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If Super Mario Bros. Was Made in 2010

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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.


Thirty minutes later…


Maybe this warp pipe is safe.



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