Greetings, Programs! Super Mario Maker 2 is the ultimate fix for the side-scrolling, Mario-loving addict in your life. But is there is such a thing as too much Super Mario? Don’t be daft! It’s freaking Mario!
And that is the genius of the Super Mario Maker series. It lets you make your own Mario courses and play the courses created by millions of fellow Mario fans just like you. Which is how you end up reaching an insane landmark like this in just 6 months:
Thanks to the creativity of Makers around the world, there are now over 10 million playable courses in #SuperMarioMaker2! To celebrate, you can now upload up to 100 courses to Course World! pic.twitter.com/v23ALxyVAS
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 7, 2020
Wait, did they say 10 million?
Yes. Yes, they did. That is insane. Not quite as insane as the fact we’ve collectively spent more hours playing Call of Duty than the human race has existed, but still, it’s pretty crazy.
Super Mario Maker 2 is getting stale? Maybe not so much
One of the complaints about Super Mario Maker 2 is that Nintendo is not supporting its online community enough. This lead Vice to declare that it was becoming “stale” back in October. The points raised in the articles are fair enough – not enough interaction with the development team, needs more regular updates, etc. – but it’s pretty clear that the community has not grown remotely tired of the game yet.
With 10 million courses, and the average Mario course having a timer of 300 seconds (5 minutes), it would take a player about 833,333 hours to play them all. That translates into about 95 years; compare that to the current human life expectancy of 76. If you cut it down to 1 minute per course, you’d still need 19 years to play them all without stopping to sleep.
That doesn’t mean that every course is a work of art, naturally. But holy hell that’s a lot of courses to keep you busy even if you don’t care about making any of your own.
There is merit to the argument that the longevity of the game will depend on how well Nintendo supports the Super Mario Maker 2 community. They’ll need to regularly inject new features and new modes for makers to tinker with. Otherwise, it’ll take much longer than another 6 months to get to 20 million, and that would be a shame.
In the meantime, if you’re one of the millions of people who own, or are thinking of buying, Super Mario Maker 2, there are literally millions of worlds waiting for you to explore. So hop to it!