Andrew Gardikis once beat Super Mario Bros. in five minutes. Shigeru Miyamoto created Super Mario Bros. a quarter century ago. The two men were at the Nintendo World Store today, where Andrew tried to repeat his feat. Miyamoto watched. Pressure!
The event was part of a celebration at the Manhattan store for the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. The store was packed full of Nintendo fans there to celebrate and/or dress as Mario. You'll hear some people shouting questions for Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, who was standing behind me. He did not respond to pleas for a revelation of the Nintendo 3DS price point.
This wasn't a day for Nintendo pricing news. It was a day for Mario history.
As you'll see in the video, Gardikis was not able to beat his record nor even finish the game. He put up a good effort though, and Miyamoto even told him, in English, to "break a leg."
Better luck next time, Andrew. You couldn't see it while you were playing, but Miyamoto was impressed with some of those jumps!
Readers who are curious about Andrew's Mario runs can watch the 20-year-old, Massachusetts native's five-minute Mario tear-through at the Speed Demos Archive.