Games Done Slow: The Longest Speed Runs Ever Recorded
A speed run is when a gamer will try and complete a video game in a record amount of time. For avid gamers, a speed run is the perfect opportunity to test their abilities. To complete a speed run successfully, the gamer must know all the best routes, strategies, and shortcuts to cut their completion down as much as possible.
There are some games that people can run in a few hours or less. However, there are games with complex, intricate worlds that take hours to traverse successfully. So, pour yourself a cup of coffee and grab a few Red Bulls. Here are some of the longest speed runs ever recorded.
One of the longest continuous speed runs ever recorded was for Undertale.
Undertale has multiple endings based on how you play the game. So usually when someone says they’ve done a speed run on this game, it actually means that they’ve speed run a single route. These single-route speed runs usually take an hour or so. When players take the pacifist route—beating the game without killing an enemy — they’re treated to a slide at the end of the game that explains what happened to the characters they spared.
In 2018, Cookiepocalypse completed a 34-hour speed run of Undertale, which involved them collecting over 90 character-ending slides. To complete this unusual 100 percent speed run, the player stayed up for 23 hours straight, then took a nap before waking up to finish the last six hours of flawless gameplay.
The longest speed run ever recorded is Baten Kaitos. If the title doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because the game is a niche RPG for the Nintendo GameCube.
To complete a successful 100 percent speed run of Baten Kaitos, the player must collect every single item, then allow them to update in real-time. One item, “Shampoo”, takes a full two weeks of real-time to turn into “Splendid Hair”.
In 2016, Baffan was streaming his so-far successful speed run attempt on Twitch before the platform closed his account because he had left the stream idle for too long. Baffan’s logic was that he could play during the day, then leave the game and stream open while he slept to give the shampoo time to update. Twitch disagreed and suspended his account for 24 hours. Even though Baffan was suspended, his speed running attempt was still successful. In fact, he currently holds the world record for the fastest speed run of Baten Kaitos with a final time of 341 hours, 20 minutes, and three seconds.
Desert Bus is a relatively simple driving game that tasks the player with driving a bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas. If you slide off the road, the game is over. Also, the bus won’t accelerate any faster than 45 miles per hour. Even worse, the game can’t be paused. So, in order to make a successful run, players must play for a minimum of eight hours straight.
One gamer named Alden S. decided to make an attempt at speedrunning Desert Bus. He was successful in completing a 100 percent run of the game, which meant that they did the Tucson to Las Vegas drive 99 times without stopping during the drive. The speed run took 41 days, 17 hours, 15 minutes, and six seconds.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
In early 2019, SpecsNStarts streamed a 100 percent speed run of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This was an amazing feat because the game itself is a complex, open-world that players can spend hundreds of hours exploring.
In this 100 percent speed run, SpecsNStarts conquered all the Guardian Beasts, completed all 120 shrines, and collected 900 hidden Korok seeds. He completed Breath of the Wild in 25 hours, 28 minutes, and 31 seconds.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories
Based on the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, manga, and card game, Forbidden Memories was one of Konami’s first attempts at bringing the franchise to video games. Set in Ancient Egypt, series protagonist Yami must protect his kingdom from usurpers by beating them in the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game.
In 2018, A3r1uS streamed his 100 percent speed run on Twitch in 14 separate parts. The speed run ended up clocking in at 95 hours, 40 minutes, and 27 seconds. To complete the speed run, A3r1uS had to use 689 separate cards to defeat every opponent in the game.
Final Fantasy IX
Instead of calling it a 100 percent speed run, players of Final Fantasy IX call completing the entire game an insanity run. To complete an official insanity run, players are not allowed to sleep. However, they can have a short break for eating. To get to the end of this huge game, players must deliver every piece of Mognet mail given to them and get every card in the Tetra Master game. Players also have to negotiate the hand-programmed one-off moments that have made the game such a favorite with fans.
In 2016, IhavenonameSDA completed a Final Fantasy IX insanity run in 29 hours, 25 minutes, and 56 seconds. The same player attempted the same feat in 2014, finishing around the 35-hour mark. Subtracting six hours from one’s gameplay is a real improvement.
Fans of Pokémon love Pokémon Stadium. The game lets players import their Pokémon from the Game Boy games and battle against our trainers in three dimensions.
If you want to do an official speed run of Pokémon Stadium, you’ll need to follow the official rules, which means no imported Pokémon. To beat this Nintendo 64 game in one go, you’ll need to use the Pokémon that you rent from the game itself. With the rented Pokémon, you must win every single battle. If you lose once, you have to start all over.
In 2017, Werster got to the final credits of the game after completing all the Stadium cups and Gym Leader Castle. His time was a record-breaking 20 hours, nine minutes, and 49 seconds. Werster accomplished this all in one sitting, without using any glitches to help modify their performance.
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey, a 100 percent run means that the player must collect 999 power moons, 1000 purple coins, and 40 costumes. The player also has to possess 52 different enemies through the game.
Current speed run record holder Fir secured the title with a run of 9 hours, 47 minutes, and 13 seconds.