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Mario Maker Contest: Spooky And Scary

This is the month of Halloween, which makes it my favorite month of the year. I love Halloween and the spooky season leading up to it. So let’s celebrate the spooky season with some creepy, scary and Halloween themed levels!

Your Challenge This Week: Create spooky, creepy, scary or Halloween inspired levels!

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Theme: Spooky & Scary, Halloween, Creepy

You can use any theme you want or any game you want. Though I think the Haunted Ghost House theme might be the best bet for this challenge. Add some ghosts or skeletons. Or build a cemetery. Whatever is creepy and spooky to you, add it to your level!

Next week I’ll pick some of my favorite courses and a winner.

How To Submit A Level — Instructions

1. Build a new course based on the challenge.

2. Name the level and please add “Kotaku AND / OR the theme this week into the name of the level. Once that’s done, upload it in Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch.

3. Then post the course ID into the comments, along with the name of the level and any other info you want to include. PLEASE include the name of the course in the comments.

Source: Kotaku.com

Mario Maker Contest: Going Up, Winners!

Last week I challenged you folks to create Mario levels that went up and down instead of left and right. Add a little verticality to the world of Mario. I got a nice mix of themes, ideas, and designs. You folks sure like going up!

This week I got some levels that I enjoyed so much I ended up playing them after my initial judging. I even shared them with a few friends. Good stuff!

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Anyways! If you want to play all the courses people submitted for the contest, you can check out my Mario Maker 2 profile where I liked all the levels that I played. This is probably the easiest way to play all these courses without having to enter in dozens of ID codes.

My Mario Maker 2 ID number: 2C7-40T-HXF

Now, below are some of my favorite courses and a short description of the course and what I liked about it.

Descend On/Off Mountain | XCube285 | MY6-XRQ-6FG

A level with some replayability. This course features different paths, each one leading to the exit. However, each path is different. And only one will place you at the top of the exit gate for max points.

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Mount Everest | Bernzai | 7M4-N5H-R1G

This is one of my favorite courses I’ve played since starting this competition. Great decorating and pacing. Not too hard, but challenging enough. Great use of checkpoints too. Some of the trickier parts are much more manageable because of well-placed checkpoints.

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Tree Trouble | DominikFFM| GR3-QPL-PWF

A well-made jungle-themed level that feels like it could easily appear in a Mario game. Really like the use of vines to help make some jumps easier for players who screw up. Which I did a few times because I’m not great at Mario games.

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Going Up: Mountain Climbing | Vole Tores| 3FO-YSB-8GG

A simple level. Go up a completely straight and very tall mountain. But as you progress up to the top, the jumps get harder and harder. Smartly placed platforms and a lack of enemies means you don’t die if you miss a jump. You lose a bit of progress. This makes this a fun and not frustrating test of skill.

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If your level didn’t make it on to the featured list, don’t worry! A new Mario Maker Contest will return in the future!

Source: Kotaku.com

Mario Maker Contest: Going Up!

For a long time, Mario went left to right and sometimes right to left. Life was good but simple. But over the years vertical sections and levels have become more a thing in Mario games. Let’s add some verticality to this week’s Mario Maker contest.

Your Challenge This Week: Create vertical levels!

Theme: Going Up, Vertical

Using any theme, game or whatever you want. Just make sure some portion of the course is vertical. Create a hotel, make a tall obstacle course, recreate Icy Tower. Whatever you want to do, just make sure it goes up and up and up.

Next week I’ll pick some of my favorite courses and a winner.

How To Submit A Level — Instructions

1. Build a new course based on the challenge.

2. Name the level and please add “Kotaku AND / OR the theme this week into the name of the level. Once that’s done, upload it in Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch.

3. Then post the course ID into the comments, along with the name of the level and any other info you want to include. PLEASE include the name of the course in the comments.

Source: Kotaku.com

Mario Maker Contest: Pipes, Pipes And More Pipes, Winners!

Last week I asked you, folks, to create some Mario levels featuring pipes! You delivered, giving me a diverse set of levels featuring every color and shape of pipe. Mario would be proud!

This week I got some of the best levels yet! Most of the entries I enjoyed a lot, even if they weren’t quite good enough to make it on the list of my favorites.

Anyways! If you want to play all the courses people submitted for the contest, you can check out my Mario Maker 2 profile where I liked all the levels that I played. This is probably the easiest way to play all these courses without having to enter in dozens of ID codes.

My Mario Maker 2 ID number: 2C7-40T-HXF

Now, below are some of my favorite courses and a short description of the course and what I liked about it.

