Mitch Fowler is the world’s fastest speedrunner for the NES classic Super Mario Bros. 3, but there’s one challenge the game has surely never presented him: a three-way race between himself, a team of professional relay runners, and Stephen Colbert with a Hot Pocket. But this is exactly what he faced when he appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night on CBS.

In the seven-minute video, Fowler competed in a three-way race as he tried to complete Super Mario Bros. 3 before Columbia University’s men’s relay team could complete a race and Stephen Colbert could cook and eat a Hot Pocket.

Will Fowler come out on top? Find out in the intense, very-high-stakes competition, which can be seen above.

Our Verdict


Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.


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