Occasionally we bring you news of charitable marathons that not only bring amusement and entertainment for interested spectators, but also raise a lot of money for charity. With the recent glut of 2D Mario titles — well, two — we feel we should share the news of an upcoming 72 hour Super Mario marathon being organised by The Speed Gamers.

The marathon will be raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation, and will see the team playing a daunting range of Mario titles that'll also incorporate the Paper Mario series and pretty much any main title involving the famous plumber. New Super Mario Bros. U will be included, and those that watch and donate will have the chance to suggest decorations for a tree, win hand-made question mark boxes and — the prize likely to interest the most people — there'll be a Wii U Deluxe console up for grabs.

It takes place between 14-17 December, and details for donations and the live stream will be found at thespeedgamers.com. If you want to know if this group is the real deal, its 168-hour Pokémon marathon earlier in the year raised $59,000, which is an impressive amount.

[source digitalspy.co.uk]