Imagine the sort of mental fortitude it would take to play through each of the seven main Mario games -- Super Mario Bros., SMB2, SMB3, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy -- with no breaks, and not just to the end, but also until achieving 100 percent completion of every title. We imagine you"d have to be a little insane to attempt it, which the men behind this Mario Marathon may be. But they"re also generous, as the whole ordeal is being held to raise money for Penny Arcade"s annual Child"s Play charity.
The players include Brian "Shirt Guy" Brinegar, John "Couch Guy" Groth, and Chris "Slouch Guy" Deckard (nicknames are their own), and a live stream of the event can be seen at their website (if indeed watching some guys playing through various Mario games is your idea of a good time). But that website is also where you go to make a donation, and so far they"ve raised a remarkable $16,306, all of which will go to the Child"s Play charity to benefit children hospitals around the world.
It looks like they"re well on pace to reaching their donation goals for each challenge, with the ultimate goal being $98,304. The challenges include beating each game, then completing 100 percent in each game -- meaning completing every level and obtaining every star, including replaying Super Mario Galaxy as Luigi as well. They"ve already been at it for over two days, and as of this writing, they"re still only making their way to completing Super Mario 64 with 100 percent.