We’ve already seen some incredibly creative levels come out of Super Mario Maker at the hands of streamers and reviewers in advance of the game’s release. The Nintendo Treehouse team’s levels that capped off the Nintendo World Championships at E3 in June were a real treat, as well. But what does a Super Mario Bros. level look like that’s been built by a renowned game creator that has been making his own beloved platformers for the past twenty years?
The creative mind behind the Rayman series, Michel Ancel, has been tinkering with Super Mario Maker for awhile now, and came up with something both obvious and ingenious. The level, a score-based tribute to Pac-Man, was presented at France’s Japan Expo 2015 last month. Mario creators Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka each took a crack at the level, on stage, and praised it for its quality and creativity.
Though there have been no announcements from Nintendo about formally including professionally guest-developed levels in Super Mario Maker, creators like Michel Ancel can certainly create and upload content just like the rest of us. Here’s hoping they do! Check out the level, courtesy of Nintendo UK’s Wii U YouTube channel, below. The only thing it’s missing is PAC-MAN’s amiibo costume.