”I drew Super Mario in my notebook” says amazing artist, but this isn’t any bored-in-class doodle.
World 1-1 of the original Super Mario Bros. is one of the most important things in the history of video games. The level is beatable in under a minute, but by the time it’s done, the player has been introduced to not only the majority of the major gameplay systems for the classic Nintendo title itself, but really for the side-scrolling platformer genre in general, with several of its innovations continuing to influence game design decades later.
Truly, World 1-1 is a work of art, and so it’s only fitting that Japanese Twitter user @KisaragiHutae6 has used his artistic skills to entirely recreate the level in an entirely unexpected place: the pages of a notebook!
如月 二重 6 (@KisaragiHutae6) February 09, 2019
“I drew Super Mario Bros. in my notebook,” @KisaragiHutae6 casually tweeted, and if you’re expecting a few doodles of the Nintendo mascot, think again. The talented artist has recreated all of World 1-1, and once again, don’t underestimate him, because he didn’t just sketch the level layout either. In the video @KisaragiHutae6 shared, Mario is fully animated as he runs, jumps, smashes blocks. and stomps enemies.
Even the game’s power-ups make an appearance, with the World 1-1 Super Mushrooms, Fire Flower, Invincibility Star, and even 1-up all appearing exactly where they do in the game.
▼ And yes, the powered-up Mario does shoot fireballs!
But as cool as it all looks, what exactly is going on? Is this some sort of digital animation with effects and filtering to make it look like paper, sort of like what Nintendo does with its own Paper Mario games?
Nope. @KisaragiHutae6’s video is all meticulous stop-motion animation. He started by drawing and cutting out all of the background pieces and character character poses he’d need.
如月 二重 6 (@KisaragiHutae6) February 11, 2019
Then he opened up two notebooks and placed them side by side, giving himself a renewable canvas four pages wide to work with, and set to