The Fourth 4/48 Zelda Marathon (2011)
Preparation for the fourth 4/48 Zelda Marathon began almost immediately after the third ended, with the team looking to capitalize on their successes from the year before. The website was completely redesigned, and a new, scaling rewards model was introduced, making it easier for donors to unlock more games for 100% completion.
With the release of Skyward Sword, the team now had 8 games on their plate, and so a decision was made to expand Team 4/48 itself, along with the rest of the marathon. Long-time friends Justin Rowe and Nick Ranallo were brought in for their knowledge of A Link to the Past and Twilight Princess, both of whom made meaningful contributions to their games and let other team members catch some much needed sleep.
In the end, the marathon lasted over 95 hours (due to a particularly rough 100% run of Twilight Princess) and raised over $4,100 for Child's Play Charity, making it the most successful year for the marathon. However, with every member of Team 4/48 planning to graduate college within the next year, the event was left in a state of uncertainty, and as a result, there was no marathon the following year. It wasn't until early 2013 that things began to fall back into place, and plans for a new marathon started to take shape.
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