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January 24th, 2019 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 6 Comments

CWillyHD recently documented a way to skip ahead to Twoson well before you should be able to visit it. It’s more intended for speedrunners and just for fun, but it’s really cool to see: I never even imagined that this sort of trick was possible, but I bet it could be used for all kinds of other tricks, although none will probably be as useful as this one. I’m always amazed at ho...Read More »


August 10th, 2015 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 6 Comments

This year’s Summer Games Done Quick event was amazing, and EarthBound was one of the games played! EarthBound speedrunner Aurilliux managed to reach the end of the game in 1 hour and 27 minutes as hundreds of thousands of people watched from around the world! Here’s a look at the live run, which features some crazy random number manipulation that almost feels like card-counting in a c...Read More »


May 13th, 2015 | EarthBound, Events | 1 Comment

The RPG Limit Break 2015 charity stream is taking place right now as I type this. They’ve speedrunning lots of RPGs for a while now – here’s some more info: RPG Limit Break is a charity speedrunning marathon being held in Salt Lake City, UT. Speedrunners from across the US, Canada, and Australia have gathered to crush role-playing games and support charity. RPG Limit Break is pa...Read More »


October 20th, 2013 | EarthBound, Videos | 14 Comments

Tool-assisted speedrun expert pirohiko recently found a way to glitch MOTHER 2 and complete the game in 4 minutes and 4 seconds, which improves over previous TAS records. Here’s a look at it in action! (And thanks to Zinco for keeping me informed about it!) There’s a big, detailed explanation on how this was all done here, and although it’s in Japanese you might still find it in...Read More »


May 22nd, 2013 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1+2, Videos | 21 Comments

I sometimes wondered if different versions of MOTHER 2 might play faster or slower than other versions – and then I stumbled upon this Japanese video that compares the walking speed of the GBA MOTHER 2 and the Wii U Virtual Console MOTHER 2. (GBA on top, Wii U on bottom) As you can see, the GBA version has slower walking. I don’t know if that’s because the Wii U’s Super Fam...Read More »


April 14th, 2013 | EarthBound, Videos | 11 Comments

A while back I posted about a live speed run of EarthBound that was being held for charity. The final time for the full run ending up being only 5 hours and 23 minutes 😯 You can see the entire thing here: I’ve always wanted to try to do a good speed run of the game someday. I don’t think I’ll ever get as good as these Speed Gamer folks though! Also, I think it’s an unwr...Read More »


January 8th, 2013 | EarthBound | 7 Comments

Paolo sent me this recently: Speed Demos Archive is holding a speedrun marathon with members of Speed Runs Live on Twitch.tv from Jan 6th to Saturday Jan 12th to raise money for Cancer prevention, and on Wednesday Jan 9th at 09:10:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) they will be performing an EarthBound speedrun of the full game. The estimated time for the run is 6:15 by Mickey_Mage and skateman22...Read More »


January 26th, 2012 | EarthBound, Videos | 31 Comments

pirohiko has been constantly trying to improve the TAS record for EarthBound – this time we see the game being completed in 9 minutes and 1 second! I kinda want to see someone try this on a real console – it’d require an absolute ton of luck but I think it’d be awesome to see some crazy kid with a Power Glove on (or maybe someone wearing the MOTHER 2 jacket) pull off this ...Read More »


September 19th, 2010 | EarthBound, Videos | 22 Comments

Over the past few years we’ve seen fans figure out how to play the EarthBound/MOTHER games as quickly as possible, sometimes via live runs or via tool-assisted runs. This latest run of MOTHER 2 finishes the entire game in half an hour! How is it possible to beat a huge game like that in 30 minutes? By tying a bunch of glitches and tricks together, of course. In this case, the key glitch is t...Read More »


August 1st, 2010 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 53 Comments

For those of you who’ve never heard of it, there’s an organization called Twin Galaxies that keeps a catalog of video game world records – you can read some more about it here. If you’ve seen King of Kong, for example, you’re probably familiar with Twin Galaxies. Anyway, a new EarthBound world record was made a few days ago: a verified, real-life run of the game was c...Read More »


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