News – Super Mario Speedrunner Sets New World Record

Super Mario Bros. is one of, if not the most iconic game of all time. As such, it has always attracted many a gamer to enjoy Miyamoto’s masterful design. What’s more, thanks this design and the secrets held within, some players have been able to set some quite frankly phenomenal completion times, and now we can add one more to that.

You see, in what can only be described as a near impossible feat, Super Mario speedrunner Darbian has now set a brand new world record time of 4 minutes, 56 seconds, and 878 milliseconds. As such, he is now the Super Mario Bros. speedrunner World Champion. In fact, he may be the last one ever, as many experts in the field didn’t even believe this time could be achieved.

Before Darbian’s record breaking achievement, the record previously stood at 4 minutes, 57 seconds, and 194 milliseconds, a time that was set only 4 days prior. As such, when this previous record was set, the community thought it was Game Over for future challengers until Darbian managed to shave a further 316 milliseconds off the time. Yes, that’s all it took, 316 milliseconds.

What’s also interesting is that throughout the speed run, which can be seen in the above video, Darbian was also wearing a heart-rate monition. This showed that for the majority of his record breaking feat his bpm ran at around 80 – 90. However, upon nearing completion it raises to a massive 140, and then goes even higher when he realises he has achieved the once unthinkable. Who said gaming wasn’t a good work out eh?

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The screen that awaits anyone who completes Super Mario Bros.

Beating Super Mario Bros. in and of itself isn’t exactly a walk in the park, so beating in less than 5 minutes certainly deserves applause. Well done Darbian, on a well deserved world record. However, they say things come in threes, and given that the near unthinkable has now been achieved twice, who would bet against another challenger rising?

Simon Aubrey Drake

A lifelong gamer with a fanatical love of all things Nintendo and Japan. So much so that I've written a thesis on one and lived in the other. Currently on a quest to catch every last Pokémon. Follow me on twitter via @DudeXChill or @RingsandCoins.

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