Super Mario Maker for Wii-U

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Percentile Rank

Super Mario Maker for Wii-U is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 76 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

89

Top Critic Average

96%

Critics Recommend

Based on 76 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
Sep 2, 2015
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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 20, 2015

Aspiring game makers will spend hours at a time designing the perfect levels, and those kids-at-heart who grew up with Super Mario will get the chance to live out a fantasy 30 years in the making.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 9, 2015

As both a user experience and dream fulfillment, Super Mario Maker is far from perfect, but it is still hugely charming and packs a copious helping of fan service for longtime Mario aficionados. Its greatest accomplishment, though, is showing how such a simple collection of toys can be used in so many different ways. With an active and passionate community, Super Mario Maker could very well be the last Mario game we ever need.

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GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 2, 2015

I wouldn't call a game like Super Mario Maker a system seller by any means, so if you don't own a Wii U yet, I'm not sure that this game will make you change your mind, however for those that love Mario's 2D adventures and always wished they could create their own level creations that could potentially outshine Miyamoto-san himself, then this game was literally made for them.

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TechnoBuffalo
Buy
Buy
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker is a friendly course creator with a wonderful potential for fun, and it's one of the best games on the Wii U.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Sep 11, 2015

An elegant level editor that offers real insight into three decades of platforming brilliance.

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Washington Post
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 15, 2015

"Super Mario Maker" feels like the antithesis of this spirit. "Mario" levels begin to feel like traps that can't be escaped. As with many digital tools that seem to liberate us from the laborious demands of creation, "Super Mario Maker" is primarily an engine for circulating bad ideas and broken gimmicks as if there weren't already an overabundance of them.

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Guardian
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 15, 2015

Once you overcome the initial frustration engendered by Super Mario Maker's refusal to give you all its tools at once, it provides a wondrously moreish experience that will enthral a generation of tinkerers.

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Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Sep 11, 2015

Finally, I can make the hellscape Mario levels of my dreams.

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Nintendojo
A-
A-
Sep 18, 2015

Budding game designers would do well to take advantage of Mario Maker's suite of tools, but even the most uncreative of players will be able to mine hours of playtime and fun from the work of others. Now stop reading this and go buy the thing, already. It's a keeper.

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Scored Reviews

Telegraph
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker's chaotic smorgasbord is part of its appeal. Wild, unbridled and even inspiring, Super Mario Maker achieves the envious feat of making both Play and Creation a joy. And all it had to do was remove the barrier between the two.

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Examiner
Sep 3, 2015

Super Mario Maker makes level creation incredibly easy and accessible for gamers of all ages. The Wii U GamePad is the perfect tool for level creation thanks to the touchscreen. Whether you are an adult or child, Mario Maker is a stress-free experience to make levels and see your vision become reality. Super Mario Maker is a brilliant Mario game, and a game that Mario fans and those aspiring to be game creators must-play.

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Fintendo
Feb 1, 2017

"The best usage of Wii U GamePad."

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GamesBeat
100 / 100
100 / 100
Sep 2, 2015

Now we have this game that will produce an effectively limitless number of Super Mario stages. I'm not great at math, but I think if you multiply timeless gameplay by countless stages, you get something that is astronomically fun. But Nintendo didn't just do the bare minimum here. It didn't just scrap together a level editor and sharing system. It has put unparalleled craft and care into every element of this game because it loves Mario as much as we do. And that propels this game into a whole other realm of greatness.

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Nintendo Life
10 / 10
10 / 10
Sep 2, 2015

Whether creating, exploring or just playing, Super Mario Maker provides an exceptional experience. If you've ever enjoyed a 2D Mario game and have a creative, playful spirit, then you should have already decided to buy this. It has plenty of tough competition, but this is the definitive Wii U game.

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USgamer
Sep 2, 2015

What better way to commemorate three decades of Super Mario Bros. than to put the tools for creating Mario games in the hands of fans?

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GameSkinny
Sep 12, 2015

Buy this game. Buy it now! I cannot stress this enough: if you don't have a Wii U, but you love - or loved - Mario games, buy a Wii U and this game now! This is the game you have dreamed of, and more!

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Giant Bomb
Sep 7, 2015

Super Mario Maker lets you create as many Kuribo's Shoe-focused levels as your heart can take and then some. The pipes work and you can make giant goombas and stack them up as high as the screen. You can press play and get served up an endless array of user-created levels of varying degrees of quality. If any of that sounds even slightly appealing, you'll probably love this thing to death.

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ZTGD
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2015

Super Mario Maker sets out to give back to the players, to create their own Mario levels, and to share with the world, and it does exactly that. This is a dream come true for Mario fans and anyone with a penchant for designing their own platformers.

