in praise of piranha plants

February 12th, 2006

Anyone who knows me knows that I like to stay on the bleeding edge of technology. That’s why after several of the most recent years of playing Super Mario Brothers 3 for NES, I opted to upgrade to Super Mario World for SNES this past Christmas season.

It was around this time that I discovered something on the Interweb that I’d not seen before: Tool-assisted video game speed runs. If you’re not familiar with this, it’s sum of someone with too much time on their hands, console emulator software, and someone with too much time on their hands. They’ll create a near-flawless video of a game being completed, “rewinding” thousands of mistakes to do so, finally, posting the video for us all to enjoy.

Alexis Neuhaus’ run of Super Mario World through Bowser in 10 minutes, 51 seconds can be found here. It’s worth a little watch, even if you’re not into the latest technology the way I am. Via the Internet Archive.

3 Responses to “in praise of piranha plants”

  1. Alexis Neuhaus' Girlfriend says:

    Yes. We are all very proud of Alexis.

    Hey, does anyone on the internet want to go out with me? ANYONE AT ALL?

  2. Ben says:

    Note to self: Stop spending sleepless nights trying to beat Alexis’ record. I wish not to be surprised with divoce papers.

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