Two years ago, I started playing this game on the Wii and mentioned it here. Tonight I finally beat it. I got all 244 stars, playing as both characters, and it only cost me 3,464 lives (2,270 Marios and 1,194 Luigis).
Now, I didn't play straight through like I would have as a kid. Things like work interferred with my video game time, and there were the daliances with Mario Kart, Guitar Hero, Wall*E (only once -- great movie, stupid game), and Wii Fit.
The neat things is that I don't alwasy finish video games. They get too hard, or I lose interest, or something else distracts me. This was a game that I kept coming back to, and it marks the second console game I've actually finished (the first being Paper Mario for the Wii).
And now I can relax and work on other projects.
At least until Super Mario Galaxy 2 comes out.