I must say, after this week’s showing of Super Mario Maker in the Nintendo Digital Event, I’m way more interested in Nintendo’s upcoming level creation designer than I ever was before. The game looks like it will have a crazy amount of potential in the variety players can create, and it looks great fun breaking the fundamental rules of a Mario platformer by putting assets where they shouldn’t be.
If you’re as intrigued as I am in buying the game, then you’ll also be pleased to hear that it will also allow you to get more use out of your Link Amiibo. Super Mario Maker will have special Amiibo support, allowing you to summon 8-bit sprite characters respective of the figure you tap on your GamePad.
Our hero can now manouvre himself like a madman in the Mushroom Kingdom
In the E3 trailer, you can spot Link appear in the game at the 1:07 mark. You can place him (or another character from other compatible Amiibo) in a Question Block in designer mode, and when the player hits it in the playable mode, a special Mushroom will appear. By touching this Mushroom, you can transform into different characters on the fly.
Playing as Link, he can run and jump through levels just like Mario. I know, just let that sink in for a minute. After all these years of controlling Link without a jump button, our hero can now manouvre himself like a madman in the Mushroom Kingdom. Best of all, when you reach the iconic Mario flagpole at the end, it will sound off with a Zelda chime.
Other Amiibo figures will also be supported — such as Wii Fit Trainer, as demonstrated in the full Digital Event — but a full list has yet to be confirmed. We’ll keep you updated if we find out you can play as Zelda, Sheik or Ganondorf.
It should also be noted that Nintendo has confirmed that “These character costumes can be unlocked by completing the 100 Mario Challenge mode”, so you may not necessarily need Amiibo to experience the different costumes. That could be a relief for those who want to play as Marth (another confirmed supported character), who’s Amiibo figure is very rare.
Super Mario Maker will launch worldwide on Wii U on September 11.