Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker (tentatively called Mario Maker when announced at E3 2014) is a 2D platforming and level creation game for the Wii U. It allows players to design and share their own 2D Super Mario courses, alongside viewing and playing courses made by other creators. To build a course, players can use a variety of objects such as blocks, enemies and items. They can also set a theme and incorporate their course into the styles of four previous Mario games (Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U), each with distinct mechanics and features. While the game typically uses the GamePad, whose touchscreen is used to design courses, other controllers such as the Wii Remote, Wii Classic Controller, and Wii U Pro Controller are also compatible. Additionally, the game has compatibility with amiibo, which can be scanned to unlock different Mystery Mushroom costumes based on the amiibo figurine.
The game was announced at E3 2014 and was released in September 2015 (originally set to be released in early 2015), as part of the 30th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. The eShop version of the game requires at least 1.4 GB of storage memory to be downloaded.
Starting on November 7th, 2017, Nintendo has terminated the Miiverse service, removing support for comments on uploaded levels. Super Mario Maker was removed from the eShop on January 13th, 2021. On March 31st, 2021, the ability to upload new courses was discontinued, but players can still play courses that were uploaded before the discontinuation. Players are also no longer able to view the most starred courses online.
Pre-title screen animations
Each day the startup screen has a different animation associated with getting Builder Mario off the screen. All the objects are in Super Mario Bros. style.
In a similar fashion to Mario Paint, the title screen is highly interactive. A randomly generated stage will appear, and players have the option to choose "Create" and edit the stage, or "Play", to choose either Course World or 10 Mario Challenge. Players can even complete the stage before starting. When pressed, each letter will cause a different effect on the game title screen.
The game is set up so that players can design their very own 2D Super Mario courses. They are able to set up and edit the length and width of the stages, the course's theme, and game styles, and are able to use various objects, items, and enemies. Players are able to switch between editing and playing their created stages, and can easily make any changes using the tools provided. An outline mode can also be used to show Mario's movements and to make positioning objects easier.
The game starts with only one row of course elements, as the game features an unlocking system, in which a set of elements will be available for the next day, so long as they spend at least five minutes using the tools they have. As part of a Day 1 patch, however, the elements can be made available immediately by spending enough time placing elements on the course. Players can also add sound effects to their courses using the Soundfrog (which uses the frog icon from Mario Paint). These effects happen when Mario walks over them in the play mode, with some effects generating visuals. Players can even record their own sound effects and add them to the game. However, these custom sound effects are replaced with a generic parrot/chicken squawk when uploaded to Course World.
Players can save up to 120 different courses onto their Wii U profile. They can be found in Coursebot, the course selection screen. Locally saved and downloaded courses can be arranged into worlds, which are set up like in Super Mario Bros., with four courses per world. There is no way to upload courses in worlds; players can only upload single courses.
Below is the full list of all the 68 sample courses that are in the game. The sample courses that are in worlds 1 and 2 are unlocked as the player unlocks new course sets. The sample courses that are in worlds 3 through 16 are used in the 10 Mario Challenge. The world 17 courses, which are the courses that were shown off at the 2015 Nintendo World Championships, are unlocked after the player has completed all the 10 Mario Challenge sample courses. Completing all four of those levels, in turn, allows the player to freely use the Weird Mushroom when creating levels.
The game gives players the option to choose the game and course styles from various 2D Mario games. There are four game styles and six course styles to choose from. Each game style retains its respective gameplay elements and physics from its base game. For example, Mario cannot carry items in the Super Mario Bros. style, can triple and wall-jump in the New Super Mario Bros. U style, and is able to throw Koopa Shells upward in the Super Mario World style only. Each game style has its own exclusive elements, such as Yoshi being available in the Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U styles, but is replaced in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 styles by the Goomba's Shoe, as well as its exclusive power-ups and end-goals. Changing a course theme changes the assets, objects and the music of the edit mode to appropriately share the theme. These game and course themes include:
*S – available from the start.
NOTE: Arranged in alphabetical order
*S – available from the start.
Most objects can bounce off Trampolines and Note Blocks.
