A new world record has been set in glitchless Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess speedrunning, for the first time in almost six years. The game has now been beaten without exploiting any oversights in five hours, 27 minutes – a minute faster than the previous longstanding record.
The record was smashed by runner FX, who just about beat Draconif's time that was set in 2016. Even suffering a few setbacks, such as a rough Ganondorf attack pattern at the very end, the run was enough to bring the time down even further while playing the game as Nintendo intended. And with timesaves still to be made, it doesn't sound like FX is leaving the category behind just yet.
"The previous record of 5:28:46 by Draconif had stood for almost 6 years, and I thought it was about time someone stepped up to do something about it", says FX, sharing the run on the r/speedrunning subreddit. "There's still a good amount of timesave and optimization, and I will keep pushing for better at least for a little while, but I'm pretty happy with this time as it stands."
As you can see, it's a long run to get through. Without being able to clip through walls, go out of bounds, or make use of any other illegitimate skips, it's a matter of mastering the game as much as possible. The result is being able to blast through the game, which normally takes around 40 hours to beat, in a fraction of the time the devs intended, while still playing legitimately.
16 years on from its 2006 launch on GameCube and Wii, Twilight Princess has retained a following of speedrunning and casual fans alike. However, it's yet to get the Switch rerelease treatment of other Zelda titles such as Majora's Mask and Ocarina of Time. And if a recent report is to be trusted, that isn't set to change anytime soon either. Twilight Princess HD developer Tantalus has confirmed that Nintendo has no plans to bring the port over to Switch, having initially launched for Wii U.
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