Summer Games Done Quick 2015: Day 3 Highlights and Day 4 Runs to Watch

Summer Games Done Quick 2015 continues with the old saying, "It's dangerous to go alone!" Yes. It sure is!

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If you missed them, be sure to check out highlights from Day 1 and Day 2 of Summer Games Done Quick 2015.


Summer Games Done Quick 2015 is charging strong, all the way into Wednesday and beyond, speed running through many of the best (and most interesting) games across the medium. As will be the case for the full week, the people at Games Done Quick are raising money for Doctors Without Borders. Shacknews is looking back at the best highlights across the week and here are the best runs from Tuesday.

Day 3 Highlights

The Mega Man X2 race (Super Nintendo)

There was a full block dedicated to the Mega Man X series, but perhaps none of the runs were as thrilling as the four-way Mega Man X2 race between Trogdor, bjw, CalebHart42, and cleartonic. Running through X's second adventure is more about memorizing boss patterns and stage layouts, but ensuring a fast time means knowing which boss glitches to take advantage of and also means mastering one of the game's secrets. X's Street Fighter II "Shoryuken" was quite the Easter Egg to find originally, but for this race, it's also key to victory and to a fast time. Watch the suspenseful run below.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin glitched run (Nintendo DS)

Castlevania games are filled with dangerous creatures, intense platforming, and secrets, especially the 2D games. Portrait of Ruin falls into a special category, since it's essentially one player controlling two characters. But there's a special secret to getting through Portrait of Ruin, one that speed runner romscout took heavy advantage of to get through the game in less than 20 minutes.


Day 4 Runs to Watch

Earthworm Jim (Sega Genesis) - 9:49AM PT

Groovy! It's been 20 years since Earthworm Jim's first adventure and it's time to celebrate with speed runner Athens_ making the attempt to complete the game in less than 35 minutes. Jim's platforming mechanics were always interesting, with the character essentially using his own head as a whip. It'll be interesting to see in what ways Athens_ can utilize the whip to shave precious minutes off his run.

The Legend of Zelda swordless (NES) - 5:39PM PT

It's dangerous to go alone! But what if you never see that message at all in The Legend of Zelda? Well, it would mean you're going without a sword and you're probably an insane person. Let's just call jkoper an insane person, then, because he's going to attempt to complete Link's debut adventure without his trusted sword. Better stock up on arrows!

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (PC) - 8:54PM PT

Arguably no series personifies the platformer as much as the Prince of Persia. The Sands of Time reinvented the Prince for a full generation, with the titular Sands allowing him to make up for some of his mistakes. But if Henneko_ hopes to finish the PC version of the game in under 1 hour and 20 minutes, viewers shouldn't expect to see the sands in action very much. Instead, expect to see some dazzling jumps and precision platforming.

Summer Games Done Quick will air all week on Twitch. To donate, be sure to visit the Games Done Quick website.

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From The Chatty
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    July 29, 2015 6:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Summer Games Done Quick 2015: Day 3 Highlights and Day 4 Runs to Watch

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      July 29, 2015 6:49 AM

      Kirby
      Now: Kirby's Dream Land 2
      Next: Kirby: Tilt N Tumble
      Then: Kirby Super Star
      Soon: Kirby's Avalanche vs. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

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      July 29, 2015 7:35 AM

      Now: Kirby: Tilt N Tumble (tilt sensitive GB game in a GameCube GameBoy Player)
      Next: Kirby Super Star
      Then: Kirby's Avalanche vs. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
      Soon: Earthworm Jim

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      July 29, 2015 7:59 AM

      Now: Kirby Super Star
      Next: Kirby's Avalanche vs. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
      Then: Earthworm Jim
      Soon: Ecco: The Tides of Time

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        July 29, 2015 9:01 AM

        KSS is so great, I wish they'd bring back the feeling of speed and power of that game to the franchise.

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      July 29, 2015 8:30 AM

      Somehow I totally missed that this is being done half a mile across downtown from my office. Awesome!

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      July 29, 2015 8:51 AM

      oh shit GDQ. i have to be productive today! :(

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        July 29, 2015 8:56 AM

        how does anyone follow the twitch chat for these things

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          July 29, 2015 9:47 AM

          One does not follow twitch chat in these situations. Picture a single huge room with 100,000+ people in it, and they're all trying to carry on a conversation with every other person in the room at the same time. It just doesn't work.

          GDQ twitch chat is for spamming memes, emotes, and repeating every word spoken on the stream in all caps followed by any number of Kappas.

