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The Journey from Casual to WR Holder – New Super Mario Bros. Wii Low% by BMAN_03
Speedruns, World Records

The Journey from Casual to WR Holder – New Super Mario Bros. Wii Low% by BMAN_03

New Super Mario Bros. Wii was one of my (BMAN_03) favorite childhood games. I was originally a Nintendo DS kid around the mid to late 2000's, until I received the Wii for Christmas of 2009. Playing games like Mario Kart Wii, New Super Mario Bros. Wii (NSMB Wii), Super Smash Bros Brawl, Skylanders, Super Mario Galaxy, and many more. I just really loved Wii games. Eventually I got into Minecraft and such, so I started to drift away from the Wii. I got a bit older and it wasn't until 2018 that I felt the urge to play some childhood classics. At the time, I was also aware that speedrunning exists. My ideas clashed. I thought I was good enough at these Wii games to give speedrunning a try, so with very little practice, I jumped right into it. On the 23rd of September of 2018, I attempted my ...
Grand Poo World 2 Any% – New World Record in 46:53
Personal Bests, Speedruns, World Records

Grand Poo World 2 Any% – New World Record in 46:53

 Grand Poo World 2 is a Kaizo Super Mario World made by the incredibly entertaining BarbarousKing and is considered one of the most difficult non-TAS Kaizos out there. It is also one of the most popular. Every single jump of every single level of the game is very hard and can kill the player multiple times, so some serious grinding is required to beat the game by the first time. Despite the steep difficulty, the game and level design is truly incredible -- and the whole game is extremely fun to play. The setups in each level seem to work perfectly, which is hard to accomplish while making a Super Mario World rom hack. This makes each death only the player's fault and not the game itself. Quick note from SpeedGamingNews: This article was written by Rotciv__. Please go check o...
5 Favorite Speedruns of SGDQ 2020 – A Look Back
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5 Favorite Speedruns of SGDQ 2020 – A Look Back

Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online (SGDQ 2020) has come and gone, but it isn’t time to say goodbye just yet! The event, which raised approximately 2.3 million dollars for Doctors Without Borders from August 16th to the wee hours of August 23rd, was full of incredible displays of gaming from runners across the globe. While it is always hard to select just a few favorite speedruns, here are five which had really stuck out to us over the course of the event -- in no particular order. 1. Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen - Any% Glitchless Race by JP_Xinnam and PulseEffects Pokémon runs always have a lot of twists and turns, and this run was no exception. One of the main features of this race was that each of the runners utilized a different starter through the entirety of the run. JP_Xinnam ran...
The History of CELESTE Speedruns (in 5 Minutes, or so)
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The History of CELESTE Speedruns (in 5 Minutes, or so)

Hey everyone. I messed up. There are a few mistakes and inaccuracies in this video. I would take it down, but it's a learning experience, so I am just going to leave it up and set it to unlisted. I am going to address any of the mistakes or issues which have been brought up to me. So first of all, thank you if you left a comment in the video, article, twitter, or anywhere else to let me know where things weren't quite right. And also thank you for doing so in a respectful, constructive way. With that said, I am sorry. I assumed that the video had been fact checked and reviewed before I published it, but as it is my website and YouTube channel, I take full responsibility for the content that shows up here. This has been a learning experience for me, and I promise to do bett...
Maxam and Muty’s Race for Sub 27 in Half-Life
Events, Personal Bests, Speedruns, Tournaments & Races, World Records

Maxam and Muty’s Race for Sub 27 in Half-Life

In the realm of speedrunning, all achievements seem to pale in comparison to the world record run that breaks a long-awaited time barrier for many speedrunners and viewers alike. For those initiated in the community, these runs, both classic and modern, immediately spring to mind. In recent memory, Dwhatever’s grind in the 70 star category of Super Mario 64 is a shining example -- months of work poured into shaving off frames, all to finally break the 47 minute barrier by tenths of a second this past June. The dedication of top speedrunners to their game is what drives our grassroots community forward, and seeing talent and hard work finally accumulate into a singular blissful moment of success is a breathtaking experience to witness. Dwhatever and Super Mario 64 were not the only particip...
Interview: An INSANE 230 Hour SPEEDRUN of Gran Turismo 4
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Interview: An INSANE 230 Hour SPEEDRUN of Gran Turismo 4

