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POSTED 12/9/15


SUPER MARIO MAKER

Nintendo



Need a plumber? Now you can have the world’s most famous tradie on tap...

Over 30 years the Super Mario games have treated us to the very cream of platform gaming – which it pretty much invented. The greatest minds in game creation have spent hours/days/weeks/months/years slaving over hot graph paper in order to do so. Now, you can join this elite company.

Yes, Super Mario Maker is just what it says it is, an opportunity to flex your game design synapses and have Mario do your bidding in levels based on his original adventure, Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World or New Super Mario Bros U.

Being from Nintendo, SMM oozes slickness – and welcome handholding initially. Fire it up and you start playing a level until – uh-oh - there’s a bloody big hole. Some quick drag and drop instruction later (with delightful in-time musical piece plopping) and you’ve finished it and get to play with more of Mario’s toolbox.

Classic landscapes, enemies, friends and most anything else you can namedrop from Mario’s scrolly history await the fearless creator – eventually. In an apparent attempt not to overwhelm, it takes nine days for all content to unlock. More intrepid types will uncover a workaround, but such tactics shouldn’t be necessary.

Once you’ve created your masterpiece you can upload it so that the world can experience your brilliance. You can also download the creations of others. Creativity clogged? Play other peoples’ levels, or hit some built-in ones which also unlock upon completion within your box of building tricks.

While some great things can be crafted, there are limitations. There’s no multiplayer, you can’t insert checkpoints and superfans will bemoan the lack of some lesser-known characters – and all of the Dokified Super Mario Bros 2.

If you’ve ever thought that you could do better than living treasure Shigeru Miyamoto then here’s your chance. Good luck with that...

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