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There was plenty of Nintendo fun on The Late Show Starring Jimmy Fallon today. Aside from the games themselves – Super Mario Run and Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch – Shigeru Miyamoto also performed the Super Mario Bros. theme with The Roots. View it below.

After speedrunner Kosmic had properly broken the world record for clear time in Super Mario Bros., it appears that he’ll have to give up his crown to fellow speedrunner Darbian, who has managed to break the previous record by 0.316 seconds.

Darbian’s time is 4:56.878, while the previous record was 4:57.194. Quite impressive, especially when you consider that Darbian has done what was previously only thought possible by a bot. You can watch the new world record below.

This past weekend, it was thought that Super Mario Bros. speedrunner Kosmic had set a new world record for the classic 1985 game. The community thought that he had managed to secure the record by a single frame, beating out the previous holder Darbian. However, we later found out that some lag resulted in the record being tied, not broken.

Kosmic has now posted a new time of 4:57.194. This would mean that he’s beaten the record by three frames, or 0.05 seconds. With no lag frame present, it does appear that the record has actually been set this time.

Have a look at Kosmic’s new run below.


Update (10/2): Kotaku now reports that Kosmic’s time was off by a single frame, so he’s actually tied the record rather than breaking it. As he explained:

“Basically we know the exact time of the run by the pattern bowser does. His patterns change every frame from power on, so the pattern he gave me is the pattern for 4:57.227.

But, I got a frame of lag when I did [the] bullet bill glitch in 8-2, and lag isn’t like an official frame that the game keeps track of, so Bowser’s pattern isn’t affected by this.

8-4 was 1 frame faster but 8-2 was 1 frame slower so it’s an exact tie.”

Original (10/1): The previous world record for Super Mario Bros. was 4:57.244. However, this past week, Kosmic was able to overcome that time by a single frame. He now has the world record of 4:57.227 – just a difference of .017, seconds.

Here’s a look at Kosmic’s run:

SciFiNow recently caught up with Rocky Morton, one of the directors on the live-action Super Mario Bros. film from 1993. Morton spoke about the script, casting Mario and Luigi, and how it was tough creating the movie. He noted that it was “a harrowing experience”, and working with Dennis Hopper was “really, really hard.”

We’ve posted some of the interview excerpts below. You can find a bit more from Morton on SciFiNow here.

USAopoly has been dealing with Nintendo-licensed products for awhile, and now you can add another one to the list. A new Monopoly set based on Super Mario Bros. is in the works, and it’ll even be a collector’s edition.

The set has six 8-bit styled tokens featuring Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Super Mushroom and 1-up Mushroom. There’s also a custom designed 8-bit styled board along with custom goal poles and castles (instead of houses and hotels) plus the “? Block” and Warp Pipe in place of the Community Chest and Chance Cards.

USAopoly lists Monopoly: Super Mario Bros. Collector’s Edition as “coming soon”. There are some claims that it’s already available, though it doesn’t seem to be in stock in places like Amazon. Regardless, look for it soon.


Here’s something very interesting about the original Super Mario Bros. As it turns out, the manner in which Lakitu throws Spiny Eggs at players is unintentional. After many years, fans have discovered that he attacks with no horizontal movement due to a bug; it was instead supposed to be based on a few factors, like Lakitu’s speed and the player’s position.

The Cutting Room Floor explains:

The Spiny eggs are thrown by Lakitu in a simple way, with no horizontal movement whatsoever. However, this is not the intended behavior; it’s actually the result of a bug! The eggs are supposed to be thrown out relative to the player’s speed, Lakitu’s speed, the player’s position, and a pseudo-random value, as well as bounce off of any blocks or walls that they hit on the way down.

Here’s a comparison of the two versions of the Spiny Egg throwing for further clarification:


Super Mario Bros. speedrunner “darbian” has managed to set a new world record. He’s completed the game in just four minutes, 57 seconds and 260 milliseconds. That’s 387 milliseconds faster than the last record, which darbian set in October.

You can watch some highlights from the playthrough below. The full archive is on Twitch here.

Did you know that the Super Mario Bros. theme song has lyrics? That’s actually something that was made public many, many years ago, but it’s not widely talked about today.

The lyrics were originally submitted by fans to a Japanese radio station. Nintendo eventually made them official, and a recorded version of the song was released on vinyl. Listen to it below.

Since the lyrics are in Japanese, you might have some trouble understanding what they are in English. But luckily, a translation can be found after the break!

Speedrunner Darbian has managed to set a new world record for Super Mario Bros., clearing the game in just four minutes 57 seconds and 627 milliseconds. He’s beaten out the previous record holder, i_o_l, by 66 milliseconds.

Here’s a look at Darbian’s run in full:

Although the new world record has been set, Darbian believes he could improve upon his time by saving roughly 0.35 seconds on level 4-2. He also pointed out on Reddit that he made a few small mistakes in the final level.


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