Mario, Mega Man and Zelda speed-runners coming to Orlando for charity

On your marks, get set, play Super Mario Bros. 3!

For the first time, a speed-run event will come to Orlando in January, with highly skilled players looking to finish games like Mega Man 7, Battle Toads, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and, yes, Super Mario 3 as quickly as they can.

Awesome Games Done Quick is a weeklong video game marathon that raises money for various charities.

The Orlando event, to be held at DoubleTree Hilton, 5780 Major Blvd. from Jan. 5-12, will raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

This summer, the group raised $3 million for Doctors Without Borders.

More than 130 games are on the slate for the event.

The organization has raised $22 million since it debuted in 2010.

The event has already sold out but more information on how to contribute is at the event’s website.

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