Mario Party Legacy

Mario Maker Preview

Illegal ROM downloads and emulation has been a strange inspiration for Nintendo in the past year as games like NES Remix, NES Remix 2 and now Mario Maker all seem to be inspired by ROM hacking. While Super Mario Bros. level editors are nothing new to the homebrew front, this is the first time Nintendo has welcomed it on a home console. What Mario Party Legacy saw today was an early build of the game but one that gave a solid representation of what we should expect from the title.

Mario Maker utilizes the Wii U GamePad for editing which makes for a simple intuitive control scheme that allows players to quickly edit the levels. Don’t like where a pipe is placed? Drag it over a spot and extend it. Want a Piranha Plant to sprout wings and fly in the air? Totally possible since you are in control. While the demo Mario Party Legacy saw was limited in terms of enemy types and terrain, there was still a huge amount of potential for wackiness to ensue. The game gives you the power to create terrifying new levels that would put Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels to shame.

However, the amount of control you have doesn’t stop there. You can instantly go from editing your level to playing it with one tap of the stylus. The ability to quickly switch between interfaces is a key component so you can test out the game as you build the level. Another feature the demo showed off was how the graphics could be changed from the retro 8-bit style of Super Mario Bros. to the gorgeous High Definition style of New Super Mario Bros. U . The change, sadly, is only cosmetic since the game currently only plays like the original Super Mario Bros. For example, you cannot wall jump in the game and enemies still move like they would in the NES game.

While the game showed a lot of potential there are still some features that would be a welcomed addition in the final product. Having the ability to change the physics alongside the graphics is the most glaring omission. Also more types of enemies (demo was limited to 4 core types) and terrain pieces. That being said, Mario Maker has the chance to be something special if it launches with an online interface that allows levels to be shared easily. We’ll have more coverage on Mario Maker for Wii U as the release date nears.

Tyler Treese

Associate Editor of Mario Party Legacy. When Tyler isn't hosting the Moustached Gamers Podcast he is tweeting nonsense @TylerTreese

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  • Sea Slug and Wagashi

    I’m really excited for Mario Maker! Although I don’t think a lack of NSMBU is bad. The levels would take a lot longer to make considering the complex physics and casual players wouldn’t be able to enjoy the newer graphics.

    • Tyler Treese

      Seeing how Super Mario Bros. is a more unforgiving game I don’t see how NSMBU physics would make it harder for casual gamers. If anything I feel like it would be better for newer players.

  • WaluigiStarman32

    So what about the power-ups are they gonna add Fire Flowers and Stars too maybe Ice Flowers,Penguin suit,Propeller suit and Acorn Mushrooms in NSMBU Editor Mode only?Roulette Blocks?Anyways this will be a great game, and i definitely going to buy it.

  • DryBowser9999

    I hope there’s an option to put bosses in certain levels. I’d love to make Koopaling Fortresses the way I want them.

    • DaisyYoshi4LIFE!

      Yeah I really want to make a boss battle with all the koopalings

  • MagiKooper

    I kinda wish this was coming to the 3DS…..at first it seemed like it.

  • galloots

    They are putting all their eggs into one basket with this Wii U. Not much love for the 3ds other than pokemon and smash!

    • Tyler Treese

      More 3DS stuff will be announced. The direct was focused on Wii U and with good reason.

      • galloots

        I agree with you, It definitely was a good thing the direct was mainly Wii U. The Wii U needed the attention. But how do you know they will be releasing info on 3ds games soon?

        • Tyler Treese

          There is a 90 minute discussion on an unannounced 3ds game today at E3. Nintendo will be announcing at least that today. Discussion is 9-10:30pm eastern time. I’m sure some outlets will be live-tweeting it.

          • galloots

            Holy crap! 90 minutes on a single game? I dont know how a metroid game will work on 3ds, so heres hoping for something cool! I hear its supposed to be a high profile known franchise too.

    • WaluigiStarman32

      You should use that on a Yoshi Wooly World post.

      • galloots

        That is an eggcellent observation.

        • DaisyYoshi4LIFE!

          Alright alright! No more puns!… I really think you are getting too eggcited… Oh No!

        • Waluigifan32

          lol I forgot about Yoshi XD why not put him in Mario Maker as a block.(tx to DaisyYoshi4LIFE)

    • Palutena alights!

      about time. too much 3ds games. they’re giving the wii u a chance

  • Person McPerson

    THIS. IS EPIC!!!!!!!!!!

  • shyguyfanatic222

    this will be fun