Mario Maker Contest: Spooky And Scary, Winners!

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Last week I asked you folks to create some spooky and creepy levels. Halloween is almost here, so what better way to celebrate than by creating scary Mario courses. I got some great levels and surprisingly not all of them contained Boos. Just most of them.

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I got a few levels that were set underwater, which is a perfect place to set a scary Mario level. Swimming levels always make me feel anxious in games, so add some scary music and you got a great Halloween level!

Anyways! If you want to play all the courses people submitted for the contest, you can check out my Mario Maker 2 profile where I liked all the levels that I played. This is probably the easiest way to play all these courses without having to enter dozens of ID codes.

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My Mario Maker 2 ID number: 2C7-40T-HXF

Now, below are some of my favorite courses and a short description of the course and what I liked about it.

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Cave Of Monsters | Bernzai | DC9-TKC-NLG

This level is a simple idea, a large vertical dungeon filled with monsters, done perfectly. The difficulty is paced in such a way that I never felt like I was running into random moments of bullshit. A few well-placed checkpoints will also help make this level not frustrating for less-skilled players.

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Spooky & Scary: Haunted Waters | BulletBill64 | L6W-BO2-1GG

Swimming levels in Mario games are scary enough without also adding creepy music and darkness. Put all together and it becomes a nightmare. But this level never feels impossible and the guided path helps keep things spooky but not confusing.

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Do Not Enter (Spooky And Scary)| Sparty303 | J3S-YG5-MQG

A creepy puzzle box. That’s the best way to describe this short but entertaining level. I liked the number of scary enemies in this course. It really helped make it feel like a level fit for Halloween.

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The Wigglers Hunt | Newhubb | O1R-C63-3TG

Another underwater level, but this one has a whole different feel. Instead of swimming around a spooky ocean, Mario is slowly sent down into the dark waters in a small cage. Throughout the trek down into the darkness, Wigglers attack from every angle. Tricky, but short enough that when I reached the end I cheered!

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If your level didn’t make it on to the featured list, don’t worry! A new Mario Maker Contest will return in the future!

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

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BulletBill64

Hey, I finally made a level that Zack finished! lol 😁I’m surprised to see another dark+underwater level, most Mario players say a firm “NO” to both those things.

Congrats to the winners, I’m gonna go through and play some of these today! Warm my hands around my Pokkén controller on this cold English Sunday ❄️