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Gamestyle
10 / 10
10 / 10
Sep 14, 2015

A chance to live out some of your childhood dreams and make games for Nintendo!

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Daily Dot
Sep 2, 2015

The idea of Super Mario Maker continuing into the future is wonderful, because this is a game that can bridge generations. When I was a kid, my dad and I had no idea how Nintendo created a Super Mario Bros. game. Now, I can sit down with the next generation of my extended family and not only show them what Super Mario Bros. is through Super Mario Maker, but also peel back the curtain and figure out together how video games work.

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GameCrate
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2015

Super Mario Maker is more than a just an amazing toolbox for content creation — it's also a big, beautiful toy box filled with all sorts of incredible, remarkable toys each with individual parts for you to spend hundreds of hours falling in love with. Even if you've never liked this type of game, Super Mario Maker may just win you over.

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VideoTime
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2016

Super Mario Maker is the perfect tribute to Mario in his 30th anniversary.

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EGM
9.5 / 10.0
Emma Schaefer

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker's a glorified level maker, but it's a good one. Though it's a little short on content, there's plenty to play around with, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the community can make with it. In the meantime, it's easy to learn, it's fun to play, and it's packed with enough Easter eggs to put the Easter Bunny out of business.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

It's magnificent, it's crazy, and it's for everyone to enjoy. Truly inclusive, Super Mario Maker is the game you'll smile the most at this year, and worth every penny.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker truly offers you more or less everything you need to create the level of your dreams.

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GBAtemp
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2015

In a world where I started to find too much simplicity and repetition in Mario, I have had my mind turned upside down thanks to Mario Maker. Where I desired difficulty, I received it. Where I asked for more Yoshi, I got it. Where I asked for an endless amount of Mario to play, I have obtained it. And something I thought since being a small child was realized as well. I get to make Mario, the way I want to play Mario.

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CGMagazine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker delivers everything you could want from it's endearingly simple concept and it's likely a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.

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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2015

Other than those minor issues, Super Mario Maker remains an excellent value for gamers: a deep and satisfying creation mode for level building wrapped in a relaxing and non-stressful package that those of any age could enjoy — maybe even multiple generations together.

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Polygon
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

Where other publishers might release a making-of documentary of their golden era, Super Mario Maker does the unthinkable: It lets you do the making of. 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. 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.

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Bit Cultures
94%
Bit Cultures
Zach Nonnemacher
94%
Sep 18, 2015

It's unnecessary to beleaguer the points of what makes a Mario game great. Super Mario Maker is all about taking the classic assets, music, and experiences, and making them your own. It is extremely accessible to newcomers, and also offers quite a hefty challenge for those who can claim themselves veterans of the franchise. The title really is the gift that keeps on giving. It packs such a tremendous value that it will make purchasing feature Mario titles seem frivolous.

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Nintendo News
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Sep 9, 2015

Super Mario Maker isn't much of a 30th anniversary game; it's more of a tool. A tool that takes advantage of the most iconic mechanics from an entire genre's 30-year heritage.

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Wccftech
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2015

Super Mario Maker is one of the Wii U's essential games. If you've ever enjoyed a 2D Mario game you owe it to yourself to buy this and get Mario Making!

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Impulsegamer
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Sep 14, 2015

While you're reading this, I'm probably playing Super Mario Maker. I'm hooked. You could be too.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 2, 2015

Despite its issues, however, Super Mario Maker remains an enjoyable title that makes the Mario world your oyster, er, Koopa shell. Whether it be the game's ability to nurture your inner level creator or inspire future game designers, Super Mario Maker is a great example of the potential that lies in tapping the power of the crowd. Even if you're terribad at stage design, being able to enjoy the crazy creations of other folks makes it worth the prize of admission. Now how about a Super Mario RPG Maker, Nintendo?

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 2, 2015

Truly showcasing creativity at its finest, Super Mario Maker is yet another gem in the stellar Wii U exclusive library that any Mario fan needs in their life.

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PCMag
Sep 2, 2015

If you ever wanted to make your own Mario levels, Super Mario Maker for the Wii U is the way to do it.

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2015

A literally endless supply of Mario levels is at your fingertips, as long as you don't mind if they aren't up to Nintendo's standard of quality. Getting creative with the tools is fun, and so is seeing what others have devised

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Slant Magazine
Sep 29, 2015

It's an experiment that acts as a deconstruction and overjoyed celebration of everything Super Mario Bros.

