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Super Mario Maker Hands-On Impressions

June 23, 2015

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Kidzworld went hands-on with Nintendo's promising new Mario title, Super Mario Maker, which allows players to design, build and play their own Super Mario levels as well as those made by their friends.

We're happy to report that the game is coming along wonderfully and is shaping up to be a budding level designers dream come true.

Super Mario Maker E3 2015 Trailer

 

In our brief hands-on time with Super Mario Maker we were able to construct a basic level with various obstacles, enemies and two levels, which you travel between by placing the classic green pipes on your map.

Super Mario Maker allows you create things you may have never seen in a Mario game before. As an example, we placed a regular Bo-Bomb in my level but then proceeded to modify it in wonderful ways. We gave the Bo-Bomb wings and then followed that up by throwing a mushroom on him which makes him double his regular size. Want to create a piranha plant that shoots canons? You can do that as well! These are just a tiny examples of all the crazy stuff you can do.

Make levels as easy or as difficult as you please.Make levels as easy or as difficult as you please.Courtesy of Nintendo

Your levels and can be as easy or as difficult as you please. But you're not allowed to upload your level to the network unless you can complete it yourself. This will keep user created content from piling up with broken levels.

When building your world, you can choose between 4 distinct styles; Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. - 3 out of 4 which made out top Mario games list!. The physics in your levels match the esthetic as well. So you'll have to think differently about level design when jumping between the various styles. If you built a level with the New Super Mario Bros. esthetic and some platforms require wall jumping to reach, you'll need to modify those sections if switching to the Super Mario Bros. 3 style as wall jumping does not exist for that version. Make sense?

Design insane under water levels!Design insane under water levels!Courtesy of Nintendo

Don't worry about this being a difficult game to wrap your head around either - it's not as technical as something like Project Spark. Nintendo has done a great job making sense of it all and everything works quite intuitively. Simply drag and drop items with the stylus and you're on your way to creating your first level. Want to turn a green turtle into a red one? Just shake him with the Stylus. Don't like what you're working on? Simply blow it up with a rocket and the handy erase tool.

Nintendo is giving families and budding game designers a simple, intuitive tool that is only limited by the players imagination. If you watched The Nintendo World Championships, you may have seen how insane levels can get and we can't wait to play more.

There's lot's more to share about Super Mario Maker, so stay tuned to Kidzworld for the latest updates before the game launches later this year on September 11th.

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