In this day and age, it’s not uncommon to hear of gaming feats pulled off by members of the community that surround each game. Whether putting together a dance crew in Destiny or disassembling and putting together a semi-truck in mid-air in Grand Theft Auto 5, there’s no shortage of accomplishments that have managed to go viral. One event in particular, however, has always been the speed run, and a gamer has accomplished this task in Super Mario World – albeit with a twist.
Twitch streamer PangaeaPanga opted to take on the beloved Super Mario World while blindfolded, which sounds rather crazy in and of itself. While his run through wasn’t flawless in its execution, the dedicated gamer managed to beat the game in 23 minutes utilizing nothing but memory and in-game sound effects to judge his progress. Suffice to say, this is an impressive accomplishment.
Setting aside the three deaths that PangaeaPanga suffered during his impressive play through, the gamer claims to have set a world record for completing the task in his 23 minute time frame. That’s unverified as of this writing, but it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that considering that it’s unlikely to be a very competitive field given its sheer difficulty.
According to the gamer, he’s a notorious “Super Mario World hacker and tool-assisted speed runner,” which makes his recollection of the game – despite being unable to see the screen – a lot more logical. Better yet, PangaeaPanga only began practicing for his blindfolded attempt on June 16 of this year, making the turn around for this accomplishment incredibly fast.
It’ll be interesting to see if this video inspires any other types of revamped speed runs, but standard ones are sure to keep popping up with video games new and old alike. With players soloing the Crota’s End raid in Destiny within a 16 minute time span and others shattering records for hastily completing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the trend of speed running is far from dead. Couple that with the technology that allows these users to share their record attempts online and it’s evident that the spectacle will only grow.
What did you think of PangaeaPanga’s impressive Super Mario World run? Do you think you’d be able to take on a task like that blindfolded? Get at us in the comments.