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Want to play a great Metroid game on Wii U? Buy Super Mario Maker

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Nintendo fans have been clamoring for a new Metroid game since ... well, since 2007's Metroid Prime 3 for the Wii. No, Other M doesn't count. Since those fans are already unhappy with the recently announced Metroid Prime: Federation Force, someone has decided to take it upon themselves to fill the Metroid-shaped hole in the Wii U's lineup.

Using the powerful level creation tools in Nintendo's upcoming Super Mario Maker, YouTube user PixelKabinett has built a Mario-themed salute to Metroid's exploration-based gameplay. He calls it "MetroidU." You can watch the video above to see him play through most of the level, which includes backtracking, power-ups, boss encounters and just about everything else you'd expect from a proper Metroid game.

It's not perfect, of course. PixelKabinett laments the fact that the game has a hard time limit of 500 seconds on levels, which is just barely enough time to complete this huge course. Combined with the lack of checkpoints available using the Super Mario Bros. 3 layout, actually finishing the level can be quite a challenge.

Still, it's a cool showcase of the amount of options available in Super Mario Maker, and of the ingenuity of Nintendo's most hardcore fans.

We've been messing around with a review build of Super Mario Maker ourselves. Check out our look at the different characters you can transform into, and our weird custom sound effect creations. We've also got some tips on creating levels in the game and learning to be a selfish jerk.