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News: Mario Marathon 7 Streaming Live Right Now on Twitch

Mario Marathon 7 Streaming Live Right Now on Twitch

It's that time of year again

The 7th annual Mario Marathon started broadcasting live just a matter of hours ago, so go check it out. The fan-run event is a charity drive supporting Child's Play with a pretty fun set of rules: the group has a set of financial goals to be unlocked, each of which is linked to an in-game objective the players must...

News: Over 140 Pieces Of Fan-Made Nintendo Art Up For Auction To Support Autism Charity

Over 140 Pieces Of Fan-Made Nintendo Art Up For Auction To Support Autism Charity

Going to a good cause

Gamers can be hard to please sometimes. We ask for one thing, get it, and then we ask for more. “When are you going to get around to doing another Star Fox game, Nintendo?” or “when’s the next batch of GBA games coming out on the Wii U?” are just some examples of our insatiable appetites. It sometimes seems that...

News: Third Annual Hyrule Hustlers: Zelda Marathon Fundraiser To Take Place On Valentine's Day

Third Annual Hyrule Hustlers: Zelda Marathon Fundraiser To Take Place On Valentine's Day

Proceeds go to Child's Play charity

Playing games is a fun pastime for both solo and social gamers, but through charities like Child's Play, we're able to turn out entertainment into something which gives a little back to humankind. In case you didn't know, Child’s Play provides video games, books and toys to children’s hospitals all over the...

News: Fangamer Announces Earthbound Charity Event

Fangamer Announces Earthbound Charity Event

Weekend marathon of the timeless RPG for a good cause

Fangamer has been hinting at something big and Earthbound-related for a while now, which should come as no surprise to those who know the company. They wear their passion for the cherished Mother series on their sleeves, so using this love to raise money seems like the perfect marriage...

News: UK Retro Computer Museum Is Moving To Larger Premises

UK Retro Computer Museum Is Moving To Larger Premises

Lend your support by donating to a noble cause

We're big fans of the Retro Computer Museum here at Nintendo Life - we've covered the charity's events previously, and heartily support the aim of preserving working examples of classic systems that everyone can enjoy and interact with. The museum has been running for some time now and regularly...

News: Fifth Mario Marathon Fundraiser Set for 22nd June

Fifth Mario Marathon Fundraiser Set for 22nd June

All for the Child's Play Charity

There are millions of gamers who enjoy playing Mario games, whether it's the NES classics or the latest titles on Wii and 3DS. The world-famous plumber is also the inspiration for Mario Marathon 5, a webcast taking place this Friday to raise money for the Child's Play charity. This event has enjoyed success in its...

News: Mario Bros. Battle Marathon to Raise Money for Charity

Mario Bros. Battle Marathon to Raise Money for Charity

Bro-off

Mario marathons are nothing new, but this weekend sees an oft-overlooked entry in the franchise take centre stage — and all for charity. The Bro-Off puts Mario Bros. front and centre, with four world class players battling simultaneously to set a new world record. It all kicks off tomorrow at 12 midday Eastern (9am Pacific, 5pm UK, 6pm...

News: Kids, Nintendo Wants to Know What Your Super Ability Is

Kids, Nintendo Wants to Know What Your Super Ability Is

Kirby will help

If the recent Kirby's Return to Dream Land artwork inspired you, Nintendo of America has a competition just for you. From today, Nintendo is inviting visitors to Kirby's Super Ability site to submit their own drawings and descriptions of their own Super Abilities, all in support of Starlight Children's Foundation and the upcoming Kirby's Return to Dream Land of course. Nintendo will..

News: Videogame History Museum Needs Your Donations

Videogame History Museum Needs Your Donations

Needs to raise $30,000

In the UK, the Retro Computer Museum just moved to a new home, and now the Videogame History Museum over in Silicon Valley needs to raise funds for its own bricks-and-mortar initiative. The non-profit charity needs to raise $30,000 to build itself a permanent building in which to house its classic coin-ops, consoles and gaming...

News: Sega Auctions Rare Memorabilia to Raise Money for Charity

Sega Auctions Rare Memorabilia to Raise Money for Charity

Artwork, clothing... pillowcases?

In an effort to raise money for the relief effort following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, Sega of America is auctioning off a wide range of rare collectibles with 100% of the money raised going directly to the Red Cross. With everything from NiGHTS Journey of Dreams pillowcases to House of the Dead: Overkill fake body parts up for grabs, this is a..