Pipes Aplenty, Maybe Too Many? | Bernzai | 9Q1-OXO-BDF

Nothing too fancy here. Just a really well made Mario level. There’s a wonderful pace to the level, with the designer building up the challenge and introducing new ideas slowly. Just wonderful stuff!

Primary Pipes | Milo Williams | 73W-4XL-9FF

A neat concept, having hints before each area and having to bring in certain items to complete different sections. The kind of level that makes you think, but also has some solid platforming sections.

Dungeon Pipe Puzzle | The Gum You Like Is Coming Back In Style | HT3-MTM-YWF

A short, but an expertly crafted puzzle. Not too hard, but not too easy. One of those puzzle levels that makes you feel smart multiple times while playing it. Something happens and reveals the next step and you go “Ohhhh! I see!” Those moments are the best.

Glass Gardens | hiiistrex | 7FM-KPQ-BQG

A relaxing and serene take on pipes. This is a fun to navigate maze with some mice sprinkled throughout. Not the most complex level, but a unique interpretation of the theme.

Kotaku Pipes | Fresnokila | 94Q-CJ3-MXG

The only level I got that took the pipe theme underwater. I tend to hate underwater sections in Mario games, but this level isn’t too frustrating. A nice looking level too.


If your level didn’t make it on to the featured list, don’t worry! A new Mario Maker Contest will return in the future!

Source: Kotaku.com

Mario Maker Contest: Pipes,Pipes And More Pipes

Mario loves pipes. He travels in them, jumps on them and leaps over them. As a plumber, pipes and Mario are forever linked together. So let’s celebrate Mario and his wonderful pipes.

Your Challenge This Week: Create levels that feature pipes!

Theme: Pipes

You can use any theme and game, just make sure your course has pipes in it. At least two pipes. But preferably more! They can be decoration, transportation or a combination of both. Try building artwork out pipes or entire stages. Whatever sounds good to you!

Next week I’ll pick some of my favorite courses and a winner.

How To Submit A Level — Instructions

1. Build a new course based on the challenge.

2. Name the level and please add “Kotaku AND / OR the theme this week into the name of the level. Once that’s done, upload it in Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch.

3. Then post the course ID into the comments, along with the name of the level and any other info you want to include. PLEASE include the name of the course in the comments.

Source: Kotaku.com

Mario Maker Contest: International Cat Day, Winners!

Last week I asked you wonderful people to create some cat-themed Mario levels in celebration of International Cat Day. It was time to honor our cats by turning a plumber into a cat and throwing him at some enemies and jumps. It is the only way to celebrate cats.

I got..some levels. Compared to previous contests, this was a smaller amount of levels to choose from so I’ll have a smaller number of winners this week. I get it though. A lot of folks dislike the Mario 3D World theme. Don’t worry! Next time I’ll make sure to not force you into using that theme!

Anyways! If you want to play all the courses people submitted for the contest, you can check out my Mario Maker 2 profile where I liked all the levels that I played. This is probably the easiest way to play all these courses without having to enter in dozens of ID codes.

My Mario Maker 2 ID number: 2C7-40T-HXF

Now, below are some of my favorite courses and a short description of the course and what I liked about it.

Cat And Mouse| Impatientandy | 1pG-84W-CTF

Imagine you are locked in a maze with some spikes and mice. Okay, that might not sound very fun but in a Mario game, it actually works really well.

Desert Cat Canyon | RPC80 | MVB-W8S-D6G

Now, this is what I call a Mario level. I know, I know. You kids love your troll levels and Kaizo levels. But I’ll always prefer a good, classic level. And this is a wonderful example of that.

Cat Day – A Cheetah Speedrun | 4586 | PKM-GGY-MNG

There is something really satisfying about hit perfect leaps while wearing the catsuit. I can’t fully explain it, but I love it. This is a short, but well-made level that uses the catsuit wonderfully.

Cat Simulator | XCube285 | C4F-HyC-TMG

This level puts you in the mind of a cat. As it turns out being a cat is mostly just killing things and jumping. This level reminded me of Portal and the way each area is numbered and separated.


If your level didn’t make it on to the featured list, don’t worry! A new Mario Maker Contest will return in the future!

Source: Kotaku.com

Mario Maker Contest: International Cat Day

International Cat Day happened this week, not to be confused with National Cat Day, which happens in October. Do cats deserve two different days dedicated to them? I don’t know. But let’s celebrate our fluffy little pets by creating some Mario levels.

Your Challenge This Week: Create levels that feature the Cat Mario powerup.

Theme: Cat Day / Cats

Your course can be more than just cat action, but I would recommend making the Cat Mario powerup the focus of the level. Feel free to use any level theme you want, like desert or jungle, etc. As long as I can turn into a cat then the level is eligible for the contest.

