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 completed Super Mario 64 in a little over five minutes, utilising an emulator to break down the run into numerous sections, glitches, time-saving jump combinations, and missing out large chunks of the game altogether. The task of obtaining the golden stars has been skipped but when you watch the video of the speedrun below, you too might wonder why the developers included them in the first place.

At times, the footage looks like a bizarre exercise in free running gone wrong, but a plumber's got to do what a plumber's got to do!

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