HIGH SCORE CHALLENGE
There's something magical about the idea of a high score. It's this objective, undeniable, quantified representation of how well you played a game. The higher you can get your score, the higher you are. As a kid, some of my favorite memories were playing video games where you did the best you could, handed the controller to the person sitting next to you, and said, "I bet you can't top that!" There's just something so satisfying about putting your three initials into the game and seeing it show up on the screen for all to see.
I miss playing games like this, and that's why I've created the High Score Challenge in Mario Maker 2. The point counter in the corner of every Mario style is virtually pointless in Mario Maker 2 - but not anymore! The High Score Challenge is a way to go right up against the rest of the internet to see who can get the most points! Just like Pac Man or Frogger, it's also accessible for people of all skill levels!
GET THE HIGHEST TOTAL SCORE
20-MINUTE TIME LIMIT
COMPLETE AT LEAST 10 LEVELS
DEATH = SKIP
EXTRA LIVES = 5,000 POINTS EACH
The first round of the High Score Challenge was one of the highlights of my first year on Twitch - it was amazing to see people from all over the Mario Maker community try their hand at the challenge. Since the Leaderboard shut down and submissions stopped, many of you have been asking me about the possibility of reviving the challenge for more fun!
Level 2 of the High Score Challenge starts on Sunday, April 3rd, and will run for four weeks, with the overall winner being announced on Sunday, May 1st! The rules are the same as last time, but what's new is that there's going to be more than one winner! Each week, the person with the highest score of the previous 7 days will win a prize!
WEEKLY HIGH SCORE
TOTAL HIGH SCORE
$25 GIFT CARD
$60 GIFT CARD
3MO TWITCH SUB
SUBMITTING A RUN
Because there are real, cash-value prizes on the line, every run must be recorded for it to be valid. If you're a streamer, that'll be simple. If you don't stream or don't have a great way of recording your screen, feel free to just point a phone at your TV - all that matters is that you've got proof of your run. An on-screen timer is helpful, but not required.
Once you have your run recorded, you'll need to upload it somewhere that it can be shared with others! The best place is Youtube - if you do that, make sure to include "AverageDeku's High Score Challenge" in the Title & Tags! If Youtube is a bit intimidating for you, a Twitch Highlight, Google Drive, or Dropbox all work as well.
Now that you've got your run recorded and uploaded, the last step is to post it in my Discord! If you're not on my server, just click here to join now. Find the #high-score-challege channel, and then post your run. You'll need to include your username, the date of your run, your total score, and a link to review your run. Here's what that might look like:
If you've never tried the High Score Challenge, you'll want to get practicing as soon as you can! Anyone is capable of completing a run - seriously...ANYONE! But if you want to compete for a spot at the top of the Leaderboard, you need to learn to do a few things really well.
Here are my five biggest tips to get you started on the High Score Challenge!
KNOW WHERE YOUR POINTS COME FROM
DON'T FORGET THE TIMER BONUS!
LEARN WHEN TO SKIP A LEVEL
COMPLETE FULL 20-MIN RUNS
GET CREATIVE TO RACK UP POINTS