Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: Day 3 schedule and runs to watch

Awesome Games Done Quick is back and raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Shacknews has today's full schedule of runs and has picked out a couple that are worth watching.

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The start of a new year means that Games Done Quick has returned to raise money for charity. Awesome Games Done Quick is an annual event that invites the top speedrunners in the world to run through some of the greatest games of the past and present as quickly as possible. As they break records and reveal new tricks, they'll raise money for charity in the process.

This year kicks off a new era for Awesome Games Done Quick, as this year's event is being held in an all-new venue. The week takes place from the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel in Rockville, Maryland. They will be raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event has begun and GDQ has raised over $315,000 in just two days. Shacknews is here with a handful of noteworthy runs from throughout the week that should not be missed.

Before getting into the Day 3 schedule, let's look back at a Day 2 highlight. Everyone has a laugh during the Castlevania block and... oof, this got dark fast.

Here's the full schedule for Day 3, taken from the Games Done Quick website, along with a handful of noteworthy runs to check out:

Time (All Times PT) Game Run Runner(s) Target Time
6:51 AM The Battle of Olympus Any% - NES Karma 40:00
7:41 AM Vice: Project Doom Any% - NES garadas21 16:00
8:07 AM Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 Any% 1 player, 2 controllers race - NES swordsmankirby, garadas21 15:00
8:37 AM Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic! All Levels - FC LackAttack24 40:00
9:27 AM Rayman 2: The Great Escape Any% No Cutscenes - PC Glackum 1:35:00
11:12 AM Bastion All Story Levels (New Game) - PC Primorix 50:00
12:17 PM Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight AVIB Hard - PC SNeaky 40:00
1:07 PM Sonic Forces Any% - PC thebluemania 1:05:00
3:40 PM Sanic Ball Current Version All Levels 2 Laps - PC Gyoo 20:00
4:10 PM Sonic the Hedgehog Any% Glitched - Genesis Dr.Fatbody 22:00
4:42 PM Sonic Rush All Stages - DS Kirbymastah 50:00
5:42 PM Mario Kart 64 150cc All Cups (Skips) - N64 abney317 35:00
6:37 PM Super Mario Bros. 3mix Any% race - NES mitchflowerpower, Gadien, Jabem 1:15:00
8:02 PM Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Any% - SNES Justin-credible 3:25:00
11:37 PM Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 Normal - DS TrjnRabbit 2:10:00
1:57 AM Medal of Honor: Airborne Any% Casual - PC ThePackle 35:00
2:42 AM Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2X All Goals and Golds (All Careers) - Xbox ThePackle 35:00
3:27 AM The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind All Main Quests - PC Archariat 30:00
4:07 AM Michael Jackson's Moonwalker Any% Easy - Genesis Brandooates 25:00
4:42 AM The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse Hard - SNES Le Hulk 18:00
5:10 AM Puzzle Bobble 1 Player - Neo Geo altabiscuit 25:00
5:45 AM Guacamelee 2 Any% - PC The Blacktastic 1:15:00

9:53AM - Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2

Most people who grew up in the 8-bit era are familiar with the original NES game based on the Rescue Rangers. Not as many know about the sequel, a solid game that was largely overlooked because it released on the NES years after the Super Nintendo was already out in the wild. Not only will viewers get to check out this rare gem in action, but someone's actually going to attempt to beat this by using two controllers to control both Chip and Dale.

Wait... TWO people are going to attempt this? And race each other? Ok, this sounds wild.

5:42PM - Mario Kart 64

There's been a lot of Mario Kart featured in the last couple of GDQ's. Arguably the best Mario Kart of the bunch is the Nintendo 64 version and that's what'll be on display on Tuesday night. Let's see if abney317 can plow through every track in just 35 minutes.

6:37PM - Super Mario Bros. 3mix

Those expecting the original SMB3 will want to look again. This is a ROMHack released back in 2014 and features some noteworthy changes, such as power-ups from other Mario games, some alternate exits, and new bosses. A handful of top Mario speedrunners, including mitchflowerpower, will be racing each other. And given that the Mario runners are often one of the major highlights of any GDQ, this one will be a can't-miss.


Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 will take place from now through Saturday, January 12. For more, check out the Games Done Quick website and be sure to watch all of the action from Twitch. Also, be sure to check out our TwitchCon interview with GDQ's Matt Merkle.

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    January 8, 2019 5:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: Day 3 schedule and runs to watch

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      January 8, 2019 5:53 AM

      Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 is in it's third day, having raised $340,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation!
      AGDQ is a Speedrunning Marathon that will take place January 6-13th, 2019 in Rockville, MD, and is raising funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation ( https://preventcancer.org/ ).
      You can watch on https://gamesdonequick.com/ or on https://twitch.tv/gamesdonequick once it starts, and you can contribute by donating at https://gamesdonequick.com/ or making a purchase from one of their affiliated sponsors such as https://theyetee.com/collections/games-done-quick or https://www.fangamer.com/collections/games-done-quick . Additionally, any Twitch channel subs to GamesDoneQuick or bits donations all go to the charity.
      Over 128 games will be played and completed as quickly as possible, including recent games like The Messenger and Dead Cells to classics like Sonic The Hedgehog and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Additionally, they aren't just playing the good games, as it seems that the awful game block returns Thursday morning. They are also returning to having the marathon end with a Super Metroid run. While 128 games may seem to be less than past GDQs, this time they are having some marathon runs, with Final Fantasy IX expected to be finished in under 9 1/2 hours, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD in under 6 hours, Nier: Automata [E] ending in under 4 1/2 hours, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in just over 4 hours.

