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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, Winners!

Last week I asked the readers of Kotaku to fire up their Nintendo Switch consoles and make some Mario levels. But keep them short and sweet. I got a bunch of entries and had a (mostly) great time playing them all.

But some of you seem to think I’m a much better Mario player than I really am. I can jump and spin and run, sure, but I’m no expert. Just keep that in mind. I don’t have to finish a level to like it enough to call it a winner, but I do sometimes run into levels that seem built more to frustrate and annoy than to have fun.

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.

Mario Learns To Fly | Dominik FFM | ST6-LN1-P1H

This is an auto-level with just enough skill that it still feels satisfying when you reach the end. Auto levels can sometimes be boring, but this one felt like I had to play it somewhat to reach the end, which I liked.

Morning Rush | Melanchoynarwhal | KJM-015-FLF

We’ve all been there. You are running late for work, you can’t find your keys and your basement is filled with deadly enemies and jumps. But Mario is a hard worker and doesn’t give up, even if his job is just like jumping on shit. Can you really be late for that?

Kotaku Short & Sweet | Impatientandy | Y2T-XTS-01G

This is such a cool idea that I hope this creator and others build upon this simple idea. It really felt like I was shrinking down, Ant-Man style, to reach the end of this level. Wonderful!

Ground Mole Day | Shweep | C3S-HBJ-XVG

Oh no! I totally forgot today was Ground Mole Day. I always forget and then I have to drive to the store and get a cheap card for my parents. Damn! Fun level though.

Short Stuff | D123 | VNC-GLF-X0H

Of all the levels I played for this contest, this was the shortest. I also like how it is set up to look like you are about to do normal level and then, boom, you hit an invisible block and reach the end. Truly short and sweet.

Leap Of Faith | Sogard | LGL-BGF-OWG

This is a Mario level that makes you feel like you are much more skilled than you actually are. Once you figure out the timing on the jumps it looks like you are a pro player. People around you will gasp and cheer as you effortlessly leap every obstacle.

Kaiju Mario Rampage | Rock N Roll Springtime, Take One | JHK-TBL-RXF

I always, ALWAYS, enjoy some mindless destruction. So getting to breakthrough buildings as a giant Mario is a perfect level for me. It would only be made better if I could smash some tiny people on the streets as they run from me.

One Of Everything | Based T | QJN-MD2-1WG

As the name implies, this level seems to be filled with one of everything in Mario Maker 2, at least in this theme. At first, I thought this would be a gimmick level, but it ended up being a lot of fun and a nice short course.

Kotaku Logo Run | Dogs With Villians Names | XHS-BXG-60H

This level made me feel like a speedrunner. You only have 10 seconds to collect 100 coins and finish. At first, it seemed impossible. But after a few attempts, I realized that with fast movements and practice I could beat the level. Finally beating it felt great.

Bullet Climb | Abhassl | J12-T21-NYF

A giant horde of bullet bills chasing you is scary, but once you realize how easy it is to jump on them and climb up towards the exit, this level became a fun scramble to reach the top. Sometimes the bullets would split up too much and I would fall back down, but I had a blast. Even when I failed.


If your level didn’t make it on to the featured list, don’t worry. There were too many to list them all and I had to limit the list.

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