The original Super Mario Maker is celebrating its fifth anniversary today, after originally launching for the Wii U in Japan on 10th September, 2015.
Also appearing in Europe and North America on the following day, Super Mario Maker flipped the Mario platforming franchise on its head by giving players access to a full suite of level creation tools for the very first time. Gone were the days of simply playing whatever levels Nintendo made for us; now we were the ones making our own levels. And what a time we had.
The concept was so obvious yet so mind-boggling at the same time; the potential for fun and creativity on offer is obvious right off the bat, but giving players the ability to create an infinite number of levels would surely kill off the main series, right? Why would we ever need a traditional Mario ever again?
Of course, the success of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe soon proved that we needn’t have ever worried, and the usual assortment of 2D and 3D offerings continue to appear to this day. Now, the relatively recent arrival of Super Mario Maker 2 on Switch has taken this new level-building venture to new heights, and it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see more Mario Maker titles appear on future Nintendo systems.
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