Mario Maker on Wii U may have been leaked before E3, but its formal reveal was still a delight to see in action. Though it's certainly possible to mod Mario levels in various unofficial ways, the prospect of an accessible and official editing app from Nintendo is particularly enticing. Many like to think they're Mario Masters and could design platformers to stand-up to the big N's efforts, and this will provide an opportunity to put those skills to the test.
The reveal was a relatively early look, of course, and raised some questions. One of these was with regards to the visual styles on offer; a neat feature showed the graphical style being instantly switched with a tap of a button from a Super Mario Bros. template to an alternative for New Super Mario Bros. U. With regards to whether more will be included in the final product, Nintendo's Takashi Tezuka has confirmed in the affirmative to USGamer, in the process also suggesting that other franchises could make an appearance.
Obviously, there will be other graphical styles included. And nothing's been decided yet, but I'd also like to include other graphics that aren't Mario.
Any non-Mario graphics would still be within the confines of 2D platforming, yet it opens the door for a host of other franchises to make an appearance. In addition, there's a desire to include a music composition feature, hardly new ground but certainly welcome after its iconic appearance in Mario Paint.
Another issue has been Nintendo's silence on sharing created levels, with many expressing the view that this would be integral to the software. Tezuka-san has acknowledged that sharing levels will be key, though how it will be applied is still in flux, perhaps explaining Nintendo's hesitation in sharing any detail. Tezuka-san is clear in stating that it's on the agenda, however — "Sharing with friends is really the whole point of making levels".
Mario Maker could potentially be one of the most interesting and robust releases of 2015, but let us know what you think of these comments from Tezuka-san. Which other visual styles and franchises would you like to see in the final product?