Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker arrives in North America on the 11th of September, allowing Wii U owners to craft their own crazy creations featuring the world’s most famous plumber. Until then, we have Photoshop.

Come to think of it, after that we have Photoshop (or Gimp or Paint or PSP or whatever) as well. We don’t need a $60 game for the Wii U which arrives on the 11th of September in order to create completely insane places for Mario to Mario. Will they be playable? No. Will they be more entertaining despite that? Hopefully. I mean, you’ve had nearly a month without the Shop Contest to store creative juices in your spine sacks. They must be ready to burst by now.

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So yeah, no need to wait until the 11th of September, which is how Nintendo’s been saying 9/11 in all of its official communications regarding the game for some completely fathomable reason. Just find some lovely Mario sprites online—The Spriters Resource is an excellent spriters resource—cut out the ones you like and past them wherever. Use a realistic background or build your own from scratch. You’ve got an entire week to get it done, so go crazy.

Then join us back here next Saturday to wonder why I always seem to get behind in my work and delay the results until Sunday morning!

How To Upload Images — Instructions

1. Create your ‘Shop and save it to your desktop. Images must be at least 636 pixels wide. If they aren’t, you will be playfully spanked.

2. Go to the bottom of this post

3. This brings up a comment window. Click

4. This brings up Click “Choose file” if you’re uploading your ‘shop from your desktop

5. Alternatively, you can upload the ‘Shop to a free image hosting service. I suggest imgur. Then paste the image’s URL into the field that says “Image URL.” Note: this must be the URL of the image itself, not the page where it is displayed. That means the URL ends in .jpg, .gif, .png, whatever.

6. Add editorial commentary and hit submit and your image will load. If it doesn’t, upload the image to imgur and paste the image URL as a comment. I promise I will look at it.

7. Large-size images may not upload properly, though we have seen some big-ass animated .gifs upwards of 5 MB. If you’re still having trouble uploading the image, try to keep its longest dimension (horizontal or vertical) under 1000 pixels, or the whole thing under 2 MB.

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