The Most HYPE Moments From Awesome Games Done Quick 2024

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The sun has set on another weeklong games Done Quick marathon, and when all was done, AGDQ 2024 raised over $2.5 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation…and had a lot of fun while doing it! The full archives are now up on the GDQ YouTube page, but since watching them all would literally take a week, we’ve hand-selected our favorite runs from the existing 168 hours.

This is the one you all expected, so we have to get it out of the way. If you haven’t already seen a Shiba speedrun the NES game Gyromite (normally played with ROB the robot), don’t miss the chance now that it’s in front of you this moment. Arf!

Super Mario Maker 2 made another appearance, but this one was a little different. Instead of another relay competition, they showed off levels made to take advantage of various glitches in the code. Nintendo tends to not like it when stuff like this is uploaded, so it’s all probably gone already, but the video is proof enough (and it’s so much fun just to watch).

The Awful Block returned to run Sneak King, the promotional XBox game where you play as  the BK mascot and run around a neighborhood ambushing people with gifts of meat patties. Burger King put out three of these back in the day and actually charged money for them (not a lot, but still).

Speaking of obscure and weird XBox stuff, everyone wondered why they had never heard of Whiplash, the game where you torture a rabbit to destroy a laboratory. It’s because mascot platformers like this were a dime a dozen by the time this one came out and the XBox wasn’t the platform where people went to play them.

This guy’s skills with Arkanoid on the NES are nuts. The game totally doesn’t play fair, with indestructible gold blocks obstructing out-of-the-way bricks you have to hit at JUST the right angle…and the ball increases speed to make it all worse. I certainly wouldn’t be able to beat the whole game in a half-hour. But his run was nearly flawless.

Someone played Super Mario 64 JUST WITH A DRUM SET. How’s that possible? You’ll have to watch to find out. Annoyingly, his drum solo during the end credits was muted by YouTube in the original upload, so that specific part was re-uploaded as its own video. Don’t miss that either!

This year’s SMW kaizo hack was called “Luminescent” and it introduced falling, glowing blocks that kill Mario with one touch. I can only watch these — I wouldn’t make it through a second of ’em.

Sometimes it’s the banter that makes a run. The Horror Block usually has some of the funniest commentary even though the games they’re playing can be rather creepy…or at least they would be. The mood of the unnerving “Granny” trilogy is completely destroyed by the runners here, who crack ten jokes a second during the experience.

Finally, have I linked to a Donkey Kong 64 run yet? Probably at least five times already. But I just love seeing this game broken (and boy, are there a lot of ways to break it).