The following objects can have Wings added to them; in the case of some enemies (such as Goombas and Koopas), it makes them look and act like their "Para" variations in previous titles:
The following objects can be made huge by dragging Super Mushrooms onto them:
Players can make ? Blocks, Brick Blocks, Note Blocks, Bill Blasters, Lakitus and pipes spawn one of the following objects, by dragging one of the following objects onto one of the former objects (whether huge, winged, both, or neither):
The following objects can be made to move along Tracks by dragging them onto one:
Note: Any object on a track, when winged, move faster.
The following objects can be put into Lakitu's Clouds:
The following objects can press P Switches:
The following objects can be stacked on top of each other (when not on rails or in Clown Cars):
Each course layer has limits for how many objects can be placed.
NOTES: Power-up and enemy objects placed inside blocks do not count towards their respective object limits.
In addition to the Course Maker, Super Mario Maker features two game modes: 10 Mario Challenge, and Course World.
10 Mario Challenge
In 10 Mario Challenge (Japanese: 10人マリオチャレンジ, 10 Nin Mario Charenji), the goal is to clear eight randomly-selected sample courses with up to ten lives. Players can obtain up to three 1-Ups in each course, but must be able to complete the course to collect them. As many as 56 different sample courses appear in this mode, and they'll be added onto the Coursebot's sample courses list when completed.
When the player plays 10 Mario Challenge for the first time, the eight courses that appear are predetermined, and will never change until the player has completed 10 Mario Challenge once.
After the player has completed 10 Mario Challenge for the first time, any courses that appear in the 10 Mario Challenge will be chosen at random, instead of being predetermined.
Course World is Super Mario Maker's dedicated way to share course creations with the rest of the user base. The sharing system is similar to what was done with Pushmo World and the later games in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. Uploading courses is limited to 10 at first, but players will be able to earn the ability to upload more when they are given more stars by players.
In order to share a course online, players must be able to complete it, and have access to Miiverse. Players can download, play, and even alter courses made by other players, but they are unable to re-upload those altered courses to the online servers, as to avoid issues of stealing. Once a course is uploaded, players can comment on it, and/or choose to give it a star if they liked it.
Players can also bookmark courses on the official Super Mario Maker Bookmark website, then access the bookmarked courses in the courses section of Course World.
It should be noted, however, that uploaded courses that haven't received at least one star within a set amount of days can end up being removed from the Super Mario Maker servers without any warning. The Miiverse posts for the courses will only be removed if the player deletes the courses; if deleted by Nintendo, the Miiverse posts will still be present, but the course IDs will not work. Lastly, any courses that are deleted by Nintendo are blocked from being uploaded again, regardless of whether they get updated.
As part of the 1.20 version update, an "Event Courses" section has been added to the Course World. Event Courses allow players to play courses created by Nintendo, and potentially obtain Mystery Mushroom costumes as well.
Whenever players receive stars, they earn medals, based on how many stars are earned. Below are all the medals that the player can obtain, along with the star requirements needed to get them. Even if a course is deleted, the stars remain.
100 Mario Challenge
Course World also features a variant of 10 Mario Challenge, known as 100 Mario Challenge (Japanese: 100人マリオチャレンジ, 100 Nin Mario Charenji), which gives the player 100 lives to clear a certain number of user-created courses; 8 courses on Easy; 16 courses on Normal and Expert; 6 courses on Super Expert. Courses marked as the selected difficulty (based on clear percentage) are used. Unlike with 10 Mario Challenge, players can save their progress while playing the 100 Mario Challenge, and they can choose to skip a selected course to try another one instead. At first, only the Easy and Normal difficulty levels can be selected, but players can unlock the Expert difficulty by completing the Normal difficulty 100 Mario Challenge at least once, and if they clear Expert once, then the players will unlock the Super Expert difficulty.
Clearing 100 Mario Challenge rewards the player with a random Mystery Mushroom costume. However, there is a limit to how many costumes can be unlocked on a single difficulty level; this in return, means that the player has to complete all the difficulty levels a certain number of times in order to unlock every random costume in the game.
Prior to the release of update version 1.40, without using any amiibo, the player could unlock up to 95 different Mystery Mushroom costumes in 100 Mario Challenge. The unlock limits were originally as follows:
As of version 1.40, additional costumes have been added onto 100 Mario Challenge, which also increases the unlock limits for each difficulty level (except Easy).
