Mario Marathon Raises Over $28,000

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Over the weekend, and extending into this morning, a few guys from Indiana set out to raise money for Child's Play Charity which collects donations for toys, games and books and more for sick children in hospitals. Three guys dedicated their time to pulling off their second Mario Marathon and raised $28,684.01 for the cause.

The games the team played were Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario Brothers 2, Super Mario Brothers 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. The goal was not to just beat the game, but to master each game. That meant beating each stage in each game, unlocking all of the secrets in the more recent games and checking things off of their complete to-do list.

I had the window open in my browser throughout the weekend after Stef saw that the marathon was trending in Twitter. I did not watch even a quarter of the live streaming video but enjoyed checking up on it periodically to watch the progress in the games as well as the donation totals rising.

Here's hoping that if they try this again next year that they add in some Super Mario Kart or Super Mario Land. By then though there should be two new Mario games available on the Wii so who knows what will be in store.

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