Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker is just a month away. To celebrate the final countdown, Nintendo has released a new 7 minute video that demonstrates how fun it will be to create and play custom Mario levels.
We’re greeted by a friendly narrator who tells us the rules of Super Mario Maker‘s Mario making tools while he begins building his own custom level. “To the uninitiated, it may seem a little daunting. Luckily, you only start with the essentials. Spend at least 5 minutes with the tools you have and more course elements and themes will unlock the next day.” Unlocking said course elements apparently happens over the course of 9 days.
This is apparently Nintendo’s way of easing players into the creation process. Surely it can be “daunting” being thrown into Super Mario Maker with all the bells and whistles (pun intended) immediately available. This way, you’re able to gradually learn how to properly wield all the tools in your toolbox before the entire selection is made available to you.
“To the uninitiated, it may seem a little daunting. Luckily, you only start with the essentials.”
There are some really neat side features within Super Mario Maker as well. For instance, at some point you’ll unlock the Sound Effect Frog. The tool will enable you to attach sound effects to the different variables throughout the level, some even giving visual effects as well. With the Sound Effect Frog, it will even be possible to record and utilize your own sound effects within a level. One has to wonder if this feature will be utilized for levels shared online though.
Once you’ve completed a course you can then upload and share it with players around the world. “Remember, that means you actually have to be able to beat the courses you make”, says our narrator. Courses won’t need to necessarily be made from scratch either. You can download other users’ courses as a base template and then edit them to make them your own.
What really causes giddiness when thinking of Super Mario Maker is the possibility of essentially limitless Mario levels. Nintendo knows this, and it’s a key selling point of the title: “Connect to the Internet to access a near limitless number of courses created by other players around the world.”
You’ll be able to search for levels based upon their newness, reviews, or by creator. You’ll be able to follow those individual creators so that you’ll know whenever they’ve published something new.
“Connect to the Internet to access a near limitless number of courses created by other players around the world.”
100 Mario Challenge and 10 Mario Challenge are also modes that are being implemented to test your Mario might. Using either 100 or 10 lives, you’ll be thrown into 8 random levels pulled from the internet, but still playable if you’re not connected. It’s up to you to see how far your 100 or 10 lives take you.
Finally, the video showed off amiibo support for Super Mario Maker. While using the original 8 bit Super Mario style, you can tap one of over 50 amiibo to insert an 8 bit version of them into the game. They’ll control identically to Mario, but it’s a cool aesthetic change.
Super Mario Maker hits the Nintendo Wii U on September 11th. Time to get creative.