Four blindfolded video game speedrunners take on the Nintendo 64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask in order to raise money for cancer prevention.
During this year’s Awesome Games Done Quick – an annual charity event wherein players play through noteworthy video games as fast as humanly possible in a speedrunning marathon – the longest run went to those who took on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Interestingly enough, the lengthy attempt was likely due to the fact that a blindfolded four-person team joined forces to take on the title’s last boss.
At the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask‘s final encounter, each member of the group covers their eyes with toboggan hats reminiscent of the one from Link’s costume, and are given specific tasks to execute on the controller (i.e. one person handles movement, another targets, etc.). Relying only on communication and audio cues from the game itself, the team is thankfully equipped with the best weapon in Majora’s Mask and has stockpiled plenty of health to keep them afloat. Surprisingly, however, the gang may not have needed so many hearts, because the battle itself goes by rather quickly.
Obviously, the four gamers plotted and practiced a semi-strategy beforehand in order to succeed, and it’s certainly impressive to see executed. As witnessed in the video below which starts at 6:19, the players use a combination of strategy and luck to beat Majora’s Mask in full with a time of 5:28.12.
After a week-long marathon, Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 concluded yesterday, and was chock-full of other fan-favorite titles like the original Super Mario Bros., Splatoon, and even Bloodborne. Most importantly, though, the event was supremely prosperous, as it garnered $1.2 million for the Preventing Cancer Foundation. Last year’s AGDQ was also successful, for the charity raised $1.5 million in funds to combat the disease. Then, later in 2015, Awesome Games Done Quick’s mid-year iteration was a triumph as well, as the Summer Games Done Quick charity made nearly $1.3 million for Doctors Without Borders.
In the past, Awesome Games Done Quick has inspired similar playthroughs without the use of sight, as one player completed Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! blindfolded simply to prove another gamer wrong. Of course, the aforementioned sports game challenge is definitely a spectacular feat, but it may not have been as taxing as the four gamers who took on Majora’s Mask. After all, not only did they have to actually beat the boss sans vision, but they also had to do it by relying on constant communication with one another.
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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is arguably one of the most unique video games of all time, and is available for the Nintendo 64.