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e3 2015

Nintendo Explains Why You Can't Upload Mario Maker Creation Videos Directly To YouTube

by Kyle Hilliard on Jun 17, 2015 at 02:21 PM

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Mario Kart 8's ability to upload replay videos directly to YouTube seemed like such a success that Nintendo would be sure to include the tool in all of its games. It was revealed earlier this week that Super Smash Bros. will receive YouTube uploading for its replays soon, and after watching and immensely enjoying the Super Mario Maker finals during the Nintendo World Championships, it seemed like a no-brainer to include the function for the upcoming creation-focused game.

Speaking with Super Mario Maker producer Takashi Tezuka and director Yosuke Oshino at E3, it was among my first questions. When asked about the ability to upload Super Mario Maker creation videos and replays to YouTube, Tezuka confirmed its absence and offered an explanation as to why.

We thought about having YouTube uploading, but it’s not in our game. The reason for that is other than just watching movies of courses, we’d rather players play them and experience them in that way.

Super Mario Maker will allow created level sharing among friends, an aspect of the game that was confirmed shortly after its unveil.

Super Mario Maker releases September 11 for Wii U. Keep an eye out for more of our interview with Tezuka and Oshino where we spoke about Mario Paint's Influence on Super Mario Maker as well The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, a game Takashi Tezuka directed.


Our Take
After really enjoying watching John Numbers and Cosmo race against one another in the Nintendo World Championships, the ability to not simply upload video playthroughs of crazy levels seems like an oversight. Videos will be uploaded regardless, and I can't wait to see them, but Nintendo would be doing themselves a big favor by making the process easy for its creators. Much like Super Smash Bros., this is something that can be added post-launch, and I hope Nintendo considers the addition.