Super Mario Maker has been out for a while now and a nearly limitless amount of levels are already available to all players around the world. One popular trend among the countless armchair level designers is creating controller-throwingly difficult courses. More often than not, these courses have little to no margin for error and require an extremely specific series of inputs with exact timing if they are to be passed.
Takashi Tezuka – a developer who's been heavily involved with the Super Mario series – recently was part of an interview with EDGE magazine and was asked a question relating to these difficult levels. Tezuka had this to say:
When you design levels for a product, you need to take into consideration a wide range of users. This limits the amount of extremely difficult courses to only a fairly small part of the whole game. I expected that the users who wanted to play more of the hard courses would be attracted to Super Mario Maker, so it's not surprising to see that a lot of difficult courses are being made.
There is a tendency for the courses people make to be a little harder than they think they are. The creator already knows the design, where they have placed their traps, and the best route to take. So it would generally be easier for them to play through than someone trying it for the first time. As a result, the course ends up being more difficult than the creator meant it to be.
Beyond this, Tezuka also said that he was very pleased and impressed by courses he's seen on Youtube and that they push and motivate the level designers to keep upping their game. Here's the relevant quote:
I've been watching lots of different courses on YouTube. It was quite a surprise how much fun it was to watch the videos, without even playing myself. There are so many intriguing and inventive courses, like one which you couldn't beat if you picked up a mushroom. It's been a huge motivation for us developers to do better.
What do you think? Are you a fan of these nearly impossible levels? What's your favorite level that you've discovered on Super Mario Maker? Share your thoughts in the comments below.