In a recent interview with Edge magazine, Takashi Tezuka was asked an interesting question about whether Mario Maker will compete with and deplete sales from mainline Mario games. Tezuka pointed out that he believes that regardless of how well Mario Maker performs, mainline Mario games will still continue to perform well due to their progression system and well though-out boss encounters.
”I think part of the fun of Mario is how you play and experience a series of courses, with boss battles, too, all of which get progressively harder. Mario developers build up the whole world, making sure the different courses all fit well together. I don’t think the overall fun you can have with an entire Mario game is the same as playing a single course made in Mario Maker, and of course future Mario games will include lots of new features… so I don’t think the two will ever be in competition.”
Mario Maker is slotted for release next year. We will keep you updated on the game as it nears its release.