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Super Mario Bros. 35 sees signs of cheating, a week into launch

99,999 coins in a match looks somewhat bogus

a screenshot of the player coming in 1st place in Super Mario Bros. 35 Image: Nintendo
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Super Mario Bros. 35 may have a cheating problem.

Or a hacking problem — but it’s unlikely that five players in the new battle royale all collected 99,999 coins in a single match to tie for first on the weekly leaderboard. Two Twitter users spotted the fantastical performance, and a third posted a since-removed YouTube video that said SMB 35 was susceptible to hacking and modding.

It appears that Nintendo is taking fast action against any YouTube video showing hacking or cheating tips. We haven’t found any other evidence or discussion of hacking or modding so far. We’ve reached out to Nintendo of America to ask what the company knows, and will update when Nintendo responds.

Super Mario Bros. 35 is a battle-royale approach to the landmark NES game, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. In it, players race through the original game, and any enemies they defeat are sent into the levels where other players are running. (Things can get pretty hairy, as illustrated in the video below.)

Coins act as a kind of scoring, but the ultimate goal is to be the last runner in the game. The coins one collects can be used to acquire unlockables, such as different levels to play, or starting with a power-up. They also advance a player through the game’s level progression.

Super Mario Bros. 35 launched on Oct. 1 in the Nintendo Switch eShop, but it’s available exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. It’s playable only until March 31, 2021.

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