Mario Maker Makes Mario Masterpieces for Wii U

Mario Maker

This E3, Nintendo released a lot of news about upcoming games but the one that stood out to me besides Yoshi’s Woolly World was Mario Maker for Wii U. In Mario Maker, the player is able to create and play through their own Super Mario Bros. levels based on the original Mario Bros. for NES graphics and gameplay. Mario JumpingThere’s also an option to switch to a style of artwork to resemble NSMB. I think that this game will work really well on the Wii U because of the tablet design of the controller. Design could happen on the tablet while live testing and level play could happen on the TV.

I first played Little Big Planet on PS3, I was really excited that I was able to download other player’s level creations. I’m hoping that players of the Mario Maker game get excited about their levels and are able to upload their creations and let other fans download and play through their levels. There’s no news about price or release date yet for this title. I’m hoping it’s a download only title for around $15 – $20. Although I’m excited about the game, I don’t think that’d pay much more than that for it.

Mario Kart 8: My Impressions

Mario Kart 8

I recently purchased Mario kart 8 for Wii U and I was pretty blown away by the game. The graphics look amazing in HD and the controls work really well with the tablet controller. One of the neat things about the game are the replays. After a race, you have an option to replay the course highlights while you control the action including the option to view the replay in slow motion. Viewing the race in slow motion really shows you how good the graphics are because you can see details that you couldn’t see while playing the game live.

The course designs are done really well. Similar to the other Mario Kart games, there are 16 new courses and 16 courses older courses redone from other Mario Kart games. There are a good number of characters to choose from including some all new characters that were never playable in the series before. These include Koopa Kids and baby characters. The music is decent but nothing special. I did enjoy the jazzy coffee house music that was playing after you get first place in all 8 cups of an engine class in Grand Prix mode.

Take a look at my favorite courses from the game:

Luigi Death Stare

  • Sunshine Airport: Take a ride through the airport from Super Mario Sunshine. The course features the inside of the airport where you buy your tickets, the waiting area and then you go outside on the runway and travel through an airplane briefly. Next you take off into the sky and hover over a track while airplanes pass by you. There is a lot of details that you can miss but may catch if you watch the replay.
  • Mount Wario: This is one of the ‘cooler’ levels because you start on top of the mountain and work your way down it until you reach the bottom and the course is over. There are no laps. It takes place on a large mountain and features ski slopes, a dam that you travel through and trails to navigate around.
  • Donut Plains 3: So do you remember how Mario Kart had the Donut Plains 1 and Donut Plains 2 courses and then nothing new for Donut Plains in over 20 years? Well Mario Kart 8 features an all new Donut Plains level, Donut Plains 3. The course features a very similar layout to the Donut Plains courses of the past with lots of trees and a simple track layout with no hills.
  • Yoshi Valley: This was one of my favorite courses for Mario Kart 64 because of all of the different options of ways to get around the courses. There are a ton of paths that get separated by mountain cliffs and at the end of the course is a giant egg that can sometimes be difficult to get around.

More @ the official Mario Kart 8 website.

Super Mario World DC Metro Map

MarioMetro

This is what happens when you cross the iconic DC Metro map with Super Mario World. I created this map in Photoshop by copying elements from the Super Mario World map. The first thing I did was build the Potomac & Anacostia rivers and islands. Next I laid out the Metro lines by color by tracing over a real DC Metro map and modifying it to look like the levels path in Super Mario World. Then I began placing the trees, mountains, clouds, grass, hills & other elements that make the map look more busy. Finally, when that was done I worked on the logo and key on the top and placed the hours down on the bottom left. I think I spent roughly 15 hours from start to completion working on this project. Click here or on the image above for the larger, full version and if you like it be sure to share it with your friends. Click on the image above to see it in full size.

A Look At Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World

I don’t have a Wii U but one of the more interesting games I’m reading about is Super Mario 3D World. I already have Super Mario 3D Land for my 3DS which is a truly amazing game and really takes advantage of the 3D experience on the 3DS. I’d be curious to see why they call it Super Mario 3D World when the game is on the Wii U which isn’t a true 3D experience like the 3DS is. The reason that I’m so interested in 3D World is because of all od the new elements of gameplay that have been added. First of all you get to play as one of four characters, Princess Peach, Mario, Luigi or Toad. And similar to Super Mario Bros. 2, each character has unique special abilities. Even cooler than that is with the right power-up, your character can now do things like have a clone, transform into a cat, and shoot cannonball at enemies.

I’ve posted some of my favorite screens from the game below. Man, I really want a Wii U just so I can play this game.

Super Mario 3D World Wii U

Mario 3D World bullet

Mario 3D World POW

New Super Acorn Power-Up

Super Acorn

Back when the original Super Mario Bros. came out on NES, there was only one power-up available. The was of course the fireball attack. When Super Mario Bros. 3 came out I was excited for the raccoon suit because it enabled Mario to fly and attack enemies with his tail. Over the years as new Mario games came out, new power-ups became available. In Nintendo’s latest iteration of the game, The New Super Mario Bros. U., Nintendo introduced a new power-up, the Super Acorn. The Super Acorn enables Mario or other characters in the game to glide from platform to platform. In addition, you gain the ability to cling to walls and air jump while gliding. Although I haven’t played this game yet, I’m interested in trying out this new power-up. Perhaps when I get the Wii-U, I will get this opportunity.

More @ the well-designed site newsupermariobrosu.

Super Mario 3D Land Jumps Your Way

Super Mario 3d Land Screenshot

Today, Nintendo has released Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS here in the U.S. Mario is back in what may look and sound familiar but there are a lot new things about this game which looks like a lot of fun. Super Mario 3D Land combines the elements of traditional side-scrolling Mario titles with those of the modern open world Mario titles. It has sold over 343,000 copies in its first week in Japan.