A lot of people are excited about the release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but a group of students in the UK have taken things to a whole new level. Having seen others complete marathons for games like Halo and Mario, they decided it was a good time to tackle every Zelda game in history and thus, Zelda GamesAid was born.
The idea was the brain child of Michael Warner, who decided that melding his passion for Zelda with the popular charity GamesAid would be the perfect way to raise some money and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Zelda franchise. Mike also gained the assistance of Lewis Deacon, Dave Willmore, Becky Mount, Paul Hughes, Andy Talbot, Henry Lyons and anyone else who popped by the house as they attempted to blast through as many of the Zelda games as possible.
Currently the crew are playing through Skyward Sword, but the live stream has been going for other 200 hours now and they've not skimped on any of the titles - even going through games like Minish Cap on the GameBoy Advance. During this time, viewers have pledged over £1,200 (almost $2,000) and have been privvy to some rather interesting banter between the hosts.
The group, who hail from Bournemouth, have also been giving away loads of prizes throughout the duration of the event. These range from classic ocarinas to t-shirts and stickers. There are even plans to continue with these giveaways after the stream shuts down.
What's impressive, is that the group are already planning to run something similar in the future. "As far as plans for the future we're definitely considering doing a repeat of the marathon," said Becky Mount, one of the organisers. "Hopefully achieving our full aim of completing all the games associated with Zelda (Smash Bros, Soul Caliber etc.)."
If you want to donate to their cause, please visit www.zeldagamesaid.co.uk - it's all for a good cause. And who knows, you might even get sucked in by the crazy stuff that takes place. They even sang a song about how one of the hosts was scarred for life by Pokémon.