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This three-minute Super Mario Bros. 3 speedrun is impressive

6:30 PM on 05.01.2014 // Brittany Vincent

I just wanna run, mama

I thought finishing Super Mario Bros. 3 with my dad over the course of a week when I was a little girl was impressive, but this speedrun clocking in at 2:54:98 has forever shamed me.

Of course, it lessens the pain a bit to know that this isn't exactly a "legitimate" time -- it's a tool-assisted video from TASVideosChannel that uses a pipe glitch to allow Mario to make his way to Peach in world 7-1 in record time.

Lord Tom and Tompa explain their methods in brief on the YouTube video description: "This run gets to World 7-1 as quickly as possible to perform the glitch, and some unusual moves are done with enemy spawns and positions to get the glitch to work. [...] There are also author subtitles provided with the emulator movie file and primary encode to explain some of the key differences in this run."

I salute thee, Lord Tom and Tompa. I'm lucky to get my playthroughs down to a few hours. For more information on how this run was completed, check out the video's archive page on the TAS Videos site.

Super Mario Bros. 3, Beaten In Under Three Minutes [Kotaku]



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