If you grew up playing oldschool video games, chances are that at some point, you and your friends have competed to see who could beat your favorites the fastest. Be it getting to the end of Super Mario Bros. first, or seeing if you could beat eachother's best lap times in Mario Kart.
Turns out we were amateurs the entire time.
Speedrunners take the concept of beating games quickly to a level that most of us could only dream of matching. These people take their in-depth knowledge of literally every aspect of a game's programming (including glitches), and use this to cut down hours of game time.
Here are some of our absolute favorite runs that will definitely blow your mind.
1) Pokémon Yellow - Game Completed Immediately
What's the fastest way to beat the game? Turns out it's not to catch 'em all: it's to use a glitch to beat the game right at the beginning! That's right, the game clock still reads 0:00 when you use this run tactic!
2) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Under 20 Minutes
One of the most expansive and open games of its time, Ocarina of Time had us all exploring Hyrule for dozens of hours as kids. Even if you try to blast through it, it's still going to take you a while.
That is, of course, unless you're speedrunner Torje, who uses a clever series of glitches to skip right from the first dungeon to the final boss!
3) Super Mario World - Just Over A Minute
This famous run uses manipulation of how the game reads the code of items and defeated enemies to trigger the end credits scene in just over a minute! You read that right.