Speedruns have always been about finishing a game as fast as possible. On the flip side, some categories, especially 100% categories, can last hours -- even days. As such, many people don't speedrun 100% categories. They are often extremely difficult, and an extreme investment of time. However, four friends got together to finish Gran Turismo 4 in its entirety on April 24th, 2020. Over the next 9 and a half days, they played non-stop until they 100%ed the game. After a monumental 230 hour speedrun, us at Speed Gaming News decided to interview them -- and here are the results. Galaxy brain time, boys. -Jonah Answers are from the Grand Turismo 4 100% speedrunners. Speedrunners involved in this run are thebook92, another_car_guy_, Sheenie, and feathers51564. First question: What i...
New EXPLOITS found in The Legend of ZELDA: Skyward Sword
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New EXPLOITS found in The Legend of ZELDA: Skyward Sword

New exploits have been found to save time in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword! These are all complex, yet excellently named glitches known to speedrunners of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. These exploits, combined with countless other optimizations, have led to the world record time of the Any% category to be reduced by multiple hours in the past year. Despite all of this, Skyward Sword still remained one of the longest 3D Legend of Zelda speedruns (that crown is held by The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess). Well, the run isn’t so long anymore! In the past few months, even more developments of the route have taken place after a discovery made by speedrunner lepelog. The new techniques involve the Boss Rush mini-game that takes place near the end of the game. Lepelog discover...
How to Live stream Your Speedruns on Twitch
Guides, Speedruns

How to Live stream Your Speedruns on Twitch

Streaming has been a big part of speedrunning. Whether to prove the validity of a run, or just provide and receive speedrunning help from others. If you are looking to get into speedrunning but don't have a stream, you've come to the right place. Making Your Own Speedrunning Stream There are a couple things which may discourage people from streaming all together, but some of them may not be entirely valid. These reasons can include things like: "Who would even watch me?" "Streaming to nobody doesn't help me at all." "Why bother?" Points number one and two are pretty much the same thing, and for that I have to say that you're looking at it in the wrong light. Worst case scenario, you have a categorized catalog filled with all of your runs so you can look over them and im...
How to Start Speedrunning a Game Which Has No Runs – Creating a New Speedrun
Guides, Speedruns

How to Start Speedrunning a Game Which Has No Runs – Creating a New Speedrun

As someone who has personal experience speedrunning two games which nobody else has ever ran, I am going to give you my advice for creating your own speedruns from a game without any runs. If the game you want to speedrun does not currently have any speedruns, the majority of the process is going to be up to you -- however, I'm going to help guide you along, assuming you're here because you would like some insight. If you would like to learn how to start speedrunning, in general, this will be a better place to start: How to Start Speedrunning: A Beginner's Guide. (Coming soon) Or if you are looking to create a new speedrun category for a game which already exists, this is going to be your launch zone: How to Create a New Speedrun Category – A Speedrunner’s Guide First off, I want ...
How to Create a New Speedrun Category – A Speedrunner’s Guide
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How to Create a New Speedrun Category – A Speedrunner’s Guide

Checking out the leaderboards of the game you're speedrunning, or about to speedrun, you may find that you need to create a new category. There are many variables to speedrunning a new category and getting it accepted on the leaderboards, so there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. However, as someone who has created a new category on the leaderboards for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, I can provide you with the best advice I can give. If you are instead looking for how to start a speedrun of a game which does not have any categories at all, you're probably more interested in checking out this article: How to Start Speedrunning a Game Which Has No Runs - Creating a New Speedrun. First off, let me tell you... getting a new category on the leaderboards was not easy. Things...