NES Spectrum Marathon 2018
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NES Spectrum Marathon 2018

Welcome to the NES Spectrum Marathon 2018!

What are we doing?

The NES Spectrum Marathon is a new, hopefully annual, charity marathon stream in which we play video games on the NES, that you choose!, for 50+ hours.

Each of us have friends and family who either have autism, or have children who are affected by autism. In doing research for which charity we wanted to raise money for, the Organization for Autism Research seemed to be the most honest and transparent of the autism-related charities. 100% of the money you donate to us will go straight to the OAR organization, and from that money, 87% of it will go directly to the research and services that they provide. All donations, of course, are 100% tax deductible.

Who are we?

Inspired by the NESathon, a similar charity marathon stream that raises money for the MS Society of Canada, we wanted to host a similar event for a cause that affects many people that we love, or their loved ones. The creators of this event are Kevin Hanley, a NES programmer who has released many games for the NES system, as well as his good friends, sisters Kyndal and Chelsea Howard.

When are we doing it?

The 2018 NES Spectrum Marathon will be taking place September 7-9. It will begin on September 7th at 2pm central standard time and run for 50 straight hours. After the 50 hour mark, the marathon will continue to go until the donations stop and we have played all of the games that were donated for.

Where are we doing it?

Over on Twitch! Head over to and tune in! Watch all you want, chat all you want, and more than anything, enjoy yourself! We are doing this because we love retro games and we want to share this love with everyone, while raising money for a great cause that we care greatly for. Come hang out!

Donation rules

$20 - 1 game of your choosing
$35 - 2 games of your choosing
$40 - 3 games of your choosing
$60 - 6 games of your choosing
We fully intend to play the game you donate for as long as we can, giving it a very good attempt. Please know that 1) the length of time that we play a game is inherently dependent on how many games there are in the current queue and 2) There are 776 games in the American NES library (not to mention lots of fan translations, hacks, foreign games, and homebrews) so there is a very good chance that the person(s) playing the game(s) you donated for have never played them! Go easy on us, and if you have hints/tips/tricks you'd like to share, please do! We encourage and appreciate all feedback and interaction!

For every game you donate for, you will be awarded one entry into our prize raffles. When you click on the Donate button, there will be a place for a "Donation Message." It is in this box in which you will type the games you would like us to play. We are using a flash cartridge with all games available on it, so any of the original licensed and unlicensed games will be availalble for your donation request. If you are a developer or game hacker and you have an original creation you would like us to play, this can be arranged as well. Please go into the Twitch channel chat and let it be known that this is something you would like and we can work out the details there.

Prize Raffles

Many prizes have been donated by our generous sponsors, and will be up for grabs for all people who have donated.

Prize Pack #1: (won by Justin Orenich!)
Twin Dragons - Complete in Box
Lizard (Special white cartridge) - Complete in Box
Nomolos - Storming the CATstle - Complete in Box
The Legend of Owlia - Complete in Box

Prize Pack #2: (won by B.A.!)
Twin Dragons - Complete in Box
Lizard (Special white cartridge) - Complete in Box
Nomolos - Storming the CATstle - Complete in Box
The Legend of Owlia - Complete in Box

Prize Pack #3: (won by Johnathan Roatch!)
Ninja I & II - Complete in Box
Duck Tales 2 feat. Darkwing Duck Reproduction - Complete in Box
Rockman 4 Minus Infinity Reproduction - Complete in Box
Super Mario Bros. Question Mark Laser Etched Display Piece

Prize Pack #4: (won by Luke Ptaszynski)
The Mad Wizard - Cartridge
The Rise of Amondus - Cartridge
Black Box Challenge - Cartridge
Three rare Nintendo themed Happy Meal toys.

