There is a thriving community of speedrunners out there that race through some of the best known games in history. There are many forms of speedrunning from finding complex glitches in the game world to zip past large portions of the experience, to tool assisted/emulator runs where gamers dig right into the code of the game. Super Mario World, originally released on the SNES, has been beaten start to finish, in less than 5 minutes using an advanced credits warp glitch, but just recently one speed runner beat it blindfolded:
While speedrunner PangaeaPanga didn’t even come close to the less than 5 minutes clocked by some of his colleagues, he did manage to clear the entire game blindfolded in just over 23 minutes. That’s right, Super Mario World, completely blind in 23 minutes and 14 seconds, and you can watch the whole thing happen above.
Now his run wasn’t without flaw, in fact, he made a few mistakes, but it was nonetheless still a very impressive feat. Relying mainly on some serious memory work, and what appears to be a heavy dependency on the audio (notifications from nearby devices seem to throw him off), he lands right at Bowser’s castle within about 13 minutes.
You would think PangaeaPanga has been practicing this for years, but apparently that isn’t the case. He just started to train blindfolded on the 16th of June and began making serious attempts just this past weekend. Keep in mind, he has likely been playing this game for years, and he is a professional speedrunner who takes his games pretty seriously (as you can see).