For many players, speedrunning is the ultimate way to show off your skill. While certain games require talent to remember movies or perfect strategies, the art of speedrunning arguably calls for even greater concentration and focus, with the smallest mistake costing valuable seconds and potentially destroying record-breaking attempts.
As one of best Nintendo games of all time, Super Mario 64 has been very popular with speedrunners in recent years, and the record has changed hands many times over. The current star of this particular scene is 22-year-old Allan Alvarez, better known as Cheese05. He's only been speedrunning Mario 64 for the past three years but in that time he has dominated the competition; when fellow speedrunner Puncayshun snatched the record recently, Alvarez broke it back less than 24 hours later – by a full twenty seconds. The record stands at 1:39:00.
Speaking to Red Bull, Alvarez thinks he could be even quicker - but the issue now is that new tricks and strategies to shave off seconds are drying up, and as a result there's less and less room for improvement:
Every time saving strat in a 120 star run surely has been found, because Mario 64 has been speedrun for more than 10 years. There are thousands and thousands of tricks that everyone knows already. New strategies are just very, very rare.
But can Alvarez better this time? It's a question he gets asked a lot:
That’s the question that everyone asks me. I don't know how to answer it. I'm not sure – I actually think that 1:38 might be a goal for me in the near future. A lot of people were saying ‘Oh, I think the best time can be a mid 1:39 this year’, but it’s already been achieved halfway through the year. I would definitely say yes if I continue grinding like I am right now.
The only question is: Will I have the motivation to do so? It gets very stressful and hard after months of doing it every day. So it’s all up to me and if i have the motivation to do so. If I do I will definitely say that yes, 1:38 can be achieved this year but it’s all up to my motivation.
I need Puncayshun to keep playing the game for me to have motivation.
The full interview is well worth a read - you can check it out here.
I was expecting Pannenkoek2012...
Hello Allan, nice to meet you.
I think I'm gonna go buy Shovel Knight on the Switch eShop now.
It's kinda like doing time trial on MK I guess.
@Fandabidozi hey hey
"I was expecting Pannenkoek2012..."
Lol, me too!
@Fandabidozi go for it, I have it on Wii U, I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed it!
I'd love to see someone speedrun Zelda: BOTW 100% including all 900 Korok seeds. You'd need a day at least I'd say to do it.
Never gotten the appeal of speedrunning. For me, games are meant to be experienced and enjoyed. I'm pretty completionist for many games and running past certain items and adventures would just eat at me.
But is he a legend?
@SLIGEACH_EIRE It's been done already. Took over 33 hours.
I get this is a thing for some, but for me I consider it just a disservice to the game to try and beat it as fast as possible (at the least when you first play it, no matter the game.) All the time and effort involved it's far more satisfying to investigate the world, enjoy and explore, not power through like a bullet.
@HeroponRiki Very good. Thanks.
I used to watch cheese05 speed run Mario 64, but he gets so angry when he messes up and he resets so often it wasn't enjoyable to watch. I love watching alttp randomizer runs, where all the treasures are randomized and each play through is different. Very enjoyable for someone like me who doesn't have much time to play games anymore.
i thought that the record was 1:30:00 not 1:39:00. either way my fastest speed run in Super Mario 64 is 1:42:00
@Krest_arisen After buying the game 13 years ago, I'm playing Yoshi's Island DS, time trial mode. Developing and excuting new strategies really, really fulfills a competitive kind of drive, and makes the process more amazing. Playing a game casually = not a lot of drive, while speed running to me = being pushed to the limit and as a result viewing your environment in a much, much more creative, intelligent way.
@tanookisuit Take Super Mario 64, speed running, or understanding the speedrun, you understand the level, Mario movements, jumping, etc at a much, much deeper level. Plus it's a 100% run. Speed running does not mean buying Super Mario 64 and then passing it as fast as possible in a casual and random manner, where you collect whatever stars you casually come across. It involves highly optimized routes.
I wonder how much time the Tick Tock Clock Upwarp could save if someone could figure out how it worked... Someone's gotta collect that $1,000 bounty...
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