Super Mario Maker proved to be a success for Nintendo and Wii U in 2015, handing over the keys to 2D Mario gaming for players to create their own masterpieces. The in-game searches and the web-based Bookmark service have also made it easier to try new levels and discover new platforming ideas.
Nintendo's official options only go so far, however, and some prominent creators and Mario Maker streamers have now completed their own website that aims to offer more useful functionality for enthusiasts keen to share and try creations. Those involved (who will be familiar to keen followers of the scene and subreddit) are Jaku, Triwavetv, Mitchflowerpower, Carl Sagan42, Grand_POOBear, and Panga.
The end result is MakersofMario.com, which is still a work in progress but is nevertheless up and running. The summary below gives you a good idea of what the team is trying to achieve.
Have you ever wanted to make your levels into a complete game, or world? We allow you to do that, then allow users to bookmark each level, in order, with one click.
We even have a spot to post your best times for that world, so we can see who the top speedrunner is. Have you ever wanted to search for just One screen puzzles? Our level tagging system allows you to find levels based on more then just the code.
Want to find one screen puzzles with kaizo elements? Its as easy as a search. We have a lot of features coming down the pipeline, including user created races, level design contests, and much more we can't talk about yet.
As mentioned above it's potentially terrific for enthusiasts, speedrunners and streamers involved in the Mario Maker scene, though it's not particularly accessible or simple for less involved players right now. Getting full functionality out of the website necessitates linking a Warp.World account and your Super Mario Maker Bookmark cookie [Correction, only the Super Mario Maker Bookmark cookie is required], though simpler methods are promised to be in the works.
In any case it's an interesting idea - let us know what you think of it in the comments.
[source reddit.com, via makersofmario.com]
My levels have drowned in the Super Mario Maker Ocean.
I just saw this. It's a great idea, but the problem I've noticed with Mario Maker in general is the game is saturated with so many user levels that I have a difficult time finding the levels that I genuinely enjoy. We'll see if this service can address that issue.
I am actually working on a world myself, so I'm planning on at least trying it out.
Finally, the extra features, like the personal record, seem promising, but I'm not sure how they will be verified.
One of my predictions of the upcoming Super Mario Maker updates is we get the acorn power up!
This looks really promising, I can't wait to see how this goes. ^_^ hopefully it will bring my enthusiasm back to make levels ever since a few of my most time-consuming levels to create were removed!
This sounds great. I honestly feel I do a good job and spend a lot of time making levels, but about the only way I can get someone to play and star right now is the trading post on /r/mariomaker, which works, but it is a slow process sometimes, and several times I don't get repayed by people who's level I played. Random people from 100 mario maker or whatever like to set records at times but almost never star. That button must be hard to hit.
Anyway, I hope this site does great! I am a littke nervous Nintendo is going to find a reason to shut it down, or delete everyone's levels and stars who join or something.
Good news regarding the whole "make levels into a complete game"
I've been working on a "game" myself so it's good to hear that my levels won't get separated in the plethora of other users'
So cool! I think it's absolutely bonkers that Nintendo missed that opportunity with Mario Maker. The lack of ability to make worlds and world maps is an absolute crime in my book.
I REALLY have to get back to Super Mario Maker
To be honest I'm surprised the 'collect levels into a world' wasn't available from the start, so implementing it would be a good idea.
It'd be best if it were able to be grouped together officially in the game somehow and not just on an external website, such that you could download them all together, or have a friend play a world and have it automate playthrough and loading of the levels one by one (that is, have that all set and managed in-game, rather than having to be there with the friend and manually directing them "oh, it's stage 5 through 11 on my super mario maker saved levels, once you clear one, you have to go to the next, manually load it, manually press play test" as that would also exclude save points from working [since to manually play your own saved levels you are really only playing in test mode])
I need to make more of them, but I have six levels that are numbered that are called "Toddler Friendly" 1-6. Which are exactly what you think, meant for young kids and my 3 year old is the play tester.
Maybe I'll submit them, can't just have 1,000s of insane hard levels out there only.
One screen puzzles are a thing I didn't know I loved until I first found one. Now that's mostly all I play.
I wish I could get into that, but I'm pretty happy with the Super Mario Maker bookmark site.
Another way to make my Bandicoot Lands stand out? Count me in!
Mario maker is like the app store on ios. Findability of the quality is all it needs to destroy competition.
It boggles my mind so few people see it.
Mitchflowerpower (mentioned in this article) will be appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday July 1st.
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