10 Videos of People Beating Nintendo Games Really Freaking Fast
Years ago, you probably spent an entire summer trying to beat the original Super Mario Bros. on Nintendo.
Watching someone clear the entire game faster than it took you to get out of the first world –– well, that can be fun and painful to watch all at the same time.
Over time, cream-of-the-crop players, through sweat and dedication, have found incredible ways to conquer vintage Nintendo titles in really quick fashion. They then post the videos of their feats online, creating a whole new YouTube genre of so-called “speed runs.”
Here are some of our favorite clips of people beating old Nintendo games in less time than it takes you to eat lunch. Enjoy, and try not to mourn over your lost summers attempting to conquer Zelda.
1. Super Mario Bros.
We begin with a Nintendo game that just got hit with a new speed run world record, Super Mario Bros. We probably don’t have to explain to you Millennials and Gen Xers how super the Warp Zone trick that aided in this record-beating video is. But even with the help of that level-skipping cheat, besting the entire game in 4:57.69 took more practice than you were ever willing to put in, no doubt.
2. Donkey Kong
One minute and 53 seconds is probably less time than it took for you to read the entire text in this article, but one gamer managed to beat Donkey Kong from Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Classics game in exactly that duration. Whew.
3. Friday the 13th
In a scary-fast time of 3 minutes and 3 seconds, this video shows a slicing and dicing of the NES version of the popular 1980s horror film Friday the 13th.
4. The Legend of Zelda
Nothing short of a legendary performance here. This gamer blasts through the 1986 Legend of Zelda Nintendo game in 34 minutes and change.