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The Jimquisition
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2015

Putting the power to construct Super Mario levels into anybody's hands is such a great idea that it should've been done sooner, and the way it works on the Wii U is almost perfect.

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Arcade Sushi
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2015

On the surface this is not a gigantic game . . ., but this little software that could allows for more imagination than anything else I've played this year.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 1, 2015

Super Mario Maker is where fanship turns into craftsmanship for those who for years have wished to design their own Mario levels. The game is intuitive and perfectly accessible for experienced players and newcomers alike. The lack of multiplayer is difficult to understand, though, as is the nine day timeframe needed to unlock all contents of the level design tool.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 10, 2015

Super Mario Maker isn’t something I necessarily thought that I’d want to play but after spending some serious time with it I’m happy to say I’m almost in love with it.

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Game Revolution
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker captures the childlike glee of seeing a game in action and wondering what it would be like to create one. Players in the game are crafting classic Mario levels just like Nintendo has done for all these years, albeit with simplified tools. It showcases the imagination of the video game community at large, and it hasn't even been released to the public yet. I can't wait to see how Super Mario Maker grows and improves as more Wii U owners purchase the game and join that community.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

The perpetual joke at the end of every 10 Mario Challenge run informing you that the Princess is in yet another castle hints at Super Mario Maker's bigger promise: There will always be more levels to play thanks to the online creation community, and a virtually endless pool of challenges to overcome.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 14, 2015

Super Mario Maker is a remarkable game that only just falls short of what many have been dreaming of for 30-odd years. Anyone, regardless of skill and creative talent, can play and enjoy Super Mario Maker, and that is a rarity for creation tools. All I ever wanted to do back in the day was recreate Super Mario levels with interesting twists. Super Mario Maker encourages me to do so much more and try and be a game designer all by myself. And for that I love it.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 2, 2015

Nintendo is known for being conservative and protective of its properties, and it's taking an uncharacteristic risk by giving players this much control over its most iconic character. We're already seeing creativity flourish. I can only imagine what will happen when we're all Mario's caretakers.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 14, 2015

Super Mario Maker is a special video game, period. You could include all of the lengthy, metaphor-laden nonsense that your little brain can come up with as to what is and isn't perfect about it, but at the end of the day, this is a title that allows you to create and play Super Mario Bros.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker is a true celebration of gaming's most popular icon. It's Nintendo's love letter to the fans, not just giving them the tools to create and share Mario courses, but wrapping it up in a wonderfully presented package and teaching them everything they could possibly want to know. The beauty is that some fans will inevitably be able to go beyond that and pull off some tricks that Nintendo haven't even thought of yet.

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games(TM)
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 11, 2015

An outstanding piece of creative software

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GamesRadar+
Sep 2, 2015

Brimming with positivity and encouragement, Super Mario Maker's brilliant toy box gives you everything you need to easily create and share some truly fantastic levels.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 2, 2015

To the few who are dead set on a traditional single-player outing, stay clear. To everyone else, grab your stylus and take the plunge; Super Mario Maker is the king of level creation.

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Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

Though surely there's plenty of room for additional features and improvement, Super Mario Maker is a user-generated content experience assembled with the wisdom and mature philosophy of gaming's finest.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 2, 2015

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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GameTrailers
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2015

There are some incredible moments waiting for you. You just have to dig a little to find them.

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New Game Network
86 / 100
86 / 100
Oct 12, 2015

Super Mario Maker provides endless fun, heavy doses of nostalgia, and a superb level creator that makes it easy to play the role of amateur game designer. A must have for any Wii U owner who is even mildly interested in Mario games and/or likes to create.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

And that's Super Mario Maker in a nutshell: Making and playing. It might seem small and perhaps even insubstantial on the surface, but it offers nearly limitless creative potential as well as a virtually endless selection of player-made courses to try. It's not going to be Nintendo's next Super Smash Bros., but Super Mario Maker is something close to essential for anyone who's ever played a Super Mario Bros. game and thought: You know, I think I could do that.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker is tricky to review and score. It's a heck of a first effort from Nintendo when it comes to level editors, with a shockingly deep number of options. However its few limitations are puzzling, and its time-based content gating makes it very slow to start creating.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 5, 2015

Simple, inspired, and constantly encouraging, Super Mario Maker gives players the freedom to enjoy Mario the way they like to the most. The pre-made levels are mostly just samples, but the real potential lies with the online community. Super Mario Maker not only respects Mario's 30-year history, it gives players the keys to the Mushroom Kingdom like never before.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 10, 2015

If you really sit down and take a good long look at the big picture, Super Mario Maker could go down as the greatest Mario game ever made. It bridges Mario across thirty years of platforming, and puts the power in the player's hands to play Mario how they want. I myself cannot wait to see what the rest of the world has waiting for me to play, and I in turn can't wait to share my creations with the rest of you.

