It has begun! The guys behind the Mario Marathon have firmly planted themselves on the couch and are going to town on the back catalog of classic Nintendo games starring our favorite turtle-stomping plumber. And, no, they're not doing it for the obvious truckloads of money, fame, and women that you'd normally associate with a bunch of dudes playing video games non-stop for a weekend. They're selflessly doing it to raise money for Child's Play, a charity that provides toys and video games for children in more than 60 hospitals worldwide. Use the DONATE button below to donate directly through PopCultureGeek.com!
Throughout the day, these guys won’t just be playing everything from the original Super Mario Bros to Super Mario Galaxy 2 and everything in between; They’ll be talking with special guests on the phone, giving away prizes to supporters and viewers, and, of course, taking donations 24 hours a day, all weekend.
Even if you don’t have the money, but you’ve got the time, be sure to swing on by http://www.mariomarathon.com to watch them play using their picture-in-picture real-time video feed. Then tell your friends who do have money to donate for you. There’s something mesmerizing about watching someone play a Mario game with a level of expertise that only diehard Mario fans can exhibit. Of course, you can just watch via USTREAM below by clicking the play button in the bottom left corner of the video.
As of this posting, they’ve been playing for almost 9 hours and have already racked up over $30,000 in donations. Get in on this amazing event and help a worthy cause with the help of a fun bunch of guys!