Welcome to Speedrun Sunday: that sadistic time of the week when we dare to challenge both your D-pad’s durability and sanity’s stamina with the ultimate test in video game bragging rights.

Hot off the bops ‘n boops of our calamitous Cuphead challenge comes yet another ruthless run that’ll leave you spun out and beat up by Badniks. That’s right, fellow collectors of Chao and Chaos Emeralds alike: We’re polishing off our Power Sneakers for our second rapid race through Sonic Mania.

THE CHALLENGE

Who can get the fastest time speeding through Flying Battery Zone – Act 1 as Sonic?

Our claim to fame is 1’43″88, which shouldn’t be too hard to top for the most heroic of hedgehogs among you. The manic mascot with the fastest time by 12:00 a.m. PT will win a coveted $10 eShop card (North America), along with the illustrious title Breaker of Sound Barriers.

THE RULES

  • All participants must play as Sonic. Sorry Tails and Knuckles fans!
  • Submissions must be made using the Switch’s capture button, particularly a snapshot of your leaderboard score for the Zone and Act in question (as shown below).
  • If your in-game name doesn’t match your online alias, make sure to scribble your Twitter handle using the Switch’s editing feature alongside your fanciful feat so we know it was you.
  • Feel free to improve upon and submit new scores as many times as you like.
  • In the instance of a tie, we’ll settle things in Smash live later during the week using various level 50 amiibo representing the winners.
  • Switch version only.

Follow @NinWire and @cityw0k on Twitter and retweet this post to qualify for today’s cash prize. After that, simply share your snapshot in the Twitter comments and we’ll personally send both your winnings and a social media shoutout within the week.

We’ll be keeping score right here in the article all day, too, so you can easily keep track where your top rivals rank. Also, feel free to tune in to our Sonic Mania livestream at 5:00 p.m. PT where I’ll personally be contending alongside today’s top competitors for fame and glory.

So whaddya say? Got the need for speed only the wonders of blast processing can provide? To quote the memetic and beautifully drawn Blue Blur himself, “Gotta go fast!”


Breaker of Sound Barriers

1. @XandretheAndre [1’16″58]

Skydiving Sonics Gone Splat

2. @FunkMastaDre [1’23″70]
3. @Mondu89 [1’28″96]
4. @ChilliusB [1’30″45]
5. @FSMellon [1’31″25]
6. @YuushiDaSuushi [1’31″48]
7. @AnalystDuelist [1’35″10]
8. @RedPhoenix7_ [1’39″25]
9. @PixelSquid_ [1’41″46]
10. @Lemswa [1’43″15]
11. @cityw0k [1’43″88]
12. @Knux_11 [2’53″82]

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Written by Matthew Weidner

When it comes to playing and writing about video games, Matthew aspires to be the very best, like no one ever was. Writing for Nintendo Wire and the thought of one day finally achieving a perfect, no death Super Meat Boy run fills him with determination.

Matthew Weidner