Next week I’ll pick some of my favorite courses and a winner.

How To Submit A Level — Instructions

1. Build a new course based on the challenge.

2. Name the level and please add “Kotaku AND / OR the theme this week into the name of the level. Once that’s done, upload it in Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch.

3. Then post the course ID into the comments, along with the name of the level and any other info you want to include. PLEASE include the name of the course in the comments.

Source: Kotaku.com

Mario Maker Contest: Short And Sweet

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” This is a famous line written by some dude named Shakespeare. Anyways, what it basically means is the best Mario Maker levels don’t waste your time. They are short, sweet and creative. At least, I think that’s what he meant. Regardless, let’s make some short Mario levels!

Your challenge this week: Make the shortest Mario course you can think of, but try to make it fun too.

Theme – Short & Sweet / Short Stuff

Any theme or game style will work. Just try to keep it short and fun. But please make the levels more than just one jump and a flagpole. That is technically short, but I doubt it will get you mentioned in next week’s results post.

Also, I plan on doing more of these Mario Maker contests, but will probably do them every other week. These contests take more time than I expected and I don’t want to rush through these every week or burn myself out. So this schedule will help.

Next week I’ll pick some of my favorite courses and a winner.

How To Submit A Level — Instructions

1. Build a new course based on the challenge.

2. Name the level and please add “KotakuAND / OR the theme this week into the name of the level. Once that’s done, upload it in Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch.

3. Then post the course ID into the comments, along with the name of the level and any other info you want to include. PLEASE include the name of the course in the comments.

Source: Kotaku.com

Mario Maker Contest: Summer Time Fun

Summer is here. The sun is out and hot, shirts are drenched in sweat, ice cream is back on the menu and ACs are turned down to their lowest temperature. So, instead of going outside, into the heat and sun, let’s stay inside and make some Mario Maker levels!

Your challenge this week: Make some desert themed Mario levels.

Theme – Summer / Summer Time

I don’t care which game style you choose, Super Mario Bros. 3 or 3D World, whatever. Just set it in the desert and make it feel like a summer vacation. Or a nightmare. Whichever works best for you.

I’m trying this idea out to see how the community reacts to this contest. Think of this as a pilot for a TV show. If the ratings are good and people seem to like it, we can do this every week. If nobody likes this format or cares to make levels, we will pretend this never happened.

Next week I’ll pick some of my favorite courses and a winner.

How To Submit A Level — Instructions

1. Build a new course based on the challenge.

2. Name the level and please add “Kotaku – ” OR the theme this week to the front of the name. Once that’s done, upload it in Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch.

3. Then post the course ID into the comments, along with the name of the level and any other info you want to include.

Source: Kotaku.com

Pokémon T-Shirt Contest Winner Disqualified, Design Pulled From Upcoming Game

Screenshot: The Pokemon Company (Uniqlo)

Earlier this week, Japanese clothing company Uniqlo announced Chinese artist Li Wen Pei had won its UT Grand Prix contest for designing Pokémon T-shirts. He was set to win $10,000 and have his design featured in Pokémon Sword and Shield, set to come to Switch later this year. Uniqlo now says Wen Pei has been disqualified for failing to adhere to the contest’s rules.

“Uniqlo, the Japenase global apparel retailer, today announces that is has disqualified the Grand Prize winner and another finalist in its Pokémon-themed UT Grand Prix 2019 design contest after learning that the designs in question were not in accordance with the terms of that competition,” the company said in a statement. “Uniqlo will not award the Grand Prize to another entrant or sell merchandise feature the designs.”

Wen Pei’s design included a stylized rendering of a Gyarados sitting above a trio of Magikarp. “Magikarp is the faith in a fan’s mind. Also, the evolution from weakness to mightiness is like a miracle,” he told Uniqlo in his description of the work.

One possible reason the design was disqualified may be that this wasn’t the first time Wen Pei had used the design for commercial purposes, which is against the rules of the competition. According to a translation of a now deleted post on the Chinese social media website Sina Weibo by website Nintendo Soup, Wen Pei had previously sold some phone cases with the artwork on it, and the design then ended up on t-shirts. Wen Pei claimed that its subsequent appearance on T-shirts was due to people pirating his work. In a follow-up post, Wen Pei said that he had explained the matter to Uniqlo.

“Uniqlo may withdraw prizes and/or terminate merchandising of t-shirts with Winning Artworks without prior notice to an entrant, irrespective of the originality of the Artwork submitted by the entrant, if similar artwork is already publicly available from outside Uniqlo stores,” the rules for the contest state.

When asked for comment, Uniqlo would not confirm the reason why Wen Pei was disqualified from the contest.

Source: Kotaku.com