127 BPM

127 BPM is a 2-player racing game that recycles DDR pads and Super Mario Bros sprites. Players are asked to keep their walking speed at or above 127 Beats Per Minute in order to avoid upsetting the pedestrians on the crowded New York sidewalk.

127 BPM was designed and created by Yuxin Gao and John Bruneau with music by Anton Marek. It was commissioned by the Graffiti Games initiative at Playcrafting. It debuted at Play NYC 2018.

Controls and Gameplay

127 BPM is designed for use with DDR dance pads. Run on the front of the pad to run in the upper lane. Run on the back of the pad to run in the lower lane. Player 1 is represented by Princess Peach, Player 2 is Mario. The first one to make it to the MTA Subway pipe wins. All the non-player pedestrians walk at 127 beats per minute and will become annoyed with you if you move any slower than that. In an homage to the original Mario Bros. game, the players are given 400 Mario ticks (0.4 seconds) before time is up.

Alternate keyboard controls are available for testing. Player 1: 'z' 'x' 'c' Player 2: ',' '.' '/'


The Game was originally inspired by a random status update by Anton Marek, "Average NY walking speed is 127 bpm." This led to us thinking about rhythm and pace and walking in NYC. And how navigating the crowds in this city is in fact pretty game like to begin with. Anton played a live DJ set to accompany the exhibition at Play NYC and later created the game's soundtrack.


Tech Raptor
127 BPM Dancepad Racing on NYC Streets

Attract Mode
Tourists in NYC Much Like Those Who Invade the Mushroom Kingdom, Move Too Damn Slow

Metro US
Inside Play NYC, New York's largest video game convention

Future Development

The current version of 127 BPM has only been tested on Xbox dance pads. We are in the midst of adding support for Playstation dance pads and will be releasing an update shortly. If you are a fan of the game, let us know what additions you would like to see.


Disclaimer: Character sprites from Super Mario Bros. are owned by Nintendo of America Inc. This iconography, as used for non-commercial artistic expression, falls under "Fair Use", under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976.

Super Mario Bros. Copyright Nintendo 1986. Mario Bros. sprites ripped by Kevin Huff. "Nintendoid 1" font created by Patrick Lauke, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license 3.0.


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The game is currently free on itch.

John Bruneau 2020