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The E-mail that started it all

As many of you know, the original idea for Mario Marathon came from an event called Four48 hosted by a guy named Cameron Banga. Below is the original e-mail I sent to Cameron back in 2008 when I first started thinking about Mario Marathon. It's interesting because we've received dozens of very similar e-mails over the years.


Subject: Super Mario Marathon
To: Cameron Banga


I'm writing to ask partly for your permission, and partly for your help. When I saw your Four48 attempt in January I was inspired to do something similar. It started with some informal marathon gaming sessions, then it was decided that my friends and I might as well broadcast online, and it's continued to grow from there.

The current idea is to complete all of, what I consider, the main Mario games in a single sitting. I've started putting together a web site for the event at, as well as recruiting a team of qualified players to assist in my attempt. As we were doing this I thought it may be possible to get others to participate as well, if enough people were to participate I think we'd have a shot at getting into the Guinness Book of World Records Gamers Edition.

At this point I'm writing you to get your take on this idea, to see if you're offended that I'm ripping off your idea, and to ask you a few questions.

1. If we were going to submit some type of record attempt to the Guinness Book any suggestion what it should be? Info on their rules is available at

2. Any suggestions on making this event successful?

3. The web site is still in development, any suggestions on what information we should provide?

4. Would you be interested in participating in such an event?


Goal Progress

Each goal unlocked adds another level the team must complete during Mario Marathon 5 beginning June 22th, 2012.

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