Super Mario Bros. Wonder worldwide speedrun record topped at 1 hour and 34 minutes with the generous help of glitches 

Twitch streamer Jhay set a new Super Mario Bros. Wonder Any% speedrun record on November 1. The previous record of 1 hour, 37 minutes and 15 seconds has now been updated to 1 hour, 34 minutes and 28 seconds. 

The speedrun record this time around is for an Any% run, which means that the player is allowed to exploit bugs and glitches in order to enter crevices of the game’s map normally not accessible, also known as going out of bounds (OoB). The rules also allow for local multiplayer mode. 

The new world record was set by Jhay, who has done many Mario speedruns up until now, particularly in the Super Mario Galaxy series, where he ranks No 1. in multiple categories. It seems that his latest goal was a Mario Wonder world record. 

Image Credit: Jhay on YouTube 

Jhay has been doing Any% speedruns of Mario Wonder since the day it launched. At first, his time was 2 hours, 21 minutes, and 21 seconds, which is quite slow compared to his latest record. However, he continued to repeat his runs and achieved a record of 1 hour, 41 minutes, and 13 seconds on October 30. The next day, he broke the 40-minute mark with a time of 1 hour, 37 minutes, and 15 seconds, and finally, this time he managed to shave another 3 minutes off his time to set a new world record of 1 hour, 37 minutes, and 15 seconds. 

These significant leaps in clear time are related to recently discovered glitches. First, at the end of October, a method was found to skip the Castle in W1. Jhay had shared the technique via X/Twitter, which makes use of local multiplayer and sending characters off-screen to proceed to the next, uncleared area by force. 

Later on, yet another technique was discovered to skip the Flower Isles Airship as well, and it seems to work in a similar way to the previous glitch, using 2P mode. The discovery of this bug contributed greatly to shaving off run time. 

Jhay, who sees more room for improvement in his Mario Wonder speedrun, was quite composed as he broke the world record, calmly expressing joy at his new personal best. He seems to be working on achieving a 1 hour and 32-minute run.

As an aside, there are different variations of speedruns for Mario Wonder, such as the “100%,” where you have to clear all stages and collect all Flower Seeds and Wonder Coins, as well as the “All Royal Seeds,” where you play normally, without relying on glitches. Incidentally, the “All Royal Seeds” leaderboard already has 77 player records listed at the time of this writing even though it’s been only 10 days since the game launched. 

Written by. Amber V based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2023-11-01 20:42 JST)

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