With Speedy Games Done Quick currently underway, the talk of the town around gaming is speedrunning. Well, Stephen Colbert had a speedrunner on his show to see if he could beat Super Mario Bros. 3 faster than he could eat a Hot Pocket.
Gamespot covered the segment, which aired on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It featured record-setting speedrunner Mitch Fowler playing the original Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES in front of a live audience, attempting to beat the game faster than Colbert could unwrap, heat up and eat a Hot Pocket.
At the exact same time, they had a group of Columbia University track and field team members complete a mile-long relay by racing the inner track.
The segment was appropriately called the "3-Legged Race".
The first couple of minutes saw Colbert acting goofy trying to heat up the Hot Pocket, but by the four minute mark Colbert managed to have the Hot Pocket in the microwave and partially heating it up. Fowler, meanwhile, was making decent headway in Super Mario Bros. 3, using every trick in the book to get through the game and get to the end as quickly as possible.
Colbert doesn't actually start eating the Hot Pocket until just after the two minute mark.
It only takes Fowler three minutes to beat Super Mario Bros. 3.
The track and field runners were actually giving Fowler a good run for his money, blasting around the track where it eventually boils down to seconds on the clock with each of the three competitors going for broke.
The tension between the track runners and Fowler getting to those final segments of Super Mario Bros. 3 was actually quite entertaining. At the 2:49 mark it was tough to tell who would win, but it was obvious that it wasn't going to be Colbert... except it was.
He managed to finish off the final piece of the Hot Pocket at three minutes and 12 seconds, beating both the track and field runners and Fowler.
However, the segment wasn't all a bust. Colbert rounded out the piece by giving a righteous shoutout to Summer Game Done Quick, which is currently going on as of the writing of this article, and will continue to run between July 3 and July 10. They're raising money for Doctors Without Borders, and have already accrued $218,000 just two days into the event.
According to Gamespot, SGDQ managed to raise a total of $1.2 million in 2015 for Doctors Without Borders. The event sees a number of popular and iconic games being played across 24 hour live-streams on Twitch, raising money and providing the community with a good time while doing so, all for the sake of charity.