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The Way Nintendo Used To Make Mario Levels

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Did you know: old-school Mario games were drawn out on graph paper by designers like Shigeru Miyamoto? It’s pretty cool!

During Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event, Miyamoto shared graphs and original design docs of older Super Mario games. It’s amazing.


You can watch Nintendo explain the older design process here, around the :38 second mark.

Or, if you’d like to go straight to the images...


Of course, doing levels this way is very time-consuming—so Nintendo had to develop digital tools to make 2D Mario levels. And that’s how Mario Maker, the upcoming ‘design your own Mario game’ was born. #themoreyouknow

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