Using eight images, game designer Zack Hiwiller shows us what Super Mario Bros. might look like, if it was made with modern sensibilities.

Author's Note: While this post is meant to be humorous, it isn't meant to be humorous at the expense of my fellow designers. I know we all try to do what is best for our games, so don't take offense guys! It's just pining for a simpler time…

If Mario was first designed in 2010, he'd probably have to adopt some of our modern trends.

If Super Mario Bros. Was Made in 2010S

If Super Mario Bros. Was Made in 2010S

Thirty minutes later…

If Super Mario Bros. Was Made in 2010S
If Super Mario Bros. Was Made in 2010S
If Super Mario Bros. Was Made in 2010S
If Super Mario Bros. Was Made in 2010S
Maybe this warp pipe is safe.

If Super Mario Bros. Was Made in 2010S
If Super Mario Bros. Was Made in 2010SDamnit.

Zack Hiwiller is a professional game designer living in New York City. He writes about games and the industry on his blog (http://www.hiwiller.com) when the server isn't a smoldering mess. If you are a board game publisher, contact him. He's got some prototypes to show...