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Gamer beats Super Mario Bros. with the lowest possible score

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The points are in another castle. (Credit: Youtube user NotEntirelySure)

When gamers see coins or enemies, they invariably and instinctively do everything in their power to grab the goodies, squash the bad guys and watch their score tick upwards.

But what if you tried to beat a game by scoring as few points as possible?

That’s just what Youtube user ‘NotEntirelySure’ set out to do in Nintendo’s classic Super Mario Bros. on the NES. And beat it he did, scoring a so-pathetic-it’s-amazing 500 points along the way.

Sound simple? It’s anything but. NotEntirelySure’s nine-minute video will make your hair stand on end as he deftly dodges coins, ignores turtles, avoids hammers, and (unavoidably) grabs the lowest part of the end-level flag five times.

"Well, I did it," NotEntirelySure writes in the video description. "This is THE lowest possible score you can finish the game with (without continuing). And surprisingly, it didn't take very long at all. Sadly, it's not deathless, as I miss my first attempt at the 8-1 wall jump. Getting 500 points without dying would have been nice, but that jump is so brutally precise I'd rather not restart every time I missed it (though I would have to restart anyway if I accidentally picked up a coin)."

The whole experience is excruciating to watch. Every bone in your body tells you to just go stomp on those three goombas, all standing in a neat row just ASKING to be stomped, and yet he instead patiently lets them wander past. Those coins you just know are hiding in that brick? He knows they’re there, too, and purposefully does nothing to squeeze them from the stone.

What makes it all so compelling is that he HAS to avoid everything to nail that 500 point score, turning seemingly innocuous coins into game-ending death traps. It’s glorious.

Hats off to you, NotEntirelySure, for turning a low score into a high point.

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