I was born in 1981, so it goes without saying that the NES was a significant part of my childhood. The original Super Mario Bros. was my gateway drug (of sorts) in to the world of gaming, which spawned an obsession with Super Mario Bros. 2 USA, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and Yoshi’s Island as I continued to grow up. Luigi still remains my absolute favorite game character, and I’ll forever retain the unpopular opinion of favoring Super Mario Bros. 2 over the rest of the NES trilogy. Fight me.
However, when Super Mario Maker was announced, I wasn’t part of the crowd who leapt at the opportunity to craft their own Mario levels. This felt like blasphemy as a Nintendo fan.
I just don’t get enjoyment from creating my own games, and grow tired of things like Minecraft or Terraria — games that require you to make your own fun — pretty fast. A new Mario is always exciting to me, but… now I have to make my own levels instead of having the geniuses at Nintendo do it for me? Nah, I was good.
Some time has passed, and since its launch I’ve found myself enjoying Patrick Klepek’s Mario Maker Mornings stream more and more with each viewing, alongside his rivalry with Giant Bomb’s Dan Ryckert. Turns out crafting levels wasn’t the sole appeal of the game, but rather a yin to the yang of experiencing the creations of the community as a whole.
I almost bought Super Mario Maker on a whim a few weeks back, but decided to give it a rental through GameFly instead with the hopes of enjoying it enough that I’d just return it and buy the damn thing, along with a few amiibo for costumes. It’s a slippery slope.
But today is the day. Super Mario Maker has finally arrived at my doorstep, and here I am staring at the golden splash screen ready to dive in. Well, I’m apprehensive at the thought of possibly loathing it, but that’s just the pessimist in me. It happens to the best of us.
I’m not sure what to expect, really. However, I’m going in with an open mind, as far as self-crafted levels are concerned. If you have any neat levels you’ve created, or maybe have a favorite or two, drop the ID# down in the comment section so I can check it out. Feel free to drop me a few tips as well.
What are your thoughts on Super Mario Maker?