Super Mario Maker (Series)

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Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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

DetailsDetails

Release Date: September 2015

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform.

 

CommitmentCommitment

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.

CostsCosts

Does not offer 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 (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Age RatingsAge 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
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 about system accessibility settings.


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