Millenium Touch To Super Mario At Facebook Hackathon

It was during the two-day hackathon at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park that Amanda Maler and her fellow teammates decided to participate in the challenge to create a Facebook infused level for Nintendo’s 30-years-old Super Mario. They named their team “Move Fast and Brick Things” based on the Facebook motto “move fast and break things” with the hacker mindset.

Millenium Touch to Super Mario at Facebook Hackathon“We are millennials and we grew up playing Mario,” said 23-year-old Maler, who is also an employee of Facebook. Her team thought, “Let’s bring Facebook to Nintendo. Be bold”.

Nintendo invited Facebook to create a new level for the upcoming “Super Mario Maker” to be available on September 11. Facebook was given early access to the game to bring out a new level for the game to play and that is when more than 100 employees of the social networking company participated in the hackathon.

This new game is going to be launched by Nintendo to mark the 30th birthday in 2015 of its extremely popular “Super Mario” franchise. This game will allow people to create as well as share levels to play on.

“Facebook has attracted some of the brightest minds in the tech industry who can come up with some of the most diabolical puzzles and who also like to push boundaries about what is possible,” said AJ Glasser, manager of the games partnerships team of Facebook to the AFP. He also added, “Pushing everything to the maximum fits well with what Mario Maker is trying to accomplish, which is re-imagining a game that is 30 years old.”

The competing teams created features like daring leaps, tricky challenges, daunting adversaries and Instagram or Facebook logos with “Thumbs Up” symbols for the Game’s levels. While some teams planned on white boards, some other drew on graph paper and few also used sticky notes to design the new levels. Once the winning level is decided, you can see it online at Nintendo’s social network Miiverse for Wii U consoles.

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