Prize Pack #5: (won by Sean Robinson)
Tailgate Party Complete Set with Power Pad and Bean Bags

Prize Pack #6: (won by M-Tee)
UXO Ammo Can with Limited Edition Complete in Box
UXO Standard Edition CIB
Free Cell - Cartridge
Swords and Runes - Complete in Box
0-to-X - Complete in Box

Prize Pack #7: (won by Kevin Hershberger)
Haunted Halloween '85 - Complete in Box
Haunted Halloween '86 - Complete in Box
Action 53 Vol. 2 - Cartridge
Holly Jolly NES Mix - Cartridge
Bite the Chili Appetiser - Cartridge

Prize Pack #8: (won by Charles Kelly)
retroUSB Mystery Box (Trust me... it's good).

Prize Pack #9: (won by Brock Heinz)
Micro Mages DELUXE Prize Pack


Many, many thanks to our generous sponsors.

Gradual Games

Derek Andrews has been one of the leading voices in NES homebrew for going on a decade. He has released two incredible games for the NES, as well as a sound engine that he allows others to use to easily implement music and sound effects into their own NES creations. His two additions to the NES homebrew library, Nomolos: Storming the CATsle and The Legend of Owlia, both received critical praise upon release. The latter, Owlia, has been compared to The Legend of Zelda, and the beautiful graphics, done by Derek's wife, Laurie are easily among the best seen on the system. They are currently working on a new untitled platformer to be released in the near future. Their first two games can be purchased in physical form from and also downloaded for free on their website.

Sly Dog Studios

Rob Bryant has been a mainstay in the NES scene since its first forays into emulation as the internet developed in the mid to late '90s. Considered one of the greatest NES gamers of all time, he is known to have beaten almost every NES classic, especially those considered at one time to be impossible. The Ninja Gaiden Series, Golgo 13, Ghosts and Goblins, Nightmare on Elm Street, and many more fell victim to Rob's talent and tenacity. Rob began acquiring a following online when he started releasing a series of videos detailing his tips and strategies on a website he created called Quickly transitioning into NES programming, he has now released a number of games now considered classics in the homebrew scene. He is currently working on an elaborate series of games called the Candelabra series, two of which have already been released, The Mad Wizard, and The Rise of Amondus, both of which can be downloaded for free at his website as well as many other games he's made in the past decade.

Infinite NES Lives

Paul Malloy began making NES hardware straight out of college to help fill a growing demand that he saw "brewing" in the homebrew scene. Introducing an alternative to the flash boards that were created by retroUSB, Paul also introduced a new cart flashing system called the Kazzo, which is used by many homebrewers and reproduction makers alike. Also featured on his website are a number of homebrew games which he produces and distributes for various developers including Lizard by Brad Smith and Armed 4 Battle by 1010 Howe. Paul also volunteers his services every year to produce a cartridge featuring every game entered into the nesdev homebrew competition that respective year called Action 53. All of this and more can be found on his website


One can't discuss the NES aftermarket game and hardware scene without mentioning Brian Parker from retroUSB. Many times. Brian almost single-handedly propelled the homebrew scene (at least in a physical form) into existence when he introduced not only new, original PCB boards to put newly created games on, but also created an injection mold to produce new cartridges to house the games on, and in various colors! With the release of Sudoku by Al Bailey back in 2007, the homebrew scene was offically on thet map. The first game released with all new parts, many followed, including Ultimate Frogger Champion and Battle Kid. In addition to creating all new parts for homebrewers to create with, retroUSB also released the PowerPak, a flash device that developers (and consumers alike) could load games onto to play on their actual NES consoles. But Brian had bigger dreams, and followed this creation up with the AVS, a brand new system that allowed gamers to play NES and Famicom games in glorious HD featuring compatibility with all of the original controllers and peripherals that worked on the original systems.

Brad Smith

Brad Smith is what we call a "real programmer." He didn't just decide to start making his dream game in his basement in his spare time after hours... he actually found himself moving to California to work for a game company creating AAA titles for major publishers. But this didn't scratch the itch he had to create the game he wanted to make. One of the first developers to use Kickstarter to fund a major NES project, Brad Smith created Lizard, one of the most polished and creative games to come out on the NES system. Lizard, billed as a self-exploration non-combat platformer, redefined how we classify homebrews and games in general. It pushed the limits of what we can do on the system with incredibly fluid animation, incredible boss fights, and ambient music. It's been described as the best homebrew of all time, and while some might argue that that distinction might go to The Mad Wizard (hey, I'm doing the writing here. ;)) it is certainly in the discussion. Brad has also been a driving force in homebrew tool creation and created a wonderful cover album of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

Broke Studio

They don't have money, but they have some good ideas! Broke Studio, formed in France by three incredible creatives, got everyone talking when they released a small demo of a game they were working on entitled Twin Dragons. To fund the creation of the full game they took to Kickstarter, where they found a receptive audience who waited with bated breath for the game to arrive. Twin Dragons features ... well, twin dragons... named Dinky and Minky who are on a quest to find the egg housing their future sibling. The egg was stolen by an evil sorcerer from a neighboring village and it's up to you (and a friend!) to save the day.

Retrotainment Games

The company that coined the phrase "8-bit legit" and turned the homebrew scene on its head hails from the great state of Pennsylvania. Formed by childhood friends, they burst onto the homebrew scene and before anyone even knew what was going on, they released the incredible game, which was to be the first in a series, Haunted Halloween '85.  Pulling on the nostalgic heartstrings of fans of the classic River City Ransom franchise, fans quickly found familiarity and fun in the Haunted series, throwing pumpkins, killing zombies, and dodging ghosts. Building on the success of their first game, they followed it up with the even better and deeper Haunted Halloween '86. They developed a loyal following, but not ones to rest on their laurels, and wanting to show that they were much more than a one-trick pony, they returned to Kickstarter to seek funding for a completely different type of game, this one called Full Quiet. Production is still underway on this game, but the Retrotainment guys are always mainstays at the festival and convention circuit, so definitely seek them out when you see them!

Sergio Elisondo

Musician? Artist? Performer? Teacher? Attempting to describe Sergio is borderline impossible. Where does one even begin? First and foremost Sergio is a lover of all things video games. Oh, and music. It was only natural that he combine his two great loves and create something wonderful. Sergio has contributed to a number of projects, both released and not yet released, most recently contributing music to the Ninja and Ninja 2 NES homebrews, but he is probably best known for being the frontman for his music group Sergio and the Holograms, where he performs classic video game tunes live and in concert. He also holds the distinction of releasing a first-of-its-kind NES cartridge, entitled A Winner is You, which houses full-cd-quality audio of one of his first records. And you can listen to it on an actual NES! A far cry from the primitive four-channel audio we've grown accustomed to hearing from the system, for sure.


Shaun always loved the NES and as the age of the internet grew into prominence and research was more easily done, he found that there were tons of games that came out for the NES in Japan and Europe that we never saw in America! Fascinated, he downloaded and played them and found that some of them were actually really good! "Man," he thought... "if only I could have this game on a real cartridge to play on my NES." Sadly, this technology didn't quite exist for a hobbyist to delve into. Fast forward a decade and Shaun now has become one of the most well respected and established reproduction creators in the scene. Starting out just making them for friends, his demand grew to the point of opening an etsy store to show off his wares and keep track of order communication. Pairing up with This Room is an Illusion to sometimes create boxes and manuals for his products, Shaun's games are now enjoyed by people all over the world, including myself.


Have you ever wanted to find out more about a homebrew game, but didn't want to spend the time reading a lot of boring text (like you're doing right now)? Well, you're in luck. Peek-a-Brews! is an alcohol-fueled let's play/review YouTube show featuring various homebrews that was created in an attempt to get the word out more about some of the developers and games that we know and love. Past episodes have featured such games as Battle Kid, Lizard, Super Russian Roulette, and many more! Be sure to subscribe and join in as they take a close look at various NES goodies. In interesting ways!

Orab Games

Orab Games is a game company headed up by programmer Tim Wurdinger. Hailing from the great state of Nebraska, Tim is a diehard Cornhuskers fan. Wanting to bring some of the fun and excitement that he experienced while tailgating at football games, Tim created Tailgate Party, a beanbag toss game which utilizes the Power Pad, a peripheral that had previously been used for Track and Field and Dance Aerobics type games for the NES. Featuring both single and multiplayer game modes, Tailgate Party allows you to compete against AI controlled grannies, as well as your best friend in real life, who you will obviously take down while sipping on some ice cold Keystone Light.

Sole Goose Productions

Starting out as solely (pun intended) a game publisher, Sole Goose Productions released a few games that others had programmed, namely Swords and Runes and 0-to-X, all the while dreaming of releasing his own dream project, some sort of silly RPG with grand scope and deep characters. While he hasn't quite finished the game that he goes to sleep dreaming about, EBD Holland has released a Kickstarter darling entitled Spook-'o-tron, a dual-stick arcade shooter reminiscent of Robotron 2084 from the early '80s. He is currently working on a few things, an Oregon Trail-esque game called Family Vacation, as well as the aforementioned dream RPG.

Bite the Chili Productions

A programmer by trade, Nathan Tolbert's passion and love for classic gaming spans many systems. Planting his roots creating homebrew games for the Atari 2600 like his adventure game called Anguna 2600, Nathan quickly moved on to creating some truly unique and fun titles for the NES, including Spacey McRacey and Robo-Ninja Climb. His projects have been featured in numerous nesdev homebrew competitions and he has been interviewed on podcasts like The Assembly Line. As if that isn't enough, Nathan has taken his Aguna series to the Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS. For more info, please check out his website.

Neodolphino Productions

Justin Orenich lives and breathes NES homebrew. Beta testing for numerous projects by a multitude of different programmers, Justin quickly established himself as a reliable and dedicated tester, suggesting many ideas and changes that would define and shape projects that wouldn't have been nearly as good without his creative input. As the brainchild behind Neodolphino Productions, Justin has released some games that some of us who grew up playing classic computer games would recognize, Minesweeper and Free Cell, both of which he has released on the NES as UXO and Free Cell, respectively.

Matt Beppler

Matt Beppler doesn't do anything, really. I mean, he beta tests some games, but anyone can do that, right? Recently though, he got married. I doubt he'll even have time to beta test anymore. But I'm getting off track here... Back before he got married, he was pretty much known for one thing: loving Christmas. So he did what any Christmas lover would do, he commissioned some people to make a Christmas music cartridge for NES. It came together pretty darn well. You can win this very music cartridge if you're lucky! Thanks Matt.

ABOUT Special Occasions
Name Date Amount Comments
Amanda HugNKiss 09/09/2018 $1.01  
Sneak N Peek 09/09/2018 $1.00  
Hekl The Mad Wizard G 09/09/2018 $10.00  
Benihana Rocks 09/09/2018 $123.45 Play some flight sims for goodness sakes.
Kevin Madness :) 09/09/2018 $16.00  
Sneeeek Peeeeeek 09/09/2018 $20.00 Sneeeeek Peeeeeek
Richard AKA Vaosu 09/09/2018 $20.00 Crash n' the Boys: Street Challenge
Tim Wurdinger 09/08/2018 $20.00 Sly Dog Studio Game of choice
Jonas McCammon 09/08/2018 $40.00 Jonebone - Thanks for doing this! My 3 choices: Contra, TMNT II and Trog
Andrew Arnette 09/08/2018 $10.00 I’d love to see you guys play contra! Keep up the great work! I hope you reach your goal!!
David Sanin 09/08/2018 $35.00 game request ARCHON and RYGAR
Sylvain Gadrat 09/08/2018 $100.00 Have fun - Roger Bidon
Kevin Hershberger 09/08/2018 $22.64  
Guitar Plz 09/08/2018 $10.00  
Mike L 09/08/2018 $20.00 I would like an on screen coin flip to decide between Faxanadu and Guerilla Wars.
Dane Rand 09/08/2018 $35.00 Lone Ranger and Shatterhand
Elaine McIntosh 09/08/2018 $20.00 From TheSfid's mom and dad.
Anonymous Friend 09/08/2018 $20.00 Would you play Marble Madness?
Andrew Sisk 09/08/2018 $60.00 Spook o tron excitebike VS To the earth Krazy Kreatures Splatterhouse Freedom force
David Patterson 09/08/2018 $10.00 Get Joe and Shana to play some Jackal!
Peter Grisafi 09/08/2018 $20.00 Fisher-Price: Perfect Fit
Ken Yuhas 09/08/2018 $20.00  
Ap 123 09/08/2018 $20.00  
Nioreh . 09/08/2018 $20.00 I can't believe nobody has requested Castlevania yet. So.. Castlevania.
Anonymous Friend 09/08/2018 $20.00 Play: Lizard Suggested passwords for a short play session (go one screen left from title screen to enter): 45788 - if you want to go surfing 41232 - if you want to face the rabbit
Tonya Bamberger 09/08/2018 $10.00  
Nicholas Ringer 09/08/2018 $35.00 8 bit x mas 2011 4 player and famicom samurai pizza cats if you have it or kid dracula.
Charles Kelly 09/08/2018 $60.00 Cheers from the LowT Gaming community. Your stream was shared in our community. Hopefully more of our folks stop by!
R Nicholson 09/08/2018 $20.00 Stooperzero on NintendoAge. Hows bout Play... "Cobra Triangle"
Tyler C 09/08/2018 $20.00 Super Bat Puncher (even better, played co-op!). Happy to support this great cause and awesome stream! Cheers - nesmaster14 (NA)
Anonymous Friend 09/08/2018 $50.00  
Playas Guide 09/08/2018 $40.00 Super Spike V Ball Don Doko Don 2 Zelda
Jon Piornack 09/08/2018 $20.00 play Home Alone, if no one has made you yet
Alexander Goulet 09/08/2018 $15.00  
Emma Patterson 09/08/2018 $10.00 Hi Aunt Shana and Uncle Joe!!!
Tim Patterson 09/08/2018 $20.00  
Philip Marlatt 09/08/2018 $20.00 zombie hunter j (ゾンビハンター)
Paul Sergeant 09/08/2018 $40.00  
Eric Eichelberger 09/08/2018 $40.00  
A Pizzle 09/08/2018 $25.00  
Andrew Kuntz 09/08/2018 $60.00 Maniac Mansion Bionic Commando Mike Tyson’s Punchout Lizard Assimilate Haunted Halloween '86 Love the stream! Keep up the good work -driveshaft108
Carole Yerrick 09/08/2018 $60.00 Big Bird's Hide and Speak (at least "sun" mode), FP I Can Remember, Concentration Room, Double Action Blaster Guys, Mega Mountain, Mermaids of Atlantis
Anonymous Friend 09/08/2018 $20.00 Sweet Home (english translation)
Matthew Beppler 09/08/2018 $50.00 Any games.
Jive Turkey 09/08/2018 $69.00  
Neo Dolphino 09/08/2018 $41.00  
Eugene Myers 09/07/2018 $20.00 Thanks for doing this, and good luck! Your mission should you choose to accept it: LEGACY OF THE WIZARD
Sean Robinson 09/07/2018 $40.00 Have fun in the marathon! My 3 choices: Dick Tracy, Star Tropics, and Maniac Mansion (only requirement here is a reminder to nuke the hamster :P )
MICHAEL CHIARAMONTE 09/07/2018 $80.00 Thanks for doing this Kevin - excited to watch this and it's for a great cause.
Justin Orenich 09/07/2018 $60.00 I require my usual sacrifice: Tecmo Cup Soccer Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Jackal Oh, and I guess I'll throw in Quest Forge so you can have a bit of Homebrew goodness in there! :D
MyKnee . 09/07/2018 $7.00 arrow to the knee
GetsMe . 09/07/2018 $3.00  
GoodDrugs ! 09/07/2018 $7.00  
Chris Cacciatore 09/07/2018 $20.00 Jackal please!
Anonymous Friend 09/07/2018 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 09/07/2018 $10.00 With half a donation do I get to pick half a game? (I would choose anything with the word "Ninja" in title)
Damian Yerrick 09/07/2018 $60.00 Nioreh's Flappy Bird Hello Kitty World Thwaite RHDE: Furniture Fight Haunted: Halloween '86 (The Curse of Possum Hollow) Nova the Squirrel
Hamster Nooooooooo! . 09/07/2018 $10.00  
Jim Richardson 09/07/2018 $20.00 Please play Mike Tyson's Punch-out!
Everyone Should Visit retroUSB.Com To Buy The AVS . 09/07/2018 $1.00  
Mega Tank 09/07/2018 $40.00 Super Mario Bros, Robocop, River City Ransom. Thanks for running a cool marathon! Good luck! :)
Nicholas Ringer 09/07/2018 $35.00 Play Ice Hockey and 20 minutes of dragon warrior, ( I don't expect you to spend 10 hours playing dragon warrior). Dragonwarrior83 from NA.
Knutur Sveinsson 09/07/2018 $35.00 Bucky o’hare and kickle cubicle.
Carol Hanley 09/07/2018 $100.00  
B. A. 09/07/2018 $20.00  
Matthew Quackenbush 09/07/2018 $40.00 Thanks for doing this! Very happy to support this cause!
Blast Hardcheese 09/07/2018 $20.00 Play Fester's Quest
Luke Ptaszynski 09/07/2018 $259.00 Only two games I want to see are RC Pro AM and Space Shuttle Project! Thanks for doing this! NA - SwiftFrost
M-Tee Graphics 09/07/2018 $60.00 A few games for the queue: Super Painter (from Retrosouls) Multidude (from Retrosouls) Crypto (from Kabraxis) [Game's 2-player-only] The Cowlitz Gamers' 2nd Adventure (preferably co-op) Gruniozerca 2 rev 1 Nim & Nom (From Krill) (preferably co-op)
Phil Marlatt 09/07/2018 $20.00 mighty bomb jack
Nioreh . 09/07/2018 $20.00 You shall play Streemerz! Thanks for the stream
Anonymous Friend 09/07/2018 $20.00 @BacteriaMage: Air Fortress
Skadiet Hyatt 09/07/2018 $20.00  
Brock Heinz 09/07/2018 $65.02 Love the podcast, it's great that you guys are doing this too! Good luck!
Rob Bryant 09/07/2018 $5.00  
KevinLovesCoffee :) 09/07/2018 $12.34  
Memblers P 09/07/2018 $20.00  
Johnathan Roatch 09/07/2018 $30.00 Sir Ababol (Light It Up Blue version), Summer Carnival '92: Recca, Blade Buster
Kevin Hershberger 09/06/2018 $50.00 Great cause and great guys hosting this event!
Dave Kolesar 09/06/2018 $20.00 From captmorgandrinker Rollergames! But you have to start as Icebox (the bigger character). After you die, go ahead and use the pink haired chick.
Alexander Goulet 09/01/2018 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 08/30/2018 $2.00 So misunderstood during its lifetime, Sneak n Peek will be memorialized on this day every year with a cart lighting ceremony.
Kevin Hanley 08/25/2018 $1.00 Play anything but Sneak n Peek.
  Total $2,691.46  
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