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Nintendo and Facebook to hold Super Mario Maker Hackathon

Facebook employees to design a Super Mario Maker level that will be available after launch.

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Facebook employees to design a Super Mario Maker level that will be available after launch.

Nintendo has announced a Super Mario Maker hackathon taking place on July 28 and 29 at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters.

Hackathon events are a longstanding part of Facebook’s company culture, giving employees at opportunity to work on projects outside of their day-to-day responsibilities. The Super Mario Maker hackathon is exclusively for Facebook staff to design a special level using the demo version of the game recently shown at E3.

The event will culminate with designers presenting their creations to a panel of judges from Nintendo and Facebook. The winning individual or team will have opportunity to make the level available for Super Mario Maker owners to play after the game’s launch.

“Facebook is known for connecting people through delightful shared experiences,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Video games fit that mission perfectly, and we’re thrilled to work with a partner like Facebook to help more people form connections through the joy of games like Super Mario Maker. It’s easy for anyone to create levels in the game and share them with friends, and we can’t wait to see what the talented Facebook employees will create before the game becomes available to everyone starting on the 11th of September.”

If you don’t work for Facebook, fret not. Nintendo will be making a video series documenting the event for fans to view. You can also follow the event on Nintendo’s social media channels on July 28 and July 29.

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