Another Games Done Quick marathon has come to a close, and this one was their biggest ever! For the first time in GDQ history, the event raised over $2,000,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation — twice as much cash as what GDQ generated one year ago.
And what an event it was! If you missed the stream and you don’t have the time to watch a literal week’s worth of footage, we’ve pruned the entire marathon to its most memorable moments….
This year there were a lot more competitive races and less glitch-exploiting single-player playthroughs. There was this early on, however: player Jaguar King rushing through Metal Gear Solid 2’s most brutal difficulty setting like a knife through butter.
But if it’s races you wanted, you got your donation money’s worth. This four-player simultaneous race through Super Mario Sunshine gets nail-bitingly close toward its finish.
The Awful Games Block is always pure joy….and they picked some stinkers this time! Check out Timecop:
Donkey Kong 5:
And the bizarre “educational” lupine simulator Wolfquest:
Mighty No. 9 was part of the Mega Man block, not the Awful Games block. With some of these, it’s the commentary that makes the experience. Greenzsaber provides an excellent narration to the nonsense happening onscreen.
Another example where the commentary is the best part. Gamejo6 and AndrewG played through the SNES version of Lost Levels as a donation incentive, and it was well worth all that cash just to hear them ad-lib lyrics to the tune of the game.
The N64 version of Ocarina of Time has been hacked to bits by now, but BenStephens56 finds a way to complete the 3DS version in less than two hours.
We didn’t get Mario Maker, but we DID get Super Dram World, a super-hard set of Kaizo Mario levels. You’ll want to watch to the end because there is actually a personal story behind this hack.
Every GDQ features an appearance from TASBot, the Tool-Assisted Speedrunning Robot. This time TASBot pulled off the mindblowing hack of getting a real SNES to display Super Mario 64 and Portal! As they explained at the end, it wasn’t really RUNNING the games — they had just found a way to hack a video player into Link to the Past by inputting data through the controller ports. Which is quite a feat in itself.
This I am just including because The Krion Conquest needs more love. The game is basically Mega Man only you have all the powers from the beginning.
Don’t miss the next GDQ, Summer Games Done Quick, which will be held in Minneapolis on July 2-9. WAH!