Speedrunner Cosmo Smashes 'Zelda: Ocarina of Time' in 18:32

Ocarina-Of-Time-Speedrun-World-Record-18-Minutes-32-SecondsRPG adventures such as The Legend of Zelda are usually safe purchases for those looking for lengthy quests and deep storylines. For most of us, our many journeys through video games will no doubt require countless hours of investment to even catch a glimpse of the final battle. Cosmo Wright on the other hand, prefers more condensed world record playthroughs lasting mere minutes.

Believe it or not but this well-renowned Twitch speedrunner has managed to finish the Nintendo 64 classic, Ocarina of Time in just 18 minutes and 32 seconds. Using a selection of incredibly precise and sneaky glitches to manipulate the game's code, Cosmo has perfected his route through the 1998 adventure in ways you'd never even imagine.

The first of these glitches has our green-clad protagonist venturing out into the Lost Woods, only to then thrust an attack into a nearby pool, warping Link into a later portion of the game. This glitch, like many demonstrated with ease in this speedrun, pushes Link into a small section of the scenery he doesn't belong, allowing our hero to take advantage of access to a location usually unaccessible until much later on.

Using a series of these well timed moves and techniques, Cosmo bypasses the entire game's middle section, arriving at the final battle with Ganon - as child Link with nothing but a Deku Stick in arms. As you'd expect though, this battle is taken care of easily and Ganon is soon banished following the heroic efforts of our stick-wielding miniature hero.

What makes Cosmo's efforts tackling Ocarina of Time so notable, is that instead of relying on emulators and save states to perfect each glitch, the entire process is done on the original hardware and broadcast live on the internet. Needless to say Cosmo seemed rather pleased knowing his latest attempt shaved a good eight seconds off the previous record, maintaining his title of the King of Hyrule.

Zelda: Ocarina of Time Completed In 18:32

And to think we thought we were good at video games!?

Last Updated ( 28 April 2014 )  


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(Link to this comment) Noobish Hat 2014-04-29 04:07
Why is he playing the Chinese version though?
(Link to this comment) TheDonovanViper 2014-04-29 15:09
Quoting Noobish Hat:
Why is he playing the Chinese version though?

The Chinese version is known to have the quickest text speed compared to NTSC and PAL versions. Mainly due the text needing fewer words. If you go through and watch different text introductions on Youtube, it's about a good 7 seconds faster I believe. Cosmo used to use a I-Que for a while, before having competition from another streamer called 'Skater82297'.

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