- Release date: 9/11/2015
- Developer: Nintendo
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: Platform
- Content rating: ESRB E
- Features: 1 player, Compatible with Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Classic Controller, Wii Remote + Nunchuck Controller, Wii U Pro Controller
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker Wii U Review. Brings back NES magic
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Super Mario Maker features a blistering array of retro concepts, combining the old over-worlds and gameplay that fans enjoyed with new 2D and slight HD depth to create a beautiful new Mario world. You can also develop your own new levels and share them with other players in this version.
I do think the developers could have done a better job at creating a better visual experience with this game since Wii runs more sophisticated graphics. There are certain parts that meet the HD threshold although the feel of the characters is lackluster. The creativity in some of the worlds is stunning, for example, The Starry Night moving background by Van Gogh, but this isn’t consistent across the levels.
The most exciting feature about Super Mario Maker is the ability to create your own levels with a simple stylus touch on the Wii Pad controller. You can then upload these to the Nintendo server and share them with players around the world. Stats and feedback for your course will be provided via notifications. In addition to regular Mario gameplay of side-scrolling, you can manipulate various elements in different ways, for example, making enemies larger by using a mushroom, making opponents fly by giving them wings, and creating protective shells out of helmets.
You can play and browse through various user courses, including randomly generated ones in the 100 Mario challenge with 100 lives. You can pick four difficulty modes: easy, normal, expert and super expert.
I played the game on Wii U’s touch base controller, with limited screen interaction with my finger for side scrolling. It’s easy to move from stage creator to player with stylus browsing. Movement and using the various power-ups is made effective with sticks and buttons on the gamepad. I believe controls are quite responsive and suit perfectly this genre of the game.
Replay Value: 5
Though some other Mario games might have bit standard gameplay, this one is different. The difficulty modes, exciting new challenges and the ability to play different courses created either by yourself or other players makes this game a must replay for me. The gameplay on Mario Wii is fantastic, and the fact that it offers you both a story mode and a challenge mode which makes Super Mario Maker one of the most exciting Mario games I’ve ever played. I’d definitely replay this game.
This game is a great tribute to the NES era, combining old and new gameplay, fresh ideas and exciting challenges. It also lets everyone create their own little Mario world how they see fit. Though multiplayer mode for Super Mario still lacks in user experience and some of the visuals and sound might be a bit lacking, but Nintendo makes up for this with exciting gameplay and never-ending challenges.
Super Mario Maker Wii U is a real test on your skill, and it is probably the best thing to happen to the Mario world since Super Mario 3D.
Pros : Stunning design in most scenes
Keeps true to the retro NES Mario with a fresh feel
Challenge mode is awesome
You can design and share levels
Cons : Multiplayer mode is quite lacking in UX
No filter search for levels made by your friends
The sounds are also too generic much like the old NES game
Replay Value 5.0