Nintendo isn't exactly known for its on-point social features. But based on what they have shared on Mario Maker thus far, it really seems like they're going to nail it this time.
Yesterday, Nintendo held a Treehouse stream event where they described some of the features we can expect in their upcoming game where you can build your own Mario levels.
Mario Maker's online features live in the "Course World" menu:
The first option there, "100 Mario Challenge", is something that Nintendo has shown off before -- but just in case you missed it, it's a mode where you're given a selection of random user-created courses that you must beat using 100 Mario lives. But let's talk about new stuff!
Another thing you can select in the Course World menu is something called "Makers", which brings you to this screen:
Here, you can see creators that you've either chosen to follow. Tap on any of the names, and you'll get a closer look at all the levels that person has created:
So you'll get a sense of what to expect before diving into the level -- neat, eh? This screen also informs you how many people have played the level, as well as what they have rated said level. Additionally, you'll always be updated on the courses created by makers you follow.
If you want a wider selection, you can always pick 'Courses' on the main Course World menu:
Here, you can browse courses featured by Nintendo on the "featured" tab. "Star Ranking" lets you view courses as ranked by popularity. The "Up & Coming" tab lets you view new courses, which other people might not have played or seen yet.
You can also sort your view:
You can sort by difficulty, location, and time period. Useful. Worth noting that the game itself determines the difficulty of the courses based on what percentage of people actually finish the course. You can view this information after tapping a specific course:
Here, for example, we can see that the Magikoopa Meltdown level has a clearance rate of 28.57 per cent -- most people can't beat it!
It's also worth mentioning that people can name their levels whatever they'd like, although I'm sure there will be some sort of filter to weed out inappropriate words.
After you beat a level, you can star the course, or comment on the course:
Comments can also be made during play, and these comments will stick around on the world, Dark Souls-style. These comments can be toggled, in case you don't actually want to see anything like this:
This also means that there's a lot of room for some Mario Maker trolling. People will totally try to trick you into jumping into a deadly pit, I'm sure.
These are some of the many features discussed during the Treehouse event, which you can view in its entirely here, around the 6:37:00 mark: