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Review – Super Mario Maker 3DS

by on January 26, 2017
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The value in the 3DS comes from the ability to play as you go.  Because of this, I get excited when I get to play games on the 3DS that originally come out on the Wii U.  In this case, Mario Maker has found its way onto the 3DS.  While the majority of the game is fun and engaging, some aspects prevent the 3DS version from being a home run.

As many of you already know, Mario Maker allows gamers to be their very own developers, which means you get to create levels featuring your favorite Italian plumber.  You have the ability to create worlds based on your favorite version of the game – Super Mario Bros, Mario 2, Mario 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros U.  You can create your very own Mario level in the style of your choice.  I’m sure you have seen countless videos on Youtube by now, but you can create really fun levels, or really sadistic levels, depending on your play style.  Of course, the catch is you have to actually beat the level before you can post anything.

This brings me to one of my biggest concerns with the 3DS version – you can’t share your levels online!  I’m honestly a little baffled by this.  I’m sure there were a lot of technical aspects that made Nintendo get rid of this feature.  But I wish they took more time with the game so they can add it!  While the lack of ability to upload courses online is troublesome, you can still expect a fair share of levels to be available on the game itself.  There are 100 Nintendo-designed levels to play as well as the ability to connect to the internet and play select courses from the Wii U version.

One of the things that makes me incredibly happy with the 3DS version is the ease of use.  There is a tutorial that you can use, but it is not necessary and quite frankly, really annoying.  Please, Nintendo, don’t use pigeons for any future tutorials.  Luckily, you can create courses almost immediately.  I wanted to test the ease of use, so I let my 3 1/2 year old try it out.  The placement of objects is easy with the help of the stylus.  My son was able to find all items that he needed right away.  His levels weren’t too complicated – a lot of fire and stars 🙂 – but he had a blast trying it out.

There are several game modes to choose from, just like the Wii U version.  There is the 100 Mario challenge that gives you 100 lives to get through courses with different difficulties.  There are challenges that will unlock new items to use in the course maker.  For the most part, the graphics hold up really well on the 3DS.  You will notice some pixelation whenever you use the New Super Mario Bros U style.  The 3DS handles the other versions just fine.  The sound quality is great as well.

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If you love making Mario courses and want to be able to do so on the go, then Mario Maker for the 3DS is a must buy for you.  I personally loved making levels and I’m so happy that my little ones can easily create levels of their own.  It is unfortunate that you can’t load courses onto the internet.  Perhaps a future update can fix that?  In the meantime, you will still find hours of entertainment with the 3DS version of Mario Maker.

Mario Maker for the 3DS is available now for $39.99.

Do you play Mario Maker?  Let us know your favorite style and difficulty in the comments below!


Create your own Mario courses!
Ease of use
Tons of customization options


No online sharing
Annoying tutorial

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You can find hours of entertainment creating and playing Mario courses. The lack of online sharing is a huge negative, but the ease of use and customization options create a very enjoyable 3DS experience.

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