Get Creative On The Go With Super Mario Maker For Nintendo 3DS

If you own a Wii U and for some reasons didn’t manage to pick up one of its most super games (that would be 2015’s Super Mario Maker), then you really should just stop reading this and go play the damn thing. However, if you don’t own a Wii U and do own a 3DS, then you’re now in luck , because Super Mario Maker is available on Nintendo’s beloved handheld.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way: this 3DS iteration won’t let you share your creations as easily as the Wii U’s did, nor can it interact with that version at all. Whereas Super Mario Maker for the Wii U allowed you to create levels and effortlessly share them with others online, now you’ll have to sync up with another 3DS locally or via “StreetPass.”


Still, when it comes to solo play, this Mario Maker in some way surpasses its Wii U predecessor. For one, making levels is more convenient when you’re not shackled to your TV and couch. It’s nice to just pop in and quickly tweak a level when the urge strikes. Also, in terms of getting right into creating, unlike the Wii U version, now you begin with more tools to build stages with either Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. templates. The only major limitations here is a less visually appealing, zoomed-out look for New Super Mario Bros., no amiibo support whatsoever (an odd omission), and the lack of mystery mushrooms, which were certainly awesome but inessential.

As for actually playing levels, Super Mario Maker on the 3DS features 100 pre-made stages that are not only a blast to play, but will help you unlock new tools to create radder stages that you can hopefully share with your irl friends.


Better still for solo play is Super Mario Challenge, which replaces and updates the Wii U’s 10 Mario Challenge. Whereas 10 Mario Challenge was a clever addition to an already jam-packed title, Super Mario Challenge feels like a bona fide 2D adventure, made up of 18 distinct worlds highlighting different items and environments, with the main incentive being to unlock more creation tools. Also unlike before, Super Mario Challenge is a 100 per cent dud-free mix of Mario Bros. new and old. It’s worth the price of admission for that feature alone. This is Mario we’re talking about.

If you have to go with one version of Super Mario Maker, the Wii U’s online versatility clearly makes it the winner. Still, this spinoff’s strong offline offerings make it a very tasty holiday treat for newcomers and old-timers alike. So who says you can’t get your hands (and stylus) on both versions?

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is available now. Check out the latest trailer below: