After spending some time with Super Mario Maker After spending some time with Super Mario Maker

Full Super Mario Maker Tools Unlock After 9 Days Of Play


After spending some time with Super Mario Maker during a preview event last month, I had wondered if there were any gameplay secrets left to hide. Looks like Nintendo shared some good and bad news on that front, as they released a “Let’s Watch” overview detailing several old and new aspects of the game to Mario fans. Chief among them was that the level editor’s toolbox of useable items will be limited from Day 1, requiring 5 minutes of play a day to unlock one part of a full set of items, enemies and assets to use.

It seems that Nintendo doesn’t want the amount of options available to players of Super Mario Maker to seem too daunting at first, making it that only the barest of essentials can be used at launch. However, after playing the game for at least 5 minutes a day, the next batch of assets will be scheduled to unlock the very next day. This goes on for 9 full sets of assets, meaning on the 10th day of owning Super Mario Maker you will finally have access to all usable content.

It’s outdated Nintendo policy at its worst, holding the hand to guide the few at the expense of the many. At the very least, it should be an optional choice so that people who are functional gamers who can handle a multitude of options at once aren’t arbitrarily restricted. Even including a mandatory basic tutorial, with the options of advanced tutorials, would seemingly solve this problem! Instead, we’re left to play the game the way Nintendo wants us to, with a toolbox so insufficient we can’t even recreate World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. on the first day of play!

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Thankfully, we also learned some cool new things about Super Mario Maker. As much as platforming and character-based gameplay are variables, so too are the game’s sounds! You can add music note blocks that actually relay notes on a scale based on their height placement, allowing for setups that can play music as the stage progresses. Additionally, special sound blocks offer both special sound/visual effects can be accessed or edited to allow you to record your voice through the Wii U GamePad’s microphone. Can’t wait for the totally-PG sound effects to come out of online levels!

Super Mario Maker will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U on September 11.

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