NES Spectrum Marathon

The NES Spectrum Marathon is an annual charity gaming marathon started in 2018 by Kevin Hanley, Kyndal Howard and Chelsea Howard to raise money for autism awareness.

The charity fundraiser is typically run at the beginning of September. For more information please check out the 2018 NES Spectrum Marathon page found here.

Money raised:

2018 - $2,691.46

2019 - $2,060.00

2020 - $4,670.00

2021 - $5,720.00


2021 Marathon dates

The 2021 NES Spectrum Marathon will begin on September 17th, 2021 at noon CST and run for 50 hours, and will then continue until all games in the queue are played. To tune in, download the Twitch app on your favorite smart device and search for NESSpectrumMarathon or click right here to be taken to!

2021 donation form

Price list:

$20 - One game

$40 - Three games

$60 - Five games

Please donate the correct amount for the number of games requested. Please select no more than five games. You are welcome to donate more than the specified amount, but with the number of requests coming in there is no way to play more than five games per person (and only if said person has donated at least $60.) Thank you for understanding.

All donations will come in to me (Kevin Hanley of KHAN Games) and when the marathon is over I will donate the entirety of the donations to the Organization for Autism Research.


For every game that you donate to have played during the Spectrum Marathon, your name will be entered into the prize raffles that many times. For example, if you donate $40 to have three games played, your name will be entered three times into every prize raffle. Once you win a raffle you will be excluded from further raffles. We want to give everyone an opportunity to win!

The prize packs are raffled off randomly throughout the marathon. You do not need to be present to win, but a valid email address must be used when donating so that we can have some way to contact you after the marathon is over to arrange shipping. (Shipping will be paid by me, so we will just need an address).

Keep in mind the marathon takes a lot out of me, so it may be a week or two after the marathon concludes before your prize pack is shipped.

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Thank you to our incredibly generous sponsors who have graciously donated items to our insane prize packs! Click the links to learn more! They're the best!

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