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Super Mario Maker 2 was released less than a month ago, but users have already created a number of ambitious levels.
The side-scrolling game, released on June 28, allows players to create their own levels. Courses in Super Mario Maker 2 can be shared online, where other players can enjoy them. While most users aim to create entertaining, beatable levels for the Nintendo Switch exclusive, a community of creators with a different goal has emerged. These creators make ultra-challenging levels that are nearly impossible to beat. One such level, created by Twitter user @YTSunnys, has been making the rounds online. Its use of dozens of moving fire bars, in particular, inspired countless memes.
i regret nothing pic.twitter.com/G7hSQQAizU— Sunny ✨ (@YTSunnys) July 15, 2019
After @YTSunny shared an intimidating video of their creation online, viewers obsessed over the anxiety-inducing level. “Cool, I’m going to have nightmares about this tonight,” one user wrote. “I think I just had a panic attack watching this,” another user added.
This gave me so much anxiety— Tyler Tennell (@tennell_owns) July 16, 2019
Clearly not the Fire Bar— Shiny Swalot (@Gew00nBas) July 15, 2019
all of us are trying to sleep why would you post this— Jeremy (@jeremytcohen) July 16, 2019
One user even noted the insane time limit on the level of spinning death. Forty-five seconds to traverse all those flaming beams of horror? No thank you.
Just watching this spiked my stress levels. That time limit's the chaotic cherry on top of that sinister cake you've crafted for the masses.— Derek | Elite4W (@Elite4W) July 15, 2019
Within no time, the stressful video had inspired a wave of memes. Many of the memes poked fun at the near-impossibility of the chaotic level. “If you pointed a gun to my head and told me to finish this level I would tell you to pull the trigger,” one user wrote.
people really get off making this wack shit huh https://t.co/heMwgU2BV3— SpooKeys 🎃 (@keyrodi) July 16, 2019
If you pointed a gun to my head and told me to finish this level i would tell you to pull the trigger pic.twitter.com/6Xu1kdPVle— Heavenly 🍑 @BLIZZCON (@HeavenlyControl) July 16, 2019
This is why Super Mario Maker shouldn't exist y'all. Professionals wouldn't do this nonsense!!! https://t.co/Jvz6Un1Kgv— Andrea Rene (@andrearene) July 16, 2019
While many people were poking fun at the anxiety-inducing level, others created on-point captions for the video. “The New York Times avoiding the word racist,” one user joking captioned the video.
the new york times avoiding the word racist pic.twitter.com/JGwvmr0bq9— Robbie Couch (@robbie_couch) July 16, 2019
Navigating racism when you walk out the house pic.twitter.com/W2NSjIVR4x— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) July 16, 2019
This level is far from the most challenging creation to come from Super Mario Maker 2 players. Dozens of hair-tearing levels have been shared by these fire-loving masochists, so if @YTSunny’s level looked like fun to you, there is plenty more where that came from.
Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.