An expert gamer beats the all-time Super Mario Bros. speedrun record, clocking in with a completion time of 4 minutes, 57 seconds, and 627 milliseconds.
Video games have always instilled a sense of healthy competition amongst those who play them, with gamers vying for high scores and quickest completion times since the earliest days of the entertainment form. Now, the much sought-after crown of top Super Mario Bros. speedrunner has a new owner. Expert gamer Darbian has set a new world record for beating the Nintendo classic, finishing the game in a phenomenal time of 4 minutes, 57 seconds, and 627 milliseconds.
Darbian bested the previous record, which was set by a gamer known as i_o_l, by 66 milliseconds. The new record holder completed this feat on an actual NES console rather than an emulator, and documented his success on Twitch, as well as with a later upload to YouTube. Super Mario Bros. is one of the all-time greats of the platforming genre, and has one of the most competitively sought-after speedrun records.
With Darbian completing the game in such an impressive way, many may think that the expert player has posted the definitive speedrun of all time. However, he has admitted on Reddit that he made a number of mistakes over the course of the run. In particular, Darbian points out that there were some mistakes when completing world 8-4, with the gamer moving the screen “a pixel too far” in the turnaround room. Of course, to the untrained eye, such mistakes are barely visible at all.
Super Mario Bros. may be one of the most well-known video games of all time, but it is far from the only classic game to have become a staple of the speedrun circuit, nor the only Nintendo game. The Legend of Zelda is one example of a series that has regularly seen gamers attempting to beat the quickest completion time. Earlier this year, a speedrunner by the name of skater82297 beat the record for The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, completing the game in 17 minutes and 47 seconds.
More recent games have also become subject to speedruns, including the likes of Fallout 3, and the notoriously difficult Bloodborne, which has been beaten in less than an hour. Destiny’s Crota’s End raid has also been subject to a number of attempts to beat the game solo in as little time as possible, with one particularly thrilling example coming in at 16 minutes and 7 seconds.
As well as simply providing great entertainment, speedrunning has also proved to be an interesting way to raise money for charity. Games Done Quick, the charity organization that runs bi-annual speedrunning events, raised a whopping $1.5 million for charity earlier in the year, following up with a summer event that raised $1.2 million. Let’s hope that other high-profile speedruns can leave a lasting legacy.