Facebook and Nintendo jointly organized a two-day commonly known as a “hackathon” which saw Facebook employees competing to create the most innovative levels possible in the Japanese company’s upcoming Super Mario Maker game.
Over 100 employees of the social media giant, fans of the Super Mario Series and curious alike, participated in the event which will have the best level as designated by Nintendo available in the game at launch. Over 40 levels were created by the Facebook employees, which seemingly surprised the Nintendo commitee with their “diabolical” sense of creativity.
“Facebook has attracted some of the brightest minds in the tech industry who can come up with some of the most diabolical puzzles and who also like to push boundaries about what is possible” said AJ Glasser, manager of Facebook’s partnership team.
Despite it not being a traditional hackathon – as such events usually involve developing on-site software by writing code, while Super Mario Maker is basically a mainstream level editor with everything done through a user interface – the event was taken as seriously as possible by Facebook employees. Engadget reports that many took to drawing complex outlines and sketches of the levels on graph paper and brainstormed intensely over how to make the levels as difficult and engaging as possible while also being completeable – which was the one requirement for all submission.
The event is meant to promote Nintendo’s upcoming Super Mario Maker, which is basically a level editor for classic and newer Mario games. The game, set to release September 11, lets users create levels in the popular side-scrolling platformer based on the original Super Mario Bros. or sequels such as Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World or New Super Mario Bros. U.
Depending on which version of the popular franchise they are basing their levels off, gameplay and design option will change accordingly; users can then play their own levels or upload them to Nintendo’s servers so that they can be downloaded and tried by other players. The levels will be curated by Nintendo staff before being available for download, which will also indicate what level of difficulty they pose.
The game is set to mark the 30th anniversary of the extremely popular franchise, with the first game in the series, Super Mario Bros., being launched on September 13th 1985. The franchise has since become the best-selling video game franchise in history, with over 297 million copies of its different iterations being sold worldwide.
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