This Super Mario 64 speedrun is darn impressive

Watch as this guy collects all 120 stars in under two hours.

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How long did it take you to collect all 120 stars in Super Mario 64? Surely longer than one speedy gamer, who this week posted a video of what appears to be a world record speedrun.

Watch the video below as Twitch user Siglemic completes the beloved 1996 Nintendo 64 game in an astonishly quick 1:43:54. He's using a standard Nintendo 64 controller and you'll notice it's the Japanese version. That's because it has a 2.7 second advantage, he says.

Siglemic makes use of advanced techniques like backwards long jumps, jumpdives, and lava boosts, but he assures us that this video is not a tool-assisted speedrun. He also points out that he's playing on a Nintendo 64 itself, not an emulated version.

In all, Siglemic says he's been playing Super Mario 64 for three years and has racked up around 5,000 hours of playtime so far. Watch and be amazed.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

74 comments
FLEEBS
FLEEBS

This is awseom, but I'd like to see how long it would take without using glitches.

Chatch09
Chatch09

Legendary.....This gives me a new challenge for my favorite game of all time.

varmintx
varmintx

But, he didn't get a trophy/achievement, so what was the point?  /extreme sarcasm

bmart970
bmart970

That is quite impressive.

pyro1245
pyro1245

What can I say? Sig is really really good at this game

NTM23
NTM23

Regardless of this guy using some glitches the game has, I am still impressed at how fast he can correctly get around the world. I'm not a huge fan of speedruns, because it doesn't do the actual game experience justice, but it doesn't really have to. It shows dedication to learn how to get all these this quick one way or another.

taker254isback
taker254isback

Love this  Mario game! One of my favorites if not favorite!

Sjalasvalten
Sjalasvalten

Just out of curiosity, and this may be because I am such a purist when it comes to gaming but I thought the whole idea of speed runs were to complete the game the fastest way possible without using known and even unknown glitches to your advantage.  I am legitimately wondering if I have severely misinterpreted the idea of a speed-run, am I wrong?

Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

I like a lot of the little tricks he pulls to shave off seconds. One of my favourite games of all times, have never seen anyone play this well before though :).

cpfree26
cpfree26

Hopefully this inspires Nintendo to make a new one. 

Sunuva22
Sunuva22

interesting how he pulls off jumps to skip past a bunch of stuff, kind of went through some walls I never knew you could pass through too, still awesome gameplay for the few minutes i watched

getupandboogie
getupandboogie

I love siglemic. Although this is an old story to me, its nice to see him getting some attention. Its amazing how he memorises it all. I recommend people check out AGDQ! The skill these guys have... Cosmo is my favourite speedrunner

SurlyPotato
SurlyPotato

Nice to see Eddie is working hard by watching random YouTube videos... keep up the hard work...

riotinto876
riotinto876

Came here for ignorant comments about speedrunning. How many hours do you think professional swimmers, for example, spend on average going back and forth on the same exact pool doing the same exact thing? Guess they must have no lives huh? Oh, but it's different because it's a game? Yes, let's label some activities acceptable and others not so much, because fuck personal tastes.



PS.: Wasted opportunity into making a more in depth article about speedrunning games in general eddie, shame.

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

Welcome to the world of speedrunning, Eddie. You're about a year late on this.

Daveof89
Daveof89

5,000 hours.... so 208 entire days of his life he has spent playing mario 64. Don't get me wrong, I've done a lot of gaming myself, but spending 2/3 of a year playing a single game... that's ridiculous.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

5'000 hours of mario....


fck that. That sounds like a mental condition lol, Some of the best games i love i havent played 5'000 of it. Even counter strike i dont think im up to 5'000 hours.

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

I don't know why I feel so compelled to watch this

tomservo51
tomservo51

What a scam. This games SP campaign is less the 2 hours?

bahamutdragons
bahamutdragons

I wish GameSpot had higher quality standards for their articles. They could be talking about how this beats the old 1:48 established by Siglemic, they could be talking about a brief history of speed running.  There's so much opportunity and it's just frustrating to see the news editors don't give a damn.

den_of_villainy
den_of_villainy

What a worthless achievement. HEY GUYS I CAN BEAT AN 18 YEAR OLD GAME IN 2 HOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loser. In b4 white knights call me jelly. You're losers too.

bluefox755
bluefox755

So he's spent literally 1/5 of every single day for the past 3 years playing Mario 64...

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

Memorizing the exact timing and locations of all those jumps would drive me crazy. 5,000 hours on one game? That's crazy.

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

Why did he pick the Japanese version of the game? Is it something to do with glitches that Nintendo may have patched during translation? 

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

Man I don't even know what the goals are in this Japanese version....

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

@Sjalasvalten While there are glitchless speedruns out there, they are certainly the minority. Pretty much any speedrun you see nowadays will exploit any and all glitches available to complete the game in as fast of a time as possible. To emphasize, It's ALWAYS about completing the game in as fast of a time as possible. It's much like driving a car, running all of the stoplights and driving through buildings in an effort to reach your end destination on time.

Some speedrunners even dedicate time to find new glitches to allow for a faster completion time.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@SurlyPotato  Maybe, but you can't deny that this is not just random, but definitely video game related. Also, many gamers on this site happen to care about video game related material, especially when it involves such a well known and beloved game as Super Mario 64. Lastly, this is Twitch and not YouTube.

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

@den_of_villainy  Troll harder. Instead of moving on to the next burnt out franchise he is trying to perfect an older game. There is nothing wrong with that and you are only embarrassing yourself. 

AstartesLegion
AstartesLegion

@terrariafan247  Most speedrunners use the Japanese version of Nintendo games. The text is faster because you can fit more information in fewer characters.

brakish33
brakish33

@terrariafan247  Like it says in the article, because there is a time advantage. (The text is shorter or something)

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

@mirage_so3 @Darkmoone1 @Quarkzquarkz  Oh. Well yeah that's true. XD


....Is there a reason why he picked this version of the game?