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The highly anticipated Super Mario Maker has made its way to all the major game media outlets by now, and we’re starting to see reviews pop up all over the place. To get a better idea of what your favorite sources have to say about the brand new title, we’ve gathered the scores and brief summaries from the in depth review articles. Looking at the positive and negative opinions side by side provides some interesting comparisons regarding the game’s mechanics and overall setup, that’s for sure!

Check out some of the final thoughts from the sources below. Click the links if you want to read the full reviews with all the finer, nitty-gritty details about Super Mario Maker.

IGN: 9.0

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“Super Mario Maker is a great way to mark Mario’s 30th birthday, but it’s not concerned with being an overwrought history lesson. Instead, it’s a celebration that folds three decades of Mario into one accessible, powerful creation suite. The perpetual joke at the end of every 10 Mario Challenge run informing you that the Princess is in yet another castle hints at Super Mario Maker’s bigger promise: There will always be more levels to play thanks to the online creation community, and a virtually endless pool of challenges to overcome.”


GameSpot: 9

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“Super Mario Maker is a game of joyous creation and fun surprises. And that’s without mentioning things like the music, a highlight in every Mario game. From the familiar and joyous themes of the main worlds to the altered riffs you get when tinkering around in Make mode, the soundtrack captures that same essence of wonder and surprise as the rest of the game. Even the in-game instruction manual is incredibly useful and entertaining; it’s graphically animated, written with a great sense of humor, and, for no particular reason, throws in some thoughts about brussel sprouts.”

Kotaku: Should you play this game? Yes.

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“Makes game creation easy, feels playful, has great sharing options, and looks super hot.”

Destructoid: 8

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“Super Mario Maker is a charming little creation tool, and I’m sure fans will come up with some amazing levels for years to come. However, it feels a bit more constrained than it needs to be, and is in dire need of updates or DLC to keep it going long term.”


Game Informer

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“Super Mario Maker is simple without being shallow and dense without being overwhelming. Its capabilities are limited compared to other creation games (you can only make platformer levels) but I never felt like I hit a wall in terms of creativity, and was consistently surprised by the work of others. Super Mario Maker will only grow from this point forward, but it already feels like the complete, 2D Mario creation tool we’ve been dreaming up since the first time we bounced off a koopa’s shell.”

As anticipated, Super Mario Maker has made quite the positive impression on fellow gamers already, which has most definitely raised excitement for the game to the next level! With the 11th of September coming up so quickly, we’re sure to hear even more feedback once the game is in the general public’s hands. Hype, hype, hype!

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Written by Lauren Ganos
Creative Director, Managing Editor

Designer and writer by day, gamer by night, Lauren dreams big when it comes to creative endeavors. Perhaps that's why she's taken on the roles of creative director and managing editor for Nintendo Wire. If she had a video game superhero alias, it might just be The Visionary, a true keeper of imaginative order.