The latest Super Mario 64 speedrun trend gives Mario a gun

Super Mario 64 currently has a healthy neighborhood of fans attempting to exceed for gathering stars as rapidly as possible, today, there’s a growing scene around parodies of the video game also. Very Mario 64 FPS, the ridiculous-but-obligatory first-person remake that provides Mario a weapon, is seeing more folks submit times for a dedicated leaderboard right now.

The idea to speedrun Super Mario 64 FPS is an old one; YouTuber EazySpeezy​ uploaded a video on a 70-star run midway through 2020. But more recently, YouTuber Alpharad threw his hat into the ring with a video detailing his own adventure learning the ins and outs of the video game, and the “best” strategies to achieve quick times. There’s a lot of wall clipping. The game is also bit glitchy, so runners have to deal with things like Mario going invisible and or suddenly dying. It also means you get to hear wonderful sentences about, say, when prospective runners should look into acquiring a bazooka for Mario.

Obviously a lot of this is tongue-in-cheek and for entertainment — midway through his run, Alpharad starts using dev tools and reprograms his mouse to blitz his way through the game. But in the video description, Alpharad encourages his viewers to send their own runs to Speedrun.com, the popular speedrunning website. While runs have been ongoing from the start of the year, there’s a fresh submission that is dated March 1. Clocking in at 34 minutes, 21 seconds, the current 70-star record belongs to Scottish speedrunner Falsepog. There’s likewise a race in between Alpharad and EazySpeezy​ near completion of the video ingrained above.

“I can’t believe I’m saying this, but gun Mario 64 is genuinely one of the sickest speed games ever made, and I just hope they’ll someday let me play this at GDQ,” Alpharad states throughout the absurdist video.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.