Super Mario Maker (Series)

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Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Released: September 2015. Added to this library 4 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Overview

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other people have created.

  • Super Mario Maker is on Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
  • Super Mario Maker 2 is on Nintendo Switch

 
This game is good if you want to play BAFTA nominated games, learn something playing a properly great game, play games with building like LEGO, play games without in-app purchases, make video games or nourish youthful ambition.

Commitment

Duration: It takes between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round of this game. Although you can’t finish the game because there is always more to create and play, game making sessions are usually an hour or so.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. You can create and play levels designed for co-operative or competitive play for up to four players.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items.

You will need Nintendo Online to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Ratings

PEGI 3 with occasional, very mild violence in a comical or abstract context.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio... read more.


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