Mario Maker "Will You Save Your Son?" Level is the Gritty Reboot Nintendo's Mascot Always Needed

By James O Malley on at

Super Mario Maker hit the WiiU recently and has empowered gamers to make their own 2D levels featuring Nintendo's iconic mascot. Already the game is showing incredible levels of creativity in how the placement of a handful of different blocks can create new challenges and experiences - but there's perhaps one level so far that brings something entirely new to the table:

A tragic story.

A level titled "Will you save your son?" has been created by a YouTuber called Geoff The Hero and takes Mario on a dark and tortured journey in which the player faces numerous Hobson's Choices, leading them down an ever darker path.

One of the early moments in the video sees Mario come face to face with his best friend Yoshi, trapped and unable to escape. As Mario, the player must do their grim duty and put Yoshi out of his misery.

It goes on like this and is perhaps unlike to inspire Shigeru Miyamoto's plans for the next official Mario iteration. But if you'd like to try it yourself you can download it with code C046-0000-003F-3825.