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AGDQ 2020 continued into the weekend with day six, giving us plenty of impressive speedruns to check out. The morning was filled with some FPS games and indie PC titles, while the afternoon was home to Mega Man X, Pokemon, the TASBot block, and more. A great mixture of game franchises and genres made for a fun day of speedruns, with something new and fun every few hours. We watched quite a bit of AGDQ 2020 day six, so we’ve whipped up a list of our picks for the best speedruns of AGDQ 2020 day six. As with all of our lists, we’d like to remind you that these are simply a small selection of the speedruns that were shown at AGDQ 2020 day six. We fully recommend that you use these suggestions as a jumping off point, and that you spend time checking out some other speedruns we may have missed.
If you want to watch any of these speedruns, you can find the replays on Games Done Quick’s Twitch channel or their Youtube channel. You can also find replays for all of the other speedruns we have mentioned in our daily recaps, as well as dozens of hours of additional speedrunning content. Generally speaking, almost every run at AGDQ 2020 was worth watching. We have to commend the runners and Games Done Quick for continuing to give us a great event that’s always tons of fun to watch. With that said, these are our picks for the best speedruns from AGDQ 2020 day six.
The Best Speedruns of AGDQ 2020 Day Six
Bioshock (any%) by bloodthunder
The Bioshock franchise is, without a doubt, one of our favorite series in all of gaming history. Guiding players on a journey to a city at the bottom of the ocean, this narrative-driven FPS has stuck in our minds for years. Speedrunner bloodthunder has run Bioshock a few times at AGDQ marathons in the past, so it was nice to see him pick it back up for AGDQ 2020. In addition to the fun banter and good commentary, this run contains some excellent glitches that will surely entertain anyone who’s played Bioshock before. This run by bloodthunder was a great way to kick off day six, and we hope to see more Bioshock at GDQ events in the future!
Final time: 49:59
Super Fancy Pants Adventure (Any%, New Game +) by EyeOf_Newt
This fun run of Super Fancy Pants Adventure was tucked into the early morning hours of day six, and we were glad we checked it out. If you’ve never heard of it, this silly platformer has a neat hand-drawn art style and mainly revolves around flinging a stick figure through slope-filled levels. It’s a cute yet challenging game that had a great showing, as EyeOf_Newt was able to grab a brand new world record. World record speedruns are more and more rare as speed-games become more optimized and popular, but EyeOf_Newt was able to gain some extra time thanks to a few new skips in the route.
Final time: 21:46
Celeste (Farewell) by flarebear
Celeste was an indie darling in 2018, with fans of the game pouring out their love for the colorful platformer. After the game’s initial burst of popularity, a new DLC chapter titled “Farewell” was released. In this speedrun, flarebear shows off their wave-dashing and air-gliding skill as they blaze through this ninth chapter. Celeste speedruns are always full of hypnotic visuals and impressive gameplay, and this speedrun of the Farewell chapter is no different. Farewell is arguably one of the hardest chapters in Celeste, so it was awesome to watch flarebear best it in just over 20 minutes.
Final time: 20:35
Mega Man X (4-Player 100% Race) by Tokyo90, darrenville, Clipper1, and Soppanaama
The 100% category in Mega Man X is one of my favorite Mega Man speedruns, so I was super hyped to see this 4-player race during AGDQ 2020 day six. This Super Nintendo classic has some exceptionally tough power-ups to find and collect, and this category forces players to pick up them all. These four runners are some of the best Mega Man X players of all time, so the race was appropriately close. Plenty of lead changes and surprises led to dramatic moments, making this one of the best speedruns of AGDQ 2020 day six.
Final time: 35:55
TASBot Plays Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario Bros 2, and Pokemon Blue by dwangoAC, TASBot, and TiKevin83
A TAS (tool-assisted speedrun) is pretty different from a normal speedrun. Instead of a human playing the game, a TAS uses a set of pre-recorded button inputs that are executed by a computer. Since the element of human error is removed, tons of crazy glitches can be achieved. For a few years running, dwangoAC has brought up this cutesy TASBot, a mascot for the TAS runs at GDQ events. This year, we got two Mario Bros runs, as well as a bonus TAS of Pokemon Blue. Even if you’ve seen regular speedruns of these games before, tool-assisted speedruns are another monster entirely. All of these runs fall between 10 and 20 minutes, making them excellent bite-sized watches with tons of cool glitches.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (Any%) by CLG Linkus7
Out of all the Zelda games, Wind Waker always seems to be the most defiant to speedrunning tech. Since Wind Waker speedruns started, the game has always been incredibly hard to crack, with most glitches requiring inhuman precision and timing. In fact, it’s only in recent years that this speedrun has come down to the hour-plus time it is at today. Watching CLG Linkus7 pull off an impeccable Any% speedrun of Wind Waker was fantastic, as were their flawless performances of many major glitches. The kind of button-mashing needed to pull off these glitches is fast enough to destroy your fingers, yet CLG Linkus7 executed them with ease. It’s been great to watch Wind Waker become more broken and glitchy as the years go on, and this run at AGDQ 2020 was one of the best Wind Waker runs I’ve seen.
Final time: 1:13:36
Super Mario World (One Mind, 11 Exit Co-op) by authorblues and LackAttack24
Super Mario World is a game that has been run at GDQ events so often that I’ve lost track. From races to 100% runs, we’ve seen Super Mario World broken in ways that Nintendo never thought possible. However, at AGDQ 2020, we saw Super Mario World played in a much more entertaining way. In this 11 Exit run by authorblues and LackAttack24, both runners controlled the same character. Control flickered back and forth between the players every second or so, producing a hectic cooperative dance. Both players jokingly bickered back and forth, with an ample amount of excitement from the audience. Normally, Super Mario World runs feel a bit overplayed by this point, but we had a great time checking out this “one mind” run at AGDQ 2020.
Final time: 14:50
At the end of AGDQ 2020 day six, the marathon managed to raise nearly $1.5 million towards the Prevent Cancer Foundation! Day after day, the donation total grows and grows, inching ever closer to the SGDQ 2019 record of $3 billion raised. With one day left in the marathon, it’ll be a challenge to beat the record, but I have confidence in the AGDQ viewership.
If you’re watching the final day of AGDQ 2020 live, be sure to follow us on social media (@official90skid) for more live updates and daily recaps. If you haven’t seen our other recaps, be sure to check out our full AGDQ 2020 recap category to find more great speedruns. As always, we recommend you check out the marathon in its entirety, as it was impossible for us to watch every speedrun that was shown. We’ll be back tomorrow for the final recap of AGDQ 2020!