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Facebook’s Super Mario Hackathon In 11 GIFs

Facebook hosted a Super Mario hackathon this week. The winning team’s level will be included in the soon-to-be-released Super Mario Maker game.

Facebook hosted a Super Mario hackathon Wednesday.

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Okay, so it wasn’t exactly like that. But things still got pleasantly weird.

Over 150 Facebook employees built 40 levels of the new Super Mario Maker game, which is set to be released to the public this September.

This was a competition. The prize: getting your level included in the full game.

The participants used the game’s level building tool. Some goofed off a bit.

After building a level, the participants played them. Here, Mario runs around a Facebook logo surrounded by coins. Make it rain!

I demanded the controller and instantly died.

Judges Dan Morris from Facebook’s Oculus team and AJ Glasser from its games partnerships team then went around the room and played every game.

The process: Play, Grade, Repeat. And do it fast.

Facebook didn’t getting paid by Nintendo to do this. It was a “mutual love exercise” between Facebook and Nintendo, Glasser said.

A team named “Ship Love” won and the guy in the Mario costume got so excited he started fist pumping like he was back in the Jersey Shore.

Mario and two people not on the winning team

Mario parties hard, but so would you if your day was spent slamming your head into boxes for prizes and dying repeatedly at the hands of merciless level bosses.

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Alex Kantrowitz is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco. He reports on social and communications.
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