Beating Super Mario Bros With No Kills, No Coins, And No Items

June 2, 2017

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This is a video of Roderick from Youtube channel Nintendo Unity beating the original Super Mario Bros without killing any enemies (besides dropping Bowser into the lava at the end), collecting any coins, or using any items. That sounds....fun? No, that's not the word I'm looking for. Oh right: extremely difficult and frustrating. Video game speedrunners and people who do stuff like this -- they're a completely different breed of gamer. I honestly don't know how they do it without beating a roommate to death with a controller. I've already gone through two roommates that way and I'm only a casual gamer. "Wait, what?" Nothing -- nothing. Now help me move this shower curtain, it's heavy.

Keep going for the game.

Thanks to Tank, who would have just rolled over all those enemies, smashed a hole in the side of Bowser's castle, and accidentally run over the princess.

  • captaindash

    What the fuck?! Did anybody look at the jump over the gap under the 2 coins in 8-1 that he died on twice? How he makes it is either a glitch or a cheat. He doesn't clear the gap. He lands on the other wall and somehow jumps out of it. I'm calling shenannigans!

  • Jay Kidd

    It's neither. It's a quirk of the collision. The game has tons of weird bits of math in it that makes the seemingly impossible possible.

  • captaindash

    I dunno. I hear what you're saying, but I grew up on NES and played a boatload and I've never seen that one, and to have it at the perfect time where it would be impossible to do it the regular way is suspect to me. Maybe it's totally legit, but for me the jury is still out. Regardless, it still means a bug was required to complete the task so there's an asterisk next to the accomplishment for me. Still an impressive feat though.

  • palpable ovaltine

    Now do it without warps.

  • Eddie Kominek

    No coins, no kills, no items, lowest score ever: http://kotaku.com/guy-beats...

  • Dao

    Now THAT is a skill to be proud of.

    And to think I've wasted the last eleven years of my life performing heart surgery...

  • DrZanz

    Now now, no need to be bitter about it. Some people are just born with these skills, some aren't.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    if Ghandi gamed

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