A Paper Mario speedrunner named JCog has now beaten the game in less than an hour via a new strategy that requires the use of an entirely different game cartridge: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time . The runner managed this feat on only his second formal attempt, though he streamed for several hours beforehand practicing the strategy. JCog’s time of 54:22 would be a new “any-percent” world record for the game. However, it’s not likely to top the official Speedrun.com leaderboards anytime soon, though it may become its own category extension. That’s because the strategy requires memory manipulation through the use of a Japanese Ocarina of Time cartridge, which is usually not allowed in vanilla speedruns. As JCog explains in a lengthy Pastebin , the runner uses a series of exploits across both games that allow you to execute save file names as code. These exploits were discovered and developed by several people in the Paper Mario speedrunning community, including Rain, MrCheeze, and others. With the right setup in Ocarina of Time, the runner can save an assembly instruction in the N64’s Expansion Pak. Because Paper Mario ignores the Expansion Pak memory when booting, the runner can execute… Read full this story
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