Super Mario Maker

Can Mario still succeed 30 years on with Super Mario Maker?

There is no doubt that Mario is one of the most iconic characters of all time. I couldn’t believe it when I heard that Mario is now 30 years of age, which is in fact older than I am. He has graced some brilliant games on the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and the Wii (and a whole pile of handheld and portable machines). Super Mario Maker, a game where you can create and share your own levels with millions of others, is now available on the Wii U. A dream come true right? Here is what the press thought in their reviews:

IGN: 90

“Super Mario Maker is a great way to mark Mario’s 30th birthday, but it’s not concerned with being an overwrought history lesson.”

GameSpot: 90

“The first time I discovered that not only could I make a giant, flame-spewing piranha plant, but I could also make it fly, I cackled with horrible glee at the possibilities. And for the first time in a creation-focused experience, I look forward to returning again and again for more than just the amazing levels I know other people will create”

GamesRadar: 90

“Creating something memorable is one of the hardest things in the world, but Super Mario Maker wants you to know that it’s not only possible, but you’re just as capable as any of Nintendo’s designers. And that’s a really good feeling.”

Digital Spy: 80

“Super Mario Maker already has so much potential, but its true brilliance will only be apparent once it’s out and it starts to create prodigies. Whether Super Mario Maker is a gateway to infinite Mario levels or an outlet for your creativity, you will still find unlimited value within.”

Eurogamer: Recommended

“There are some things that Super Mario Maker cannot do, in other words: it can teach most people to turn out a functional Mario level – and, yes, some are already creating truly ingenious levels – but it cannot lift most of us up to the heights at which Nintendo’s own teams operate”

It would be wrong of us to not include some of the amazing levels created by the brilliant Mario community. Take a look at this video from the folks at GamesRadar, which highlights their top 6 user-created levels: