Element14 | Super Mario One Life Tournament

Tournament Schedule:

  1. The tournament will start promptly at 1:00 PM and end at 11:00 PM.
  2. Participants must arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time for registration and briefing.



  1. Participants have two options for purchasing attempt tickets: a. Buy tickets online prior to the event from the official Element14 website. Online ticket sales will be open until 10:00 PM on the day of the tournament. b. Buy attempt tickets at the Element14 venue on the day of the event before the tournament begins.

Gaming Hardware:

  1. Nintendo Switch

Game Version:

  1. The tournament will use the original Super Mario Bros. 1985 edition.

Game Mode:

  1. Participants will play in "One Life" mode, meaning they have only one life to complete the game.
  2. If a player loses their life during the game, they can choose to start over from the beginning or forfeit their current attempt.
  3. From a new game, beat the game as fast as possible without using the warp zones.

Unlimited Attempts:

  1. Participants are allowed unlimited attempts during the tournament hours.
  2. Each attempt will cost $5, payable using attempt tickets purchased either online or at the Element14 venue.

Progress Measurement:

  1. The primary parameter for ranking participants will be the farthest level reached by a player within their attempts.
  2. If two or more players reach the same level, the player who achieved it in the shortest amount of time will be ranked higher.

Pause and Save:

  1. Players are not allowed to pause or save the game during their attempts.
  2. Pausing the game will result in disqualification for that attempt.

Gameplay Restrictions:

  1. Usage of any cheats, hacks, or external devices to modify gameplay is strictly prohibited.
  2. Players must use standard NES controllers or officially licensed replicas.

Player Conduct:

  1. Participants must maintain a respectful and sportsmanlike attitude throughout the tournament.
  2. Unsportsmanlike conduct, including verbal abuse or cheating, will result in immediate disqualification.

Tournament Staff:

  1. Tournament organizers will oversee the event, resolve disputes, and ensure fair play.
  2. Any concerns or questions should be directed to the designated tournament staff.


  1. First Place: $300
  2. Second Place: $150
  3. Third Place: $100
  4. Fourth Place: $50
  5. Prizes will be awarded to the top 4 competitors based on their performance and ranking in the tournament.
  6. The winners will be announced and awarded their respective cash prizes at the end of the night at 11:00 PM.

Note: If a competitor starts their attempt before 10:45 PM and it continues beyond the official end time of 11:00 PM, we will allow them to finish that attempt. However, any attempts started after 10:45 PM will not be allowed to continue beyond the end time. We want to ensure a fair and enjoyable experience for all participants while respecting the tournament's schedule. So, make sure to plan your last attempts accordingly! Good luck, and let's make this Super Mario Bros. Tournament unforgettable!


  1. The tournament organizers will not be responsible for any personal belongings or equipment brought by participants.
  2. All participants are responsible for their own belongings.

Tournament Modifications:

  1. The tournament rules are subject to change if necessary, and any modifications will be communicated to the participants.