A few weeks removed from the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and we have an absurd speedrun up. Over the weekend, Venick409 set the new world record for an any% run with 54:05. That’s 54 minutes and five seconds.
You can watch the run right here; but, of course, be mindful of boss spoilers and such.
Venick409 beat gymnast86’s 58:01 run, the first to clear the game in less than an hour.
What are the key speedrunning techniques?
Polygon puts a bow on a bunch of minor stuff that these speedrunners are doing to shave off seconds. The Wii U version saves around 30 seconds over the Switch. Putting the game in German saves around 10 seconds. Using amiibo actually shaves off 40 to 50 seconds.
Which brings us to some of the controversy… Using amiibo basically gives you a free horse and some clutch equipment. Some purists think the pieces of plastic are essentially physical cheat codes and don’t belong in proper speedruns, while others think they’re completely acceptable.
What do you think?