This is how they used to make video games

Two Nintendo games designers have revealed just how much things have changed over the years.

Shigeru Miyamoto and Takeshi Tezuka, who have been working together for 20 years, described the painstaking effort that went into designing the first Super Mario games in a video posted on the company's YouTube channel (below).

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

  • Takeshi Tezuka

They revealed Things would quickly get messy however if they wanted to make an edit to the original drawing and they eventually began developing a new software programme to help design the famous side-scrolling games instead.

Nintendo will soon release Super Mario Maker which is a consumer-facing version of the software the pair used to design their side-scrolling games of bygone years.

The tool got so good, the more we worked with it we realised we could turn it into something everyone could enjoy.

  • Shigeru Miyamoto

Watch the pair discuss the evolution of Super Mario design and the future of Super Mario Maker from 42:00 in the below video:

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