Super mario bros 35 world count challenge
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A couple of weeks back, Nintendo announced the Super Mario Bros. 35 World Count Challenge, celebrating the reveal of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury by asking players to... kill Bowser. Like, a lot.

If players across the world have collectively beaten 3.5 million Bowsers by the 25th January, 11pm PT, then every participating player who has beaten at least one Bowser will receive 350 Platinum Points as a reward. The game will cease to exist on March 31st, of course, so what better way to celebrate its last days than by mercilessly dumping Bowser into a vat of lava over and over again? It's what he would have wanted.

The event started on the 19th January, so it's taken players 6 days to reach 1,498,560 Bowsers. By the way, that's not actually halfway - more like 42% of the way. The remaining 2 million slain Bowsers needs to be achieved in the next 13 hours. Unlikely? Well, we've seen nail-biting last-minute underdog victories before, haven't we?

[update: the figure in the tweet was actually achieved on the 20th January, so the 3.5 million Bowser goal is probably well within reach. That's much better news!]

What do you think, folks? Will we scrape a victory in the final hours, or is that 350 Platinum Points reward going to stay just out of our reach?