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STREAM IS NOW LIVE! Watch it over at http://www.mariomarathon.com and join in on the fun!

Would you like to donate via Giant Bomb? Click this link http://www.mariomarathon.com/py/donate?rr=giantbomb.com and the contributing amount from Giant Bomb will go up.

How much has Giant Bomb donated to Mario Marathon? Click this link http://www.mariomarathon.com/py/partner/giantbomb.com and see the line graph.

In less then two weeks, (June 22nd at 11AM EST to be exact) marks the 5th annual Mario Marathon for Child's Play Charity. What is Mario Marathon? It is a video game marathon where they play all the major Mario console games and raise money for Child's Play Charity.

Here is a little FAQ I made that will help the new viewers this year.

Where can I donate?

You can donate by going to their donation page HERE. All the donations they receive go to Child's Play Charity via PayPal.

What can I do if I can't/don't want to donate?

Tell your friends and family about it. Also spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media websites to get more people to watch the live stream and spread the word.

Where can I watch the stream?

This year the stream feed will be on Twitch TV (http://www.twitch.tv/mariomarathon) instead of UStream which they have used in the past. You can also watch the Twitch TV feed on their own website (www.mariomarathon.com). If you watch it on their website, there are audience reaction buttons and if the viewers press one emote enough times, the players can hear it. It's a fun way to interact with the live stream.

Where can I chat with the viewers?

The main chat is on their IRC ChatAbout server #mariomarathon. You can connect to the IRC chat via their front page on the Mario Marathon website or through an IRC program. New this year is a Twitter Chat on the Mario Marathon front page. Just log in with you Twitter account and you can use the Twitter chat. If you wan to switch to the IRC chat, click the "Switch to IRC Chat" underneath the Twitter chat and if you want to switch back to the Twitter chat, click the "Switch to Twitter Chat" link. Need some IRC help? Here is their FAQ copied and pasted from the IRC help page.

Chat / IRC Help

Connecting via an IRC client.

  • Download and install an IRC client (XChat)
  • Server: irc.chatabout.net
  • Port: 6667
  • Channel: #mariomarathon

Registering a nickname

  • Join the chat server with your desired nickname
  • Enter: /ns register <password> <email>
    • <password> - is your desired password
    • <email> - is your email address
  • E-mail with verification instructions will be sent to your address

Logging in with a registered nickname

  • Register a nickname using the instructions above
  • Join the chat server with your nickname
  • Enter /ns identify <password>

What games do they play?

Here are a list of the games and the order they play them.

Mario Marathon 5 Line-Up

There are over 1,000 levels across the ten Mario games chosen for the Mario Marathon 5. Your donations determine which of those levels the team will complete.

The order the games will be played is listed below. For details on the exact levels and donation goals check the Level Checklist.

LevelsDonation $$
Mario Galaxy 2
Beat w/ 75 Stars
1 - 75$55.46
New Super Mario Bros Wii
Worlds 1,2,5,8
76 - 114$105.46
Mario Galaxy
Beat w/ 60 Stars
115 - 175$235.24
Mario Sunshine
Beat w/ 50 Shines
176 - 226$423.81
Mario 64
Beat w/ 76 Stars
227 - 303$969.40
Super Mario World
100% Run Through
304 - 400$2,626.21
Super Mario Bros. 3
100% Run Through
401 - 490$6,503.05
Super Mario Bros. 2
100% Run Through
491 - 510$7,945.96
Super Mario Bros
100% Run Through
511 - 542$10,944.00
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
100% Worlds 1 - 8
543 - 574$15,066.10
Mario 64
100% 120 Star Run
575 - 617$23,137.70
Mario Galaxy
100% Completion
618 - 676$41,657.90
New Super Mario Bros Wii
100% Worlds 3,4,6,7,9
677 - 726$68,544.20
Mario Galaxy 2 or Super Mario Sunshine
All Blue Coins or Green Stars
727 - 786$124,565.00

I still have more questions I want answered about Mario Marathon.

Their FAQ is here (http://www.mariomarathon.com/faq.html). You can learn more about Mario Marathon there.

Social Media links for Mario Marathon

Facebook Page - LINK

Twitter Page - LINK

Just kick back, relax, and enjoy Mario Marathon when it begins on June 22nd at 11 AM EST. Remember, it's for the children!

#2 Posted by MutenMiller (213 posts) -

These are always a lot of fun, well worth giving it a look when it comes round! :)

#3 Posted by Helios1337 (321 posts) -

This is a very fun event, they do lots of different contests and other things to keep it interesting. It's much more than a few people playing Super Mario for a few days.

#4 Posted by periahdark (111 posts) -

The dudes running the event are my friends and I've helped out every year so far. It's nice to see it getting some love on Giant Bomb. Hope to see some of you guys in the chat.

#5 Posted by Lumley (927 posts) -

Ah, fantastic it's that time of the year again. I've tuned in the past few years so I'll certainly be watching again this year.

#6 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

@periahdark said:

The dudes running the event are my friends and I've helped out every year so far. It's nice to see it getting some love on Giant Bomb. Hope to see some of you guys in the chat.

I do what I can to spread the word.

Also, got a shout out from the Mario Marathon Twitter account for making this FAQ. :)

#7 Posted by TehJedicake (868 posts) -

The Mario Marathon kicks ass!

#8 Posted by alucardofhell (5 posts) -

This year will be amazing just like all the past years i am excited to watch this event! good bye life outside the internet realm! :)

#9 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

Edited the Chat section up top. New this year is a Twitter chat on their front page. Just login with your Twitter account and you can join the Twitter chat.

#10 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -
I more week till it kicks off.
#11 Posted by alucardofhell (5 posts) -

2 MORE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#12 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

Less then 24 hours till the event kicks off. Get ready people :)

#13 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

The show kicks off in less then 10 minutes. :)

#14 Posted by alucardofhell (5 posts) -

IT HAS BEGUN MARIO MARATHON IS LIVE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#15 Posted by Garris (171 posts) -

Guys mario marathon is on and running lets get tweeting and Facebooking for the children!!

#16 Posted by rentfn (1267 posts) -

if you donate mention giant bomb so we can get the site in the top 10. I've been pestering the guys with tweets about it.

#17 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

The Cards Against Humanity guys want to donate ten sets as donation prizes. Amazing.

#18 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

Damn, they already passed $20k.

#19 Posted by rentfn (1267 posts) -

I hope they contacted the CAH guys because they didn't seem to know who they were

#20 Posted by Garris (171 posts) -

Everyone check this out

#21 Posted by Garris (171 posts) -

bump

#22 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

$30k in less then 24 hours is great.

#23 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -
#24 Posted by TehJedicake (868 posts) -

Over 40k in donations!

#25 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -
#26 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

Just got home from work and it looks like they are on Super Mario 64 now.

#27 Posted by TehJedicake (868 posts) -

They're almost at 60k! :D!

#28 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

Super Mario World 100% just got finished. Next up is Super Mario Bros. 3 100%.

#29 Posted by TehJedicake (868 posts) -

Bumpity bump

#30 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

Edited the donation links on the first post. When you click the link, it will take you to the normal donation page, but when you donate, the donations go to them via Giant Bomb. Let's get Giant Bomb higher on the Contributing Sites list!

#31 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -
#32 Posted by TehJedicake (868 posts) -

NICE

#33 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -
#34 Posted by TehJedicake (868 posts) -

Bumping! It's for the kids!

#35 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -
#36 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

They are still trucking with 100% New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

#37 Posted by TehJedicake (868 posts) -

They're almost done!!! I wish they had more levels to play! :(

#38 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

They are still trucking and almost done!

#39 Posted by JJOR64 (18784 posts) -

They just hit $103k and are still going!