What better way to celebrate the 30th Birthday of one of the industries biggest icons than giving the fans the tools that would allow them to create their own Mario game. Not only let us create our own levels, but our own Mario game from scratch, in any of the Mario games on the market. That means that you can create a game, with worlds, from all of your favorite Mario games, with the exception of Mario Galaxy and Mario 64. Its not just the simplicity of building a level and letting fans flex their creative juices, but the ease of switching from creating to playing with the click of a button. This gives you the ability to see if what you created works.
The game also features the 10 Mario Challenge which gives you 68 challenge levels that are samples of created courses, and present unique twists to existing Mario levels. Think of them as remix levels. Some of them take the levels from straight plat-forming levels into puzzles that you need to solve. The challenge levels can be completed in a couple of sitting and are not very long (depending on your skill level).
Some may think that creating a level would be a bit intimidating, especially if you are not an avid gamer and you take a casual approach to it, but the user interface makes it very easy and seamless to make your own levels. You can choose from level designs of the original Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and The New Super Mario Bros. The interface is a grid based panel with a simple drag and drop approach to the items, enemies and obstacles.
When “tinkering” around with the level designer you will loose track of time because if your like me, you want to create something very challenging and then upload it to the Nintendo servers and see other players attempt your levels. You can receive feedback on your levels in the game notifications so that way you can keep track of the comments and recommendations in case you wish to make changes to it. Unfortunately, there is no way to filter out all the online levels that people upload by your friends list, or look for a specific friends level without having the unique ID code for their level. The game also allows you to add special sounds, costumes, and unique designs of your own to give your levels that sense of personality that could be used to identify you.
The game does not feature multiplayer either which is a bit of a bummer, because it could have been cool to create a big level and then allow up to 4 players to play with you much like the New Super Mario Bros. The game also does not feature checkpoints. So you will have to start a level and complete the level without dying to beat it or you will have to start back at the beginning.
This is a perfect game to celebrate Mario’s 30th Birthday. Instead of Nintendo just giving us another Mario plat-forming game, they gave us a tool set that allows us to make our own. A solid entry and definitely worth a spot on your shelf!