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Since the begining of time, gamers have always chased down high scores to replace them with their own superior numbers. However, in the history, very few have chased the 'lowest score' and even fewer people have become famous because of it.
YouTube user NotEntirelySure has now popped into the spot light with what is being hearalded as the "lowest possible score" in Super Mario Bros. What is that magical number? A mere 500 points.
After analysing the situation, people have actually come to realise that getting the lowest score is actually a challenege. Here is why.
To keep your numbers that low, it goes without saying that as a player, you are going to have to move through each level without harming your foes, all of whom are doing everything in their power to ensure that you get death and nothing more.
You are also going to have to complete each stage or level with zero seconds on the clock. Apart from this, you are also going to have to avoid collecing any coins or points on the way.
NotEntirelySure mentioned that the hardest part is to jump in levels 8-1, since players need to make it across a large gap without collecting any of the coins suspended over the chasm.
"The timing of the liftoff, the duration of holding the jump button, and the timing of the wall jump are all frame perfect," he explained. "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."
His efforts have been recorded in a rather tensed 9 minute video below.