Past Marathons

2012

The 2012 Marathon took place between Friday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 25th.  It was the first full weekend the Wii U was available, and we spent most of the Marathon playing Nintendo’s latest system.  We successfully beat New Super Mario Bros. U once, and came within inches of doing it again when a player accidentally hit the “power” button on the GamePad late on Sunday night.  Oops!  Here’s what we played:

  • New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)
  • Nintendo Land (Wii U)
  • Rabbids Land (Wii U)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Wii U)
  • Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
  • Mario Party 8 (Wii)
  • Contra (NES)
  • TMNT IV: Turtles in Time (Arcade)
  • The Simpsons Game (Arcade)
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2011

In 2011, Nick’s Marathon moved from the fall to the winter, and took place from January 21st through the 23rd.  We spent most of the weekend struggling to get through Donkey Kong Country Returns, which proved to be far tougher than DKC2, which we had battled with back at the first NM in 2008!  Our 2011 games list consisted of:

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Wii)
  • Left 4 Dead (XBox 360)
  • The Simpsons Game (Wii)
  • Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (Wii)
  • Rock Band/Rock Band: Beatles (XBox 360)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES)
  • Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
  • Battletoads in Battlemaniacs (SNES)
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES)
  • Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga (Wii)

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2009

The 2009 Nick’s Marathon started on the night of Friday, November 13, 2009 and went until late in the evening of Sunday, November 15 – after we *finally* beat New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which had just gone on sale earlier that weekend!

This is what we looked like towards the end:

The games we played were:

  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Wii)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Wii)
  • The Simpsons Game (Wii)
  • Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (Wii)
  • Rock Band/Rock Band: Beatles (XBox 360)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES)
  • Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

Here is some video of our last several attempts to beat NSMBWii (skip to 1:33:24 to see us finally beating the game!)

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2008

The first Nick’s Marathon took place from the night of Friday, October 24, 2008 until late on Sunday, October 26. And man were we tired at the end!

The games we played were:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure (GCN/GBA)
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest (SNES)
  • Streets of Rage (Genesis)
  • Mario Party 6 (GCN)
  • Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
  • River City Ransom (NES)
  • FIFA 2003 (GCN)
  • Super Punch-Out!! (SNES)
  • The Simpsons: Hit & Run (GCN)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES)
  • Super Bomberman (SNES)

Here is some video of us from Sunday morning, struggling to get through a level of DKC2.