If the player uses any amiibo to unlock the costumes, then the unlock limit for each difficulty level decreases, depending on which amiibo figures were scanned. Also, when the players have unlocked all the Mystery Mushroom costumes at a certain difficulty level, a notice will appear to notify them.
Differences from original games
Although the recreations are mostly faithful, each style has some minor differences from its source material (disregarding console limitations, etc.). Some of these changes bring one or more styles in line with others, although this is not universal (for an example of a difference that remains, Koopa shells cannot be picked up in Super Mario Bros. style).
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World
New Super Mario Bros. U
The following is a list of updates that Super Mario Maker has received.
Released September 10, 2015, Nintendo provided an official description of the update:
With this update, course sets are unlocked sooner than was planned during development. This is achieved by placing at least 500 items in the Course Maker after all new items are used from a delivery.
Released September 23, 2015, an official description was provided:
This update adds support for official Nintendo courses, including inserting into the game's data the message, "This course was uploaded by Nintendo, so it cannot be reported.". Courses made by Mary O. and Yamamura with this designation were added on, October 14, October 20, and November 4 (the latter before the V1.20 update).
Some additional adjustments have also been made:
Released November 12, 2015, the only official note is that Adjustments have been made for a more pleasant gaming experience
Released on December 21, 2015. This update adds support for the portal site, Super Mario Maker Bookmark. In addition, the "Bookmarks" tab is added in the Course World's Courses section. The "World Record" and "First Clear" are also added for each course in Course World.
Players can now have an option to retry a course when a course is cleared.
Released December 28, 2015, the only official note is that Adjustments have been made for a more pleasant gaming experience
This was an update solely to "Fix a[n unspecified] glitch occurring in “Create” mode", which had led to the online portion of the game being taken down for maintenance for twenty hours on the 28th of January 2016.
An update has been released on March 9, 2016, which adds several new features to the game. These include a Super Expert difficulty level for 100 Mario Challenge, along with new Mystery Mushroom costumes. The new Mystery Mushroom costumes can be unlocked by completing the Normal, Expert, and Super Expert difficulty levels, with some of the costumes being exclusive to the Super Expert difficulty level.
Four new course creating elements have also been added:
Three new restrictions on giving out stars were implemented:
Released March 17, 2016, the only official note is that Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience. This patch also fixed Wolf Link's entry in the Mystery Mushroom Menu from Japanese to English.
Released April 6, 2016, the only official note is that A number of issues have been fixed to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.
Released May 19, 2016, Nintendo provided an official description of the update. Unusually for a 0.01 update, it includes actual details:
In addition, the Mystery Mushroom "Costume Collection" the player has obtained can now be viewed directly from the Main Menu, with the Notifications, Options and Manual buttons being slightly shrunk to allow it to fit.
When choosing costumes by tapping the Mystery Mushroom can now be navigated using and selected/canceled using /, alongside the touch screen.
Released July 22, 2016.
In addition, the player gets notified with a reason (i.e. unpopularity, bugs, inappropriate content), when their course(s) gets deleted from the server. Previously, the player gets notified without a reason.
Released November 30, 2016, the only official note is that A number of issues have been fixed to make for a pleasant playing experience.
Released April 27, 2017, the only official note is that A number of issues have been fixed to make for a pleasant playing experience.
Released September 5, 2017, an additional update was added to Version 1.46:
Released November 7, 2017.
The "Comment" button has been removed from the "Course Clear" menu and the pause menu, and the "View Comments" button has been removed from the Course World menu. Various glitches have been patched. Additionally, there were many changes to the in-game physics, such as being able to immediately jump on upside down Beach Koopas without spin jumping, thrown Bob-ombs moving differently and springs sinking in lava now giving Mario high jumps instead of acting like a regular platform.
Shigeru Miyamoto had shown interest in developing a user-generated Mario game since at least 2009, citing the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series and Flipnote Studio as examples of Nintendo products already featuring such content to demonstrate how open he is to the idea.
In 2015, a browser game based on this game was released on the Play Nintendo website called Super Mario Maker Wallpaper Maker. A series of comics called Super Mario Maker: Crash Course were later added to the Super Mario Maker website.
