Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker has added a couple of unlockable Pokémon costumes to the video game. The costumes and special Event Course were added in obvious celebration of the franchise’s 20th anniversary.
Super Mario Maker essentially allows players to craft classic Super Mario Bros. levels to then put online for players to try and complete as fast as they can. There’s a whole mess of options available to level crafters, and the game’s become known for incredibly complicated stages that test the patience of players — a Mario-flavored Super Meat Boy of sorts.
The new “I Choose You!” Event Course allows players to unlock three total Pokémon costumes. Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle are available — the three original starting Pokémon available in Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green when they released in Japan in 1996. All players need to do to unlock each is play through the Event Course once with each.
However, the costumes are just the tip of the iceberg. While in the “I Choose You!” Event Course, a number of the sounds are replaced by classic ones from the original Pokémon video games. For example, the sound that usually plays when Mario hits a mushroom? Replaced by the sound of a level up in the Pokémon series. Each costume, when donned, uses the original cry sound for each pocket monster, and hitting the flag at the end of a level is the music from the end of a successful battle.
In short, Super Mario Maker just got very ... Pokémon.