News: Buying Ivy the Kiwi? Helps Save Real Kiwis

Buying Ivy the Kiwi? Helps Save Real Kiwis

10p donated to Save the Kiwi Trust

You don't see many video games about kiwis, though this is Rising Star Games' second game to feature the flightless bird following DS romp New Zealand Story. The lack of kiwi-based games might be due to the increasing danger of extinction faced by its real-life counterpart, but if you want to do something about that – and we know you do – there is something..

News: Charity Marathon Sees Every NES Game Played Back to Back

Charity Marathon Sees Every NES Game Played Back to Back

Over 750 games in total

Mario, Zelda, Pokémon: these are all good themes for charity marathons, and have raised countless thousands of dollars for a range of charities. Playing every game in a particular series back-to-back is a big accomplishment, but how would you feel about playing every game available for a single console? If that console's the NES and you're Pat the NE

News: It's Dangerous to Go Alone, But the Zeldathon Raises Rupees Regardless

It's Dangerous to Go Alone, But the Zeldathon Raises Rupees Regardless

Take this press release

Nintendo charity marathons are all the rage these days: Mother/Earthbound and Mario have both had successful marathons, with Zelda set to join the titles from December 27th. The team at Zeldathon got in touch to spread the word about its upcoming money-raising efforts. The press release below contains all the information you need. Pennsylvania Teens to use Video Games to..

News: Last Chance to Like Lost in Shadow and Raise Money for Charity

Last Chance to Like Lost in Shadow and Raise Money for Charity

Your thumbs still worth 10 cents to Child's Play

Hudson's promising Lost in Shadow (A Shadow's Tale in Europe) may have been delayed until 2011 but there's no need to cry about it: it's all for a good cause, in fact. Every "Like" of the game's official Facebook page between August 30th and 4pm PST today will raise 10 cents for Child's Play, leaving you with just a few hours to log on and..

News: Charity to Provide Nintendo DS Systems for Young Cancer Patients

Charity to Provide Nintendo DS Systems for Young Cancer Patients

Local charity holding its inaugural Footsteps in Faith 5K and Fun Walk

When Genre Baker, then eight years old, from North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania was in hospital receiving treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), there was one little machine in the form of a Nintendo DS that made the stays more bearable and now a year older, he is the inspiration for the provision of these portable..

News: 1 in 10 People Can't See 3D Properly

1 in 10 People Can't See 3D Properly

Potential problem for 3DS

The upcoming launch of Nintendo's 3DS is getting people pretty excited as they imagine their first glimpse of true 3D gaming in the palm of their hand. For 12% of those giddy gamers, however, the moment could be a disappointing one. According to British charity The Eyecare Trust, as many as 6m Britons can't properly process...

News: Pokemon Marathon Out in the Wild on Friday

Pokemon Marathon Out in the Wild on Friday

Raising money for the kids

From the weekend's Mario Marathon news – which is currently at nearly $50,000, by the way – to this news of an equally worthy charity event, this time focusing on the Pokémon series instead. ExtraLives.org is a site dedicated to gaming marathons that, in just one year, has raised nearly $27,000 for charities around the world. To celebrate the site turning one year..

News: Mario Marathon Breaks Previous Donation Record

Mario Marathon Breaks Previous Donation Record

Currently at $33,000 and counting

Exactly one month ago we told you about a Mario event run by The Speed Gamers, and now we bring you news from another Mario Marathon, this time raising money for the Child's Play charity. In just over 52 hours of play the event has raised over $33,000, easily eclipsing 2009's total of $29,082. At time of writing the gamers are taking on some of Super Mario..

News: Steve Wiebe to Participate in Mario Marathon, May Jump Barrels for Charity

Steve Wiebe to Participate in Mario Marathon, May Jump Barrels for Charity

Legendary gamer signs up for latest Speed Gamers crusade

With everyone and their dog being on a legal Mario high at the moment, the team over at The Speed Gamers has announced its next marathon will be taking in all the plumber's greatest titles – yes, including Hotel Mario – when it kicks off on June 11th. The plan is to take in a week's worth of constant Mario and Wario gaming, broadcast live..

News: Gotta Catch 'em All In the Next 72 Hours

Gotta Catch 'em All In the Next 72 Hours

Gamers attempt to capture all 493 Pokémon in charity speedrun

Speedruns evoke a special kind of excitement in most gamers: the unbridled thrill of seeing highly trained controller-jockeys doing what they do best, coupled with the shame and resentment felt when you witness someone accomplish in hours what you spent months of your childhood working on. Well here's a marathon gaming event we haven't..