The fastest anybody has ever beaten the original Super Mario Bros. is with a time of 4:57.427. The man who currently holds that record isn't happy with it, though. He knows he can do it faster.
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Out of everything that's released in 2016, two titles have stuck out in my mind. The first one is the subversive platformer-puzzler hybrid Pony Island, which certainly stands out for being one of the more meta titles in recent times.
The second is Punch Club, the boxing management simulator whose marketing campaign was run through the quirky medium of Twitch Plays. It's apparently worked, with the game grossing more than US$1 million in sales in 10 days.
Every second counts when you're trying a world record, which means players tend to discover some bizarre tricks to shave off time. Resident Evil speedrunners have been mining tricks for years, but they're gaining new life with the re-release. The most entertaining one I've discovered is what some call "stair skating".