Why Super Mario Bros' Level 1-1 Is Perfect

There are lots of great examples of level design out there, but the example probably most frequently referred to is the first level of Super Mario Bros. In 5 minutes, this video will explain why.


Extra Credits is a long-running show covering various issues in the gaming world, and they just started a new show called Design Club, focusing specifically on game design. Naturally, the first episode had to be about level 1-1.

Design Club [YouTube]


Cameron Gidari

"If you haven't played through the first few levels of Super Mario Bros, it's definitely worth the time."

Shuddering at the thought that there is a generation of gamers who most likely haven't played Super Mario Bros