revolutionary to be able to build our own levels in a Mario game, this did not offer enough variety. Fans soon found themselves, unlike other world builders like Dragon Quest Builders, running out of time and patience.

Compared to the sequel which more or less improved on everything that Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS lacked, this feels somewhat barebones now in comparison.

A great first attempt, but a little basic (8/10)

Given that Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS was an official release, the lack of content at first was a bit of a pain for some. The game also was removed for release from the Nintendo eShop, with also the chance to upload courses removed. This means that, today, much of the charm of this title has been more or less erased.

While there is still a lot of fun and novelty in the 3DS edition, it does lack some of the quality that one would hope for. The 2019 release of Super Mario Maker 2 was a much more complete release, albeit it was not released on 3DS. For those looking for some simple Mario creation on the go, though, this should live up to expectation.


Just do not expect to be creating super complex levels. The controls can be a bit awkward at times, and it can be a little challenging to understand what you are doing with some of the controls provided. Overall, though, there is something to love at the heart and core of Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS: for many, it fulfils the dream of simply having their own DIY Mario levels available on their 3DS.


  • Allows for accurate recreation of Mario levels as players want
  • Great for developing DIY Mario courses playable on the 3DS


  • Rudimentary and basic in many ways compared to its superior sequel
  • No longer able to upload courses to the Nintendo system, limiting availability

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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