Rumour: Kotaku Claims To Know The Level Editor Exploit Responsible For Super Mario Maker Emergency Maintenance

Kotaku has an interesting theory on the real reason behind Super Mario Maker‘s recent maintenance. It’s claimed to be caused by an exploit glitch in the game that could manipulate gameplay in such a way that the world record runs could be rendered pointless.

In the article, it’s explained that a Super Mario Maker player named Joseph came across this glitch via a YouTube user who had found it and recorded it, he then tested it out for himself by experimenting in the editor to replicate the glitch.

Joseph said: “I saw a couple of tech videos with rails and combined it with swapping items and using the main menu screen to refresh ‘the lock’ on the level created by undoing the rail changes.”

After replicating the glitch, it was found that this exploit worked by playing the level on a server, downloading it, and editing it in the level editor in a specific way. Upon finding out this information, Joseph reached out to another YouTuber, Matt “Jaku” Jakubowski, and asked him to try it out. Jakubowski recorded the results showing both the course played the original way, and also the edited way. He uploaded the clip to YouTube and also reached out to three Nintendo employees via LinkedIn, in hopes that he would get a response to resolve it. He received a reply from Treehouse senior localization manager Nate Bihldorff:


Jakubowski didn’t trust his response and said “It seems that they didn’t actually have this glitch on their radar,” “since typical maintenance is done on Monday for [Mario Maker] and now we have this emergency maintenance.”

Shortly after this communication, Jakubowski’s clip was taken down from YouTube on copyright claims from Nintendo, and after that came the additional maintenance.

Nintendo had advised that the maintenance was due to a glitch, however they did not specify much further. Since Mario Maker is now back online, Nintendo have recently said that “adjustments have been made for a more pleasant gaming experience.”

Both Joseph and Jakubowski have recently tried to replicate the glitch, and have confirmed that this it cannot be reproduced since the patch. Kotaku claims that it appears to be that the extra maintenance put in place was to resolve this exploit.



Kotaku Readers Choose Their Game Of 2015

Kotaku has polled its readers to find out which game out of the many notable releases in 2015 were the best. Interestingly, trolls jumped on board and tried to rig the ballot so that Bloodborne could win Game of the Year 2015. Thankfully, Kotaku spotted this and have been able to find all the legitimate votes for the game which came in second place. That being said, here’s the Kotaku readers Games of 2015!

  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 1,183 votes
  2. Bloodborne – 446 votes
  3. Undertale – 261 votes
  4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 174 votes
  5. Fallout 4 – 170 votes
  6. Splatoon – 107 votes
  7. Super Mario Maker – 105 votes
  8. Rocket League – 82 votes
  9. Rise of the Tomb Raider – 72 votes
  10. Other (write-in) – 55 votes
  11. Xenoblade Chronicles X – 50 votes
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – 38 votes
  13. Ori and the Blind Forest – 32 votes
  14. Monster Hunter 4 – 22 votes
  15. Halo 5: Guardians – 19 votes
  16. Life is Strange – 19 votes
  17. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – 17 votes
  18. Until Dawn – 16 votes
  19. Box Boy! – 11 Votes
  20. Mad Max – 8 votes
  21. Broken Age – 6 votes
  22. Persona 4: Dancing All Night – 4 votes


Kotaku List Their 12 Favourite Games Of 2015

Kotaku is one of the last big gaming publications to list their favourite games of last year. It was a bumper year for gamers and there’s one game that seems to be featured in the majority of end of year lists and that game is Splatoon. The games chosen by Kotaku are simply in alphabetical order but they deem these to be the crème de la crème of video games in 2015.

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • BoxBoy
  • Bloodborne
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Life Is Strange
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Transformers: Devastation
  • Undertale
  • The Witcher III

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Kotaku Looks At The State Of Wii U In 2015

Online gaming publication Kotaku has been looking at all three home consoles this week and has given their verdict on how they feel have fared this year. Today, they have focussed on the Wii U. While we have had some stellar games this year including Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Splatoon, and Super Mario Maker, the site believes that this year has been a transitional period for the Kyoto based company. What do you make of the Wii U in 2015? Has it lived up to your expectations?

The Wii U had a tough 2015. Nintendo can boast that they’ve released some of the most excellent exclusives of the year, yes, but with their next console looming in the horizon, it’s hard not to feel like 2015 was a transitional period.

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Kotaku Reveals Their Favourite GameCube Games

The GameCube didn’t sell as well as Nintendo would have hoped but it did have a fantastic library of video games. These include classics such as the Pikmin series and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Online gaming publication Kotaku has published a list of their favourite GameCube games of all-time and they have made some good selections. Without further ado here’s their top titles.

  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash
  • Billy Hatcher
  • Skies of Arcadia
  • Viewtiful Joe
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 2
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
  • F-Zero GX
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
  • Super Monkey Ball 2
  • Animal Crossing
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
  • Odama
  • Metroid Prime
  • Pikmin


Kotaku: Super Nintendo And GameCube Feature In Best-Looking Video Game Consoles

Popular video game website Kotaku has put together a list of what they deem to be the best-looking video game consoles of all-time. It wouldn’t be a complete list if it didn’t mention some Nintendo platforms and it doesn’t disappoint. The publication has listed the GameCube along with the Super Nintendo (European and Japanese version) as two of the top ten best-looking consoles. Here’s what they had to say about both the GameCube and the Super Nintendo.



GameCube: The Nintendo GameCube was a tiny little box that played tiny little discs and had a tiny little handle so that tiny little hands could carry it with them to their friends houses and play the best Mario Kart game there ever was.


SNES: I’m not a fan of the North American Super Nintendo. It’s too…utilitarian. The version released in Europe, Australia and Japan, though, now that’s a pretty video game console.

I’ve always thought the SNES was a lot like the Mazda MX-5. Built in Japan a very long time ago, its restrained use of curves created a design that almost timeless, looking as good today as it did at release. A classic colour scheme (those buttons!) didn’t hurt, either.


User Created Super Mario Maker Level Trolls Players With Mischievous Twist

Everyone loves a good joke, right? Well, perhaps not when you consider this particularly troll-laden level in Super Mario Maker. Great for a laugh – but not much else – is Wii U user Kocobe’s creation, which promises to show you all the hidden and unlockable costumes in the game. Unfortunately, not is all as it seems when you enter the level and are treated to an interesting ride across travel belts, only to be mercilessly conned at the end with a mystery mushroom you’ll never reach.

As Kotaku notes, the level was found in the “featured” section of the game’s user-created courses. It may have slipped through Nintendo’s net and made the featured page as some cruel joke, but it does highlight a potential in-game moderation problem. Let us know what you think of the level in the comment section below. Super Mario Maker launches in Japan on September 10 and releases in North America and the UK the following day.

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