We’re Returning in January!

We are excited to announce that our next video game marathon will take place January 28-30, 2022! What’s more, this will once again be a LIVE, in-person event!

Last year, we held Nick’s Marathon remotely due to COVID. Instead of getting together to play video games, we stayed in our respective homes and played individually. We made the best of a bad situation, but to be honest, we all really wanted to get together again. To do that safely, we decided to wait until everyone—the usual group of gamers and our kids—were fully vaccinated. Making that happen in 2021 was a logistical nightmare, which is why we pushed the marathon from our usual November/December timeframe to January of 2022.

And this marathon will be worth the wait! Being with friends, playing video games, and celebrating Nick’s spirit—together—is what Nick’s Marathon is all about.

Keep checking this site for updates as we get closer to January 28, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Of course, if you’re eager to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so by clicking here.

We can’t wait to see everyone in January!

Nick’s Marathon 2020

We’re a wrap on our entire weekend of Mario games! Thanks to everyone who watched our Twitch feeds!

Click one of the streamers to view their stream!

Details on this Year’s Virtual Marathon

As you might imagine, the 2020 Nick’s Marathon is going to look very different from years past. Normally, the NM crew would be gathered in a New York City apartment, playing video games together. But because of COVID-19, that’s simply not an option.

Instead, we’re going virtual! We’ll still be gaming all weekend, but from our own homes. We’re focusing mostly on Super Mario games, and we’ve created a “Scoreboard” to keep track of our progress. Over the course of the marathon, we’ll be writing things like:

“Reached World 4.”
“Collected 23 Power Stars.”
“Beat the game, Saturday 2:35pm.”

Will we get a bit competitive over who can put up the most impressive stats on certain games? Probably! Will we be able to finish them all? Maybe! The fun part is finding out. And you’ll be able to watch us all play — at the same time — right here at nicksmarathon.org.

Imagine a screen that looks like this, only with Mario games:

And you’re invited to not just watch, but also chat with us while we play. Let us know that you’re tuning in, who you’re rooting for, and how we’re doing!

We hope you’ll join us for this year’s marathon!

Nick’s Marathon 2020 Goes Virtual

Every year for Nick’s Marathon, a bunch of people cram into a Manhattan apartment for 48 consecutive hours of video gaming. But this year, in the midst of a global pandemic, that simply isn’t going to work.

So, we’re mixing things up.

In 2020, we’ll be gaming together, but apart. Many of the usual Nick’s Marathon “players” will be taking on different games, and you’ll be able to watch them all at once!

And, in honor of Super Mario’s 35th anniversary — and the release of Super Mario 3D All Stars — we’ll see how many Mario games we can get through in a single weekend. Will we be able to beat Super Mario Sunshine? Who can finish Super Mario Bros. the fastest? Is there any chance that one of us can get 100% completion on Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island? (Highly doubtful on that one…)

You’ll be able to watch multiple live gaming sessions at the same time. And while you watch, you can make a tax-deductible donation to a great cause!

It all starts at 8PM EST on Friday, November 20, 2020. In the meantime, you can also support us by buying a limited-edition Nick’s Marathon face mask!

Keep checking this site for updates, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Nick’s Marathon 2019 Date Set!

Coming off our biggest and most successful event ever, we are thrilled to announce the date of the 2019 Nick’s Marathon!

This year’s 48-hour video game marathon will take place from 8pm EST on Friday, December 13 through 8pm EST on Sunday, December 15, 2019!

As always, we’ll be live-streaming the action here at nicksmarathon.org, where you can chat with us and make a tax-deductible donation as we raise money for families in need.

We’ll see you then!

Merch Alert!

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are offering limited-edition hoodies, t-shirts, and tote bags!

We’ve set up a collection through Custom Ink. But act fast—these items disappear on Friday, November 23! While you’re there, you can also add an additional donation to your purchase.

If you don’t want some of this super-stylish swag (for some weird reason), you can always make a direct donation here.

The First Decade

The first Nick’s Marathon started ten years ago today. Before our tenth event kicks off on November 9, here’s a look back at the first decade of Nick’s Marathon.

Ten Years of Nick’s Marathon

On October 24, 2008, we started our very first Nick’s Marathon. We’ve come a long way since then—raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and other organizations that improve the lives of sick children.

Ten years later, we still miss Nick terribly, but we’re keeping our commitment to keep his memory alive. Our 10th anniversary logo, designed with love by Nick’s sister, Tara Capobianco, is a symbol of what we’ve accomplished so far and our promise to keep moving forward.

We’ve got a lot of fun things planned this year as we celebrate this milestone… stay tuned for more details!

Nick’s Marathon 2017 Will Take Place On…

Here we go again!

We have officially set the date of the next Nick’s Marathon: we will kick things off on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8pm, and continue through 8pm on Sunday, November 12th.

As always, we will spend those 48 hours playing a variety of video games, all live-streamed on nicksmarathon.org. Visitors to the site are encouraged to watch us, chat with us, and donate to our cause.

This year, we are continuing to raise money to buy video games and handheld systems for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. RMH-LI is expanding, and the games we give to their locations serve as a welcome and much-needed distraction for families going through incredibly difficult times.

If you don’t want to wait until November 10, you can certainly make a tax-deductible donation right now.

What will we be playing at Nick’s Marathon 2017? We’ll mix it up with older and new games, but expect to see some 16-bit favorites courtesy of the SNES Classic Edition, and the newest Mario title, Super Mario Odyssey.

We’ll have more announcements about this year’s Marathon soon, so stay tuned!

What We’re Raising Money For in 2016

As you may already know, one of the main focuses of our fundraising efforts is to support the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Why? Because when Nick was just seven years old, he participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony there when the House first opened its doors. Now, their playroom bears a plaque with his name.

The systems, controllers, accessories, and games were donated to RMHLI by Nick’s Marathon in 2013. In the years since, we have continued to make sure that the House has the very latest games. New controllers. The most recent Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and amiibo figures. We believe that any children who stay at the Ronald McDonald House shouldn’t just have any old video games; they should have access to the newest releases, the must-haves, the games that they really want.

This year, we will be especially focused on buying the Ronald McDonald House new handheld systems, namely those in the Nintendo 3DS family.

We’ve talked to people who work at the House, and we’ve heard that many children really enjoy having the portable systems. Sometimes it’s because they have compromised immune systems, and they can’t play in a large room with other kids, so they need something they can play alone. Other children don’t necessarily have to be alone, they just prefer some peace and quiet. Other kids have to go to the hospital for long, boring stretches, and having access to a 3DS can make the time go much faster.

We’ve already donated many handhelds to the House over the years, but after hearing just how important they are to the children who stay there, we have decided that this year, a bulk of our proceeds will go towards buying new handhelds and games. We never want a child at the House to be hoping to play a game like Super Mario 3D Land or Animal Crossing or Pokémon Sun/Moon and not be able to because other kids are using the only other handhelds.

In order to make that happen, we need your help. Make a tax-deductible donation today, and help us give the children staying at Ronald McDonald House access to the portable game systems that make them smile when they need it the most.