News Super Mario 64's "Impossible 1-Up" Has Finally Been Grabbed Without Dying
TAS levels up
A Super Mario 64 speedrunner has managed to do the impossible and get the "Impossible 1-Up" in Cool, Cool Mountain without dying. Using a TAS (tool-assisted speedrun), Alexpalix1 — also known as PaLiX — demonstrates that it is actually possible to survive grabbing this extra life, provided you have a few hours of spare time as...
Random Blindfolded Speedrunner Sets New Record On Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
It's a knockout
We've seen some pretty impressive speedruns in our time, but this is one for the history books. While a lot of speedrunners utilise glitches and generally try to break the game in order to achieve their goals, YouTuber and Twitch streamer 'Summoning Salt' has opted for pure skill to nail the world record for completing
News SGDQ's Summer Lineup Includes A Live Speedrun Of Nintendogs
The schedule for Summer Games Done Quick, the annual speedrunning marathon that raises millions of dollars for charity each year, just went live — and that means we can check out the games that will be included in 2021's livestream! Since this is Nintendo Life, and we are legally bound to only report on Nintendo games, we'll only...
Random The Next Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Speedrun Challenge? Trying To "Blue Yourself"
Yo, listen up here's a story
We're approaching four years since Mario Kart 8 Deluxe first came out – seven if you count the Wii U version – and fans are seeking out new challenges. Sure, we've had Tour and Home Circuit since then, but they simply don't scratch that same itch. So,
Random The Fastest Way To Beat Paper Mario Is To Turn It Off And Play Zelda Instead
Paper Mario: The Seven-Year Door
It's ok, this isn't one of those thinkpieces with a controversial title where we tell you that Paper Mario sucks and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is way better. No, the title is literally what we mean: it's a speedrunning tactic called Arbitrary Code Execution, and it's absolutely bonkers. We've covered...
Random There's A Speedrun Of Super Mario Sunshine In Which Peach Never Gets Kidnapped
It's called Max% Pre-Peach
God, we love speedrunners. Not only are they performing incredible feats of glitchery, skill, and mad code manipulation, but they're also just breaking games and having a great time with it. It's basically a middle finger in the face of the designers, proving that the way the game is "supposed to be played" is not the only...
Random Breath Of The Wild Players Are Trying To Speedrun Bread
Ocarinaan of Time. Link to the Toast. Skyward Sourdough.
It's been almost three years since the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and we can't tell if people are bored with it or really into it, because now they're trying to speedrun the ability to make bread in the game, known as "Bread%". The bread recipe involves finding...
Random This AGDQ Speedrun Of Majora's Mask Is Basically Magic
"That's time, by the way."
For anyone who wasn't tuned in to Awesome Games Done Quick last week - the charity marathon where people try to speedrun a variety of games as fast as possible - you may want to watch this video to witness ClaireLynnD's incredible wizardry to complete The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask in just under 27 minutes. Up until...
Random Watch Someone Speedrun Celeste Using A Dance Pad
Speeddancing, more like
Celeste is a challenging platforming game that will make your thumbs bleed and your brain ache, but apparently that's because we've all been playing it wrong: we should have been playing with our feet. During last week's Awesome Games Done Quick stream, speedrunner PeekingBoo performed a 14:41 speedrun of Celeste's C-Side...
Random Dog Feeding Is The Latest Speedrun Craze In The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
They just love apples
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might be close to three years old now, but there are still plenty of people playing it on a regular basis. Some are happily exploring the land of Hyrule while others are speedrunning the game from start to finish. If you do keep tabs on the game's speedrunning community, you might have...
News Speedrunner Finishes Zelda: Ocarina of Time In Under 17 Minutes
Could've been faster if not for a pesky '2 nut Gohma'
With the discovery of various glitches over the years, speedrunners have been diligently chipping away at The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for a long time now - and we've even seen
Video Completing Zelda: Breath Of The Wild In Under 40 Minutes By Flying On Trees
Speedrunning at its finest
We love to see a good speedrun attempt here at Nintendo Life, probably because we know that we'll never manage anything close and watching other people is as good as it will get for us. This latest attempt, which just so happens to be the second fastest time ever recorded for the game, is a particularly impressive effort...
Video Speedrunner Completes New Super Mario Bros. In Half An Hour With No Power-Ups
Smashing a world record in the process
Most of us love Super Mario games, and many of us would consider ourselves to be fairly decent at them, but completing an entire game in around half an hour without using a single power-up is going way beyond the skill level we could ever hope to possess. Amazingly enough, though, that is exactly...
News Speedrunners Just Can't Get Enough Of Super Mario Odyssey
Poor old Glob
It's fair to say that Super Mario Odyssey has been a smash hit with critics and the gaming public alike. While your humble scribe enjoyed playing through the game at a sedentary pace, taking the time to enjoy his surroundings and search for power moons along the way, some gamers are in much more of a rush to whizz through the game...
Video Here's How You Can Kill the Forbidden Woods Boss in One Hit in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
You won't be laughing soon, mate
Earlier today we reported on a new discovery that Kalle Demos from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker can be killed in a single hit (or more accurately 'splash'). In a mix of wanting to verify it for ourselves as well as provide some lovely HD visuals of it taking place, this tireless reporter worked through a new...
Random Speedrunner Sets New World Record For Blindfolded Run of Super Mario World
Of course that's a thing
Speedrunning is an impressive feat in and of itself. Gamers spend countless hours of their lives memorizing games' structure and design to the point that they understand nearly every bump, crack, and crevice, all in order to beat the game as fast as humanly possible. Very few are capable of competing with the very best in...
