This is a video of a guy beating Super Mario Bros. with a total score of 600. Which, from what I gathered by skipping around the 8:30 video, is 100 points for each flag level you HAVE to complete while warp-piping your way to Bowser (five, and with no bonus time left on the clock), and one goomba bounce to avoid collecting two coins. I don't know how, but I'm convinced I could still do it with less (I'm a natural born loser is the thing).
Success! Here I achieve the (almost) lowest score possible in Super Mario Bros. for the NES. No save states or slowdown was used, but I did increase the frame skip by quite a bit when waiting at the flag poles. Since you probably don't want to watch that, I cut out almost 8 minutes of video where I'm just running out the clock.
Admittedly, that's pretty damn impressive for a single run without dying. Also: one from New York to California. My heart would probably explode before I even got to Rhode Island! "That's the wrong way." Ha, I think I know my geometry.
Hit the jump for the 'you will never get your initials up on a game at the arcade'!
Thanks to Van and peter p., who both score high -- with the ladies. Jk jk, both totally awkward.