If you want to see someone rip through one of gaming’s most iconic classics with disgusting ease, then you came to the right place.
A speedrunner who goes by the name Darbian has set a new fastest time in Super Mario Bros., the NES classic that helped popularize video games in North America for good. He managed to beat the whole game in just under five minutes – 4:57.627 to be exact. But he didn’t exactly shatter the old record, since it was only a split second longer at 4:57.69. The previous record was set over a year ago, so it’s not like these things get broken on a regular basis.
You can watch the new record run right here:
Darbian recorded it on an actual NES system, instead of an emulator. After watching it, you may wonder if it’s even possible to beat the game any faster. Apparently it is, as Darbian said on Reddit that he still made small mistakes that could have shaved more milliseconds off his time:
1) The biggest remaining time save is to add in the faster method of doing level 4-2. This method of doing 4-2 saves 21 frames (0.35s), but is extremely difficult. andrewg is the best person at getting this.
There is no other time save that a human has ever done (even in practice) prior to 8-4.
2) In 8-4, my notable mistakes include scrolling the screen a pixel too far in the “turnaround” room. I also had poor movement here, as ideally you’ll go down the pipe to the water with a 357 on the in game timer.
3) The exit to the water section was bad. Ideally you want to swim into the pipe, or at least touch the ground closer to the pipe than I did. Mario loses speed when walking on the ground in water. Blubbler discovered that the rate at which Mario loses his speed on the ground in water is lower if you do NOT press right. I used this advice, and it’s likely that this is the reason this run turned out to be the record.
If you’re into gaming speedruns, you should check out our list of incredible speedruns from other popular games.