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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 treacherous turnpike of our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe challenge comes another ruthless run that’ll leave you shaking in your little mushroom booties. That’s right, fans of treasure raids and Toad Brigades: We’re dusting off our miner’s hat in search of the finest treasure trackers the Mushroom Kingdom has to offer!


Who can get the fastest time climbing Wingo’s Watchtower [Episode 1, Stage 18]?

Our claim to fame is 108, which shouldn’t be too hard to beat for the most manic of mushrooms among you. The captain with the fastest time by 12:00 a.m. PT will win a $10 eShop card (North America), along with the illustrious title Admirer of Ascots.


  • If you want to participate, you first have to collect all Gems and complete all bonus objectives in every chapter of the first book to unlock stage time trials.
  • All submissions must be made using the Switch’s 30 second video capture feature showing your total time after saving Toadette (as shown below). No snapshots allowed.
  • 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.
  • Feel free to improve upon and submit new scores as many times as you like.
  • Switch version only.

Follow @NinWire and @tater_n_tots on Twitter and retweet this post to qualify for today’s cash prize. After that, simply share your video 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. Feel free to tune in to our Captain Toad livestream at 5:00 p.m. PT where we’ll be exploring every nook and cranny of Episode 2 in the good captain’s latest adventure for treasure!

So whaddya say? Ready to slap on your finest ascot and show that fiendish fowl who’s boss? To quote the chipper man of mushrooms himself, “Time for adventure!”

Admirer of Ascots

1. @JKeatDawg [72]

Downtrodden Treasure Trackers

2. @akfamilyhomeak [73]
3. @AmiiboJason [77]
4. @tater_n_tots [108]
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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.