The video shows off the course-creation game’s toolsuite, which allows players to assemble levels basically however they want. The game comes with 100 built-in levels, though not every one of the Wii U edition‘s courses appears in the 3DS iteration. The 3DS version lets you share levels with friends, but only across local wireless.
Additionally, players can create levels collaboratively by sending work-in-progress stages to other users. Also, the 3DS version has all the items from the Wii U version except for the mystery mushroom and corresponding costume.
Super Mario Maker for 3DS launches on December 2. The game does not have any 3D functionality.
Super Mario Maker scored a 9/10 in GameSpot’s review and was a contender for Game of the Year. Critic Justin Haywald said, “The first time I discovered that not only could I make a giant, flame-spewing piranha plant, but I could also make it fly, I cackled with horrible glee at the possibilities. And for the first time in a creation-focused experience, I look forward to returning again and again for more than just the amazing levels I know other people will create. I want to keep making my own levels better. The game won’t necessarily turn you into the next Shigeru Miyamoto, but you can almost feel a little bit of that magic rubbing off every time you upload a new creation.”
It’s one of the best-selling Wii U games from Nintendo ever, having sold more than 3.73 million copies around the world as of September 30. Notably, this number includes copies sold in Wii U bundles.
If you’re in the market for a 3DS, various retailers will offer the New 3DS (not the XL edition) for $100 on Black Friday in a special-edition black or white model.