Mario speedrunner attempts to recreate his record in front of Miyamoto... and doesn't

Speedrunning is great fun. But it's probably less fun when you're asked to recreate a perfect run of Super Mario Bros in one attempt while Shigeru Miyamoto is standing right beside you. Eek. But that's exactly what Andrew Gardikis was asked to do at a recent Nintendo event at the Nintendo World Store celebrating 25 years of Super Mario. It was a near impossible task. But how did he fare?

OK, so he didn't even finish the game, but it was a valiant effort. Quite how he was able to even hold the Wii-mote with those sweaty hands is beyond me.

Above: Miyamoto looks impressed, but likely dreading the post-attempt handshake

In case you're unfamiliar with Andrew's five-minute speedrun of Super Mario Bros, here's his amazing record-breaking original run:

It's still a phenomenal achievement. Five minutes is a devilishly short time to finish the game, but remember that means five straight minutes of flawless gameplay. Even if you know a game inside out, that's pretty damn hard. I wouldn't have expected him to be able to do it in one go from cold under regular conditions. In front of Mario's creator himself? No way.

It's amazing how one little change of circumstances can turn even a moderately decent speedrun into a shambling mess. As we found out with our extreme speedrunning video.

08 Nov, 2010

Source: Kotaku


  • lordvader178 - November 9, 2010 7:06 a.m.

    Either way, props to the guy for trying, its too hard to pull off a speed run first try.
  • shnazzyone - November 9, 2010 5:57 a.m.

    If that happen to me I'd just turn to Miyamoto, get wide eyed and crazy lookin', then scream "FUCKIN' HAMMER BROTHERS!" right in his face. Drop the controller and walk away.
  • reveffect - November 9, 2010 3:43 a.m.

    lol yeah I was about to comment on that weird asian girl. Is she possessed?
  • RonnyLive19881 - November 9, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    Anyone else notice that Girl eyeballing Shiggy like he is Brad Pit LMAO
  • HankVenture - November 8, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    I know he's a gamer but this is FUCKING Shigeru Miyamoto you're meeting with, dress somewhat nice
  • Sy87 - November 8, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    I hate speed runs. To me it kinda ruins the enjoyment of the game. It becomes work and I hate work in games. Granted they probably played the game to death still if a games good I'm going to take my time unless there is a spider chasing me.
  • batman5273 - November 8, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    The question I have is, was this a planned or spontaneous event? If this was planned, then this is the definition of epic fail! Now if this was spontaneous then I can understand the pressure. There is a big difference between being home alone with your video camera and being in front a crowd, especially when the guy standing next to you is the creator of Mario. Unfortunately I am assuming this was a planned event. In which case: EPIC FAIL!
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - November 8, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    If you pause at 5:10, Bowser's hammer OVERLAPS Mario. How does that not count as a hit? I am completely baffled.
  • JADENkOTOR - November 8, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    stage 8-2 was off the chain
  • Sharkbot - November 8, 2010 6:32 p.m.

    @Adonis dude he f*****g haxed Super Mario Bros and then used Flash to make it look legit. OBVIOUSLY! :P
  • AncientCanada97 - November 8, 2010 5:47 p.m.

    @oryandymackie hahahaha, you tickled my penis lol
  • KNITEpanda - November 8, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    @Adonis, lol its legit. The invisible block you speak of was the small ledge right below the pipe that protrudes outward. Just like jumps in Halo 3, this is possible. As for the hammer and piranha plants, its all about timing. There is a guy who can speed run it using a DDR Dance Pad and his feet, legit. Dont hate because you cant pull it off yourself.
  • oryandymackie - November 8, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    And then, Miyamoto cut him down cruelly with dual lasers which projected from his evil Asian eyes. The crowd, now silent, dispersed, and Miyamoto issued a hollow, cruel laugh of contempt before turning his heel and walking off into a swirl of black clouds.
  • Japanaman - November 8, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    Good thing, Miyamoto created Zelda. The NES needed a hit that takes longer than 5 minutes to beat.
  • Kenzo - November 8, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    i can barely deal with hammer bros at normal speed. let alone at high speed while being watched by the father of modern gaming. but his guy has almost no problem with them. 0.0
  • Felixthecat - November 8, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    Some of the jumps he pulled of were pretty great, and he definitely landed on some of the platforms very accurately, but still, I love to watch people fail.
  • AdonisX82 - November 8, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    I call bullshit. On his succesful speedrun, first off, it seems like he's running faster then normal. There's a spot (4:40) in there where it looks like he jumps off of an invisble block. I don't remember any invisible blocks that you could stand on. And the hit detection seems funny. It looks to me like he should be getting hit by pirahna plants and the hammer brothers on a few occassions, and it most DEFINETLY seems to me like he got hit by bowsers hammers (5:10 exactly). Seems suspicious to me
  • WheelchairBoundCommando - November 8, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Too bad for the guy, but who could blame him? I'd shit bricks if Miyamoto were standing next to me :D
  • felipe222 - November 8, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    It was all that kid's fault... lol
  • db1331 - November 8, 2010 3:14 p.m.

    I liked that one little brat that kept telling him everything to do, oblivious to the fact that this guy has probably been playing the game longer than he has been alive.

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