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15 Best Nintendo Games of 2015





1. Super Mario Maker

It shouldn’t be any surprise that Super Mario Maker tops our list given the endless praise we’ve awarded the game all year long on the NXpress podcast. Creating levels can be a daunting task but what helps Super Mario Maker stand apart from other games, like LittleBigPlanet, is how easy it really is. Super Mario Maker keeps things simple by removing complicated elements like logic programming and features an incredibly accessible level construction kit that the whole family can easily enjoy. The tools themselves hide an array of secrets and Nintendo has continued to support the game since its release adding free additional downloadable content. Here is a game that anyone can play and anyone can create levels no matter what their level of gaming is. And it doesn’t take much time to wrap your mind around the editing tools because most of them are extremely straightforward. The well-designed interface makes learning easy and intuitive and features smart button-based shortcuts and simple controls. But Super Mario Maker isn’t just about creating levels — it’s also about playing Mario Maker levels made by other people from all around the world. With an active and passionate community, Super Mario Maker could very well be the last 2D Mario platformer we ever need. There will always be more levels to play thanks to the online creation community, and an endless pool of challenges to overcome. Nintendo has just handed over their play box and it might just be the best gift they could ever give their loyal fanbase. Whether creating, exploring, watching others play and create, or just playing other people’s levels, Super Mario Maker provides an exceptional experience while offering insight into three decades of platforming brilliance. (Ricky)

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The NXpress is a weekly podcast hosted at in which we discuss all things Nintendo. We stay clear from in-depth game strategies and keep things light. There’s plenty of nostalgia and feedback that will resonate with vintage game collectors; meanwhile modern games are sprinkled in and each week our show revolves around a central theme.