We often hear stories of amazing speedruns, or even people completing games without ever collecting any health power-ups, but this recent attempt at New Super Mario Bros. U takes things in a slightly different direction.
Ceave Gaming on YouTube - who regularly plays the game over and over again with different goals - recently set himself a challenge to complete it without picking up a single coin. Of course, coins are an optional collectable but - when you think about - they're absolutely everywhere and avoiding them sounds like it must be impossible. If you want to check out the video explaining this attempt before finding out whether or not he was successful, make sure to scroll past the next paragraph and give it a watch below.
If you don't mind being spoiled, we're happy to report that he was indeed successful! The run used some incredibly clever tricks such as making the most out Balloon Baby Yoshis to float above coins, Mini Mushrooms to squeeze through tight gaps in the coins, and some acrobatic brilliance with the Flying Squirrel suit. On top of this, a route had to be fully mapped out which took weeks of planning; some secret exits couldn't be used thanks to sections containing unavoidable coins, and other, pesky stages needed an awful lot of care and attention.
The whole thing is definitely worth a watch, and you can see it for yourself below.
Nintendo recently announced that a Switch port of this game - called New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - is headed our way in January. The game includes over 164 courses, and introduces an all-new character in the form of Peachette - a new transformation from Toadette. Perhaps this new release can give you another chance to explore the game's bright and colourful worlds for your own interesting run-throughs.
Have you ever attempted something like this? Perhaps you could try your own unique run-through project?