Super Mario Maker has received generally positive reviews from critics. Currently, the game has an 88% average on Metacritic and an 89% average on Game Rankings. IGN gave the game a 9.6, praising the game's social elements and highlighting the 10 Mario Challenge in a positive light, stating that players would "see a genuine reverence for Mario’s history" in the online modes. Destructoid, Nintendo World Report and VideoGamer.com gave the game an 8 out of 10, while Game Informer and GameSpot gave a 9 out of 10, and EGM and Polygon gave it an 9.5 out of 10.
The game has been praised for its simple but well designed and expansive interface, social elements and highlighting the 10-Mario Challenge. Some criticisms towards the game include the lack of certain elements, with slopes being the most common, and the issue in finding courses from friends on the Course World feature. The game has also been criticized for its level-sharing organization and quality control such as Michael Thomsen from The Washington Post, who lambasted the game by calling it "an engine for circulating bad ideas and broken gimmicks as if there weren’t already an overabundance of them." Patricia Hernandez from Kotaku, on the other hand, as a direct response to Thomsen's argument, has defended Super Mario Maker, stating that "Mario Maker isn’t a worse game simply because all these shitty levels exist" and praising its simplicity of level creation, but has agreed that the content-sharing aspect of Super Mario Maker is highly flawed.
As of the end of September 2015, Super Mario Maker has sold over a million copies worldwide. It was the fourth-fastest selling Wii U title since the system's launch As of the end of December 2015, Super Mario Maker racked up over 3.3 million sales. As of September 30, 2021, the game sold 4.02 million copies worldwide.
NOTE: This glitch only works on update versions before 1.20.
For this glitch, the player must have a power-up that will turn them into Super Mario when hit. If the player takes any form of damage and enters a door when the invincibility frames are about to end, Mario will retain the invincibility for the duration of the course; he cannot take damage from enemies or obstacles, except for bottomless pits or lava which automatically cause the player to lose a life. While in this state the player also cannot collect any power-ups except for Super Stars.
This likely happens due to how post-damage invincibility functions in the game. By entering the door at the end of the invincibility frames, the player circumvents the invincibility timer. Therefore, even though he is not blinking, when he exits the door, he is still invincible.
NOTE: This glitch only works on update versions before 1.20.
This glitch requires a cloud platform, a track piece, and an invisible ? Block. Put the invisible ? Block on the track, then change the tab to a different object. Next, put the track over the cloud platform, then switch to the track tab. Finally, touch the track, and pull it towards the platform. If the player sees the cloud platform in front of the invisible ? Block, then the glitch didn't work, but if the player just sees the invisible ? Block, then the glitch did work. This can also happen with hard blocks and solid blocks. The method for the latter two cab be found below.
Solid Block Glitch
This glitch is similar to the invisible platform glitch, and requires a Brick Block, a track piece, and a solid block. Put the Brick Block onto the track, but make sure that the tab is not on the track. Move the track so the Brick Block is overlapping the solid block. Select the track tab, grab an end of the track, and side it toward the brick block. If the brick block disappears into the solid block, then the glitch worked. Now, when Super Mario hits the solid block from below, the block will break. Or when Mario hits a P Switch and touches the block, the block will disappear, and a coin will be added to the player's total.
Fake Hard Block Glitch
This glitch is similar to the ones listed above. It requires a hard block and an invisible block, as well as a track. Place the hard block down, and put the invisible block on the track. Then, drag the track with the block onto the hard block. If done correctly, the block, when stepped on, will send Mario falling.
Vine Wall Clip Glitch
This involves blocks covering vines and the Super Mario Bros. style. First place two vines, then cover the vines with blocks. When playing, climb up the vine without the blocks, then at the top, press right to transfer to the other vine. Mario will instead clip through the ground blocks above and can freely walk through the wall.
NOTE: This glitch only works on update versions before 1.32.
This glitch involves Bowser, track, and a firebar. First, place a track segment and place Bowser on it. Next, place a firebar on Bowser, then extend it to full length while simultaneously holding right on the Control Stick. After a couple screens, hit Undo, and the editor should lock up, causing the firebar to remain. Head to the main menu and tap the Exit option. Bowser will be visible on the title screen, but when you head back to the editor, the firebar will replace him. Delete the firebar. Tap Play to make Bowser reappear, then go back to the editor. Place 2 Bowsers, then delete the original to place another. When the Play option is tapped, the original Bowser will remain, bypassing the limit. Keep in mind that the original Bowser must be on a track or he will fall off the stage.
