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Nintendo helped kids at the Los Angeles Public Library create their own Mario game levels on January 27th. Using Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo game experts partnered with Los Angeles’ City Dads Group to hold a “Build, Play, Share” workshop for families in their community. The interactive program had parents and children of all ages working together to create fun and unique video game level designs.

The City Dads Group is a national organization dedicated to help fathers socialize and support one another. Looking for activities that would foster parent and child bonding, the group partnered with Nintendo to hold a “Build, Play, Share” workshop at the Los Angeles Public Library. The workshop was geared towards providing a fun space for families and local teenagers to build and create together.

“City Dads Group was fortunate to collaborate with an amazing brand like Nintendo to host a game design workshop in the L.A. Public Library,” said Lance Somerfeld, co-founder, City Dads Group. “The interactive event immersed dads and their little ones in winning experiences that are fun for the whole family.”

What they came up with was a Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS workshop. The game for the 3DS family of systems allows players to create video game levels using 100 built-in courses as well as a few others from Super Mario Maker on Wii U. After creating their own unique level, users can then share their designs and collaborate with others using local wireless and StreetPass.

“With the recent national push for more STEM programs for children in schools, partnering with City Dads Group and the Los Angeles Public Library was a great opportunity to highlight the level-design capabilities of Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This exciting event helped introduce a new playtime activity for the digital era that families can enjoy together.”

Participants of all ages attended the “Build, Play, Share” workshop at the Los Angeles Public Library Central Library on the 27th. There they worked in teams to create their own unique Mario game levels with the guidance of Nintendo game design experts. Other groups looking to hold a “Build, Play, Share” workshop with their community will soon be able to access video assets via the Play Nintendo website, a site designed to educate parents on Nintendo gaming systems and video games for young gamers, so that they can host their own interactive game design programs using Super Mario Maker.   

What are your thoughts on this partnership? Would you like to or have done something like this? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Alexandria Taberski

Staff Writer

A tsundere lolita writing about games for the last three years. Somehow got involved in covering mobile games. Loves JRPG's and all genre's of gaming except for platform games. Platforming can go die in a fire.