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            July 29, 2015 10:16 AM

            gdqDealWithIt gdqDealWithIt gdqDealWithIt gdqDealWithIt gdqDealWithIt

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      July 29, 2015 9:24 AM

      Now: Kirby's Avalanche
      Next: Earthworm Jim
      Then: Ecco: The Tides of Time
      Soon: Gunstar Heroes

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      July 29, 2015 9:46 AM

      Now: Earthworm Jim
      Next: Ecco: The Tides of Time
      Then: Gunstar Heroes (Co-op)
      Soon: Freedom Planet (Race)

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      July 29, 2015 10:25 AM

      Now: Ecco: The Tides of Time
      Next: Gunstar Heroes (Co-op)
      Then: Freedom Planet (Race)
      Soon: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble

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      July 29, 2015 11:16 AM

      Now: Gunstar Heroes (Co-op)
      Next: Freedom Planet (Race)
      Then: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble
      Soon: Sonic Advance (Race)

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      July 29, 2015 12:33 PM

      Now: Freedom Planet (Race)
      Next: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble
      Then: Sonic Advance (Race)
      Soon: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

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        July 29, 2015 12:37 PM

        I can see why this game is at the beginning of the Sonic Block.

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      July 29, 2015 1:26 PM

      Sonic Block
      Now: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble
      Next: Sonic Advance (Race)
      Then: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbfi1sY-P_o
      Soon: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

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      July 29, 2015 1:54 PM

      Now: Sonic Advance (Race)
      Next: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
      Then: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
      Soon: BONUS! The Legend of Zelda, swordless

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      July 29, 2015 2:23 PM

      Now: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Race)
      Next: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
      Then: The Legend of Zelda, swordless
      Soon: Earthbound (Player name 'Iwata' leading)

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      July 29, 2015 2:31 PM

      Sonic 2 race about to start HYPE!!!

      http://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick

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      July 29, 2015 3:00 PM

      Now: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
      Next: The Legend of Zelda, swordless
      Then: Earthbound
      Soon: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

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      July 29, 2015 5:37 PM

      Now: The Legend of Zelda, swordless
      Next: Earthbound
      Then: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
      Soon: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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        July 29, 2015 5:45 PM

        zomg POP

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        July 29, 2015 5:47 PM

        This should be a good run! We will see how dangerous it is to go alone!

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        July 29, 2015 6:12 PM

        Neat run, don't think I've seen this before.

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        July 29, 2015 6:16 PM

        This Zelda run is so cool

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        July 29, 2015 6:40 PM

        OH! died with perhaps 1 hit on Gannon left!

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        July 29, 2015 6:51 PM

        Aw that was a really great attempt. I'd never seen a swordless run before, very entertaining. It helps that the dudes weren't annoying!

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          July 29, 2015 6:53 PM

          Yeah, he was really close on the first attempt, its too bad he couldn't finish the game even though he did complete the run.

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        July 29, 2015 9:20 PM

        Swordless was a lot of fun to watch. The 3 minute run was really cool right after. Really awesome to be in the room when it goes down.

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      July 29, 2015 6:45 PM

      Troz do you work for shacknews

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      July 29, 2015 6:55 PM

      Now: Earthbound (Player name: Iwata $3,352.40)
      Next: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
      Then: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
      Soon: Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue

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        July 29, 2015 7:03 PM

        solid lineup!

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        July 29, 2015 7:05 PM

        Actually looks like they are doing a Zelda Glitched run first!

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        July 29, 2015 7:13 PM

        still no way to watch streams in html5, right?

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        July 29, 2015 7:20 PM

        Earthbound just started

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          July 29, 2015 8:15 PM

          i can barely follow what's going on in this run

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            July 29, 2015 8:34 PM

            wow he has to start that all over again. is anyone else watching?

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              July 29, 2015 8:39 PM

              I had to step away, so I haven't really been following :( I definitely watch the recording though.

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                July 29, 2015 8:48 PM

                Well, it seem like everything they prayed for happened, and the run ended 25 minutes under estimate!

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                  July 29, 2015 9:12 PM

                  yea they made one mistake that cost a chunk of time but overall went pretty smoothly

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                July 29, 2015 8:56 PM

                yea i just happened to have the night free. wish DXHR were next instead of PoP!

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      July 29, 2015 8:57 PM

      Now: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
      Next: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
      Then: Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue
      Soon: Samurai Pizza Cats

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        July 29, 2015 9:18 PM

        wow, the game crashed and he lost like 10 minutes!

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          July 29, 2015 9:22 PM

          has a run ever been abandoned because of some late game glitch?

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            July 29, 2015 9:24 PM

            A few times in a marathon setting, but the try to use strategies that either won't cause issues normally or that have recoveries possible if something goes wrong.