According to an interview with Takashi Tezuka, a video game developer at Nintendo, in EDGE magazine the upcoming Mario Maker will have the ability to share user-created levels online. This news isn't particularly groundbreaking (after all, how else could a maximum level of pleasure be reached in a Super Mario sandbox?), but it is exciting to know with complete certainty Super Mario Bros. levels made can be shared on the other side of the planet.
Mario Maker allows players to craft brand new levels in either Super Mario Bros. or New Super Mario Bros. style They can then play and now share those levels with users across the globe. Thanks to the online connectivity offered by the title, any random person can come across any random level and perhaps discover a new challenge. Consisting of Mario textures, custom-designed objects and music, Mario Maker provides the freedom that most creative fans have dreamed of since they were little. I can finally create my level of piranha plants and platforms that I've been longing to create for years.
For those that feel restricted by only the two styles offered so far, worry not. Nintendo has also confirmed that other art and graphical styles are being considered, though top-down displays such as that found in The Legend of Zelda will not be present. Everything will be 2D, so don't expect any Super Mario Sunshine-esque levels on the web either.
Mario Maker for the Nintendo Wii U will hit the eShop sometime in 2015. To tide over my admittedly silly urge to revisit and perhaps re-craft my childhood with updated textures, I'll just sit back and wonder -- how many piranha plants and cheep-cheeps could I fit in one level?