It may not have seemed possible, but the speedrunner Torje Amundsen has managed to complete The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in sixteen minutes.
To put things into perspective, Ocarina of Time takes most players around twenty-six hours to beat (or much longer if you include the various side-quests), so this achievement is pretty incredible, even if Amundsen did cut corners by using a few tricks and glitches.
If you’re still not convinced that it was humanely possible to complete Ocarina of Time in such a limited timespan, you can view Amundsen’s full play through of the Wii Virtual Console version below, but be warned that there is some profanity present in the video.
Either way, you can see he reaches the end in just sixteen minutes and fifty-eight seconds, and he probably deserves a medal or something to celebrate. Although according to Speedrun.com, he made a few mistakes during which added a few extra seconds to his playthrough, meaning that it still may be possible for someone out there to reach the end in even less time than Amundsen.
Seeing as Ocarina of Time is such a magnificent game, you may be wondering why anyone would want to play through it so quickly instead of savouring everything it has to offer. However, not only has it always been popular among the speedrunning community for years, but one of them even managed to complete the game blindfolded. Granted, the concept of speedrunning won’t appeal to all gamers, but the level of skill and dedication it takes is still admirable.
As a side-note, it took me four years to finish Ocarina of Time, so seeing Amundsen reach the end in less than twenty minutes is somewhat infuriating for me. Instead of being a sore loser, however, I would like to congratulate Amundsen on his amazing achievement.
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