Mercedes-Benz designs ‘Super Mario Maker’ level

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Growing up with Mario.

One of the most annoying parts of Super Mario Maker — the Wii U game where players can craft their own 2D Mario adventure — is finding new user-made levels to enjoy.Mario, the plump Italian plumber with a full-grown moustache, big nose, red cap and blue overalls, is the reason why most of us took to gaming as kids.

With a large dose of nostalgia, event course called Mercedes-Benz Jump’n’Drive will be delivered with a special costume for players to unlock at no additional charge. But things are about to get better very soon: next week Nintendo is introducing a new web portal that lets you find levels from your computer or phone.

The Mercedes-Benz Event Course takes players through a variety of automotive-related areas, including being at the dealership, taking a test drive through a city and eventually cruising down the autobahn. The best thing about the site is that it works in a browser on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone, so you don’t need to run over and power up your Wii U to trade with your buddies. Better yet, you’ll be able to flag those primo levels from whatever device you’re working with — they’ll appear in the Course World tab so you don’t have to worry about finding your favorite works all over again.

Introduced as ‘Jumpman’ by Nintendo’s Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto in Donkey Kong, Mario went on to feature in his own eponymous game in 1985. Nintendo first revealed the portal in a Nintendo Direct livestream last November, where they also confirmed that players have crafted over 3.3 million levels since the game’s launch. What makes the tool really useful, though, is that you can queue up any interesting levels you find and then play them when you’re back in front of your console. While the hero usually battles aliens, turtles and minions while attempting to rescue Princess Peach in Mushroom Kingdom, along with his younger brother Luigi, the plumber has appeared in over 200 games, including kart racing, sports and educational versions, apart from the platform series making Mario the best-selling video game franchise of all time. Course pages will display infuriating World Record completion times, and designers get new items like bumpers, P Warp Doors and a Fire Koopa Clown Car (“capable of shooting fireballs as well as a powerful charged shot that can even destroy Blocks”) for even more effective trolling.

Anurag Saxena, a senior consultant at an insurance firm and a diehard gamer, affirms Mario was the first game he played as a kid. “I had this little master video game console and so did my neighbour. He’s my oldest friend right now.” While he’s played Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros, he admits the classic Super Mario Bros was the best. “I grew up on it. We hope that Nintendo eventually builds on its world-records feature to give you a leaderboard of just your friends’ times, because I doubt I’m going to chart when it comes to the best on Earth. Later, I learnt shortcuts on how to skip levels and go straight to the final world.” He says that almost all the gamers he knows got introduced to gaming through Mario.

Now, games allow you to buy some coins from the store and make your way up.” For 18-year-old architecture student and avid gamer Tushar Ganesh, it was curiosity that led him to the game. “I wanted to see what all the hype was about.

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