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Most players will take days to complete The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, but speedrunners do it much faster. Thanks to a year full of new discoveries and attempts by hard-working runners, The Wind Waker HD has been completed, for the first time ever, in under an hour.

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Old school Nintendo fans dealt with a ton of challenging games, but Battletoads was one of the toughest. The third level contains the dreaded “turbo tunnel”, a long hoverbike gauntlet that wrecked careless players and grizzled experts alike.

Yesterday, a speedrunner not only completed it without losing a single life, but while blindfolded.

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Eight years ago, Games Done Quick started as a handful of sleep-deprived speedrunners unexpectedly crammed into owner Mike Uyama's mum's basement. Networking issues had forced them to abandon their planned location at MAGFest's hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, so they improvised.

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Speedrunners can rush through Celeste in about 30 minutes, but collecting everything and completing all challenges is much trickier. Yesterday, someone finally completed a 114% speedrun, collecting all hidden items and completing the game's most difficult levels without dying.

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Speedrunner Illudude has been playing Wave Race 64 since it was released in 1996 on the Nintendo 64. Yesterday, he set a new world record on the game's Drake Lake level, breaking the 1:11 barrier he first introduced in 2010 and which speedrunners have been trapped ever since.

Shaving five hundredths of a second off his previous time to reach 1:10 is his latest accomplishment in a 22-year-long obsession with figuring out how to circle Drake Lake as quickly as possible.