Super Mario Maker, Nintendo's game released for the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Brothers, has a lot of expectations riding on it. It has to celebrate Mario's history, provide a powerful level creation tool, allow friends to share their creations, and last but not least, it has to be as fun as the series legacy demands. Will Super Mario Maker reach the top of the Goal Pole, or will it die on the first goomba?
Title: Super Mario Maker (Review Copy Purchased)
Platform: Wii U
Release Date: September 11, 2015
Super Mario Maker's graphics are near perfect. The game wonderfully emulates the graphical design of Super Mario Brothers 1 and 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Brothers. The game's UI also hearkens back to the simple whites and grays of Mario Paint, which obviously served as a major inspiration. The conversions of enemies such as Wigglers, the entire Super Smash Bros. cast, and some other fan favorite characters in Super Mario Bros. style look absolutely perfect, with each one holding special details that relate to their years of history in the franchise.
The same reverence given to the graphical design continues into the gameplay proper. All generations of Mario gameplay are replicated extremely well in Super Mario Maker, while all modes run smoothly, no matter what's going on. The physics feel right and mechanics change between modes (Mario U includes wall jumping, Mario World includes throwing Koopa Shells, and Mario 1 includes Mystery Mushrooms). While the game is missing some features, such as colored pipes, Yoshis, and Checkpoints, the game is still a powerful creation tool that makes it easy to create the Mario level of your dreams.
Music and Sound
Super Mario Maker's sound design is also high quality. Sound effects and music are ripped directly from the original games, and the remixes are a pleasure to hear. It is also possible to make your own music with Music Blocks and the results can be astounding. Players may find the selection of default music limited, with background music locked to game style and theme.
All of the elements in Super Mario Maker make a satisfying whole, and deliver a stellar experience. Every single element complements each other, and there are no real design choices that stick out as a sore thumb. This feels through and through like a classic Mario game.