How ‘Super Mario Bros. 3’ became a speedrunning phenomenon

Like most Mario games, Super Mario Bros. 3 is a pillar of the speedrunning scene and has sparked quite the competition among players trying to beat the game as quickly as possible.

In Summoning Salt’s video above, the speedrunning historian goes through the story of Super Mario Bros. 3 speedrunning, how it grew in popularity before easy video-sharing on the internet was a thing, how today’s top runners bested a near-perfect tool-assisted run, and how the current world record holders reached their impressive times in a game that’s nearly 30 years old.


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