Super Mario Maker doesn’t have a story per se – but rather is a creation tool. It is more or less a storied celebration of the franchises 30 year anniversary. Players can both create and play courses, designed by other players or even themselves, using heaps of different items, enemies and power-ups.
There’s not a lot more to it, and while it sounds ridiculously simple (and it is) there are some great things you’ll be able to do with Super Mario Maker regardless of how creative you might be. The important thing to remember with Super Mario Maker is that it’s appeal is going to be different for everybody.
For the platformer enthusiast – it represents the potential for an endless amount of Mario courses to play through. For the more creative and artistic types – it provides a wide and largely intuitive game creation tool like no other. But whether you play or create, Super Mario Maker is great fun.Super Mario Maker brings is presented in a typical Nintendo fashion. Menus and the interface are clean cut and easy to browse for anyone of any skill level. A testament to the idea that it’s bringing together thirty years of Mario, the game also brings together four very distinct visual styles from different eras throughout the franchise. The most recent ones – from New Super Mario Bros. U still looks as clean as ever. The older ones, on the other hand, look brilliant too! We’re not sure if Nintendo have touched them up but they look bright and crisp especially in full high definition.The soundtrack is similarly designed around a collective sense of nostalgia. All your favourite tunes and themes from the series are more than likely here, with some rearrangements here and there to keep things fresh especially during the segments where you modify the courses. It’s a simple design choice but one that really separates creating from playing. Similarly, and more admirably, every custom character you unlock via amiibo or otherwise also has their voice clips fully intact from whichever game or series they hail from, which is something Nintendo didn’t really need to do but did. And these small details definitely make the game better for it.For a product like Super Mario Maker it’s really hard to discuss the story (of which, there really is none) and the presentation (which is fantastic) but one thing where Super Mario Maker really shines is in how it plays. As mentioned previously Super Mario Maker has both “Play” and “Create” modes that ensure it will appeal to most fans of platforming games.