Speedrunner Kosmic has broken the world record for fastest time to complete Super Mario Bros. on the NES.
If you're reading this then it's highly likely that you hold many fond memories of certain video games from your childhood right up until now. In fact, if you're reading this then you probably have fond memories of some of the original Super Mario games. Like us, you will have given hours, if not days, of your life to those games, and you wouldn't change that fact.
What if we told you that some people are so good at the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES that they don't have to spend hours or days on it in order to make it to the very end, just minutes? The world record for the quickest ever run of the game was broken this week, as it was completed without computer-assistance in less than 4 minutes and 56 seconds for the first time ever.
Well-known Super Mario Bros. speedrunner Kosmicd12 is the new record holder. His time comes in at an incredibly impressive 4:55.913, so just under that 4:56 barrier. The previous record was 4:56.245. You can check out the whole run for yourself below and might even discover a few shortcuts that you didn't previously notice in doing so.
You'll likely notice that Kosmic continually talks about how this is his first run. Don't worry, it isn't some sort of miracle where he has picked up the NES controller for the first time and broken the world record. What he means is that was his first 4:55 attempt where he used a new trick at the end of 1-2. It allowed him to save a single "frame-rule" which dictates how long the game waits before loading the next level. Clearly, it did the trick.
There have been computer-assisted runs using special programs that are faster than Kosmicd12's run, but he is the first to achieve such a feat without the help of technology. His record may be beaten, especially if others use the frame-rule timesaver in 1-2 as Kosmic did, but it will almost certainly be the last time we see a second barrier broken on Super Mario Bros.