Someone coded a computer in the Super Mario Maker script, and it works. Many other players have focused on devising the most devious of levels, but someone under the username Trousers has built a working computer that will literally school other gamers.
The calculator is basically a crash course in computer programming.
The level, called "Run a Tiny Computer!," uses Bob-ombs, Note Blocks, P switches and other objects from the Mario Bros. universe to perform simple addition. It can calculate 0 + 0, 0 + 1 and 1 + 1.
Mario inputs the numbers into the screen that is split in half – a Note Block in the top half and another one in the bottom half.
Jumping on a Note Block spits out a Bob-omb, which will march along the gates past pits and traps. The position of the surviving Bob-omb at the end of the level indicates the answer to the equation.
A Bob-omb at the top of the level's end indicates the answer was "1." And a Bob-omb at the bottom of the level's end denotes a "2."
"It's not possible to get a bob-omb in each," says Trousers.
If zero Bob-oms are sent, then none will make it to the end of the level, and both the top and bottom positions at the end of the level will be empty.
It's simple, yes, but Tiny Computer is one more example of just how deep Super Mario Maker really is.
Super Mario Maker has been a hit for a console that has been a miss, when compared with the company's other hardware. There are roughly 12.6 million Wii U consoles out there and about a fourth of them have the Super Mario Maker.
While everyone but Nintendo seems to be ready to talk about what's next, the NX, the company still wants to spotlight Wii U games.
"For Wii U, we will strive to maintain the attention level of Splatoon and Super Mario Maker, which are continuing to show steady sales, while introducing new titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD," Nintendo said in its Q3 earnings report (PDF) on Tuesday.
So back to the that computer. Here's the Tiny Computer in action: