Super Mario Maker 2 Gets a Cool Recreation in LittleBigPlanet 3

Super Mario Maker 2 Gets a Cool Recreation in LittleBigPlanet 3

It's Sony's planet, but Mario's just going to borrow it for a while.

You know those days when you wake up and you say to yourself, "Gosh, I wish I could experience the video game equivalent of a turducken?" Well, a resourceful 14-year-old is making your dreams come true with a version of Super Mario Maker 2 that runs in LittleBigPlanet 3 for the PlayStation 3 and 4.

The level creator, "ClapTrap9", published their Super Mario Maker 2/LittleBigPlanet 3 fusion over the weekend. LittleBigPlanet 3's design tools aren't as in-depth or refined as Super Mario Maker 2's, but ClapTrap9 managed to put together an impressive piece of work, nonetheless. GameXplain built and subsequently played a Super Mario World stage using ClapTrap9's toolbox, and you might be surprised to see what's at builders' disposal. There are see-saws, Banzai Bills, and assorted Mario foot soldiers. You can lay down slopes, and even if you don't have the bevy of options available in Super Mario Maker 2 for the Switch, it's still cool stuff. The physics are a little "off" because you're technically not playing a Mario game, but whatever you create is still perfectly serviceable.

Super Mario Maker 2 released late last week to excellent reviews. Its story mode offers charming lessons in game-building, but unsurprisingly, most people love to just make the kinds of levels that hurt themselves and each other. ClapTrap9's builder-within-a-builder project isn't meant to be any kind of substitute for the actual Super Mario Maker 2: It's just an ambitious "look what I can do" from a young creator who's clearly enjoying themselves (they also made the original Super Mario Maker in LittleBigPlanet 3 earlier this year). Keep on building, ClapTrap.

Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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