Expert Mario 64 Player Demonstrates His Most Advanced Techniques 

Expert Mario 64 Player Demonstrates His Most Advanced Techniques 

Video: Ever wondered how some of the best players pull off their ridiculous tricks? Super Mario 64 player pannenkoek2012, known for beating the game in as few button presses as possible, made a video explaining his process. It’s amazing.

pannenkoek2012 walks through a bunch of his techniques in this video, though the one he initially focuses on is what’s called 0.5x button presses. The short version is that he’s holding down the A button, the long version is in the video.

You, like me, have probably watched a bunch of speedrun or challenge videos. It’s easy to sit in awe at what people are pulling off, but often, I don’t fully grasp what’s actually happening. This video helps demystify some techniques.

To give you a taste, here’s a sample of what pannenkoek2012 explaining “scuttlebutt transportation”, which is way more complicated than it sounds:

Just take my word for it: watch the whole thing. It’s fascinating.


  • This stuff gets my motor running so hard. Watching the commentary of speed runners and game breakers is crazy fascinating, I wonder if stuff like this is timeless though. Will people be interested in this as diehard N64 fans thin out?

    • People still dabble in older systems but the N64 does seem to get a lot of love in these sort of scenes. Maybe because going 3D opened up a lot more opportunities for glitches. They had 2D down pretty solid the generation before.

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