E3 2014: "Mario Maker" Confirmed For Wii U

[UPDATE] Confirmed!

Today during Nintendo's E3 press conference, the company officially announced Mario Maker, though that's only a working title right now. The game, which lets players use the Wii U GamePad to design levels from scratch, will launch exclusively for Wii U in the first half of 2015. You can even switch the visual style between a classic 8-bit look to a modern day presentation. GameSpot will have more on Mario Maker later this week from E3.

The original story is below.

Nintendo might be working on a make-your-own Mario game for the 3DS, which could be announced next week during E3 2014, if a new report is to be believed.

Nintendo Enthusiast has obtained an "alleged picture" reportedly from Nintendo's booth on the E3 show floor that features what appears to be a new 3DS game called Mario Maker. Going off the image, it looks like this game will allow you to create your own Mario-themed levels using the 3DS stylus.

There's no explanation as to how Nintendo Enthusiast obtained the image, which appears to be taken by a camera phone. Nintendo's booth at E3 is constructed before the show kicks off, so it's possible someone got into the building and snapped a photo without Nintendo's knowledge.

Past Nintendo games, like Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii, have included level editors. If Mario Maker is indeed real, we won't have to wait much longer to find out about it. Nintendo's E3 briefing takes place on Tuesday, June 10, at 9 a.m. PDT.

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Discussion

50 comments
omar_q
omar_q

This looks like it could be fun for about 10 minutes.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Could be fun if we get complete control over playable characters and can turn Mario evil lol! For bunchanumbers I would make a toadstool mirror level in beautiful 8 bit graphics inspired by the classic splatterhouse mirror level.

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

Mario vs DK series and Smash Bros. Brawl both featured level editors, so this Mario Maker app could be a possibility.

Exeplosion
Exeplosion

Isnt there already something like that????

me3639
me3639

A MOD developer offering their MOD tools? How will they release any new games at full price?

jalisdaboss
jalisdaboss

Will it be two dimensional?  Nintendo could use some help after caving in to those jerk weeds.  Maybe now they can cancel that Tomodatchi game and tell the jerk weeds that tried to pull that mess on to people to politely sod off and never bother them again?

adroge1
adroge1

Ooooohhhh. If it's for the WiiU I'm getting it.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

I don't think the picture is alleged, I would think the content of the picture is alleged.  Kind of weird wording to call the picture an "alleged picture."  It's a picture, whether it's been altered or not.

And how are we sure that's a 3DS game, that looks a lot like Wii U graphics?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

It's just a level editor?  Blah.  I read the title of this article and got excited that I could make a Mario game where he is a prostitute instead of a plumber, but I guess it's going to be way limited...

nobledragoon
nobledragoon

Is there no integrity anymore?  Can we just wait a few days and let Nintendo tell the world what it's talented engineers have been working on without some editor spoiling it?

Ovirew
Ovirew

I actually think this could be a good idea, depending on how it's executed.


I always thought that the ultimate 'classic' Mario game would be one where a new level or a new stage would be introduced every week/month.  So by the end of the game's support, you'd have well over 100 levels, maybe even over 200.  But a level-creator tool?  That would enable people to make an endless supply of new Mario stages.


It depends on how good the creation tools are, how many options are available to the player, and how many creative people want to get involved in playing the game.

pcty
pcty

A level editor? Probably an e-shop title.

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

Nintendo are the innovators which is why they are copying Skylanders and LittleBigPlanet now right?

hochstreck
hochstreck

Interesting, and very much appreciated!

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

That's a pretty sick idea, the thought of something like this has floated into my head before. I'm sure there'd be a lot of depth into how cool the levels could be, imagine the stuff people would think of!

anthonydangelo
anthonydangelo

Looks like the signs behind it are showing off the NFC figures for animal crossing and Pikachu. You can see a gray base /stand of the bottom of them both.

GerStud101
GerStud101

Why is the assumption that this is a 3DS game and not a Wii U game? I feel like it would make much more sense on the Wii U, using the gamepad to construct the levels. And that's where Nintnedo needs to most new software. To my eye, I don't see any indication in this picture that it'd be fore a 3DS game instead of a Wii U game--both have styluses, no?

