e3 2015

Super Mario Maker Coming In September With Clever Amiibo Support

by Mike Futter on Jun 16, 2015 at 06:47 AM

Mario Maker has a Super new name and a release date. During this mornings E3 digital presentation, we got another look at how players will make their own Mario levels later this year.

We also had a chance to see how Amiibo figures will be integrated with the game. Players can unleash a Mystery Mushroom (a regular mushroom with a question mark) that, when collected, activates Costume Mario. He'll transform into another character via tapping an Amiibo.

The specific functions of each character haven't yet been discussed, but this opens up some interesting design possibilities for those hoping to become master level creators. To assist us in getting started, Nintendo will be releasing an art book with sample level designs.

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto also revealed that a feature left on the cutting room floor during development of the original Super Mario Bros. is finally going to be playable. Mario can ride and steer a cloud while shooting fireballs.

The title is also being released alongside a special Amiibo. This year is Mario's 30th Anniversary, so Nintendo is releasing a blocky 8-bit version of its most popular hero. When used, this makes Mario grow significantly. The Amiibo itself is also quite large, even when compared to the beefier Mario Party 10 line.

Super Mario Maker will be out on September 11, 2015.