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The Best Tributes to Other Games in Super Mario Maker

Why settle for Mario levels when you can make Zelda levels? And Mega Man levels? And Pac-Man mazes?

Analysis by Nadia Oxford, .

Strange as it is to say, the first thing that crossed everyone's minds when Nintendo revealed Super Mario Maker is, "Oh boy! I can't wait to make other games with this!"

Granted, Nintendo included dozens of character costumes from games outside the Mario franchise, so it probably knew what kind of monkeyshines we'd get into as soon as the game hit our Wii U. "Oh, Capcom won't make a new Mega Man game? There, there. Use our fun game-builder to put together one of your own."

Mario Maker owners happily obliged. There are some very cool tributes and level re-creations on the servers already, and more pour in every day. Here's a sampling of the most fun and imaginative levels.

The Legend of Zelda: Overworld and Eagle Dungeon (ID: 4431-0000-001D-58A4)

Brick 101 is a YouTube channel that typically showcases cool stuff built (and animated) out of LEGO, but channel steward David Pickett took a little time away from interlocking plastic blocks to show off his skills with Super Mario Maker.

Pickett's re-creation of the first dungeon from The Legend of Zelda is one of the most impressive Super Mario Maker level tributes to date. He even drafted the whole thing on graph paper before going to town. It's pretty interesting to hear him discuss his enemy choices, and observe how he successfully managed to turn a 2D action game into a top-down adventure.

Mega Man 2: Wily Stage 1 (ID: 5BDE-0000-001A-318F)

Megacocorock re-created one of the best-known 8-bit action stages of all time.

There are some interesting enemy substitutions on-hand here, including Koopa Paratroopas that carry Buzzy Beetles in lieu of egg-bombing Pipi birds.

But how does Megacocorock tackle the iconic battle with the end stage boss, Dragon? Get equipped with a Fire Flower and find out.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Green Hill Zone, Act 1 (ID: 5048-0000-0016-C599)

TheRealSonicFan's tribute to gaming's most famous first level outside of the original Super Mario Bros' World 1 - 1 makes some neat adjustments to Sonic's breakout run. There are mushrooms instead of trees, coins instead of rings, Cheep-Cheeps instead of Choppers, and Koopa Paratroopas instead of Buzz Bombers.

No need to cook up a substitute for Sonic's springboards, of course. As far as those objects are concerned, Sega does what Ninten…does.

Kid Icarus: Stage 1 - 4 (ID: EF5F-0000-0038-4111)

Maybe we'll get another Kid Icarus game someday, but it's probably not a good idea to challenge yourself to sleep on a bed of glass shards until one arrives. Nintendo rarely talks about poor little Pit, let alone offer up any kind of clue that he's still committed to the fight against Medusa.

So for now, Kid Icarus fans may want to sate themselves with CubeView Advance's clever Mario Maker re-creation of Stage 1 - 4 (the NES game's first dungeon stage). Thankfully, it's an eggplant-free zone.

Super Mario Kart

This all-purpose tribute to the Mario Kart series doesn't exactly require a lot of skill to play. Really, you just need to lounge in the back seat while Mario does all the driving. It's still fascinating to watch, however, especially since Mario gets up to all kinds of shenanigans as he tries to outrace a "Blue Shell" that's just waiting to pounce and steal his lead.

There's no escaping the shell. Ever. In any game. Why is the world so cold?

Pac-Man (ID: A2B9-0000-0023-0241)

If you've got a touch of Pac-Man fever but can't medicate yourself at home or at an arcade, give BluHawk's Mario Maker version of Pac-Man a try. Coins are used in the place of dots, but that's not enough to stop Pac-Man's feeding frenzy. Then he presumably dies of heavy metal poisoning off-screen. At least you got your Pac-Man tribute though, right?

Animal Crossing (ID: 839F-0000-001D-57D5)

Show Tom Nook exactly what you think of capitalism by literally bringing down the house in Mon Nintendo's Animal Crossing-inspired level.

Super Mario Maker is a phenomenally deep game, but it doesn't offer a lot of resources for anyone who prefers planting trees and collecting Gyroids to stomping Goombas (that's a full letter grade off your end-of-term report card, Nintendo). Ergo, "Animal Crossing: Rénovations" focuses on the joy of destruction and disorder. You know, the kind of chaos the Villager secretly dreams about at 3 a.m..

Unless he's awake and digging for bones at that hour.)

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  • Avatar for vincentgoodwin88 #1 vincentgoodwin88 2 years ago
    I'd love y'all to do some more curating of good Mario Maker levels and people to follow. I've only been discovering levels from Jeremy and Bob's twiitters.
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  • Avatar for Namevah #2 Namevah 2 years ago
    That Mega Man 2 recreation was really impressive, I must say.
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  • Avatar for ericspratling56 #3 ericspratling56 2 years ago
    These are wonderful. So many possibilities with this game.
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  • Avatar for Pacario #4 Pacario 2 years ago
    That Sonic level looks more fun than most of the official Sonic stuff we've gotten over the years. And that sublime music always brings me back...
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  • Avatar for ricklongo #5 ricklongo 2 years ago
    I think my Mega Man level was a bit more ambitious - it's not a level recreation, it's a tiny Mega Man game in one stage. Take a look if you feel like it - 9438-0000-005A-C6FA
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  • Avatar for jeremykenarangi #6 jeremykenarangi 2 years ago
    I made these 2 tribute levels. Hope everyone enjoys!

    Donkey Kong - Vine Valley
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    Metroid - Battle for Brinstar
    91B8-0000-001A-DDC0
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  • Avatar for jeremykenarangi #7 jeremykenarangi 2 years ago
    @ricklongo Great stuff! A very nice tribute to Mega Man :)
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  • Avatar for Arrowned #8 Arrowned 2 years ago
    Okay, so other people have commented with their tribute levels, so I don't feel so bad pimping my own. XD

    FD0B-0000-005B-0E90 - A take I did on the indie platformer Eversion
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  • Avatar for Defunct-Drone #9 Defunct-Drone 2 years ago
    @Pacario

    I couldn't have put my feelings into better words. That music takes me back to time I thought I had almost forgotten.
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  • Avatar for Pacario #10 Pacario 2 years ago
    @Defunct-Drone Yeah, I love the music in Sonic 1. It definitely displaces me to a different era.
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  • Avatar for MainCharacter #11 MainCharacter 2 years ago
    @Namevah Yeah, astounding how well (and creatively) it captures the mechanics of that level.
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  • Avatar for JamesSwiftDay #12 JamesSwiftDay 2 years ago
    Hey Bob, check out my Link to the Past tribute level. Obviously it's not top-down like the original game, but I think I did a pretty good job reinterpreting the start of the game in 2D, complete with appropriate Amiibo skins! 38E7-0000-0051-BCAF
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  • Avatar for aldofraga #13 aldofraga 2 years ago
    That Sonic level looks more fun than most of the official Sonic stuff we've gotten over the years. That Mega Man 2 recreation was really impressive, I must say. Really, you just need to lounge in the back seat while Mario does all the driving psn plus. It's still fascinating to watch, however, especially since Mario gets up to all kinds of shenanigansEdited 2 times. Last edited December 2015 by aldofraga
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  • Avatar for Sturat #14 Sturat 2 years ago
    Yeah, the Mega Man stage was the best!
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  • Avatar for Maria-Aparecida #15 Maria-Aparecida A year ago
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