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In the advent of Super Mario Maker, the Mario platform building game that’s set to release for the Wii U this coming September, Nintendo gurus Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka decided to show how some side-scrolling video games used to be designed: on graph paper.
Yes, that’s right: graph paper….like the paper you used to see in middle school math. Instead of plotting X and Y coordinates, Nintendo game designers used the paper to create one of the most iconic video games of all time. 1985’s Super Mario Bros. may be one of the best-known video games around, but did you ever think about all the work that went into it?
At the end of this video, watch the Developer Story clip to see the incredibly precise, step-by-step drawings that show how this game went from one designer’s dream and into the consoles and hearts of millions.
You’ve actually never seen Mario like this before!!