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July 20, 2018

See Original Graph Paper Sketches That Became 'Super Mario Bros'

It's hard to imagine that, not very long ago, developers created video games with tools as rudimentary as a pencil and paper. But that's exactly what happened in Japan, where the original Super Mario Bros. was designed entirely by hand.

In a video from 2015, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and a longtime designer of the game, Takashi Tezuka, discuss the early days of the game in advance of the release of Super Mario Maker, a game that allows you to create and play your own Mario levels.

“Back in the day, we had to create everything by hand,” Tezuka explained via a translator. “To design courses, we would actually draw them one at a time on these sheets of graph paper. We'd then hand our drawings to the programmers, who would code them into a build.”



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