A New York farm is dedicating itself to one of gaming’s most popular mascots in a fantastic way, through the creation of a massive Super Mario Bros-themed corn maze.
When gamers think of farming within video games, the likes of Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley are the franchises that immediately spring to mind. Super Mario, however, is unlikely to register for many. After all, the Nintendo hero may have held a variety of jobs over the years, including plumber, go-kart racer, and pro tennis player, but farming is not exactly part of his repertoire.
However, this opinion may be about to change, thanks to the actions of a New York farm. The Stoughton Farm in Newark Valley has decided to cut a brilliant corn maze in dedication to the Super Mario brothers. The farm chooses a different theme for its corn maze each and every year, and 2016’s honor falls to Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad.
Farm owner Tim Stoughton discussed the design with ABC News. “My wife, Deb, decides the theme,” said Stoughton. “She just liked the idea of the Mario brothers because everybody pretty much knows what they are and it’d be fun for the kids to see.”
Although the corn maze will no doubt be a pull for kids and gaming grown-ups alike, the Stoughton Farm is unlikely to be relying on the gaming demographic altogether. The farm’s corn maze is a huge success, gaining around 10,000 visitors on average a year. However, attracting nearby fans of the Nintendo franchise is hardly going to hurt matters.
The maze itself was designed by a company in Utah, before then being cut by Stoughton Farm employees themselves. “We lay it out into grids and then go in and take the corn out where the pathways should be,” Stoughton explained. “We do it when you can still see over the corn, before it gets too tall.” However, creating the maze actually takes several weeks, and “a lot of math” according to Stoughton. “It’s laying it out in grids and seeing where you are.”
Although the maze itself will prove to be a mystery for many, lots of gamers are trying to unravel exactly what Nintendo has planned next. The company is still remaining very quiet about its next console, the Nintendo NX, with Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime cryptically suggesting that the console will be about content not teraflops. With time until the release of the console slowly ticking away, it won’t be long before interested parties know more about what Nintendo has in store – particularly regarding those Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon NX launch window titles.
Source: ABC News