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Experience the ecstasy of a man finally beating a Mario Maker level after 400 hours of trying

When you’re a kid, nothing is more frustrating than playing the same video game level over and over, only to watch your character die at the exact same point every time. More than a few game-controller-sized holes have been put into walls over just such frustrations. But, as we grow older, we start to realize that anger is not always the answer. Sometimes, you just have to take a few deep breaths and then lock yourself in a room so you can commit 400+ hours of your life to finishing the damn thing. At least, that was this one guy’s tactic and, in this instance, it paid off.


Twitch user Failstream recently livestreamed his journey to complete his own insanely complicated Mario Maker level. Super Mario Maker, if you’re unacquainted, is a modern torture device in which users can create and upload their own custom Super Mario levels. The only catch is you have to be able to beat your own level before you can upload it and allow others to give it a try. After 115 hours of practicing specific sections of the board, and another 366 hours of attempting a full run, Failstream was successful in defeating his own monstrous creation.

One of the more impressive aspects of this video is the fact that this guy can read the viewers chatroom and carry on a conversation while jumping and bouncing his way through a pixel-perfect platformer. He’s grabbing P-blocks midair, whipping bombs with his cape, and casually threading the needle between dozens of Boos, proving just how many times he’s gone through these exact motions. It’s child’s play at this point.

Around the three minute mark, Failstream falls silent in concentration and a minute later the chatroom starts going crazy as it becomes clear this may be the time he actually reaches the goal. After one last perfectly timed cape flight back across the entire level, it’s over and this dude, as expected, loses his damn mind. “I fucking won! I fucking won! Finally!” he yells, wiping tears of joy from his eyes like a man released after 25 years in a prison of his own design. “It’s finally over.” The course ID appears at the end of the video, so if you’re a particularly masochistic individual with 400 hours on your hands, well, get to work.

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