What is Mario Maker? Is it real? Could it be one of Nintendo's big surprises for E3 next week?

This photo—allegedly of the E3 show floor—popped up on Reddit yesterday, and while we're always hesitant to share these kind of rumors without corroborating them for ourselves, ex-Kotaku reporter Michael McWhertor, who has been posting photos from the LA convention center on his Instagram, tweeted yesterday that he was "a little more confident" that this is real.


When we reached out to Nintendo, a rep told us "Nintendo has nothing to announce about this topic."

We'll find out for sure on Tuesday during Nintendo's digital press conference. In the meantime, let the speculation begin: could this be a LittleBigPlanet-type level editor for Wii U and/or 3DS? Could it be Nintendo's take on Minecraft? Exciting stuff either way.

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