Fan spends 7 years creating an entirely new 2D Mario game inside Mario Maker 2

Fan spends 7 years creating an entirely new 2D Mario game inside Mario Maker 2
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A fan just finished a colossal project inside Super Mario Maker 2: he spent seven years (in both Mario Maker games) creating a complete Mario game, which they called Super Mario Bros. 5.

On Twitter (below), Metroid Mike 64 wrote: “Finally finished creating my Super World in Mario Maker 2 and unofficially called it Super Mario Bros 5. I’ve been working towards this point since 2015, trying to create a classic Mario game that it plays as if Nintendo had created it themselves”.

If those dates don’t work for you, it’s because metroid mike 64 says he’s been planning to do this ever since first The Mario Maker game came out in 2015. When the sequel came out for Switch, he says he studied his creations and “painfully imported them block by block” from the first game to the second.

The key was the addition of the World Maker update for Mario Maker 2, which allows players to stitch multiple levels together into full games, complete with the appropriate world maps. Metroid Mike 64 used it to collect 40 courses spread across 8 worlds, separated into three styles: “24 Super Mario World courses, 14 SMB3 courses, and 2 SMB courses.”

The unofficial Super Mario Bros. 5 is a love letter to the NES and SNES era of Mario games, and includes some of its hallmarks with new twists: all 7 Koopalings are doomsday bosses, there are branching world maps, puzzle courses are included and more. The gameplay is described as “Classic Mario”, without the troll levels or highly difficult skill challenges that dominate much of the Mario Maker user catalog.

Ultimately, Metroid Mike 64 says that he’s been trying to “provide you with something that Nintendo should have already done, create a full Mario game within Super Mario Maker 2, that’s a lot of fun!” You can play through his work by typing the Mario Maker 2 ID, 0G9-XN4-FNF.

The response has been incredibly positive, with the Metroid Mike 64 announcement garnering nearly 4,000 retweets and over 25,000 likes at the time of writing. On twitter, klein felt wrote, “I played a ton yesterday and I’m impressed. This is the classic Mario sequel you’ve been waiting for.” benzko he said, “The attention to detail and satisfying risk/reward gameplay is brilliant. Turn it on and get involved.”

Many have pointed out the rarity of a fan having to take the creation of a new 2D Mario game into their own hands. The last new mainline 2D Mario game came in 2012 with New Super Mario Bros. U, and while 2019’s Mario Maker 2 had an excellent Story mode, it was created more to show off the flexibility of the tools than to provide a new and classic Mario game. The Switch has seen New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, but we’re yet to hear of a new 2D Mario from Nintendo itself.

This is, of course, a testament to how flexible and impressive Mario Maker 2 is, which is why we awarded it. a review of 9.5/10, calling it “the most accessible game design tool ever made” and saying “it’s amazing how incredibly well it holds everything together in one cohesive package.”

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