Nintendo has been creating Super Mario Bros. games for a full thirty years now, and they’ve finally put that same creative power in the hands of their fans. Super Mario Maker launched a month ago today, giving Wii U owners the ability to imagine, create, play, and share their own custom Super Mario Bros. levels, and the response from the community has been incredible.
Fans have already created
over 2 million courses, and thousands of videos have been uploaded to YouTube. Believe it or not, Nintendo executives like Mario producer Takashi Tezuka have been watching a lot of these videos, and they’ve been quite surprised by some of the level designs people have thought up. In fact, Tezuka says that these fan levels have become a huge motivation for the Mario team to improve.
“I’ve been watching lots of different courses on YouTube, it was quite a surprise how much fun it was to watch the videos, without even playing myself. There are so many intriguing and inventive courses, like one which you couldn’t beat if you picked up a mushroom. It’s been a huge motivation for us developers to do better.”
— Takashi Tezuka
Tezuka is especially impressed by the various levels that require you to avoid mushrooms, so perhaps we’ll see a level like that in an official
Mario game in the future. In the meantime, keep making those videos so Tezuka and the rest of the development team have something to watch!
Source: Games Rader