Super Mario Maker makes you rage, on the go!

Main ImageSuper Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Intial Release Date: December 1, 2016
Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
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It’s easy to say one of the Wii U’s biggest ‘must haves’ is Supe3ds_supermariomakern3ds_scrn_07_bmp_jpgcopyr Mario Maker. Being able to feel like you’re in Nintendo’s shoes making your own Mario levels and seeing the frustration and joy of your friends as they struggle to get through your insane level with saws everywhere (Seriously, who makes an underwater level full of saws?!) really helps to fill a weird feeling deep in your brain as a gamer. The ability to create, play, and challenge yourself in new ways is one of the reasons Super Mario Maker is a must have. Did the move to the Nintendo 3DS do it justice? Well….
3ds_supermariomakern3ds_scrn_01_bmp_jpgcopyThe first thing you’ll notice with the 3DS version of Super Mario Maker is how crisp the graphics look, until you get to the New Super Mario Bros. style levels. The Psuedo-3D art style continues to feel just out of place on the system, with a weird feel to it. Happily though, Mario Maker features all the level styles from Super Mario Maker on Wii U, meaning that you’ll experience a ton of levels outside the New Super Mario Bros. style. The sprites for the other styles are crystal clear and the sounds are perfectly brought in from the Wii U version.

Let’s quickly talk about one of Super Mario Maker’s biggest mistakes. In the Wii U version of the game, you can unlock special costumes for Mario to use in the original Super Mario Bros. levels. These are used for rewards for the Mario Challenges upon victory, using an Amiibo to unlock the costume featuring that character, or clearing special event stages. Super Mario Maker on the 3DS removes these for some strange reason. Especially in an age where the New Nintendo 3DS exists, it feels off that levels from the Wii U version no longer grant the costumes, and feels like a weird choice as there’s a somewhat weird lack of reward.

That does bring in a nice feature that the 3DS version of Super Mario Maker. When you decide to take on the Mario Challenges, you’ll get levels that were created on the Wii U version of the game. The game 3ds_supermariomakern3ds_scrn_03_bmp_jpgcopycomes with 100 brand new levels created by Nintendo as well, if you’re without an internet connection. These levels are actually pretty challenging, using basically everything the game has in its library to try to trump you.

There sadly isn’t much to say with the Nintendo 3DS version of Super Mario Maker, as it’s basically identical to the Wii U version minus level sharing. Level sharing in the Wii U version has a fantastic online system to find and share levels made by Nintendo fans around the world. It feels a bit weird that the 3DS version only really offers level sharing via Streetpass connections. While Nintendo states that this is so that your local friends will play your levels, it feels weird that you can’t at least transfer your levels from the 3DS version to the Wii U version, perhaps with a QR code or a quick connection with wireless.

Complaints aside, Super Mario Maker on the Nintendo 3DS is still a fantastic way to spend some time playing Mario. There’s nothing quite like just taking a half hour out of the day and trying to clear a 10-Mario challenge and getting an incredibly hard level that really tests your reflexes. For sure worth the price, Super Mario Maker on the Nintendo 3DS feels like a step down from the Wii U version, but man is it fun to take it on the go.

  • Fantastic level creation tools help you make amazing levels.
  • Fun levels from the Wii U version make the game start out with a TON of levels.
  • An easy to follow, if not a tad annoying, tutorial help even newbies make fantastic levels.
  • Lack of classic "costumes" create a lack of rewards.
  • Difficulty to share levels makes the game feel a bit isolated.
Graphics Pixl Score 4 4
Story Pixl Score N/A N/A
Sound Pixl Score 5 5
Controls Pixl Score 5 5
Fun Factor Pixl Score 4 4