How many world records have YOU beaten this week?
Time for a hard truth: I don’t think I ever beat the original Super Mario Bros. I know that I beat Super Mario 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3, but I can’t remember ever successfully making it from start to finish in the very first game. Normally I made it to World 8 and just called it a day.
But here’s a guy who knows his Super Mario. In fact, he knows it so well that he broke the world record by just about a second:
There are a few things to take note of here: One, this isn’t a tool-assisted run. That’s a pure run from someone actually doing it that well. Second, the run takes advantage of some known Mario glitches and hitbox issues to shortcut some processes, such as jumping through piranha plants and warping through stone blocks.
A full explanation of the tricks deployed is available on the new world record holder’s YouTube page. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think it’s about time I handled this Bowser guy for the first and probably last time.