Nintendo’s biggest release this year is the highly anticipated Super Mario Maker. A fully fleshed out level editor, Super Mario Maker allows players to create their own 2D Mario adventure either wacky or serious. What seems to be a fairly simple idea could explode in popularity for Nintendo as Super Mario Maker made a very big splash at this years E3. From its inception, people were clamoring for adaptations of the Maker formula into their favorite franchises. If Super Mario Maker takes off, it could open the doors for more of Nintendo’s franchises to get a “Maker” makeover.
Metroid Maker could be a very interesting way to bring Metroid back in a big way from a 2 Dimensional standpoint. Players could be tasked with creating an entire level filled with secret areas and hidden goodies. Enemy and ammo placement could work similar to how it works in Super Mario Maker as well. New additions could be the added element of boss battles or special encounters the series is known for. Also like Super Mario Maker, it could have different visuals based on different games from the series. From the original Metroid on NES to the classic Super Metroid and even the most recent Metroid: Fusion on the GBA could be part of the visual package.
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda is the second most popular franchise from Nintendo behind the plumber himself and allowing players to create their own Zelda adventures would be huge. Creating an overworld to explore in with secrets galore, crafting up to 8 dungeons with their own themes, layouts, secrets and items, the possibilities could be endless. The original Legend of Zedla on NES, A Link to the Past, Minish Cap or Four Swords and even A Link Between Worlds could all be possible visual styles. Unfortunately, producer Takashi Tezuka has gone on record to say that “Zelda Maker might be a challenge to make I think. Personally, making Super Mario Maker that was a challenge in itself, and we hope that it’s a success, so thank you for saying that, but I think that might be a difficult task.” Still, we can hope!
Sure, F-Zero Maker doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but there’s potential for it to be fun as hell. F-Zero hasn’t gotten a proper game outside of Nintendo Land for over a decade now and a Maker version could introduce new audiences to the mechanics of the series as well as let veterans tinker with creation tools. The simple premise of creating your own racing track could go a long way with online connectivity. F-Zero from the SNES, Maximum Velocity on the GBA and possibly even F-Zero X from the N64 could all be used. There’s even precedence for this idea from the Japanese version of the original F-Zero which had a track editor included. The allure of creating crazy and difficult racing tracks is already popular with games like Trials and could work wonders for Nintendo.
Poke-Maker would be the most difficult and biggest of the possibilities. Players could create a rather decently sized overworld and draw up small little towns with Poke-Centers and Gyms. Placing grass or caves and choosing which Pokemon spawn from them. Placing trainers about and selecting their rosters or setting up elaborate Gyms for people to puzzle their way through. Red and Blue, Silver and Gold and Ruby and Sapphire could all be the base for the visual swaps. It all has immense potential but would be extremely difficult and time consuming to pull off. There is a bit of this idea in the newest Pokemon remakes of Ruby and Sapphire, where players could, essentially, create their own Gyms within their Secret Bases in the game.
There are a plethora of franchises to pull from when it comes to Nintendo but these were some of the more unique. The Maker formula could apply to a myriad of different genres and franchises and Mario was a perfect place to start. The creativity seen with games like Minecraft or Trials is contagious in an online community and any of the ideas listed above could be huge hits with Nintendo’s fanbase and anyone looking to scratch a creative itch. Hopefully Super Mario Maker takes off when it releases this September and it helps fund new more inventive Maker series adaptations in the future.
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