      Watch at https://gamesdonequick.com/ or: https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick
      Donate: https://gamesdonequick.com/tracker/ui/donate/agdq2019
      Schedule: https://gamesdonequick.com/schedule
      Donation Incentive Tracker: https://gamesdonequick.com/tracker/bids/agdq2019
      VODs: https://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/ad3lp0/agdq_vod_thread_2019/
      YouTube recordings of runs (about a day or so behind): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz8YL4HVC87WJQDzVoY943URKQCsHS9XV
      Videos of past GDQs: https://www.youtube.com/user/gamesdonequick/playlists

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      January 8, 2019 5:54 AM

      Now: NieR: Automata [E] Ending (Normal) +Cosplay +Hack A2
      Next: The Battle of Olympus NES Block
      Then: Vice: Project Doom
      Soon: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2

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        January 8, 2019 6:09 AM

        This Nier run is boring as hell. But I'm looking forward to the Battle of Olympus run next. I played the hell out of this as a kid and I remember the cover art for the game being amazing at the time: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7c/Battle_of_olympus.jpg

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          January 8, 2019 6:19 AM

          I was playing Battle of Olympus with my kid on the Retropie. There is some bullshit combat in that game, where your range is like three pixels and the enemies' are much higher. That and when you do get the shield, it works only when you are standing completely still.

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            January 8, 2019 6:39 AM

            It's definitely not a perfect game. I got it because the commercial for it was just a guy fighting a huge serpent with like tiny 0.5s clips of actual gameplay spliced in. It was one of those commercials like Crossifre or the remote control hovercraft that were designed to make little boys like me go COOOOOOOOOL! Only to usher in a wave a disappointment when I realized it was a flawed copy of Zelda 2: Adventure of Link. I still enjoyed it, but I don't think I ever beat it.

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              January 8, 2019 6:45 AM

              Same way I'd describe it, a Zelda 2 wannabe.

              It's not terrible, just a bit flawed. I wonder if where I am right now (fighting a snake lady who is beating the shit out of me) is where I am supposed to be, particularly because of the range thing I've mentioned.

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                January 8, 2019 6:56 AM

                I've got no clue. This is going to be the first time I'm seeing the gameplay since I was 7 or 8. All I remember about the game is that ambrosia filled up my health or added more to the max, I think?

                Hopefully it's not some glitched-out 10 minute run and you see some helpful stuff, lol.

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        January 8, 2019 6:19 AM

        Who is the player on Nier's couch who seems to have an argument for every decision? That would drive me nuts to be second guessed all the time for four and a half hours.

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          January 8, 2019 6:37 AM

          I'm not sure who is on the couch as I work up only about an hour ago, but the people on the couch are chosen by the runner.

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          January 8, 2019 6:51 AM

          Secretly, couch cringe is the second most entertaining thing about watching GDQ marathons.

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            January 8, 2019 7:03 AM

            Cringe or not (some of them are great), the couch interactions and commentary is a big draw for me, yeah.

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              January 8, 2019 12:26 PM

              The Hollow Knight run couch was excellent.

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        January 8, 2019 6:33 AM

        Wow, I played through Nier to ending E and never though to hack A2. That was cool.

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      January 8, 2019 6:48 AM

      Now: The Battle of Olympus Any% NES Block
      Next: Vice: Project Doom
      Then: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2
      Soon: Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic!

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      January 8, 2019 7:37 AM

      Now: Vice: Project Doom Any% NES Block
      Next: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2
      Then: Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic!
      Soon: Rayman 2: The Great Escape PC Block

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      January 8, 2019 8:09 AM

      Now: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 - Any% 1 Player 2 Controllers Race NES Block
      Next: Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic!
      Then: Rayman 2: The Great Escape PC Block
      Soon: Bastion

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        January 8, 2019 8:09 AM

        This should be one of the runs to watch!

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          January 8, 2019 8:21 AM

          To be clear, this will be two people, each playing their own copy of the game, each using two controllers at the same time to play as both Chip and Dale at the same time, racing each other to complete the game first.

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      January 8, 2019 8:40 AM

      Now: Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic! All Levels
      Next: Rayman 2: The Great Escape PC Block
      Then: Bastion
      Soon: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight

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        January 8, 2019 9:06 AM

        This would be the end of the NES block, but technically this is on the Famicom Disk System.

