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Super Mario Maker Review Roundup: Simple, Powerful Fun – Latin Post

Super Mario Maker for the Wii U seeks to put a spin on the game maker genre by styling it around the classic Mario video game series. The game has become available as of Sept. 11, and the consensus on the title has arrived via a variety of gaming news outlets.

Super Mario Maker puts players in the seat of the game designer and allows them to craft their very own levels using an endless amount of tools. According to a review from Gamespot, learning how to design an interface isn’t intimidating at all, allowing even the most novice game creator to craft some awesome levels.


“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,” writes Justin Haywald in his Gamespot review. “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. I want to keep making my own levels better. The game won’t necessarily turn you into the next Shigeru Miyamoto, but you can almost feel a little bit of that magic rubbing off every time you upload a new creation.”

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Nintendo Life concurs with this view, pointing out the interface’s ability to help fuel the player’s creativity.

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Thomas Whitehead writes, “Super Mario Maker is so much more than a simple level creation tool, as Nintendo has clearly invested great time, resources and thought into making it greater than its core concept. The user interface, the creativity of the tools that feed the player’s imagination and the overall polish are a testament to the development team’s efforts.”


Kotaku praises not only the game’s versatility, but Nintendo’s confidence in their most marketable game series ever.

Patricia Hernandez for Kotaku writes, “Mario Maker is Nintendo going, ‘Hey kid. You’ve seen what we can do. What about you?'”


Giffin McElroy of Polygon not only found the game to be addictively fun, but also a window that gives gamers a new respect for the art, design, and history of the Mario games. 

“I have had a tremendous amount of fun playing Super Mario Maker, but the way it developed that newfound appreciation for something I’ve known my whole life was the game’s biggest accomplishment,” wrote McElroy. “Sure, there’s touches of fan service here and there, like a startling number of references to Mario Paint, but that’s not how it won me over. Super Mario Maker wooed me because it’s a hands-on history lesson.”


While IGN’s Jose Otero agreed with McElroy on the history aspect, it always comes down to whether the game is fun or not. And Otero gave Super Mario Maker high marks for that. For him, the game is “a great way to mark Mario’s 30th birthday, but it’s not concerned with being an overwrought history lesson.”

“Instead, it’s a celebration that folds three decades of Mario into one accessible, powerful creation suite,” he concluded.

Super Mario Maker Review Roundup: Simple, Powerful Fun – Latin Post

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