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Super Mario Maker

Platform: Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS

If Mighty No. 9 was happy to bathe in the nostalgia-tub, then Super Mario Maker threw it and its bath water out together by letting go of the reigns and handing creative control over to its audience in perhaps the most innovate new platformer since the original Super Mario Bros. The modern side-scrolling Mario platformers have consistently knocked it out of the park, but this is another level entirely.

Players are encouraged to create and share their own custom level designs using basic and unlockable blocks from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U. Simple to learn and great fun to play, whether designing levels for your own amusement, or witnessing the truly astonishing feats of creativity available for you to explore out there, this is a game like no other.

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