We've seen some pretty impressive speedruns in our time, but this is one for the history books.
While a lot of speedrunners utilise glitches and generally try to break the game in order to achieve their goals, YouTuber and Twitch streamer 'Summoning Salt' has opted for pure skill to nail the world record for completing Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! — oh, and he's also done it all while blindfolded.
Clocking in at 19:41.75, it's something you really have to see to believe. It's not a completely perfect run, either, with Summoning Salt hitting the deck during the final fight against Mike Tyson himself, so it's entirely possible that an even quicker time is possible.
Has this inspired you to take on your own blindfolded speedrun? Is there any other game you think you could complete without being able to see the screen? Let us know in the comments!
[source youtube.com, via gonintendo.com]
WOW. That is insane. Good for him
bro I can barely beat Piston Honda half the time without vision impairment how the ****
That isn’t just your average speed runner, that’s SummoningSalt! His videos on the history of speedrun records are absolutely iconic, they’ve inspired a whole new generation. He’s also an insanely good Punch Out NES runner and this proves it further.
I beat the game way back when multiple times. That's a feat in itself. I'm good with that lol.
I love stuff like this!
@nessisonett Absolutely, their videos single-handedly got me invested in speedrunning!
what an absolute legend
Faster than Soda Pop’s jab. I drink to his health, HA HA HA!
This record has actually been set twice since this video. The record is now his by a factor of a minute and a half. This was his third submitted record in the past week, with the article's 19:41 submitted four days ago and a 19:16 three days ago, and yesterday he got this 18:25: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm0Lnu0p_F4
Nobody else has a time under 20 minutes. This run must have been godly. I can't wait to watch it. Side note, SummoningSalt currently holds every notable Punch-Out record. https://www.speedrun.com/mtpo#Blindfolded
@Bret Jeez, that’s a ridiculous drop in the record yesterday! Talk about being on a roll 😂
Wouldn’t it be possible to actually max out the fastest clear time for this game? Could this guy set an unbreakable record with a no hit run? All the opponents actions can be accounted for making the entire game a single pattern to memorize. Not saying it would be easy, but seems this fella could whittle the clear time down to unbreakable. The only thing I’ve never understood is why Little Mac can sometimes throw faster combos, so I’m not sure if that’s a variable or something that occurs at certain times and places in a match.
@bimmy-lee I’d highly recommend watching SummoningSalt’s own video on the history of blindfolded Punch Out and also just the video on regular Punch Out. It explains exactly what frames can be saved as yeah, there was a runner called Matt Turk who achieved a couple of frame perfect fights.
@bimmy-lee Seconding ness's recommendation of SummoningSalt's videos The History of Blindfolded Punch-Out, as well as The Quest To Beat Matt Turk. To make a very long story very short, though, there's randomness in several of the fights that makes the run much harder to be perfected. It's not just pattern memorization. When Sinister1 first invented the blindfolded category, he even considered Mike Tyson unbeatable.
If you like ninjas, watch SummoningSalt’s video history of Ninja Gaiden (NES) speedrunning.
It’s insanely entertaining. There was a time when the Japanese and American NG running communities were completely oblivious to each other’s existence. We thought we held the world record but in actuality two Japanese runners were nearly a minute ahead of us and were trading the record back and forth. That went on for several years before an American speed runner finally discovered their videos.
The early days of speedrunning were the Wild West. Things were barely tracked back then.
Matt Turk. The man, the myth, the legend. The American Hotarubi.
Held records in like 20 NES and SNES games at the same time back in the mid 2000s.
He basically invented the art of running Contra NES. Every strategy is based on his original series of runs with modifications.
@Bret @nessisonett - Thanks, I’ll look them up sometime, I’m very curious about which fights have random actions in them. I’m guessing maybe King Hippo might be one if his open headshots aren’t a pattern. I do remember NL posting something like this a few years ago, possibly Matt Turk’s record. I never look directly at Tyson because he has false tells and if you dodge at nothing, you’re on the mat a split second later. I look at the crowd above him and wait for him to flash pink and green. Super Macho Man is my toughest fight.
Good for him. Channel is a great watch too.
I can't even walk in a straight line blindfolded so how these guys manage to pull something like this off is just beyond me 😅
Summoning Salt is the GOAT. Not only as a speedrunner, his YT videos are more entertaining that most of Netflix or Hulu right now. Seriously, if you haven't watched his channel, do it right now. He presents a narrative for world record progressions so engaging and well produced that it could pass as drama series. He also explains a lot of speedrunning terms and techniques in a very simple way.
@TheRedComet Thanks for that recommendation! I’ve already watched his NG series and it’s great fun!
Summoning Salt just gets all of the W's
HairyBush! HairyBush is right! His history of speed running videos are excellent and on top of that he is just insane at Punchout.
Then there's me who can't even get past level 3, But for real this is amazing!
My tombstone will read: "He Never Beat Tyson"
@ShadyGreenleaf I have questions.
@Bret so do I. who is HairyBush? Are you him? Do you know him? Why what questions are you talking about HairyBush?
@ShadyGreenleaf I am retracting all questions and running away.
Oh wow! I'm still trying to chip away at Bald Bull.
Record's down to 18:03 as of this morning. He says his goal is a 17:30, but a sub-17 minute run is possible.
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