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Nintendo’s recent release of Super Mario Maker for the 3DS has given people all over the world the chance to play fun and challenging courses while also allowing them to create their own, unique courses. The Big N wanted to take its awesome factor a step further and joined up with City Dads Group, “an organization focused on giving dads a network to bond with their children and fellow parents,” to bring a workshop focused on building creative courses to children at the Los Angeles Public Library.

The workshop, titled “Build, Play, Share,” opened on January 27th, giving kids and their parents the opportunity to build virtual courses in the 3DS version of Mario Maker with the help of Nintendo experts at the event.

‘“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.”

“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.”’

As always, Nintendo made an effort to bring people of all ages together to celebrate both family time and creativity through playing video games. The company’s innovative strategies have consistently stressed that personal interactions with loved ones while playing is essential in the world of video games – and events like Build, Play, Share are great examples of how successful the message can be when people come together.

If this kind of activity sounds like something you’re interested in, you’re in luck! We might be seeing similar events hosted in more cities around the world. According to Nintendo’s press release, video assets from the LA workshop will be available on the Play Nintendo site soon, which will allow organizations to easily host their own workshops in the future.

Source: Nintendo PR

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Written by Lauren Ganos
Creative Director, Managing Editor

Designer and writer by day, gamer by night, Lauren dreams big when it comes to creative endeavors. Perhaps that's why she's taken on the roles of creative director and managing editor for Nintendo Wire. If she had a video game superhero alias, it might just be The Visionary, a true keeper of imaginative order.