Why did my course not receive a Star?

 
We take Stars in Super Mario Maker just a little more serious than most players. We're not here to help you pad your Star count and we don't give out Stars simply because you submitted a level.  That may sound harsh, but there's a reason for it.. We play Mario Maker for the amazing, innovative courses people create. This game is great because it allows anyone the ability to easily create their own Mario level.  Of course, all levels are not created equally.  Mario Maker has proven to be a hotbed for trolling, spamming, unfriendly and, otherwise, unpleasant courses.  Thankfully, Mario Maker has also brought out extraordinary creativity in many players.  For that reason, it only makes sense to reward a course that someone actually spent time trying to make awesome rather than one put together in a few minutes or one with the sole intent of frustrating a players. We're often asked, "What are you looking for when determining whether to give a Star or not?"  Basically, we just want to see some effort.  You don't have to create the most dynamic, elaborate courses with stunning design to receive a Star from us.  If your course is enjoyable and logical, there's no reason not to Star it! What are reasons we may choose not to Star your course?  Many factors could be to blame, but here are a few examples:
  • If your course is simply a replica of an existing game/idea (i.e. SMB 1-1 Remake!).  Anyone can trace a picture, but that doesn't make them an artist.
  • Levels that are extremely short or that basically just showcase an idea.  An idea is great, but please build a course around it.
  • Spam!  If it's impossible to maneuver a level without taking damage, you probably added just a few too many enemies.  Spam may also include sound effect spam or anything else added solely to be an annoyance.
  • Directions needed.  One of the toughest challenges in Mario Maker is demonstrating the desired method to complete a course.  If your course absolutely requires you to provide step-by-step instructions, it's probably too complicated.  This comes into play most often we glitches are utilized and/or abused.
  • Trolling.  Under no circumstance will we give a Star to a level that contains troll elements.
Before we can decide to Star any course, we need to see all of it.  If we are unable to complete your course live, we will need to go back and check it out some more off-stream to determine whether to Star it or not.  Just because we are unable to beat your level does not mean we won't Star it.  If we're unable to finish it, we will take a look at it in the Editor.  We like to fully review all courses just to make sure nothing questionable is taking place (i.e. trolling, dev routes, etc). Just because we didn't Star your course does not mean we didn't enjoy it. In fact, we play a lot of "good" courses that we just don't deem Star-worthy. Please don't take it personal if we didn't Star your course. Use it as motivation to create an even better course and submit it to us.  Also, if you think your course deserved a Star, just let us know.  It's possible we overlooked something.  We're always more than happy to go back and check out your course again off stream.

We take Stars in Super Mario Maker just a little more serious than most players. We’re not here to help you pad your Star count and we don’t give out Stars simply because you submitted a level.  That may sound harsh, but there’s a reason for it..

We play Mario Maker for the amazing, innovative courses people create. This game is great because it allows anyone the ability to easily create their own Mario level.  Of course, all levels are not created equally.  Mario Maker has proven to be a hotbed for trolling, spamming, unfriendly and, otherwise, unpleasant courses.  Thankfully, Mario Maker has also brought out extraordinary creativity in many players.  For that reason, it only makes sense to reward a course that someone actually spent time trying to make awesome rather than one put together in a few minutes or one with the sole intent of frustrating a players.

We’re often asked, “What are you looking for when determining whether to give a Star or not?”  Basically, we just want to see some effort.  You don’t have to create the most dynamic, elaborate courses with stunning design to receive a Star from us.  If your course is enjoyable and logical, there’s no reason not to Star it!

What are reasons we may choose not to Star your course?  Many factors could be to blame, but here are a few examples:

  • If your course is simply a replica of an existing game/idea (i.e. SMB 1-1 Remake!).  Anyone can trace a picture, but that doesn’t make them an artist.
  • Levels that are extremely short or that basically just showcase an idea.  An idea is great, but please build a course around it.
  • Spam!  If it’s impossible to maneuver a level without taking damage, you probably added just a few too many enemies.  Spam may also include sound effect spam or anything else added solely to be an annoyance.
  • Directions needed.  One of the toughest challenges in Mario Maker is demonstrating the desired method to complete a course.  If your course absolutely requires you to provide step-by-step instructions, it’s probably too complicated.  This comes into play most often we glitches are utilized and/or abused.
  • Trolling.  Under no circumstance will we give a Star to a level that contains troll elements.

Before we can decide to Star any course, we need to see all of it.  If we are unable to complete your course live, we will need to go back and check it out some more off-stream to determine whether to Star it or not.  Just because we are unable to beat your level does not mean we won’t Star it.  If we’re unable to finish it, we will take a look at it in the Editor.  We like to fully review all courses just to make sure nothing questionable is taking place (i.e. trolling, dev routes, etc).

Just because we didn’t Star your course does not mean we didn’t enjoy it. In fact, we play a lot of “good” courses that we just don’t deem Star-worthy. Please don’t take it personal if we didn’t Star your course. Use it as motivation to create an even better course and submit it to us.  Also, if you think your course deserved a Star, just let us know.  It’s possible we overlooked something.  We’re always more than happy to go back and check out your course again off stream.

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