On February 16th Super Mario Brothers Speedrunner Kosmic got the new world record ANY% in 4:56.462 besting Darbian, the previous record holder. The run is incredible and if you were wondering the tricks he used to do it you need to watch the video linked above. It goes over every part of the run and also explains how Speedrunners have broken it down to a very particular science. The current theory is that at some point humans might not be able to optimize the run further but it's possible someone might find something new that breaks that assumption wide open.
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Super Mario Bros. is the one game’s speed runs that I follow, because it’s the one that I tried to set best times for. As I understand it we are within a half second of the theoretical human limit. So at this point any new record is truly exciting.
What is your personal best?
I honestly can’t remember. I want to say I was thrilled when I broke 6 minutes but I could just as easily be remembering that wrong and subtracting a minute or two.
Now that I think about it, I think that memory was when I broke 7 minutes. I think I made it lower, 6:45 or so.
This was a super interesting video! If you'd like to learn even more about level 4-2, this video is dedicated to the history of speedrunning level 4-2. https://youtu.be/i1AHCaokqhg
Thanks Adam. Added that to my watch later queue!