A speedrunner managed to beat The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in under four minutes. The thing is, they pulled off the impressive feat without even using the full version of the game.
As spotted by Polygon, a speedrunner with the username Savestate uploaded a video to YouTube showcasing their run of the classic N64. Using a demo version of the game loaded from Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii, Savestate managed to complete the game in an extremely impressive 3 minutes and 41 seconds.
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Within the speedrunning community, games have a number of categories in which users can attempt speedruns. Savestate’s game attempt is categorized as an “Any%” run, which basically means a player is able to use various bugs, glitches, and exploits to complete the game as quickly as possible. The speedrunner’s time is almost half that of the full version of Ocarina of Time’s world record, which currently stands at 6 minutes and 49 seconds – although there are significant differences between the full version and the demo included in Smash Bros. Brawl.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Nintendo Wii came with a number of short demos that allowed players to delve into the franchises the game had drawn its fighters from. The Ocarina of Time demo accessible through Savestate gives players the freedom to explore the N64 classic at their leisure, but cuts playtime after five minutes – a factor that probably doesn’t matter when trying to complete the game. entire game in less than four years.
Perhaps due to its five-minute playtime, the demo has a few differences from the official version of the game that make it a lucrative option for speedrunners. Not only does the demo skip the entire start of Ocarina of Time, instead opting to start players off at the Temple of Time, it also comes with a number of pre-loaded items that can come in handy when on the go. it’s about saving precious seconds. race.
Unfortunately for Savestate, while the race may be of world record pace on its own, Speedrun.com does not yet include a separate category for the Brawl demo the race was completed on. With the two versions of the game being so different, time won’t affect the current “Any%” ranking for Ocarina of Time – although either way, it’s a pretty spectacular effort.
For a more nostalgic read, be sure to check out this article where we’ve counted down the top 25 games released for the N64. Alternatively, to dig deeper into the world of speedrunning, take a look at this article detailing how the Spelunky world record holder was recently exposed as a cheater.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.