Facebook software engineers, Doug Strait and Roy McElmurry, were crowned the overall winners at this year’s Hackathon event. The event saw Facebook employees tasked with creating the best level they possibly could in the ultra-creative Super Mario Maker for Wii U. The winning level was titled “Ship Love” and it took place on a pirate ship filled with lots of innovative platforming magic. You can watch the specially created level in the video, below.
To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console, Nintendo is hosting a special “hackathon” event at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park on July 28 and July 29.
Hackathon events are a unique element of the Facebook company culture, and an opportunity for employees to pursue a project outside their day-to-day responsibilities to rapidly create something that interests them. The Super Mario Maker hackathon is exclusively for Facebook employees to design a special level in the game. At the event, participants will be using the demo version of the game that drew rave reviews at the recent E3 video game trade show to create levels using the in-game tools that will become available to a wider audience when the game launches exclusively for Wii U on the 11th of September.
The event will culminate with designers presenting their creations to a panel of judges from Nintendo and Facebook. The winning individual or team has the opportunity to make the level available for Super Mario Maker owners to play after the game’s launch. Nintendo will be making a video series documenting the event available for fans to view shortly after the event concludes, and fans can also check in to Nintendo’s social media channels on July 28 and July 29 for live updates.
“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.”
Super Mario Maker is the ultimate evolution of the Super Mario Bros. series and lets players’ imaginations run wild. For the first time ever, friends can have fun playing through levels they create for one another. The Wii U GamePad controller makes it so easy for anyone to create levels that it feels like simply sketching out ideas on paper.
Players with Internet access can enjoy a seemingly endless supply of inventive Mario levels inspired by Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U from players around the world. Everyone who purchases the game will also receive a special Super Mario Maker Idea Book providing inspiration and thought starters on the level-creation process. In addition to the game, Nintendo will also release a special Mario amiibo figure to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. game. To coincide with the anniversary, both the Super Mario Maker game and the 30th Anniversary amiibo launch the 11th of September.
Nintendo of America has announced via Twitter that they will be teaming up with the leading social network Facebook to promote Super Mario Maker at launch. The company also mentioned that Facebook employees will create levels in the game and that these will be distributed via download. The newly created levels by the Facebook team will be absolutely free to download.
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Splatoon fans get “voicy” on official Splatoon Facebook after discovering there will be no online voice chat feature on Splatoon. This comes directly from the Director of the game, Yusuke Amano, who said voice chat can “contribute to unsettling feelings” and is part of “the toxicity of online gaming” after having bad experiences himself.
I’m sure we’ve all experienced the kind of players who abuse voice chat but that’s why mute and block features exist, is it worth ruining the fun voice chat can be for the sake of a few bad eggs? I can’t imagine the type of people who will want to play Splatoon will be the type to use voice chat negatively, but perhaps it’s not very necessary to the game either. The video embedded above shows people’s comments about the lack of voice chat, even threatening to not want to buy the game any more. Do you think not having voice chat was a huge bad move on Amano’s part?
This is coming from personal experience. When I played online games, I didn’t like the negativity I got and people telling me ‘You’re crap. Go away’. So we wanted to focus on the positive aspects of online gaming.
We are all looking forward to see how Tomonobu Itagaki latest project Devil’s Third turns out, so it’s always encouraging when Itagaki shares more information about the action title on Facebook. Itagaki says that Devil’s Third is the biggest game of his life and he looks forward to sharing more information with us soon. He reiterated that it has taken two years to create the concept and has seen four long years of development. Let’s hope it turns out to be a massive success for the team.
Hey gamers gathering here.
I know you guys are craving for the latest information on Devil’s Third. Devil’s Third isn’t a simple shooter, but an unprecedented massive shooter to be played by tons of players. So there’s many things to set before we release it. The game contains a lot of elements well over the volume to be provided by two regular games.
This game will be the biggest game of life for me and my colleagues, including you guys, not to mention.
It took two years for the concept working and four years for the development. It’s not surprising at all. Such amount of time is needed to create a totally new game from scratch. I’m sure you’ll dig what I mean if I say we spent four years to develop Ninja Gaiden.
But, I know your mind. Such development matters have nothing to do with gamers. So I and all the members of Valhalla really appreciate that you guys have waited for Devil’s Third for a long time.
What Devil’s Third is?
Such announcement will be made over time. Thanks for your patiense. Devil’s Third will meet you guys’ expectation for sure!
Thanks again from the bottom of my heart.
We haven’t heard too much about Devil’s Third in recent times so it’s nice to finally good to get some more information about the state of the game from its creator, Tomonobu Itagaki. Here’s what he had to say about the development of Devil’s Third via Facebook.
I recently received lots of questions about Devil’s Third from my fans.
I’d like to speak about development status of Devil’s Third in my own words, to the extent that I am allowed.
- Devil’s Third is a strong fusion between action games and shooters.
- Devil’s Third development is going smoothly. In other words, we finished editing the closing movie the other day.
- Devil’s Third will be released next year. Nintendo has already announced this in their press release.
- The scale of Devil’s Third‘s story mode is greater than that of Ninja Gaiden.
- Devil’s Third demolishes the standard of past console games in online multiplayer.
- Almost all specifications I wanted to do were implemented. I got an up-close look at the great forerunners Call of Duty, Battlefield, Gears of War, and my beloved Halo. On that basis, we added completely new level of playability that only we can create.
- Anyone can enjoy this game; from casual gamers to hard-core gamers. Let me put it this way. You guys can throw a fun party, or can kill each other in realistic war. You can play your heart out.
- This is all I can disclose to you today. I can’t tell you when the war will begin. It’s the way the world goes. I really want to tell you more, my fans waiting with crushing frustration.
It’s rough on a man!
Well, be patient just a little longer. Don’t miss it!
The Movoto Real Estate Blog has put together a fun chart that shows just how popular the current generation consoles are on Facebook. The blog has created a state-by-state breakdown of the amount of Facebook “likes” each current generation console has received. The Xbox One appears to be the most “liked” games console in 22 states and is closely followed by the PlayStation 4 which is most “liked” in 19 states. Interestingly, the Wii U hasn’t won enough “likes” to win in any states. It should also be noted that 9 states were ambivalent. You can check out the fun chart above and more details, here.