Watch Someone Beat Super Mario Bros. In Under 5 Minutes

Classic NES game beaten in supposedly world record time.

This week seems to be all about speedruns. Just days after a world record Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes speedrun video surfaced this week comes another that shows someone completing classic NES game Super Mario Bros. in under five minutes.

Speedrunner Blubbler posted a video this week (via Eurogamer) that shows a completion of the entire game--with no cheats--finished in 4:57.69, supposedly a world record. That's about a second faster than the previous record of 4:58.09.

It's an impressive feat to watch. Blubbler deftly zips through the levels, avoiding enemies and timing jumps with absolute perfection. You'll notice a particularly interesting technique in level 8-2 (at around 3:30 in the video), when Blubbler skillfully arrives at the flagpole at exactly the same moment as the Bullet Bill, allowing Blubbler to bypass the walk to the castle.

Such mastery is entrancing to watch. Check out the full video above.

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mynameisjeffro1
mynameisjeffro1

The guy edited out most of level 1-1. You don't just skip from the first tunnel to the end of the level. COME ON! That's not cool. Spread the word.

Latiran
Latiran

I don't like the hate this guy is getting, it's uncalled for. Yes he couldn't die from enemy collisions but who gives a crap? he still could have died from falling into lava or holes so there was still a large degree of skill needed here.


Very easy to bash someone like this from behind the screen, but how well would you do i wonder?

lonelydragon123
lonelydragon123

I guess eddie doesn't know about speedrunners.... World records are beaten all of the time. Not only that but SGDQ was this week as well... you know, a charity event dedicated to speedrunners showcasing their skills for organizations. But hey, what do i know... i'm not the one editing the articles.

bafalcon
bafalcon

I will watch this directly through youtube because gamespots embedded videos suck

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

FAKE,not only the warp zone at 4-2 which clearly shows he fucked up and he edited the video but he passes through most fo the enmies,I counted at leat 15 instances where he should've died.

djduffjr
djduffjr

It's not real and so obviously fake in world 8-4 at 367 mark there is an invisible block that you have to hit... You can't make that jump! In 4-2 you warp to level 8 by climbing that vine not going down a tunnel... I could be wrong but I will try again today to double check! In 8-2 he never even jumps on the flag! Just to name a few!!


bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I've done speedruns of like 10 minutes. What this guy has done is superb. He did techniques I didn't even know existed. 

emerin76
emerin76

Impressive jumping, kinda. Plants should've killed him.  I remember using those warp tunnels to other levels....wasn't worth it.  It was fun collecting coins and extra lives.

Elnath10
Elnath10

What the hell, in 2:03min mario should fall there

javalino
javalino

a game that takes less than 5 min to complete !!!! sucks very bad!!!

deadpen
deadpen

Ha watch 3:36 when mario gets stuck and at 4:32 when mario does a double jump. This is such crap, if he can't die and has special jump abilities then this is worthless


Another great BS article from GS's BS reporter Eddie Makuch.

deadpen
deadpen

at 1:59 when he jumps the second plant it should have killed him. This is bogus, it is emulated on FCEUX 2.2.1 and if you want a world record it has to be played on the original hardware. Look at The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters when a video that showed the record being beat was not enough to be an official record since he couldn't prove his arcade cabinet wasn't modified.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Using warp zones is cheating.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

It's kind of boring though.  The entire game is basically played in just pure forward motion without stopping.  Other than the exploit at the end of 8-2 and one or two split seconds in 8-4 he never stops moving to the right at full speed, which means there's almost no opportunities to gain time and differentiate runs.

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

Such mastery is entrancing to watch.


LOL.  Some peoples' kids  Can't tell if serious or tr.olling Eddie

BuBsay
BuBsay

You probably shouldn't have linked his entire playlist along with the video so that it doesn't start auto-playing when the video is over and looks more professional.


It just takes a couple of seconds to adjust.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

The way he jumped on top the tubes with killer plants on them was unreal!  I didn't even know that could be done in that game.

unreal849
unreal849

Watch Special Ed Magoo Whip Up Non-News on a Slow Day in Under Five Seconds!

berserker66666
berserker66666

Mario's so impolite stepping over everyone's heads.

blackace
blackace

I wonder if anyone at Nintendo could do it faster.

faizanhd
faizanhd

Let the condescension from useless twits and their retarded definitions of speedruns begin !


That part at 3:30 was pretty awesome. Try doing it.

brian_ghattas
brian_ghattas

I see Eddie's cadre of teenage shitstains and failed states haven't arrived to spam this story yet.

Bili5
Bili5

Eddie's journalism course - under 5 minutes!

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

why didn't he simply press select button to directly go to stage 8-4?What he did was no different

deadpen
deadpen

@djduffjr The "double jump" is an iffy fight. I feel that it is not their, but some people have filmed themselves doing it while holding a nes controller. But they never show putting the game in then playing to that point. As for the warp are you are 100% correct, you can see him hit the block for the vine at 1:58 then go down a pipe right after. This in turn puts him on the ground where the vine should have come up to get to world warps 6-7-8.

This no vine climb would give him the few milliseconds needed to "beat" the record

h1221292h
h1221292h

You dont know anything about games kid. Go play with your ipad...

metallinatus
metallinatus

@DrKill09 No, it is taking a shortcut that was put there for that purpose....

You should learn what a speedrun means.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@tomservo51  That was the original concept, and it did great in Japan.  But then they had to tame it down for the US market :)

blackace
blackace

@sleepyinmorning That would be cheating. Gotta start at the beginning of the game to set the world record.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@sleepyinmorning @blackace Well you asked why, and someone gave you an answer and you say "Don't give technical answers"?

The answer's pretty plain and simple, there's rules to doing speedruns.