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.
Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: Day 3 schedule and runs to watch
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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Secretly, couch cringe is the second most entertaining thing about watching GDQ marathons.
Cringe or not (some of them are great), the couch interactions and commentary is a big draw for me, yeah.
The Hollow Knight run couch was excellent.
Wow, I played through Nier to ending E and never though to hack A2. That was cool.
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!
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
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
This should be one of the runs to watch!
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.
Now: Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic! All Levels
Next: Rayman 2: The Great Escape PC Block
Soon: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
This would be the end of the NES block, but technically this is on the Famicom Disk System.
Now: Rayman 2: The Great Escape Any% No Cutscenes PC Block
Then: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Soon: Sonic Forces Sonic Block
Now: Bastion All Story Levels PC Block
Next: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Then: Sonic Forces Sonic Block
Soon: Sonic Mania Plus Race (?)
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
Now: Sonic Forces Blue Blur Block
Next: Sonic Mania Plus Race (? 23K of 30k)
Then: Sanic Ball
Soon: Sonic The Hedgehog 1
Get you bid in for which character you want them to play in Sanic Ball!
The extra stages incentive was met and will be next
Sonic Mania Plus Encore Mode Any% 3-way Race incentive met!
This game looks fun as hell. So fast and all over the place.
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.
Now: Sonic Mania Plus Encore Mode Any% 3-way Race Sonic Block
Next: Sanic Ball
Then: Sonic The Hedgehog 1
Soon: Sonic Rush
That was close! Second and third was separated by 1 second!
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
If you want to play Sanic Ball yourself: https://bk-tn.itch.io/sanicball
Sanic Ball was fucking amazing.
Now: Sonic The Hedgehog 1 Any% Glitched Blue Blur Block
Next: Sonic Rush
Then: Mario Kart 64 Mario Block
Soon: Super Mario Bros. 3mix
Ok, this run is pretty HYPE!
Hahaha I love these guys. I'm not a Sonic fan but this runner & co are making it fun.
That might have been the best run of the marathon so far!
Ok that ended a little mean.
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
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
$400,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation!
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
This should be another run to watch!
These puns, haha.
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
This thread will likely expire before this Super Mario RPG run ends.
Damn, can't catch the Trauma Center 2 run tonight. Will watch it tomorrow. The first is probably my favorite DS game.
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
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
If someone would like to take over overnight, go ahead! Goodnight!