News Speedrunner Takes Flight With 100% Star Fox Zero World Record
That's it, Fox!
Star Fox Zero has only been available for a little over a month, but already there are speedrunners that have mastered its secrets and collectibles. No-one has shown just what's possible quite as well as Scottish gamer Argick, who has set the verified 100% completion world record for the Wii U title. His in-game time is just over 1...
Video The Super Mario Bros. Speedrun World Record Has Been Broken Again
A whole 387 milliseconds faster than the last one
The world of speedrunning is one that is endlessly fascinating. People spend hours at a time practicing movements until they're pixel perfect, all in an effort to shave fragments of a second off of the currently standing best time. Super Mario Bros. is a popular game for speedrunners to challenge,...
Video Check Out the New World Record Speed-Run of Xeodrifter
Just over seventeen minutes
Speedrunning has become a competitive form of gaming that only the very best of gamers can hope to become proficient in. Considering that there technically exists a hard cap on just how fast any given game can be beaten, it becomes a game that's just as much about pixel perfect controls as it is about memorization...
Video Speedrunner Sets New World Record for Super Mario Bros.
Clocking in milliseconds quicker than the previous record
The competitive speedrunning scene makes you look at games you thought you were familiar with in a whole different light. It can be remarkable to see the kinds of exploits and techniques that certain people have discovered and employed in order to shave just a few more milliseconds off of...
Video Learn How to Clear The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in Under Two Minutes
The Japanese version, anyway
Speedruns of retro games can be pretty entertaining, especially as we see the end result of many hours of experimentation and work. Quite how some of these workarounds are discovered is beyond us. In recent months we've shared a few videos from the A+Start channel, as it demonstrates and explains classic speedrun tricks...
News The Ocarina of Time Speedrun World Record Has Been Beaten Yet Again
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is not only an all-time classic game, but the source of one of the most keenly fought speedrun world records. Speedrunning experts continue to set new standards, each seemingly defying the odds more than before. Well, the record has been beaten again, once again utilising quirky skips that can be accessed...
News The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Speedrun World Record Holder Improves His Time
18 minutes and 5 seconds
Speedrunning remains a particularly fascinating part of gaming culture, with players mastering skills and finding glitches that defy the odds. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of our favourites when it comes to speedrunning, as improbable times are continually set courtesy of a skipping glitch early in the game...
News Speedrunner Sets New World Record for Fastest Time in Super Mario World
The speedrunning community is an endlessly competitive scene. Hardcore speedrunners may spend hours practising for a pixel-perfect performance or combing through endless lines of code to find obscure glitches. Anything that'll help shave off a few precious seconds from the final time. Just recently a speedrunner named SethBling exploited...
News Gamer Proposes To Girlfriend During Mischief Makers Speedrun Livestream
Awesome Marriages Done Quick
This year, gamers all over the globe got together for Awesome Games Done Quick, a gaming marathon that raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event has delivered many memorable moments -- including our very own Marcel blasting through Shovel Knight -- but one of the most heart-warming has to be this...
Video Nintendo Life's CapnDrake Blasts Through Shovel Knight in Awesome Speedrun
Yacht Club Games provides commentary
Shovel Knight was one of the major successes of 2014, scooping multiple Game of the Year awards (including our own) and achieving impressive sales on Wii U, 3DS and PC; it's also headed to PSN later this year. With the title having made such as impact with its retro-styled gameplay, it's naturally become part of...
Video Here's a Simultaneous Speedrun of Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and GoldenEye
All in under an hour
We're certainly fans of speedruns here on Nintendo Life, as few gaming pursuits push the boundaries of games and those playing them as far. Whether world records in classic Zelda games that exploit errors in coding, or flat-out runs that tackle every stage in order, there's plenty to enjoy in seeing the best of the field show...
News Super Mario World Speedrun Record Is Broken
Beating the game in under 10 minutes is an artform
Super Mario World is a big game — so big it put other 2D platformers to shame when it launched alongside the shiny new SNES back in the early '90s. However, while many of us will have happy memories of wasting countless hours finding all those levels and secret routes, speedrunner linkdeadx2 has...
News Cosmo Wright Sets Another Ocarina of Time World Record, as Metroid Prime is Beaten in 55 Minutes
An extraordinary run
In the past we've told you about Cosmo Wright, who continually sets new world record completion times for the iconic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He's even explained how it's done, in terms of manipulating gaps in the code through increasingly complicated mov
News Super Mario 64 is a 5-Minute Adventure With the Right Tools
The rotund plumber is faster than he looks thanks to an emulator-assisted speedrun
Video games are a wonderful way to show off best times and high scores after spending countless hours in attempting to achieve them, but when orthodox methods aren't enough to impress, gamers (and obsessives) must think outside of the box. A group of speedrunners have...
News New World Record as Earthbound Completed in a PK Flash
6 hours, 38 minutes and 16 seconds, to be precise
Earthbound is highly regarded, and rightly so: even to this day it captivates gamers the world over (apart from many in Europe, where it was never released.) One gamer who loves it more than most is speed runner Chris Corsi, who just set the Twin Galaxies-approved World Record for the fastest...
News Gotta Catch 'em All In the Next 72 Hours
Gamers attempt to capture all 493 Pokémon in charity speedrun
Speedruns evoke a special kind of excitement in most gamers: the unbridled thrill of seeing highly trained controller-jockeys doing what they do best, coupled with the shame and resentment felt when you witness someone accomplish in hours what you spent months of your childhood working...