A couple years back Youtube user NotEntirelySure beat Super Mario Bros with the lowest score ever recorded at 600 points. It was a remarkable achievement as he didn't die during the run, and not scoring points in Mario is hard! Yesterday he beat his own record and now has set the record for the lowest score for a completed game of Super Mario Bros at 500! Unfortunately, he didn't do it death free this time and died once trying to complete a jump on 8-1. While he is still pretty proud of his achievement, he explains how difficult that particular jump is to accomplish without getting coins.
How tough is that jump in 8-1? Well, the timing of the liftoff, the duration of holding the jump button, and the timing of the wall jump are all frame perfect. NES games run at 60 frames per second, which means all the necessary inputs need to be timed within 1/60 of a second. In addition, the starting position before running I used not only has to be on the right pixel, but also the x sub-pixel has to fall within a certain range (technical stuff blah blah blah). In short, it's a pretty annoying jump
The important part is he is he didn't restart his game, which would disqualify the run from the record and force him to restart. The video is still great to watch and makes me realize just how bad I am at Super Mario Bros.