Super Mario Maker is Nintendo’s Love Letter to Gamers

I don’t always agree with some of the decisions Nintendo makes when it comes to their business, but one thing is for certain they know how to make excellent games. Super Mario Maker is the newest example of this. It is a game developed by people who just get it. Video games, in their simplest form, are made for entertainment and fun, and that is exactly what you can expect when you play Super Mario Maker. Honestly, I’m surprised it took this long for Nintendo to create a game like this, but glad that it was made for the Wii U. Playing SMM with the Wii U tablet feels great and makes sense.

This game offers some of the best use of the Wii U gamepad to date. Navigating the games menus, as well as creating your own unique Mario stages feels great on the tablet. Just click on the character you want to place, then drag and drop it.

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That hand is creepy.

SMM is not about top-notch graphics, convoluted storytelling, or explosions. This game is simply about having fun. The amount of time one could put into this game is endless, and the number of different creations just waiting to be made are infinite. If I had one gripe about this game, and I do, it is the absence of Super Mario 2 skins and characters. I would love to make levels with some shyguys and goombas mixing it up. Let’s throw a birdo in there too while we’re at it. The only reason I’m able to forgive them for this egregious lapse in judgement is because I’m sure there will be some dlc for it and other Mario characters in the future.

Creating your own worlds and uploading them for others to play is extremely entertaining, and the ability to download levels created by other users only adds to the already staggering replay value of the game. SMM is very easy to learn, but will definitely take practice to master. Just look at some of the more complex player created levels to understand what I mean. I’m still very much a novice when it comes to design, but I’m still having the time of my life building and learning. It did kind of suck having to wait for more pieces to build with, and I can understand why they would want you to take your time before having access to everything, but it just slows things down for those that want to jump right into the deep end. Not a big deal though.

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When I look at the library of Wii U games available it’s amazing to me the console had such a terrible start. There are so many excellent games to play on the Wii U, with even more to be released on the horizon. Then I remember there weren’t any games as good as this when the system launched. This is the killer app The Wii U desperately needed.

Had this game, along with a few others,  been ready a few years ago the Wii U might have been in a completely different situation. Super Mario Maker is an excellent game, and reminds me of the fun I had playing video games when I was younger. It’s a shame that it took this long for Nintendo to start releasing these types of titles. I can only hope that when the NX arrives they will have learned from their mistakes with the Wii U, and give us more of the games we want…sooner. Like a new Metroid for example.

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