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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Super Mario Maker (2015) is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other people have created.

*Super Mario Maker is on Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
  • Super Mario Maker 2 is on Nintendo Switch

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Super Mario Maker 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Creative game with Action and Platform elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. You can create and play levels designed for cooperative or competitive play for up to four players.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round of this game. Although you can’t finish the game because there is always more to create and play, game-making sessions are usually an hour or so.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3 for occasional, very mild violence in a comical or abstract context.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In the US, ESRB state: As players run and jump through side-scrolling 2-D levels, they can defeat enemies by jumping on their heads. In one sequence, a "cartoony" boss insect must be swatted repeatedly to defeat it.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to plan, experiment and adapt your levels for the player. You also need to be able to finish them yourself before you can share them.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.

CostsCosts

You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Super Mario Maker

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
This game supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/09/2015

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Creative (Action and Platform)

Accessibility: 2 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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