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Super Mario Maker lets you make your own Mario worlds on 3DSNES Mini not available? Super Mario Maker is a pretty decent portable consolation prize.
Hey everyone. So the Mini NES, it's sold out. The Nintendo Switch, it doesn't come till next year. So what do you do for your Nintendo retro fix? Thankfully Nintendo has a solution on the Nintendo 3DS, that's a great way to Kill a lot of hours. Super Mario Maker. Do you remember this on the Wii U? If you don't, hey, this is an awesome game, but it's not necessarily what you think it's going to be. Super Mario Maker debuted on Nintendo's Wii U console last year, and it was a fantastic idea. You make your own Mario levels, and you share them, and you download ones other people make. It's infinite Mario. Not only does the game feature four different Mario game types, from the 8-bit Mario up through the Wii U and new Super Mario Brothers, you can make nearly anything that exists in those games. And it's platforming heaven, but it's also a smart lesson in the basics of game design. Also, my kid loves it. The 3DS version is all of that bottled up Including dozens of levels that come included and hundreds more that Nintendo has curated from all of those Wii U game levels that were put up over the last year. Not all of them, but a lot of them. So there's plenty to do and you've got that build your own level mode which feels a bit like Minecraft. But, you cannot upload those levels online Or share them with others unless you send them directly to another 3DS owner which is super sad. It wastes a great opportunity to make the sort of community that already exists on Super Mario Maker for WiiU. But imagine if this could have been portable and living room playable at the same time. You could connect them and share across. Right now, you have to buy two separate games that don't work together between Wii and 3DS. Maybe the Nintendo Swish will offer up a perfect super Mario maker that works in both modes. This 3DS version is still a great package if you got a system, but don't expect to share all your Mario genius with others. [MUSIC]