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      January 8, 2019 9:23 AM

      Now: Rayman 2: The Great Escape Any% No Cutscenes PC Block
      Next: Bastion
      Then: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
      Soon: Sonic Forces Sonic Block

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      January 8, 2019 11:07 AM

      Now: Bastion All Story Levels PC Block
      Next: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
      Then: Sonic Forces Sonic Block
      Soon: Sonic Mania Plus Race (?)

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      January 8, 2019 12:02 PM

      Now: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight - AVIB Insane
      Next: Sonic Forces Sonic Block
      Then: Sonic Mania Plus Race (? Incentive not yet met)
      Soon: Sanic Ball

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      January 8, 2019 12:53 PM

      Now: Sonic Forces Blue Blur Block
      Next: Sonic Mania Plus Race (? 23K of 30k)
      Then: Sanic Ball
      Soon: Sonic The Hedgehog 1

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        January 8, 2019 1:03 PM

        Get you bid in for which character you want them to play in Sanic Ball!
        Your choices:
        Knackles
        Sanic
        Asspio
        Vactor
        Shedew
        Ame
        Roge
        Bloze
        Taels
        Sulver

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        January 8, 2019 2:06 PM

        The extra stages incentive was met and will be next

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      January 8, 2019 1:14 PM

      Sonic Mania Plus Encore Mode Any% 3-way Race incentive met!

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        January 8, 2019 1:19 PM

        This game looks fun as hell. So fast and all over the place.

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          January 8, 2019 1:29 PM

          Sonic Forces?
          I've heard it had a mixed reception, with people who like the modern Sonic games generally liking it, but classic Sonic fans generally not liking it. Apparently a lot of the 'cool' moves aren't under your control but just happen automatically when you reach certain locations. Additionally, the character creation is liked by some but hated by others as they feel it was only put in for the " Your Name the Hedgehog" fans and your choices in the character creation basically have little effect on the game play.

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      January 8, 2019 2:14 PM

      Now: Sonic Mania Plus Encore Mode Any% 3-way Race Sonic Block
      Next: Sanic Ball
      Then: Sonic The Hedgehog 1
      Soon: Sonic Rush

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        January 8, 2019 3:16 PM

        That was close! Second and third was separated by 1 second!

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      January 8, 2019 3:17 PM

      Now: Sanic Ball Current Version - All Levels - 2 Laps Sanic Block
      Next: Sonic The Hedgehog 1
      Then: Sonic Rush
      Soon: Mario Kart 64 Mario Block

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      January 8, 2019 3:46 PM

      Now: Sonic The Hedgehog 1 Any% Glitched Blue Blur Block
      Next: Sonic Rush
      Then: Mario Kart 64 Mario Block
      Soon: Super Mario Bros. 3mix

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        January 8, 2019 3:57 PM

        Ok, this run is pretty HYPE!

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          January 8, 2019 4:12 PM

          Hahaha I love these guys. I'm not a Sonic fan but this runner & co are making it fun.

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        January 8, 2019 4:15 PM

        That might have been the best run of the marathon so far!

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      January 8, 2019 4:16 PM

      Now:Sonic Rush All Stages Sonic Block
      Next: Mario Kart 64 Mario Block
      Then: Super Mario Bros. 3mix
      Soon: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

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      January 8, 2019 5:14 PM

      Now: Mario Kart 64 150cc All Cups (Skips) Mario Block
      Next: Super Mario Bros. 3mix
      Then: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
      Soon: Trauma Center: Under The Knife 2

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      January 8, 2019 5:36 PM

      $400,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation!

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      January 8, 2019 6:07 PM

      Now: Super Mario Bros. 3mix Any% 3-way Race Mario Block
      Next: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
      Then: Trauma Center: Under The Knife 2
      Soon: Medal of Honor: Airborne


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        January 8, 2019 6:26 PM

        This should be another run to watch!

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        January 8, 2019 7:31 PM

        These puns, haha.

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      January 8, 2019 7:37 PM

      Now: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Any% Mario Block End
      Next: Trauma Center: Under The Knife 2
      Then: Medal of Honor: Airborne
      Soon: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2X

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        January 8, 2019 7:40 PM

        This thread will likely expire before this Super Mario RPG run ends.

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        January 8, 2019 7:40 PM

        Damn, can't catch the Trauma Center 2 run tonight. Will watch it tomorrow. The first is probably my favorite DS game.

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      January 8, 2019 7:57 PM

      Runs coming up overnight:
      Trauma Center: Under The Knife 2 Normal
      Medal of Honor: Airborne Any% - Casual
      Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2X All Goals and Golds (All Careers)
      The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind All Main Quests
      Michael Jackson's Moonwalker Any% Easy
      The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse Hard
      Puzzle Bobble 1 Player
      Guacamelee! 2 Any%
      Light Fall Normal Any%
      Semblance All Orbs one-handed

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      January 8, 2019 10:55 PM

      Now: Trauma Center: Under The Knife 2 Normal
      Next: Medal of Honor: Airborne
      Then: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2X
      Soon: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

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      January 8, 2019 10:55 PM

      If someone would like to take over overnight, go ahead! Goodnight!

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