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Mario Maker glitch allowed players to modify levels before playing

Mario Maker glitch allowed players to modify levels before playing

Earlier this week, Nintendo took down the servers for Mario Maker. This of course meant that you couldn't play any online courses, or upload any new ones of your own. Nintendo didn't provide any explanation, except for calling it “emergency maintenance” and later saying “adjustments have been made for a more pleasant gaming experience.” However, the real reason for it was a pretty big one.

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Nintendo will ban your Mario Maker levels if they’re not up to snuff

Nintendo will ban your Mario Maker levels if they’re not up to snuff

Imagine pouring hours into a labor of love, a creation all your own that you want to share with the world. Then imagine that one day that creation was destroyed, and save from recreating it from scratch, it would be gone forever. That's exactly the feeling that some Mario Maker creators are experiencing.

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Doom creator shares Super Mario 3 PC demo from 1990

Doom creator shares Super Mario 3 PC demo from 1990

Super Mario Maker has been out for about 3 months now, which means all kinds of people have been making their own levels. But what if I told you that one of the first custom Mario levels made by a non-Nintendo employee was made 25 years ago? And what if I told you that the people making it went on to make Doom? It's true, and we've got the video to prove it.

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Super Mario Maker level turns you into a Mercedes-Benz GLA

Super Mario Maker level turns you into a Mercedes-Benz GLA

Have you ever been playing a Mario game and wondered just how much easier it would be if he could just hop in a car and ride to the other end of the level? After all, those goombas wouldn't be much of a match for a few thousand pounds of steel. Well, if you've ever thought that this would be a great idea, then today is your lucky day.

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8-player NES Super Mario Bros projects gameplay in 360 degrees

8-player NES Super Mario Bros projects gameplay in 360 degrees

A group of researchers from Swiss university ETH Zurich teamed up with none other than Disney on a project that resulted in a 8-player version of Super Mario Bros. running on a Nintendo Entertainment System and played through a 360-degree projection system. If that weren't hard enough to believe, the NES console wasn't hacked or modded in any way, and it was running a standard game cartridge, also in original condition.

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Mario watch by Romain Jerome is the perfect $19K Christmas gift

Mario watch by Romain Jerome is the perfect $19K Christmas gift

If you're an old-school Mario fan, or need the perfect Christmas gift for someone who is, look no further than this limited edition Super Mario Bros. watch from Romain Jerome. Only problem is, it's going to cost you a whopping $18,950. Ouch. Maybe it would better to just track down an old NES in working condition along with copy of the original Mario game.

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Fan recreates Mega Man 1 in Super Mario Maker

Fan recreates Mega Man 1 in Super Mario Maker

When Nintendo released Super Mario Maker, it was the first time that the masses could easily create their own levels for the intrepid plumber. Sure, there were ways to do it involving an emulator, but this method is far easier. So once it was released into the wild, many people set out to make crazy difficult stages that took many attempts to pass. But one person decided that this was the perfect opportunity for a Mega Man crossover.

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Blindfolded gamer beats Super Mario World in just 23 minutes

Blindfolded gamer beats Super Mario World in just 23 minutes

If you think you're a hardcore, old school game fan, or one of the best speedrunners around, you've got nothing on this guy. YouTuber/Twitch streamer PangaeaPanga has beaten Super Mario World in just 23 minutes, 14 seconds… while blindfolded the entire time. It's an incredible feat just to comprehend, even more so when he says he only began practicing for the challenge on June 16th, started blindfolded runs on June 20th, and uploaded the successful attempt days later on June 23rd.

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AI learns to create Mario levels by watching YouTube

AI learns to create Mario levels by watching YouTube

It's one thing for a computer to learn how to beat a Super Mario level from scratch and another to actually learn how to create such a level. And it is definitely another thing to learn all that just by watching people play Super Mario on YouTube. This latest and almost unbelievable feat of machine learning is exactly what Georgia Tech researchers, headed by Ph. D. student Matthew Guzdial, have accomplished. The computer program watches gameplay videos and tries to create its own unique level that a player can really play through.

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Super Mario Maker launches 11 September, demo kiosks ready

Super Mario Maker launches 11 September, demo kiosks ready

It might not be the most well thought out date for a launch, but at least Nintendo is putting exact figures this time. Almost exactly a year since it was announced, Super Mario Maker will finally be landing exclusively on the Wii U on 11th September this year. But if you're itching to actually try it out before you buy, you might just be in luck. Partnering with Best Buy, Nintendo will have demo kiosks ready North America, giving fans a chance at making their dream Mario level.

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MarI/O AI learns to beat Super Mario World level from scratch

MarI/O AI learns to beat Super Mario World level from scratch

We've seen a lot of people beat Super Mario games on YouTube, some with more pizazz and eccentricity than others. But what about a computer program beating a level of the game? Sounds easy peasy for a highly intelligent computer you say? But what if that program didn't know squat about Mario, or even know about going right or jumping? Yes, a computer program that learns from scratch to beat a level so Super Mario World. That's exactly what Seth Bling set out to do with the Artificial Intelligence program he calls MarI/O.

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Screentendo turns web pages into Mario levels you can play

Screentendo turns web pages into Mario levels you can play

Tired of staring at the same old, same old website all day long? Presuming, of course, that is part of your work. If so, and if you use a Mac, you might want to give this hack a spin. Probably inappropriately named Screentendo, this small open source program was designed to do one thing and one thing alone. It will turn any web page you set it on into a Mario level, which you can then use to while the hours away by playing until all the bricks are gone.

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