Turns out storming Area 51 is a really bad idea, and Nintendo agrees.
Over the weekend, a Facebook event to “storm” Area 51 emerged and has since attracted over one million attendees. Why? Because apparently, a lot of people want to “see them aliens,” and make memes about it.
After it started growing in popularity, the event, named ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us,’ caught the attention of the US Air Force. A spokeswoman for the Air Force told the Washington Post, that Area 51 is “an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”
The Air Force aren’t the only ones taking the event page seriously, either. Nintendo have removed a stage named ‘Storm Area 51’ on Super Mario Maker 2 due to “inappropriate or harmful content.”
The creator of the ‘Storm Area 51’ stage wrote on Reddit: “I recently posted the course ‘Storm Area 51,’ which kind of blew up for it’s memeyness and the fact that it was apparently a half decent course. This morning, it was removed by Nintendo.”
“I’ve never had a popular course before, and it was fun reading the comments and seeing so many people enjoy it,” he wrote.
This week, Nintendo also removed one of the most popular and hardest levels in Super Mario Maker 2, called ‘Pile of Poo: Kai-Zero G’ created by streamer GrandPOObear.
GrandPOObear confirmed the news this morning, tweeting to his 55.7K followers, “Nintendo just deleted my Kai-Zero G course, one of the most played Super Expert courses in Mario Maker 2. It contained no inappropriate words, pictures etc. It contained no glitches.”
“I am at a loss for words and extremely sad about this. I feel Nintendo just doesn’t want me.”
Who knows why Nintendo deleted GrandPOObear’s level, but it’s quite clear they’re not keen on being associated with any meme-loving social media users storming Area 51.