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.
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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!
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…)
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!
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.
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!