Majority of Gamers Today Can’t Finish Level 1 in Super Mario Bros.

During a Q&A session, Satoru Iwata revealed why Nintendo’s newer games are easier. Nintendo conducted a test with many gamers and found that most of them were unable to finish the first level in the original Super Mario Bros.gamingisdyingNintendo president Satoru Iwata fielded a question regarding the simplification of games during their 73rd annual stockholder meeting. The following is a translation of the question and answer:

I feel that Nintendo games today are much easier which is why the Wii U might be failing. Back then, games were much more difficult and therefore gamers really enjoyed them so they continued to buy Nintendo games and systems. Do you feel the same way?

Satoru Iwata (president): I actually agree with your assessment. However, since you are speaking as a stockholder, you should agree with our strategy after you hear about the tests we have conducted.

It may come as a shock to some of you that most gamers today can not finish the original Super Mario Brothers game on the Famicom. We have conducted this test over the past few years to see how difficult we should make our games and have found that the number of people unable to finish the first level is steadily increasing.

This year, around 90 percent of the test participants were unable to complete the first level of Super Mario Brothers. We did not assist them in any way except by providing the exact same instruction manual we used back then. Many of them did not read it and the few that did stopped after the first page which did not cover any of the game mechanics.

We watched the replay videos of how the gamers performed and saw that many did not understand simple concepts like bottomless pits. Around 70 percent died to the first Goomba. Another 50 percent died twice. Many thought the coins were enemies and tried to avoid them. Also, most of them did not use the run button. There were many other depressing things we noted but I can not remember them at the moment.

Furthermore, we asked for suggestions on how to improve the game. A majority of them wanted the game to be easier and they suggested many ways to do this. Some of them wanted a mandatory tutorial while others wanted more ways to kill things besides jumping on them. We explained that Mario could shoot fire balls with the Fire Flower power-up, but then they wanted Mario to start with more weapons like a sword or a gun.

Some of the people seemed to be unaware that this was an actual old game that existed as they asked if the retro-style graphics were supposed to be a throwback to old Nintendo games. Some missed the point of the questionnaire completely and said that the graphics and music were terrible and needed to be improved in order for the game to sell. They also wanted a deeper storyline and voice acting.

So, as a stockholder, you should be relieved to know that our games are easier in order to attract a wider audience. As a gamer, you might feel a little sad, and you should be. It is quite sad.

Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario Bros. designer, also added that he originally designed the game so that everyone could beat it. “I failed miserably,” he said at the end of his answer.

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174 Responses

  1. sky999999 says:

    Thank the heavens for mobile, now people can finally beat a game. In 90 seconds no less

  2. Nono says:

    obvious fake

  3. YoshiVegeta says:

    You must be pretty stupid if you cant pass level 1

    • Anonymous says:

      Oi! I tried. Super mario bros is really hard. Everything slides and you are on a timer. The game is really hard. I could only get to level 5 using the tunnel above the level,

  4. XxSUPRxX . says:

    Dude, obviously! I have spent hours trying to beat the first level with no avail. I just can’t do it! 2.3/10

  5. BeyondNecroDome says:

    Its true. people under 25 are absolute garbage when it comes to gaming titles that hold your hand the entire time like halo and cod have made even the most mundane of bullet sponges believe themselves skilled., regenerating health ? radar ? a minimap ? there arent even keys anymore , what on earth is the point of a map ? modern gamers think that a game is only good if it can be beaten readily by anyone, a disgusting and cowardly trait inspired by the act of giving “achievements” simply for gaming. Sorry kids, but not everyones a winner in actual video games.

    • nintendolover says:

      i must say i agree in that but i want to point out that the age doesn’t matter, im 16 (about to turn 17) i grew up in old school consoles, my first one ever was the nes and even in this times i haven’t lost in mario i sure have faied some times but it is sad to see now young gamers will never play like the way it used to be

    • J says:

      Calling someone garbage is for losers. Shut up.

    • HEY! I’m 13 and a Nintendo Fanboy, and I can play upside-down if I want! Just those dumb Sony/Microsoft Fanboys… F*** them!

    • Darren Mc Master-Smith says:

      I think it’s the opposite.
      Younguns have grown up with games.
      I suck at platformers too btw,any game really I suck in.

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  7. PhotonShepherd says:

    I thought tonight was going to be a TOTAL waste. Instead, I witnessed a metric ShitTonne of outraged, gleeful, superiour, toolbags get totally taken in by a satirical website.

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  8. Gus says:

    Man gamers today are dumb

  9. yelloz says:

    “…and you should be. It is quite sad”

  10. Salentino says:

    ok… i hope this is only a joke… isn’t it?

  11. i think it’s a hard game in fact….. :-)

  12. Daniel Flores says:

    I remember.growing up with this game and I’m only seventeen, people must really be declining in intelligence, The game is so fun and simple I could finish it in like 9 minutes or less

  13. Melly says:

    I don’t know if Miyamoto “failed miserably”…level one’s pretty damn easy. If anything, it speaks to the laziness of this generation. #shameful.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I can beat level 1. However, I’m stuck at world 8-1

  15. Cristiano says:

    Wake up people, we’re the remaining 10% commenting here.

    We are a generation or two away from these gamers.

    I Laughed at the text but in the end, I kinda felt sad.

  16. Joe says:

    Most people don’t have hours to waste on fucking video games. That is why there are difficulty settings. Build a bridge and get over yourself guy.

  17. jafar says:

    Hello how are you don’t finish 7-4stage

  18. Haylee says:

    I have a thought that they should make a roller coaster ride on Mario kart so it is like you are on a roller coaster

  19. tuty says:

    I was probably just as bad when playing various old classics for the first time, including SMB, and would have died a LOT even on the first levels (even with the instructions … rarely read them before slapping in the cartridge / disk and turning on the power… and many, being either pirate or cheap second-hand games, didn’t even have a booklet). The answer was to keep retrying, keep doing different things in a random trial and error way – actually “PLAYING” with the game (!) – and figuring out what you could do, how to do it, and which of those things helped you progress.

  20. tuty says:

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  22. I guess it’s probably a factor that there’s so many other potential distractions and entertainments these days as well, if you can’t get instant gratification you often won’t persevere with a thing.

    • Darren Mc Master-Smith says:

      Garbage.I know some really intelligent people who suck at games.Who cares if you’re good at bloody computer games lol.

  23. Olivia says:

    Geez. Seriously, anyone who can’t grasp such simple mechanics (Kids apparently got them very quickly!) is likely somewhere further to the “brain dead” side of basic comprehension. 90% at random… awesome. Didn’t know Sturgeon’s law applied to people too… unless this is some sort of parody. Could be. Otherwise my faith in humanity just took a hit from a goomba.

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  25. tyler joshif says:

    I love music and my friend josh

  26. Anonymous says:

    I’m 14 and I just bought the game and it’s my first retro game and I got through the first level easily.

  27. Jimmycrackerson says:

    Whoever couldnt get past super mario were totally trolling you dr masamota. My three year old can get past the first level with verbal assisstance. Such as no, dont fall in the hole, and make sure to get your coins and surprise boxes. Theres a mushroom eat it to grow.

    The ‘scientist’ definitively rigged his experiment to fail. Who the hell reads instructions anyways? Usually you play for 20 minutes and you have controls figured out, another 20 minutes and your in the fire castle on your way to the second world. Even a aboriginie could figure thus out.