Super Mario Challenges

So you might have already guessed it by now but here at Mario Mayhem we do enjoy playing a bit of Mario. But how can you spruce the games up after you have played them dozens and dozens of times? Well how about trying a Super Mario challenge?


So what are these things anyway? Essentially they are games you can play whilst playing Super Mario that change the experience by making it harder, easier or just more challenging somehow. They are fun to try on your own, whilst you are live streaming or even if you just have a bunch of friends around and want to try something new. It's good to experiment...right?


Anyway, most of these challenges will apply to all Super Mario games. Some however work better with certain games and others they are downright impossible. I'll do my best to point these out where I can but you will also have to use your own brain to work out whether something will work with your Mario game of choice or not. I can't do all the work here!


Oh, also you don't have to limit yourself to just 1 of these challenges! Feel free to combine multiple like "no coins" and "no enemies" for example, this can be really fun and also very tricky!


If you have some Mario challenges that aren't listed below then please either get in contact with me or add them to the Facebook comments below! The more games we can come up with the better!


What happens if you fail a challenge? Well that's up to you. You can either pass the controller to the next person, reset the level, chug a beer or get creative in other ways as punishment! You can also play it cool and just enjoy the challenges and do your best.





No Coins Challenge - This one is just about self explanatory but basically you try to beat your Mario game of choice without ever hitting or picking up a coin! Sounds easy right? Well give this a go with Super Mario Bros 1 on the NES and then we can talk again. Some jumps are harder and other portions of levels seem down right un-navigatable! People have done it though, so why don't you give it a try?


No Enemies Challenge - Essentially with this one the aim is to evade enemies! This means no Goomba stomping or Koopa Crushing for you! This isn't a bad challenege to pair with "No Coins", it becomes really tricky to progress quickly.


Play with the Controller upside down Challenge - This is an awkward one! Have you ever tried holding a Nintendo 64 controller upside down? This one should work with most Mario games, it just takes a bit of getting used to.


Play Blindfolded Challenge - With this one there are two ways to approach it. The first is having a second person or a group of people telling you when to jump and how to maneuver, which makes it a great party game! The second is a lot harder and it's essentially: Get good at the game without seeing what's going on". Believe it or not there are actually people that can do this and it's amazing to watch on live streams.


No Red Coins Challenge - This one is kind of more tailored to games like Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, but you might be able to try it in another game too. As the title states, try and pass the game without picking up any red coins!


Have to stay facing backwards challenge - This is a bit limited in terms of games, but it is at least possible in SMB1. Essentially you need to keep facing to the left, jump, hit right to move forward, land facing left and then repeat. It takes some getting used to and is very easy to mess up, but it can be some fun.


We have more challenges to come so stay tuned!


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