To date, the Super Mario series has sold more than 310 million copies globally, with Mario, one of the world’s most recognisable entertainment characters, at its centre. With the release of Super Mario Maker, friends – for the first time ever – can play through Super Mario levels they create for one another.
With the game containing a toolkit packed with iconic Mario enemies, items and areas at their disposal, fans can share their creations online, while checking out and rating an almost limitless supply of levels constructed by fellow players from across the globe.
Reviews have been pouring in for Super Mario Maker on the eve of its launch to fans across South Africa:
Aside from the game releasing at retail and on Nintendo eShop for Wii U as a standalone product, there are a range of other purchase options:
- Super Mario Maker Wii U Premium Pack: a black Wii U Premium console, a physical copy of Super Mario Maker, a Hardcover Artbook and a Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection.
- Super Mario Maker Limited Edition Pack: a physical copy of Super Mario Maker, a Hardcover Artbook and a Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection.
The Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection will also be available on its own from 11th September, while the Modern Colours variant will go on sale from 23rd October.
Super Mario Maker releases in time for a special landmark on 13 September, when video game fans from all over the world will be toasting the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series. With three decades having passed since the Japanese release of Super Mario Bros. in 1985, and Mario having traversed hundreds of memorable levels and defeated the dastardly villain Bowser on countless occasions, some classic Mario moments can be viewed at the Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary website.
Meanwhile, the creator of the Super Mario series himself, Shigeru Miyamoto, has been helping clear up some long-running fan debates in his own inimitable way in a “Mario Myths with Mr Miyamoto” video on Nintendo’s YouTube channels.
Whether it’s littering a level with multiple Bowsers, transforming Mario into other Nintendo characters such as Pikmin, Wii Fit Trainer or Link using an in-game Mystery Mushroom item, or creating custom sound effects to insert into a level, with Super Mario Maker it’s the first time in 30 years that fans get to write the rules. Anyone picking up a copy of the game at retail can also learn more about the boundless possibilities in the game by perusing a Hardcover Artbook coming with their copy of the game.