Someone Mashed Buttons So Fast They Broke Mario Party 4

Some folks are just really good at mashing buttons. And everyone has their own technique. Maybe you use two fingers. Maybe you hold the controller weird. Odds are though, you aren’t as good at mashing buttons as Ludwig Ahgren, who mashed so fast and so hard in a Mario Party 4 minigame, Domination, that he set a new personal and possibly world record and broke the game.

As first reported by Polygon, Ahgren pulled off this amazing bit of button mashing earlier this week. His technique looks a bit odd, holding the controller with his thumbs and rocking it up and down very quickly, but it worked.

In the minigame, players mash buttons as fast as they can for a set amount of time and each button press creates a Thwomp. At the end of the timer, the game shows a long line of Thwomps, representing all that button mashing. It is during this part of the minigame that Ahgren breaks Mario Party 4. The line of Thwomps is sooooo long that it flys off the game map and into the void.

Three years ago someone uploaded a TAS (Tool-Assisted Speedrun) of the same minigame. Back then the uploader claimed the score of 160 was the max. However, Ahgren proved faster than a computer and proved that to be wrong. This new score of 201 beats his previous high score of 199.

In three years who knows, maybe players with even faster fingers will be breaking 300 in this minigame in Mario Party 4. Though I’m not sure how much punishment Gamecube controllers can handle. They are tough. But everything has limits.


    I've never bought a Mario Party game for this reason. Controllers are expensive.

    haha flight of the bumblebee really makes the clip

    Seems like he didn't beat the TAS, the TAS just got stuck at 160 because there's a built in cap on how many you can spawn. Apparently the version he (and the other people competing for the record) uses a modded version of Mario Party 4 that removes the cap allowing for crazy numbers in order to keep it competitive.

    That said it's always worth remembering that TAS runs aren't the fastest possible time. They're the fasted possible time using the most optimal strategies available to the author at the time. If I made a Resident Evil 3 TAS video and somehow didn't know about the timing for quick shot inputs I'd never get one cycle worm. I'd be able to run my TAS a billion times and eventually get flawless RNG but my TAS run would still include potential for massive time save.
    I love TAS videos but they get shattered all the time by humans. Routes change and tech gets discovered. Eventually we get to Dragster but in the meantime TAS authors help human runners get better and human runners help TAS authors get better.

    That guy completely overreacted there, but I guess that's just what video game streamers do.

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