Hands down the most impressive piece of “maybe it’s a game” software at E3 2015 is Super Mario Maker. When left in the hands of everyday citizens like you and me, it’s a cute way to share your childhood Mario dreams. However, I’m really hoping that some of our best and brightest indie developers of brutal platformers all pick up a copy and find some spare time to get involved.
Anybody got Team Meat’s Edmund McMillen’s or I Wanna be the Guy developer Michael O’Reilly’s addresses? We all need to pitch in and get them a copy.
I mean, look at these screenshots and tell me that they aren’t just the most monstrous things you’ve seen in your life! Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka were never this brutal during their careers, were they? Oh wait, yes they were.
The Mario experience of your dreams has arrived and is bursting with creativity… including yours! Play a near-limitless number of intensely creative Super Mario levels from players around the world. It’s easy enough to create your own levels with the Wii U GamePad controller that it may feel like you’re simply sketching out your ideas on paper, but you can now bring enemies and objects into a playable course in ways you could only dream of before. What was impossible in traditional Mario games is now impossibly fun, so let your imagination run wild!
- Play a near-limitless number of Mario levels created by Nintendo and players around the world.
- Create your own Mario levels by using the Wii U GamePad controller touch screen to add enemies, blocks, pipes and more.
- Break the conventions of traditional Super Mario gameplay by blending enemies, traps and items into unexpected twists, like Piranha Plant-shooting cannons, power-up-tossing Lakitus, or even Hammer Bros. riding on Bowser while bouncing on trampolines.
- Touch control, instant editing and a robust online ranking and search system makes creating, playing and sharing a seamless process.
- Switch between four distinct themes, each with different art styles and features: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U.
- Transform into different characters at random with the new Mystery Mushroom item. Expand the roster of possible characters by completing 100 Mario Challenge mode or tapping compatible amiibo.
- Tap a 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad controller to add a Big Mushroom power-up to your course.
- Each retail copy of the game will come with a special booklet that offers fun ideas for designing courses.
Super Mario Maker will be released on Sept. 11 for the Wii U. And just look at that box art. Wow! Can I get that as a poster, please?