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Kill Screen
83 / 100
83 / 100
Oct 6, 2015

As I argued before, I think it's still likely that Nintendo will profit from the intellectual labor players invest in Maker, and that we'll see the fruits of the community's work in the next Mario game. That said, Nintendo isn't Facebook. Maybe it's better to think about it in terms of participation and collaboration than the work of the many in thrall to the few.

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Cheat Code Central
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker plays a Warp Whistle directly to the right hemisphere of the brain. With fond memories of Mario platforming and an ingrained understanding of its elements, whether you're piecing together a masterpiece on the GamePad or concocting design ideas when not playing (which will happen, I guarantee), it's hard not to imagine yourself as the next Shigeru Miyamoto.

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Toronto Sun
Sep 9, 2015

Legend has it that Shigeru Miyamoto designed his original Super Mario Bros. levels on long rolls of graph paper. The tools have certainly changed over the decades, but the magic – in the right hands, at least – remains exactly the same.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 2, 2015

You might come for the quickfire fun of the Ten Mario Challenge, but you'll stay for the pleasures of creating and the unpredictable delights of the Course World. Nintendo hasn't just produced a Mario construction kit, but a celebration of all things Mario where you're encouraged to get stuck in. Super Mario Maker is the real Mario Party.

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Digital Trends
Sep 23, 2015

Super Mario Maker gives rare insight into the world of game development, and could prove essential to a new generation of digital creators.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker is a fantastic creation tool. Just don't expect it to be much more than that.

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IBTimes UK
Oct 7, 2015

Super Mario Maker offers an exquisite tool for creating new platforming memories. It realises a dream Mario fans have had for 30 years, but a lack of checkpoints and a skewed course browser that favours levels requiring little effort from players holds the game back from true greatness.

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Digital Spy
Sep 2, 2015

Super Mario Maker already has so much potential, but its true brilliance will only be apparent once it's out and it starts to create prodigies. Whether Super Mario Maker is a gateway to infinite Mario levels or an outlet for your creativity, you will still find unlimited value within. If Mario means anything to you, this is absolutely essential.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

The limitations might be bothersome, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter because crafting your very own Mario levels makes for an incredible feeling, especially with how easy-to-use the interface is. Super Mario Maker is a supreme early leap into the world of game-making software for Nintendo, and I want to see them make more fascinating games like this, even if I can't place a Charging Chuck on screen.

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Paste Magazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2015

The ability to muck about with our most powerful memories and experiences is bewitching and almost unthinkable, but that's the core of Super Mario Maker. It's exactly as good and as bad as you think a Super Mario level editor would be, and that's entirely subjective upon your own thoughts and opinions.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Sep 10, 2015

Ultimately though, Super Mario Maker will live or die on content sharing and Nintendo's long term support. And that's not a criticism or a compliment, it's just an observation of how this investment will be valued.

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Game Rant
Sep 2, 2015

Nintendo allows the player to become the creator in Super Mario Maker, providing gamers with one of the easiest and enjoyable means of creation ever seen in gaming.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2015

Super Mario Maker is a charming little creation tool, and I'm sure fans will come up with some amazing levels for years to come. However, it feels a bit more constrained than it needs to be, and is in dire need of updates or DLC to keep it going long term.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Adam Riley

Top Critic

7 / 10
Sep 3, 2015

For all its drawbacks in terms of relying on the gamer to actually put in the effort to enjoy the experience, Super Mario Maker is a fresh approach to the old 'RPG Maker' mould, taking the key elements that any 'build-a-game' title requires and then making sure that there are sufficient in-built goodies to give those less inclined to while away the hours making new content a sense of value for money. Additionally, the online element for stage sharing, as well as potential for new extras to be unlocked via DLC, ensure that Nintendo's anniversary project will certainly not be resigned to a fate of 'dust collector' or 'drinks coaster' anytime soon.

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NZGamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2015

Super Mario Maker is a beautifully crafted and unique game and it feels like Nintendo have put honest time and love into creating it. Other than the fact that timing a jump on the springboards is still horrifically challenging (but it has been for as long as I've been playing Super Mario), you simply cannot fault the meticulous production quality. The simplistic charm and fabulously colourful world will keep you coming back for more, but for how long is really dependent on the player and the reasons they love Super Mario in the first place.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 2, 2015

If you accept its purposeful limitations this is one of the few successful attempts to ensure creating your own games is as much fun as playing them.

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