GOTY 2015 | Number 4 — Super Mario Maker
Building custom Super Mario Bros. levels sounds like a great idea on paper, but there was plenty of room for doubt as to whether Nintendo would nail it in practice. Thankfully for Super Mario Maker, Nintendo did the franchise justice with their level builder and created a game I still boot up on a daily basis. Let’s face it, the Super Mario games are fun and having a nearly unlimited supply of new stages to try can only be a good thing. From the terrible levels to the clever and devious ones, I enjoy hopping into Super Mario Maker every time.
Staying true to the high bar they set with Splatoon, Nintendo has continued to support Super Mario Maker in some amazing ways post-release. New objects, costumes and levels have been consistently coming out which has certainly helped the game feel fresh after release. I have also never played a content creation that has been easier and more fun to create levels myself. I have six of them published thus far and I will likely have more coming soon. The replay-value of Super Mario Maker makes it an easy choice for my number 4 game in my top 10 for the year.