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

Critic Reviews

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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Recommended
Sep 11, 2015

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Yes
Sep 11, 2015

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

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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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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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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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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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89 / 100
Sep 2, 2015

‎Simple to create, fun to play. It lacks the multiplayer and other details to reach its full potential, but it's clear that it's going to provide us with infinite fun with thousands of cool levels based on the best 2D Mario.‎

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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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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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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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9.5 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2015

Nintendo's decision to make a Mario editor for his 30th anniversary now has full meaning. A brilliant editor whose limits are the imaginations of the players.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

The perfect level editor for a console. It has its limits, but stimulates creativity and pantrying gameplay candies.

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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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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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