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Watch: 6 of the greatest Super Mario Maker levels

Crafting a superb Super Mario Maker level is a delicate art. Some would-be-Miyamotos get a little too occupied with difficulty, seemingly intent on torturing the player's fingers; others spend time crafting levels that play themselves, which - while amusing - don't make for very good gameplay. The most satisfying level designs play off of your skill and sense of discovery, pulling you immediately and motivating you to see them all the way through. Lucas and Maxwell have sifted through the myriad Mario levels that users have uploaded in Super Mario Maker thus far in search of greatness. These are the best of the best (and stay tuned when we highlight some of the absolute worst next week).

Here are the ID codes for each level, if you'd like to try them yourself:

Sacrificial Yoshis: C411-0000-0019-E21D
WarioWare, Inc.: 2B43-0000-0038-3F06
Raiders of the Lost Coin: 9B89-0000-003F-247B
Doc Makes A House Call: 3289-0000-0022-E5E0
The Great Escape: B2FA-0000-000F-8C2E
Light and Shadow: C82E-0000-0038-7E5F

And be sure to check out our other video highlighting 5 Super Mario Maker levels so bad, they're (almost) good (opens in new tab).

Maxwell grew up on a sleepy creekbank deep in the South. His love for video games has taken him all the way to the West Coast and beyond.