Super Mario Maker
One of the big hits for the Nintendo Wii U was Super Mario Maker. It was such a huge hit that Nintendo threw some shrinking dust on it an managed to bring it to the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS.
Meet Your Maker
The idea of Super Mario Maker is very clever and actually, when you think about it its surprising Nintendo had not done this before. Basically, you are the creator and you can come up with your own Super Mario Bros levels. So if you have been playing Mario for years, now you can come up with your own stages.
Do The Mario
One thing that is really neat about Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is the way it lets you make four different Mario games. You can make games based on Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. Each game has its own art style as well as differences in the enemies and the things that you can place in the world. For example, if you place Bowser in New Super Mario Bros then you switch the level to the original Super Mario Bros he is going to look and behave differently. It is very clever and it also makes you think about the kind of level that you want to create. You also have the choice of above ground, underground, water, ghost house, airship and Bowser castle levels to create. You really do have a lot of choice at your fingertips when it comes to creating your world.
Share With The World
Once you have created your own masterpiece of a level you can upload it so other players can try and beat it…. actually you have to play through your level once from start to beginning before you can upload it. This is to stop people from uploading levels that are unbeatable so I do feel that it is fair.
The Nintendo Way
Nintendo has created a lot of levels for this game and there is a little bit of a “quest mode” that you can play through. By beating the different Nintendo levels you get a better idea of what works and what does not work when it comes to making levels. Plus it is always a good thing to have some 2D Super Mario levels to play through. I actually spent a lot of time playing these Nintendo created levels and had a great time doing so.
This Is Nuts!
Some of the levels that you will download in Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS are just crazy. How people come up with these things is beyond me, but it does make for some interesting levels. I do think that some people go too far in trying to create a level that shows how smart they are rather than making a fun level and this is my main criticism of the game. It is always annoying when you download a level thinking it will be fun, but then it turns out it is not fun. Still, I have played hundreds and I mean hundreds of amazingly creative levels and the community that is around this game is really cool.
Super Mario Maker for the Nintendo 3DS is well worth playing. It is very easy to make your own levels, you have a ton of pre made levels to enjoy and above all else, it is just a really fun game. The 3DS version is great I have played it on a New 2DS XL as well as an older 3DS and it is great on both devices. If you love Super Mario, you will love this game. I would go as far to say this is essential for any Nintendo 3DS collection….. well until the inevitable Nintendo Switch port comes out of course.
- Features lots of pre made levels
- Encourages creative play
- There is a never ending supply of player created levels
- Four different Mario styles
- It has a lot of charm
- Some user created levels are more annoying than fun
- The download and upload process is a little slow