Making it Rainfall Week 1: Airships

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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Here at oprainfall, we are passionate about our games. So passionate that when a fantastic game like Super Mario Maker comes along, letting us make user created worlds to share with each other, we get really excited! That excitement and a certain article is part of the reason that we decided to make a bi monthly series showcasing custom Super Mario Maker levels our writers have come up with. The other reason is to try and stem the tide of annoying, cheap or overly cruel levels that seem to flood the options online.

Each episode of Making It Rainfall will focus on a different theme, ranging from the basic like Ghost Houses and Castles to obscure, like holiday themed levels. For this first outing, we decided to go with something fun and basic – Airships! Cause who doesn’t love flying through the skies, fighting deviously placed enemies, rockets and more? Below we will list each of the levels presented, followed by the upload code and a brief description of what you’ll be facing. Please feel free to try each of these out and give out a star if you like them. And as always, please feel free to leave a comment below!


Josh’s Levels

Level 1 – Bowser & Jr.’s Galleon
Upload Code: A99A-0000-0045-04B6

Making It Rainfall | Bowser & Jr.s Galleon

For this Airship level, I was more focused on it culminating in a couple of boss fights than anything. Then I got creative and made one of the boss fights take place in a floating arena shaped like the outline of Bowser’s face. The level is a challenge, but there is a secret Star block that makes things much easier. Take it slow, and best of luck!

Level 2 – Maw of Fire
Upload Code: 86BF-0000-003D-B2AA

Making It Rainfall | Maw of Fire

This Airship level was more of an escape level. You start off trapped in a labyrinth full of rockets, fire bars and other goodies. You need to take things slowly and carefully, especially since you’ll need those big Bob Ombs and a Koopa Troopa to successfully make your escape. One of the easier levels overall, but one I’m quite happy with.

Level 3 – S.S. Dark Heart
Upload Code: 6CD1-0000-0059-73A6

Making It Rainfall | S.S. Dark Heart

For this one, my only thought was making an old school Airship. Then I decided to get a bit more sadistic, and fill it with traps. It is probably one of my most challenging Airships, and I am really proud of that. It’s very fair once you get the timing down, with the exception of a couple small sections. Like with Bowser and Jr.’s Galleon, there is a hidden Star block that makes the fight against Bowser far easier.

Level 4 – Flying Through The Deadlands
Upload Code: D6B7-0000-004B-33F7

Making It Rainfall | Flying Through The Deadlands

For this Airship, I was focused on a theme. Namely, I missed the ghost ship stages from Super Mario World, and wanted to recreate one of my own. I found a solution in the use of Sub Areas. The theme is you are traveling through a dark world of death on the Airship, occasionally visiting it via necessary Pipes. It is a ghoulish and fun level, and I’m very proud of how it turned out. I hope you all enjoy it!


Michael’s Levels

Level 5 – Bowser Jr.’s Blockade
Upload Code: 3C1E-0000-0049-000F

Making it Rainfall | Bowser Jr.'s Blockade

Like my other levels, this one is designed to be fair but keep you on your toes, too. I also wanted to add more indoor areas than you see in standard Airship levels. There is a hidden bonus room where you can get tons of coins, and there are also three 1Up mushrooms hidden in this stage. Can you find them all? And more importantly, can you defeat Bowser Jr. and pass his armada that is blocking your way?

Level 6 – Asinine Airways
Upload Code: 6088-0000-004D-4055

Making it Rainfall | Asinine Airways

Welcome to Asinine Airways, where we use giant wooden ships with expensive liquid fueled rocket boosters to move the dang thing! This level doesn’t have as much indoor areas as Bowser Jr’s Blockade, but it still has a couple. It uses a Super Mario World style and I tried to create a huge ship this time (that is occupied by Mario’s foes, of course). There are three 1-Up mushrooms to find in this course as well. As with my other levels, this one is designed to not be insane or super hard, but hopefully just right and hopefully fun to play!


Andrew’s Level

Level 7 – Peach’s Airship Adventure
Upload Code: 0592-0000-0041-DFBF

Making It Rainfall | Peach's Airship Adventure

It utilizes the Peach Mystery Mushroom in the original Super Mario Bros. style. There are a bunch of enemies, some of which can be avoided and some which can be taken out in a few ways. I also have a little secret near the beginning that I wonder if people may actually get to. I had a lot of fun making this course!


Jacob’s Level

Level 8 – Choose Your Path Wisely
Upload Code: 792B-0000-0030-96F8

Making It Rainfall | Choose Your Path Wisely

Basically, its a level where you are traversing through airships. It’s a challenging stage with multiple paths to take. Some paths are harder or easier, and there are lots of enemies and traps. Depends on the player’s skills whether this will be a cakewalk or not.


Also many thanks to Geni Bela for her rad custom Featured Image design!

About Josh Speer

Josh Speer is addicted to two things in equal measure : Books and Videogames. He has a degree from the University of Washington in English with an emphasis on writing. He joined Operation Rainfall last year while following it on Facebook. His two giant life goals are to write his own series of fantasy / science fiction novels and to get into the creative side of the video game industry. He is beyond pleased to now have his proverbial foot in the door thanks to the opportunity provided by Oprainfall!