Facebook’s hallmark hackathon held some great fun for all those gathered around, swinging an energizing drink on the side and staring attentively at their screens.
What this hackathon brought to the table wasn’t the usual crash-coding sessions that would create the new Timeline, some tweaked
feature for our Facebook profiles or new additions to chat and messaging.
Instead, as a collaboration between Facebook and Nintendo, the super event prepared for Nintendo’s Super Mario 30 years anniversary. And this is where the millennials who grew with Mario got the chance to create their own levels in a run for what the next Super Mario game would look like.
Super Mario Maker as the video game is titled is set to hit Wii U consoles on September 11th, right in time for Super Mario’s anniversary. It is the most anticipated Nintendo video game of the year, and rightfully so.
Quench your nostalgia by diving deep in what the attendees at Facebook’s hackathon have created: a wealth of levels, each to a person’s liking, each designed to bring an intensified feeling of reward.
Not only that, but everyone is allowed and encouraged to create their own levels. Share them online or play them through, download other levels designed by semi-professionals who tried their hand at breathing new life in Super Mario, or by your friends.
There’s an endless pit of fun, new levels and features that allow the player to sit in the designer’s chair and create a brand new experience. Every time, if you so wish. All features from the Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, as well as New Super Mario Bros. U., are incorporated on the game’s platform.
Which allows everyone to play around with backgrounds, enemies, obstacles, the magic mushrooms and many more. Fine tuning a video-game has never been easier. Or more fun.
Facebook’s employees present at the hackathon can vouch for that. Hours on end were spent switching details, adding a cohort of Goombas underwater, or feeding the Buzzy Beetles with the mushrooms to add to the challenge.
The Facebook teams competed for the Super Mario Maker levels best entries in the hackathon. Of course, their work wasn’t just a bundle of fun, it was also rewarded.
The team composed of designers Roy McElmurry and Doug Strait received the big prize after the Nintendo-Facebook judge team deliberation.
Their creation, Ship Love, will be featuring as a Super Mario Maker level available for download as soon as the new video game is released in a little more than a month.
Photo Credits: bwbx.io
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