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Back in the early 1990s, Nintendo and Sony teamed up to make a video game console combining Nintendo's Super Nintendo technology with Sony's Compact Discs. It was the original PlayStation. After the collaboration fell through, Sony moved forward with making the PlayStation we know now, but dizzle521 has one of the original protoypes for the canceled Nintendo Playstation. It's an impressive piece of video game history.

Facebook with host a Nintendo hackathon for the release of Mario Maker.
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Nintendo will team with Facebook for a "hackathon" July 28 that has absolutely no hacking in it.

Essentially, Nintendo wants those supposedly smart people behind Facebook to take a crack at using the creation tools in Super Mario Maker. A press release on explains it further:

The Super Mario Maker hackathon is exclusively for Facebook employees to design a special level in the game. At the event, participants will be using the demo version of the game that drew rave reviews at the recent E3 video game trade show to create levels using the in-game tools that will become available to a wider audience when the game launches exclusively for Wii U on the 11th of September. The event will culminate with designers presenting their creations to a panel of judges from Nintendo and Facebook. The winning individual or team has the opportunity to make the level available for Super Mario Maker owners to play after the game's launch.



One of the big things that Nintendo hopes to offer with Super Mario Maker is a robust community of new player-created levels after the game's release. So, this partnership can be seen as a chance to kickstart the levels available at launch.

That all depends on how much you want your Mario levels designed by the employees of Facebook. Surely both will roll out a large nostalgic PR campaign once the competition closes.

Nintendo hasn't denied it, but Super Mario Maker probably won't come with a computer mouse or a fly swatter game.

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Even after an adjustment to their numbers earlier this year projected the company would see a ¥35 billion loss for 2013, Nintendo's financial statement puts it at an annual operating loss of ¥46.4 billion ($457 million US) and a net loss of ¥23.2 billion ($22.8 million). Only 2.7 million Wii Us were sold in the last year, bringing the lifetime total to 6.17 million (the PlayStation 4 has already sold 7 million consoles since November). The 3DS has brought in a total of 43.3 million sales (2.2 million 2DS), which falls below projections but remains healthier than the Wii U. Iwata claims there will be no short-term fallout from this result.

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