Gaming

Twitch streamer makes speedrunning history with Super Mario glitch

Published: 3/Oct/2019 4:46 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 17:52

by Isaac McIntyre

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pokemon

Animal Crossing player creates perfect Pokemon Center in New Horizons

Published: 6/Jan/2021 1:02

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon player made waves on social media after faithfully recreating a Pokemon Center in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing’s latest outing, New Horizons, was the breakout hit of 2020. Since its debut in March, the lovable Nintendo title has taken over social media as players around the world share their unique creations.

One Pokemon fan used the the game’s new editing tools to accurately build a Pokecenter in the social simulation title. Their stunning recreation of the iconic RPG location is one of the best things you will see all week.

Nintendo (via Twitter: @triforcemeg)
New Horizons’ features let players create their wildest dreams.

Pokemon fan creates Pokemon Center in Animal Crossing

Originally releasing on the GameCube in 2001, Animal Crossing has become a juggernaut for Nintendo. Its latest release, New Horizons, has given players an unprecedented amount of freedom to shape their island to their wildest imaginations.

Using the new game mechanics, a Pokemon fan set out to recreate what is perhaps the most iconic location in the Game Freak RPG – a Pokecenter. Artist ‘acnh.pokeland‘ shared their incredible project on the r/AnimalCrossing and r/Pokemon subreddits on January 5. “Pokéland is now opened!! 1st section: The Pokémon Center!!” they wrote.

The image shows the user’s Animal Crossing avatar adorably posing in Nurse Joy’s signature medical uniform. The artist creatively used various New Horizons items to bring the location to life, such as a pink shirt behind the counter featuring a Blissey design, and round hats patterned to look like Pokeballs.

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Reddit: u/ACQueen48
ACQueen48 created the Pokemon Center in New Horizons.

Pokemon fans praised the creator’s work, such as one user who exclaimed, “This is so cool!!! You did an amazing job on these.” Another player agreed and wrote, “Wow! I heard the music in my head as soon as I saw the pic! Great Job!”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans reacting to Animal Crossing Pokemon Center.

Incredibly this isn’t the only location the talented fan has created in New Horizons. Over on their Instagram account, they showed off images of their Poke-Mart as well. Longtime players of the RPG will remember the in-game store used to be a separate building up until Gen IV.

This isn’t the first time Pokemon fans have gotten creative in the Switch title. In May, one Animal Crossing user recreated battle Stadiums from the RPG. Players in July also used the custom Fireworks feature to light up the sky with popular ‘mon.

Despite releasing only at the beginning of 2020, New Horizons is already the second highest-selling game in Japan of all time. The social simulation title has sparked the imaginations of millions – including many creative Pokefans.