WARNING: If performed, the glitch will cause random Bowsers to appear out of nowhere upon starting a course before falling off screen. To stop this, one must shut off their console before restarting it. If the problem persists, unplugging the console might fix it.
NOTE: This glitch has been partially patched.
This glitch involves a Big Thwomp, Muncher, and another item with which the player wishes to surpass the enemy limit. The player then places the Giant Thwomp with a Muncher on the left side under it. On the other side on the bottom of the giant Thwomp, the player has to place the enemy to be duplicated, start the game and then go out again. Then, the player should duplicate the enemy to be duplicated before going into the play mode again. By doing this over and over, the player can create an infinite number of enemies.
An alternative way to do this glitch was discovered afterwards, which is not patched yet and even works on the Nintendo 3DS version. First, the player must have a Bill Blaster four blocks below the second level line, while still have it above it. Then, the player must place a Big Thwomp on it. Then the player must put the enemy they want to clone right by it. It helps to have a Bob-omb on top of the enemy the player wants to clone, but another video on Ceave Gaming's channel shows it with stacks of Big Goombas. After preparations are made, the player must be viewing the bottom screen and place a coin. Then they must erase the Bill Blaster, get out of Erase mode, and hit undo twice. Player repeats the process after preparations until desired number is reached, but 36 coins can only be on the screen at once. It should be noted that duplicated enemies on the Nintendo 3DS version shows up in Edit mode, but not in Play mode, where only the max number of enemies can be seen until some are defeated and moves the camera, or the player goes through a door and encounters different enemies.
WARNING: If the player goes above the normal enemy limit to an extreme level, the editor may crash and their progress will not be saved. Therefore, the player should save the glitched level at multiple occasions. Also, this glitch can cause the game to lag if used to bypass the normal 100 enemy limit.
Multiple-Item ? Block Glitch
NOTE: This glitch has been patched.
This glitch involves a ? Block, a Lava Bubble, a Track, and a Super Mushroom. The player must place the Lava Bubble on a track, drag the Super Mushroom onto the Lava Bubble, then shake the Track. The player should then select undo twice, place the ? Block on the track with the Lava Bubble, then select play and return to the editor and duplicate the ? Block however many times as desired. The player must place an item in the ? Blocks, then drag the track with the Lava Bubble away and layer the ? Blocks on top of each other. It should be noted that the layered ? Block must have a track under it, otherwise it will fall off of the stage. When the player hits the ? Block, all of the items will pop out.
Wrong Block Art
NOTE: This glitch only works on update versions before 1.11.
Sometimes, if one places a grass tile around other tiles (confirmed in the Super Mario World theme with the grass tile) then deletes the tiles around them, and then replacing them, that one tile may glitch and show the wrong tile art. There is another way to do this in the New Super Mario Bros. U theme (only confirmed on it, however).
Super Mario Maker Bookmark
Super Mario Maker Bookmark was an official website which allowed users to search and bookmark Super Mario Maker courses from PC and smart devices to play them later. It launched on December 22, 2015, coinciding with the game's version 1.30 update, and shut down on March 30th, 2021 at 5 PM (PST). To be able to bookmark a course from the website, users had to sign in with their Nintendo Network ID. While logged in, they could also visit their profile to view their own uploaded courses.
The website featured three tabs where the player could search for courses. The Recommended Courses tab featured highly popular courses that could be sorted by All, Easy, Normal, Expert and Super Expert. The tab also contained an area called Special Collections, which users could access to view courses featured at special events such as GameCenter CX and Tokaigi, or courses selected by the game's development team based on a theme such as Costume Mario and Super Mario Bros. 3.
The Course Search tab allowed users to filter courses by game style, course theme, region, difficulty, tag, and upload date. There was also an option to sort courses by star rate, total stars, lowest clear rate, times shared, and most recent.
Lastly, the Maker Rankings tab featured a top 100 of course makers ranked by a certain category: total stars, number of world records, number of first clears, or number of 100 Mario Challenge clears. Users could also view similarly-organized course rankings, although this feature was removed prior to the website shutting down.
The following are the course sets from the Special Collections.
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