Replaying an old game with new challenges says something special about how much we enjoy spending our time with these retro titles. Today, we're going to dive into the world of retro game speedruns and check out some of the craziest world records for your these childhood-favorite games.
1. Super Mario 64 has be beaten in a mere 5 minutes
Here's a fun fact: in Super Mario 64, there’s a way to complete the entire game without collecting a single star! The fastest speed run to be completed using this strategy is just over 5 minutes.
2. Ocarina of Time has been beaten in only 14 minutes!
In Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the N64, it’s possible to go from the first dungeon to the final boss battle using a series of glitches near the Deku Tree. The fastest speedrun that utilizes this glitch is 17 minutes, 42 seconds - held by Torje.
3. The fastest record for completing Super Mario 64 with every star: 1 hour, 44 minutes
The fastest speedrun of a 100% (120 stars) run in Super Mario 64 is 1:43:54 which was completed by Nero, the same person who held the previous world record of 1:44:01. He estimated that he practiced for 5000 hours before completing the record breaking run.
4. 'Wrong Warping' can really speed up Ocarina of Time
In Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, you can use a glitch to get end-game items early by using an item at a warp point. This is known as “wrong warping” and can be done in the N64 and N3DS versions of the game. Various versions of the glitch exist, including one uses Farore's Wind to glitch through the game's warp points. Below shows off a wrong warp that skips from the Gohma fight to the end of the game.
5. Castlevania 64 records sit a bit over an hour
Castlevania 64 has different two speedrun times for both the male and female characters. Both are currently held by speedrunner Ty2358 with records at 44:09 and 41:33, respectively.
6. Doom 2 can fly by in only 23 minutes
Doom 2 has speedruns done on its hardest difficulty known as Ultra Violence. The fastest speedrun at this difficulty is 23:03 by Zero Master.
7. There's a charity event just for speedrunning!
Games Done Quick is an organization that runs charity events twice a year by broadcasting speedruns of popular games on Twitch and have been recently raising over a million dollars! Their summer events are known as Summer Games Done Quick, are held around late June or early July, and benefit Doctors Without Borders. Their winter events are known as Awesome Games Done Quick, are held in early January, and benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation.