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Super Mario Maker [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Super Mario Maker does everything you want it to: provide a tool to easily create levels. What sets it apart the attention to detail and it's uncanny ability to provoke experimentation. Mileage will vary with the courses created by other players but it's simple enough to follow creators that you enjoy and sort through the chaff to find well-made stages. It's the perfect way to celebrate the anniversary of the game that has kept 2D platforming relevant for the last 30 years. And you can play as Blathers from Animal Crossing. Super cute.

The Pros: 

+Brilliant UI
+Warranted nostalgia bombs around every corner
+Dozens and dozens of costumes to unlock
+Each aspect flows naturally into the next and inspire creation at every turn
+ Justifies the Gamepad
+Blathers

The Cons: 

-Plenty of power-ups, items, enemies and mechanics from the four games that aren't represented... yet?
-Large amount of user-created content is intimidatingly vast and not always great

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

There is a Rubbermaid bin sitting in storage at my parent's house. In that Rubbermaid container is a sketchbook from the age of four where I drew dozens and dozens of Mario levels. Sure, most of them had Earthworm Jim or dinosaurs or Sonic in them, but I've been flexing the muscles used for level creation for just as long as I've been playing games.

Before Mario Maker

Mario Maker is fast approaching and I can feel the need to create swelling in the collective unconscious. The glorious content machine will roll out level after level and we will never go hungry again as we consume every perfect morsel.

Until that day of reckoning is upon us, here's a few under-appreciate and/or lesser-known level editors that have been helping players thirsty for more flex their creative muscles for the last couple decades.

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