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July 10, 2021 11:27 AM   Subscribe

Everybody knows that improving the 2016 Super Mario Bros. non-tool-assisted speedrun record was physically impossible. What this documentary breakdown of SMB speedrun progress since then presupposes is: maybe it wasn't?

Come for the accessible explanation of the historical SMB run landmarks, stay for the sight of an abandoned Mario dying repeatedly to a slowly oncoming beetle while a man shouts exultantly in the background.
posted by cortex (11 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Vámonos amigos…
posted by badbobbycase at 11:52 AM on July 10 [4 favorites]

I like the music.

And yeah also like the dramatic tone mixed with gamer names. "However, this would require not one, but three pixel perfect inputs, and as such was thought impossible. [PAUSE] That is, until patootie_pants_69 started running in late 2019."
posted by fleacircus at 1:08 PM on July 10 [12 favorites]

Summoning Salt’s documentaries on speedruns are fantastic, so glad to see them here! I’ve been a fan for several years, and if you have any interest at all in the nuts and bolts of how speed runners push the limits of games, I’d highly recommend exploring his work. He does a great job of breaking down the different complicated techniques that are used, quirky parts of the community around each game, and big breakthroughs over the years. All with very relaxing narration and solid vaporwave tunes.

Some favorites:
Super Mario 64 any %
Wii Sports Golf (surprisingly riveting)
And my personal favorite:
Ninja Gaiden world record history — if you’re not familiar with the speedrunner Arcus, he’s the Bob Ross of speedrunning. This video’s a great introduction.

Oh, and Summer Games Done Quick 2021 is going on right now, so if you’re interested in speedrunning at all now’s a great chance to see top tier runners doing their thing for charity while explaining their methods. Link is to the Youtube channel, but they’re live on twitch through the weekend.
posted by rosary at 2:16 PM on July 10 [14 favorites]

Did you just say you're on mescaline?

because I would love to be right now. Great, brain-breaking video as usual from Summoning Salt.
posted by ZaphodB at 2:24 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]

seconding what rosary said. summoning salt's channel is great, wholesome vidyagame nerdery. his videos have only gotten better over time. "the quest to beat matt turk" is a particularly good episode.
posted by Mikey-San at 2:47 PM on July 10 [3 favorites]

Seconding the Matt Turk one.
posted by rifflesby at 5:14 PM on July 10 [3 favorites]

Thanks for posting the Mario 64 link. I remember seeing that 0 star run when it first came out and being completely blown away. That it was years' worth of humans to achieve just makes it that much more incredible.
posted by lock robster at 7:49 PM on July 10

I appreciate this. I watched some of Salt's videos a while back and I was unaware that there could be further breakthroughs in human Mario technology. The four-minute Mario awaits!
posted by Countess Elena at 7:59 PM on July 10

I feel like using a keyboard invalidates any record.
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 4:01 PM on July 11

Everybody knows that improving the 2016 Super Mario Bros. non-tool-assisted speedrun record was physically impossible.

My mom is so out of touch that she didn't even know that.
posted by straight at 12:14 PM on July 12

Everybody knows that improving the 2016 Super Mario Bros. non-tool-assisted speedrun record was physically impossible

Turns out it was a shining artifact of the past.
posted by lefty lucky cat at 9:34 PM on July 14

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