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Gaming • Oct 03, 2019

Twitch streamer makes speedrunning history with Super Mario glitch

Twitch streamer makes speedrunning history with Super Mario glitch
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Popular Super Mario 64 speedrunner ‘Dowsky’ has made waves in the fast-paced community after he set not one, but two world records in a single stream on Twitch.

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Speedrunning is a pure form of competition that see’s the most supremely dedicated gamers trying to wipe each and every second off the clock in order to set the best times around the world in their favorite video games.

Because the margins are so fine, and it takes so much practice, it’s not every day that long-standing world records are broken in the speedrunning community, let alone two on the very same day. One impressive Super Mario 64 streamer has managed to accomplish just that.

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Throughout the unbelievable showcase of Super Mario 64 acumen, Dowsky set new world records in the one and zero Star speedrunning categories on Nintendo's 1996 release.

At 7:14.23 and 6:36.99 respectively, the new global records scratch six seconds off of the previous 1-Star goal, and two seconds off of the former 0-Star best.

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Accomplishing both in just a single session is truly unprecedented in the Super Mario 64 speedrunning scene and goes to show the incredible hard work behind the scenes.

Speedrunners dedicate months and often years of their time to mapping out certain paths, learning new strategies, and refining every little decision until it becomes muscle memory.

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While a degree of luck – and a helping of good fortune with the random elements of the game – is often involved in certain video game speedruns, there’s no denying the prowess of dowsky as he pulled off a remarkable SBLJ glitch with evident ease.

This tactic can often be finicky for a number of speedrunners, requiring a great deal of manual input and precise angling to execute properly.

The glitch demands a large sequence of button presses and specific movement combinations in order to glitch out the terrain and launch Mario further onward without having to go the usual route. To his surprise, Dowsky pulled it off the intricate movement on his very first attempt.

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It could be a very long time until a fellow competitor comes close to breaking the new world records set in Super Mario 64. Often months or even years in between new records being set tells the tale of just how impressive the feat truly was to pull off two in a single day.

You can watch the full runs on the new world-record holder’s YouTube channel here.

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