With the upcoming release date of Super Mario maker, creating Mario themed platforming levels has never been easier. With this new Sim Mushroom Kingdom, Nintendo is basically cutting the middle man and letting us create our own games. Which, when you think about it, might mean that Nintendo isn’t planning on releasing New Super Mario Bros. games anymore. And that’s an excellent thing.
Levels in Mario games are amazingly simple to create : Simply design level items you’ll be able to copy/paste in a somewhat competent way, add some recycled ennemies, follow a pre-established predictable pattern of geographical themes, and Voilà! You basically got every Mario sidescroller ever made.
But now that customers are able to create their own bland and artistically bankrupt games, to share them all over the world, and to play those directly created by Nintendo, what’s the use of buying any new New Mario game? What’s the point of going out when you can cook at home?
Frankly, I’m glad that Mario Maker was made. With the process of making a classic Mario game now in the hands of the public, this might mean that Nintendo plans on going deeper in their next instalment of the 2D Mario franchise. We could see a Mario with a different art style, a Mario with a different plot or antagonist, a Mario with a narrative value to its level design (just like Donkey Kong Country Returns). This could finally put the Throwback to classic 2D Mario gaming trend started by New Super Mario Bros. to rest.
For the first time in a while, I’m hopeful for the future of the Mario franchise.
Well, until they announce Super Mario 3D Galaxy…