Conventional speedrunning involves players playing single-player games, bringing competition to games that ordinarily wouldn't be competitive. Not only do people play different games to speedrun, but they also play different categories for each game. For example, a speedrunner may play with glitches or without. Some speedrunners may wear a blindfold while beating a record or implement other sorts of crazy conditions. The following speedrun records are across different categories, but they all have one thing in common. That is, they are nearly impossible to beat. Quit while your ahead and save much time. These are 10 speedrun records you'll never beat.
10 Super Mario 64 "cheese"—1h 39m 19s
One of Mario and Nintendo's most beloved games happens to be the most popular speedrun game. Super Mario 64 released for the Nintendo 64 in 1996. Naturally, as a fan-favorite, numerous people have attempted to claim the fastest time. The record has been beaten multiple times, but the current record could stay for good foreseeing no developments in speedrunning shortcuts.
Speedrunner user "cheese" holds the record for the fastest time. His knowledge of the castle and its glitches and tricks are what helped him earn a time of 1h 39m 19s. This record involves finding all 120 stars instead of merely beating the game.
9 Pokémon Red/Blue "pokeguy"—1h 45m 21s
Even if you defy all odds by besting speedrunner "pokeguy," chances are he will beat your record soon after. The website of speedrun.com tracks the stats of speedrunners and is widely regarded as the premiere speedrun records site. Taking a glance at pokeguy's track record, we can see that he also holds records for Pokémon Stadium 2, Pokémon Diamon/Pearl, Pokémon Crystal, Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Gold, and other games. Pokémon Red and Blue, two of the most impactful video games of all time, have a near impossible record that is more than 20 seconds ahead of the person in second place.
8 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice "Qttsix"—23m 43s
A significant number of people know that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of the most challenging games to beat. Compared to Dark Souls and Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is far more challenging. You must have a thorough knowledge of Sekiro's moves and will need lightning-fast reflexes to react to enemy attacks.
Currently, "Qttsix" stands as the leader for a Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice speedrun. His near impossible time to beat is 23 minutes and 43 seconds. Consistent with other records, Qttsix chooses PC as his platform. How Taiwanese player Qttsix walks through the game like it's on easy mode is absurd. This is one record that might not be beaten for a while.
7 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "Poor_little_pinkus" (Any%)—26m 50s
It seems unlikely that anyone could beat the current record for The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past at any%. Player "poor_little_pinkus" has held the record for the fastest time in this category for over two years. Amazingly, poor_little_pinkus beat the game at any% with major glitches in 26 minutes and 50 seconds—a full 1 minute and 1 second faster than the person in second place. When speedrunning a game like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the smallest time differences matter. In this case, poor_little_pinkus has a substantial lead over his competitors.
6 Banjo Kazooie "Stivtybobo"—1h 59m 27s
One of the most challenging obstacles to overcome in Banjo Kazooie speedruns is the trivia game you must pass to defeat Gruntilda. Speedrunners almost always have a problem with this section of the speedrun because the questions are almost never the same. This was not a problem for player "Stivitybobo" who is the only person to beat the game in under 2 hours. Players found a trick to predict Gruntilda's trivia answers. Talking to Brentilda Winkybunion (Gruntilda's sister) will reveal solutions.
5 GoldenEye 007 "karljobst"(Dam)—0m 52s
Completing the level "Dam" in under a minute is challenging for most players. You have to wait for gates, and the long walk across the dam has to be done perfectly. Speedrunner "karljobst" couldn't believe his eyes when he accomplished his speedrunning goal. "I can't calm down, like, I can't think straight," exclaimed karljobst. Karljobst beat the previous record holder and the numerous other people who had the same time by one second.
At the end of GoldenEye 007 levels, a briefing screen tells you your time, making it easy for speedrunners to publish their results. Seeing as how the last record holder made his record almost ten years ago, it is doubtful anyone will tie or beat this record.
4 Super Smash Bros. Melee "Fuzzyness" (All Events)—33m 40s
Beating all events in Super Smash Bros. Melee is difficult because there are so many variables in the game. The player you choose as well as the luck you have in battles can both make a difference in achieving a speedrun record. Player "Fuzzyness" accomplished a time of 33m 40s when beating all events in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Whether people choose to use the GameCube or Wii is split down the middle. The record holder, however, decided to use the Nintendo GameCube when he beat the record.
3 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out "mPap" (Blindfolded)—20m 27s
Trying to beat "mPap" at his game is like trying to beat Michael Jordan at basketball. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out initially released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, though it was ported to newer consoles. Beating the game blindfolded is unfathomable, yet mPap and a few other users make it look easy. Using a sleep mask, mPap's vision was impaired. Listening to the game's sounds and button mashing could help you progress through the game. At least mPap didn't use a Wii Remote—he could have broken his television.
2 Luigi's Mansion "Bluehits"—55m 58s
After a string of Mario games, it only made sense for Nintendo to give his younger, slimmer brother a game. Although it wasn't given high acclaim from reviewers, the gaming community seemed to love the game. Luigi's Mansion was ported to the Nintendo 3DS, and a sequel was made for the 3DS as well.
Taking a look at Luigi's Mansion's speedrun record, it doesn't look like anyone will beat it for a while. Player "Bluehits" accomplished a miraculous score of 55m 58s. Although Luigi's Mansion released for the GameCube, speedrunners prefer to play it through backward compatibility on the Wii. Fewer frame drops are reason enough to attempt a Luigi Mansion speedrun on Wii.
1 Super Mario Bros. "somewes"—4m 55s 796ms
Mario games are popular when it comes to speedrunning. Possibly its speedrunning popularity is because the games are for people of all ages, or it could be a nostalgia factor. It goes without saying that the original Super Mario Bros. is challenging. The old NES classic game leaves little room for mistakes, unlike newer games of the franchise. Speedrunners have to be perfect at dire moments in the game.
Player "somewes" has the record for the fastest Super Mario Bros. speedrun. Beating the previous time by a few milliseconds seemed like an impossible task, but he did it. This record has stood for several months now, and it's doubtful that anyone will ever top the congested leaderboard where people only beat others by a fraction of a second.