“This is a game about creating Mario levels… not a music creator.”
In an interview with IGN, Koji Kondo revealed that you will not be able to create music in Mario Maker. He did say that you would be able to edit music; but, those looking for a Mario Paint style music creator will be disappointed.
When asked “The goal of Mario Maker is to create your own levels, but does music fit into that? Will players be making their own music as well?” he answered:
“No. The sound editor is not designed to allow players to create their own original music, simply because this is a game about creating Mario levels to play through, not a music creator. While we do have some robust sound editing functions involved, there’s no music creation section.”
When asked how music was “weaved into” Mario Maker, he said:
“When you’re playing, you’ll be hearing the kind of music you’d expect, Then, when you transition into edit mode, the sounds might become a little brighter, cleaner, livelier, but we don’t really want you to notice that change. That seamless transition between the two modes is where we’re really focusing.
We also want to make sure that players, who will be spending a lot of time in the edit mode creating their levels, don’t get tired of the music. We have all the different tracks – the base track, the piano, the drums – which we try to do some interesting things with using our recent technology. Whether it’s lowering or increasing volume, or bringing them in and out of these separate tracks, we always want to make sure the music sounds fresh and new so the players never get tired of hearing it.”
Furthermore, Koji Kondo added that when you’re placing elements into the level, the sound effects will change slightly depending on the background music:
“The sound effects that you hear when you’re placing the different elements within a level are pitched to match the music playing at that time. It’s pretty fun to add and subtract elements and see how those sound effects change to fit with the music that’s playing. “
Finally, he stated that most of the music in edit mode will be arranged versions of original score; however, some will be “pretty unique and abstracted”:
“A lot of the music in edit mode will be standard arrangements of some of the original scores you’ll be hearing in play mode, but I’m really looking at making those arrangements branch into a lot of different genres as well. Some of the songs will be pretty unique and abstracted versions of the original score. “
Mario Maker will be coming out for the Wii U in early 2015. In it, like the name suggests, you’ll make Mario levels using the assets from New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. Nintendo only announced that the Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World assets would be used last Friday at the Video Game Awards.
Mario Maker looks interesting, but I don’t think I’ll be picking it up day one. The fact that we can’t create our own music in it doesn’t help that matter.
Lucy Pallent is an Associate Writer at MONG. She is a girl gamer from a rock in the middle of nowhere and is the world’s biggest n00b. She likes Nintendo, JRPGs and food. Feel free to follow her random ramblings on Twitter.