The Super Mario Bros. Speedrun World Record Has Been Broken
The speedrun world record for the NES classic Super Mario Bros. has been broken, with Twitch streamer Darbian setting a new record of 4:57.260.
Darbian’s any% run – which means that he can use warp pipes, glitches, and other assorted shortcuts to achieve his goal – bested the previous record of 4:57.693, which may seem like a small amount but considering the level of perfection required here, it’s truly incredible that he managed to do so. Darbian also equips himself with a heart rate monitor while performing these runs, with this particular run seeing his heart rate climbing to a slightly worrying 171 BPM.
The speedrunner has stated that this will be the last time he speedruns Super Mario Bros, so even if his time is somehow beaten in the future, he likely won’t return to reclaim his crown. With that being said, it’s going to take a monumental effort to beat this near-perfect run.
Watch it in full below: