In Super Mario Maker 2 you can theoretically make a fun Mario level for you and your friends to play, according to the back of the package. This, however, is not the case. First, when you bring the title home, you will find that it is inexplicably disc-based when the Nintendo Switch doesn’t actually have a disc drive. Then, when you drive back to the store, you’ll be informed that you bought the first Super Mario Maker for the Wii U, which was on the shelf for four dollars because someone forgot to throw it away.
You will subsequently be informed that the store is sold out and that this Target is a family establishment, so your profanity is not appreciated, and certainly not at that volume. You will next be informed that you are not allowed to remove the Nerf blasters from their packaging without a purchase, and then it will be “suggested” that the police might be interested in speaking with you regarding your behavior. Then you’ll go home and someone will tell you that you can just buy it digitally, at which point you will remember you have other video games to play. The end.
This review was based upon absolutely nothing but self-inflicted misery. Please let us know about your experiences not playing this game in the comments for What Are You Playing.
Bonus question: If obvious questions about legality, availability, and safety weren’t a concern, what animal would you like to have as a pet?
Andy McAdams: I’m expecting to be up to my eyeballs in Shadowbringers this weekend, and maybe some Rimworld if I need a change of pace. I’ve been plugging away at both for the last few weeks.
Animal… I’m going to say an octopus because they are wicked smart and I feel like you could get into a lot of fun shenanigans with a four… er… I mean eight-legged sidekick with the intellect of a five-year-old.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Guests in town this weekend – and actually for the next month! – so my game time is about to sink to new lows. However, it’s a sure bet I’ll be popping in to Star Wars Galaxies Legends for my harvesters and vendors and City of Heroes to kill some skuls as they say. I have really slacked off on CoH, and I miss it!
I want a gubbur. Wait, does it have to be a real animal? Ummm. I’m gonna be boring: I’d be a horse girl if I could.
Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): Probably going to try and get my Shai to level 58, just got my Tamer to 60 and I think I’m at a good stopping point with her to try another class and focus in learning more about lifeskilling. I might also squeeze in some time with Astellia, its got me curious, especially considering how divisive it seems with us Massively folks.
I’m a simple guy. I’ll have a flesh golem for a pet. I’ll name him Pet Rock.
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): It’s Shadowbringers every day and every hour possible. First on my plan (and Eliot was right in his latest Wisdom of Nym, having a plan is a good idea): Level the new classes. I have a pair of Roeladies who are perfect matches for the Gunbreaker and Dancer respectively.
I’m gonna be boring here and say I would love to own a horse. An ex-girlfriend of mine and I rescued a horse and it was some of the hardest but most satisfying animals to raise and own. If money were no object, I would love to do that again.
I love my cats, but I’d also love to have a fox. And a lot of reptiles. And a bear. Maybe a rhino.
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): The Steam and GOG summer sales have laden my carts with games like A Plague Tale and Age of Empires II HD, but I will be putting those off to get some time in to explore Lord of the Rings Online’s Anduin and The Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr. And World of Warcraft: Classic has me tempted (a bit) to go back to the regular game for a while with the new patch and all.
Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I will be running my Shai character in Black Desert Online up to level 50+. I don’t think that will take all weekend, but I have other hobbies that have been on the back burner that I hope to work on also.
I had sugar gliders a long time ago, and I wouldn’t mind having them again if they weren’t illegal in my state and if I weren’t neck deep in kids and grandkids already. I don’t have a lot of time for non-humans at this stage of my life.
Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): My skyscale journey really stalled hard the past couple weeks, but I hope to get at least a few hours in Guild Wars 2. Other than that I’ve been thinking of popping in to Black Desert Online or maybe DC Universe Online.
Favorite animal to have might be the rusty spotted cat. They are teensy and fantasticly cute!
Tyler Edwards: D&D on Sunday but otherwise not sure. City of Heroes is starting to lose some luster, I feel a bit burnt out on Grim Dawn, and I’m not sure I want to go back to The Division 2. I feel like I’m in a bit of rut this week.
Honestly I always thought having a pet bear would be fun. They’re adorable, and so fluffy.