Super Mario Maker has been out for a couple weeks now, and I’m absolutely in love with it. Nintendo put together a beautiful, comprehensive love-letter that serves as a perfect ode to celebrate 30 years of everyone’s favorite plumber. However, as comprehensive as this package is, there are omissions. While there is no major piece of Mario lore they failed to include, there are several deep-cuts that I, as a life-long Mario fan, would love to see added.
1- Charging Chuck
Charging Chuck first appeared in Super Mario World. He’s essentially a football player whose main goal is to bum-rush the player and tackle them into oblivion. He would be an interesting addition to the game, because he takes two hits to eliminate. The first hit merely knocks his helmet off, while the second will do away with him completely.
2- Angry Sun
While the Angry Sun’s first and only appearance is in Super Mario Brothers 3 on the Nintendo Entertainment System, this character quickly grew a cult following. The Angry Sun’s only goal is to drop out of the sky and burn Mario to a crisp.
3- Ice Flower
The ice flower’s first official appearance was in an RPG: Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time. However, it’s first appearance in a 2d platformer was in: New Super Mario Bros. Wii. As far as in-game application, it does exactly what it’s title suggests. It freezes enemies. The Ice Flower gives players a nice, alternate route to take out enemies, apart from the traditional fire and stomping.
4- Poison Mushroom
First appearing in Japan’s Super Mario Brothers 2 and America’s Super Mario Brothers: The Lost Levels, the poison mushroom is the first item to actually do harm to the player. If Mario is tall it shrinks him, and if he is small it kills him.
5- Hammer Bros. Suit
The Hammer Bros. Suit might honestly be my favorite Mario power-up of all time. The Hammer Bros. have always been one of Mario’s most frustrating adversaries. Naturally, there’s nothing sweeter than giving them a little taste of their own medicine. Unfortunately, this suit was only available very briefly in Super Mario Brothers 3.
6- Frog Suit
Here’s a pretty well agreed upon opinion: water levels are terrible. The Frog Suit makes them a little less terrible. Not only does this Mario 3 suit make navigating the notorious water levels manageable, but it’s also incredibly adorable.
7- Boomerang Suit
The Boomerang Suit has actually never appeared in a 2D Mario game, but that does not mean it could not work in a 2D space. The Boomerang Suit first appeared in Super Mario 3D Land on the 3DS and most recently emerged in Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. It would be neat to see Nintendo take items from games not included in Mario Maker.
8- Gold Flower
While aesthetically New Super Mario Bros. 2 looked like another 2d Mario game, nothing could be further from the truth. The idea of making the game completely about gathering as much money as possible, fundamentally changed how a Mario game was played. The gold flower helped bring a much needed breath of fresh air to the 2d Mario franchise. I personally would love to see more gold-based Mario levels.
9- Super Acorn
The Super Acorn first appears in New Super Mario Bros. U. It transforms Mario into a flying squirrel and gives him the abilities to glide through the air and cling to walls. This item is very similar to The Raccoon Leaf in Mario 3 and the cape in Mario World, but it is in Mario U.
10- Bowser’s Children
Bowser Jr. is included in Super Mario Maker, but interestingly enough non of Bowser’s other children are options. Recently, these characters have seen more recognition, being included in both Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. It wouldn’t be a huge deal to have them. It would just be nice to have the option.
What things would you like to see added to Super Mario Maker? Let us know!