'Super Mario Bros. 3' is harder with a live audience

A tale of laggy controllers and other excuses.

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Old-school video games are hard. That's what we learned after booting up an NES Classic Edition for today's gaming challenge live from the Engadget stage at CES. Feminist Frequency's Carolyn Petit joined me on stage to thoroughly thrash me, while her colleague Anita Sarkeesian talked smack from the sidelines. All told, we played Super Mario Bros.3 , Bubble Bobble and Balloon Fight. To top it off, an already-challenging experience was heightened by some temperamental game controllers. Oh, the thrill of gaming before a live audience!

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