'Super Mario Maker' surpasses 1 million sales; receives positive reviews from critics

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Fans of Nintendo’s Super Mario games can now buy the “Super Mario Maker” for the Wii U. As the tagline of the game on the website goes, “Anyone can make it. Everyone can play it.”

On Nintendo’s blog, more than 1 million physical, bundled, and digital units of “Super Mario Maker” have already been sold worldwide since it was released last September 11. Moreover, by allowing fans to create their own courses, over 2.2 million Super Mario stages have been uploaded online. The courses have already been played by gamers around the world 75 million times.

Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime said, “For Mario fans around the world, including myself, Super Mario Maker was a dream 30 years in the making. The game has captured and unlocked the imaginations of gaming fans of all ages and brought their dedication to Nintendo to a whole new level.”

Reviews for the game are positive. On GameSpot, “Super Mario Marker” is rated at 9/10 or superb. Justin Haywald writes that everything in the game is easy to understand and implement. For a complete novice, Nintendo’s unique game is fun and effortless.

Likewise, Griffin McElroy of Polygon gives the game a rating of 9.5/10. “I have had a tremendous amount of fun playing Super Mario Maker, but the way it developed that newfound appreciation for something I’ve known my whole life was the game’s biggest accomplishment,” he reports.

In general, “Super Mario Maker” has received near perfect ratings. On Nerdist, it has a 5/5 score. Giant Bomb also gave the game a perfect score of 5. The ratings are proof that everyone loves the Super Mario franchise, and giving people the opportunity to customize their beloved classic game is a winning strategy for Nintendo.

The game works by using the touch screen controller of the Wii U. Every day, new items, enemies, and power-ups can be unlocked by players. After completing stages, they can be uploaded and shared online for other gamers to experience.

Digital download and retail versions of “Super Mario Maker” are priced at $59.99. On the other hand, the bundle version that comes with a black Wii U console, full download of the game, Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo figure, and other Wii U accessories is priced at $299.96. All versions come with a free “Super Mario Maker Idea Book.”