Attention those of you still using the Wii U, whoever you might be: you have just a few months left to upload your original level creations to Super Mario Maker. Nintendo announced this week the upload ability will be removed from the game on March 31, 2021 (there’s that March 31 date again…)
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When Nintendo released Super Mario Maker for the Wii U in 2015, everyone started asking what could be next. Was a Mario 64 Maker in the future? There’s been the usual silence from Nintendo on that end, but one fan decided not to wait.
Don’t bother booting up Super Mario Maker today (January 27) unless you plan to just play the levels built into the game. Nintendo has taken the online portion (which is 90% of everything) offline for the day, and for much of tomorrow.
Games Done Quick returned once again last week, raising over $1.2 million for cancer research through the method of beating popular games as quickly as possible. Most of the marathon is now archived on the GDQ YouTube channel (as I write this the final day has yet to show up), and if you missed it, here are the best parts of the week in their entirety….
The best thing about Event Levels, one of the more recent additions to Super Mario Maker, is that you get a new costume for Mario to use in the Super Mario Bros. layout every time you finish one. We’ve gotten things as varied as Mr. Saturn, three Links on top of each other, and a caricature of a Japanese game show host.
More stuff coming to Super Mario Maker, just in time for Christmas! Nintendo has announced in Japan that Mr. Saturn and Master Belch sprites, from EarthBound, will be added to the Mystery Mushroom roster, distributed by the usual method (beating an Event Course). Right now that announcement has been made only for Japan, but we can safely assume we’re also getting these sprites, given the heavily Japanese ones we’ve been receiving over the past two months. These two Mario skins will be added to the game tomorrow in Japan.
Nintendo has announced the next update for Super Mario Maker, which will go live November 21 in the US and November 22 in Europe.
The newest update for Super Mario Maker is going to be bringing much more than people might expect, including some rather revolutionary items to the Mario franchise that have never been done before.
Mario’s frog suit from Super Mario 3 was added to Super Mario Maker this week, but only as a bonus costume winnable from completing an Event Course. Some people were disappointed the suit didn’t give Mario better swimming abilities as it did in the game, but some items required a lot of thought by the development team, even though fans would want them. For example, at one point during development they considered leaving Yoshi out of the toolbox.
In 2002 Nintendo released the E-Reader, a quirky device that let the Game Boy Advance read data from swiped cards. The data would unlock content, add information to games or sometimes even contain entire games themselves. The concept never fully caught on, but before it was discontinued, Nintendo used the E-Reader as a method of unlocking hidden content in Super Mario Advance 4 (which was Super Mario Bros. 3). Since few people owned an E-Reader, few people got to see these new levels, created by Nintendo, for one of their most classic games.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros (which happens to be today), as well as the release of Super Mario Maker, the UK arm of Nintendo has released a new video starring Mario’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto. In the short video, about a minute or so in length, Miyamoto addresses some rumors that have been floating around for some time regarding his plumber and the series he represents.
When Super Mario Maker goes on sale tomorrow, the disc will come with a hardcover book filled with design ideas, intended to inspire the program’s user. It’s partly there to justify the $60 cost of the game (I figure), but you don’t actually have to spend a single cent to leaf through it. A PDF of the entire book has been posted to Nintendo’s Japanese website. Yes, by Nintendo.