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

"Oh, now I see! Now I get it. Now the pieces are falling into place.  It's all coming together now! I must say, this opens my eyes. Another case closed, my dear Watson. For I was blind but now I see! The cat's out of the bag now!"


I think they might be making another Mario game.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Evil Mario needs his missing ingredient for his pasta bowl of perfection Toadstool!

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

Level editor using old assets =/= new game with new ideas.

2611mp
2611mp

@nobledragoon You are being extremely naive in this comment. A vast majority of these alleged "leaks" are intentional marketing ploys from the the developers themselves. What have they lost by leaking this to us? Nothing. They have, however, gained a few more viewers who will tune in to E3 eagerly awaiting news about this game. Marketing 101.

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

@Ovirew I get the feeling, like with LittleBigPlanet, most of it will be crap but there will be a small group of talented designers who create enough good levels to make it all worth wile. Hopefully they have something like Media Molecule picks so that people can easily find the best levels each week/month without playing the numerous World 1-1 recreations or what not.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@Zepthire95 Yes because Skylanders and LittleBigPlanet were the first playable level editors...

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

@Zepthire95 Name me a dev that hasn't ever copied an idea from another game, even unintentionally. You can't. Just because it has similar ideas to other games doesn't mean they won't put any originality into it.

Also, Make-Your-Own-Level type games have existed for ages. Grow up and get over this stupid fanboyism, you either love and support the video game industry or you don't.

charliezard
charliezard

@Zabiam Honestly, I would find that pretty disappointing. I think most of us are hoping for... ehm... something a little bigger than a Mario Bros level editor. 

charliezard
charliezard

@anthonydangelo Nice catch. Though that gray thing isn't really on the bottom of the characters, so I dunno if we can really tell that it's a base. It looks like it's in front of the Animal Crossing character--rather than below him. hmmm

hystavito
hystavito

@GerStud101 I literally yelled out in anger when I saw the headline.  It seems like a cool idea, but I get angry at how much they seem to neglect the WiiU with all these 3DS things, even though I own both.  However, as you say, maybe it's not for 3DS.

charliezard
charliezard

@GerStud101 Agree. It's tough to say. I'd personally prefer it on the 3DS, simply because I own one, but yeah. This one could go either way. I wouldn't mind if it was released on both systems.

jalisdaboss
jalisdaboss

@Zepthire95 @Ovirew , let us never speak of the overrated dung heaps that are Little Big Planet 1 and 2.  The idea was good, but the execution was horrible for BOTH games.

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

@AuronAXE @Zepthire95 Fanboyism towards who exactly? I just think it's pretty ironic that I always see people singing praises of Nintendo's originality yet I haven't seen any of it since the N64 days.

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

Super Mario Galaxy

Wii Sports

Wii Fit

WarioWare

Animal Crossing

Tomodachi Life

All games that are unique and have new gameplay elements.

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

@Zepthire95 @AuronAXE When they were defining how 3d platformers and 3d zelda games should play for the first time of course the innovation smacks you in the face. That doesn't mean they stopped innovating.

There's great innovation and creativity in many Nintendo games. They do do some series which are only incremental updates such as Mario kart and the new super mario bros series.

But they do many games based off old IP's that are crammed full of new ideas, as you got with Mario Galaxy and Skyward Sword. Not to mention recently reviewed Tomodachi Life and other quirky games. Nobody else makes game like Nintendo, and that's not just because they continue to make many platformers when the rest of the industry looks to other genres. Some indie games innovate too, but it often feels like the whole big budget side of the industry is all aiming towards one big cod/assassins creed/gta inspired direction and Nintendo just doesn't go with the flow. They go and do their own thing and do it really well. 

Also you might be one of those people that scoff at things like Wii Fit and Wii Sports but how often do companiesinvent whole new genres?

How many companies have you controlling a platform game with some bongos?
How many big budget companies dare to radically change how a hugely popular series plays with almost every iteration (as seen with series like Paper Mario, zelda, 3d Mario)?

If you don't see Nintendo's post n64 innovation the problem is you aren't looking.

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

@Ovirew @Zepthire95 Nowadays basically just indie devs. Don't get me wrong, copying and improving good ideas is basically how the industry evolves and both Skylanders and LBP are great but I just get annoyed when people act like Nintendo are still the innovators they were during the SNES/N64 days. Perhaps it was neither the time nor the place for me to raise that point though.