Speedrunners are always looking to break boundaries (and frame data) in their quest to speed through games in the fastest time possible. A new record has been set, as Super Mario Bros. speedrunner Darbian has beaten his old record by .316 seconds, setting a new world record in the process.
Darbian’s new time of 4:56.878 beats his old record of 4:57.260, which he set in April. It was thought fellow SMB speedrunner Kosmic beat that time less than a week ago by one frame, but further analysis showed that Kosmic merely tied for the time. It’s amazing that people are able to push for lower times and faster strategies for a 30+ year old game, even today, and Darbian’s accomplishment is quite impressive indeed.
You can check out Darbian’s record breaking run below. I highly recommend the watch – after all, it won’t even take you five minutes.