Day five of Summer Games Done Quick 2019 was absolutely fantastic, as speedrunners blasted their way through the best games all in an effort to raise money for charity. Although the seven-day long speedrun marathon has been a quality event so far, day five raised the bar in some surprising ways. When it comes to the best speedruns of SGDQ 2019 day five, there are almost too many to count. However, we’re here to give you a succinct list of the best speedruns of SGDQ 2019, so that’s what we’re going to do. Including Metal Slug 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV, Kingdom Hearts III, and several Nintendo classics, day five of SGDQ 2019 had a speedrun for every fandom. If you want to watch SGDQ 2019 live, you can check out the GamesDoneQuick Twitch channel to watch the stream until June 30th. Previous speedruns can be viewed on Twitch VOD as well as the GamesDoneQuick Youtube channel.
The Best Speedruns from SGDQ 2019 Day Five
Dead Rising (Overtime Mode Low%) by DrunkWario
Dead Rising is an early Xbox 360 title about a photojournalist investigating a zombie outbreak at the picturesque Willamette Mall. Runner DrunkWario took viewers through the “Overtime Mode”, an unlockable bonus mode that gives players 24 in-game hours to cure themselves of the zombie virus and avoid deadly spec-ops soldiers. By utilizing his knowledge of weapon and item locations, along with his trusty skateboard, DrunkWario sped through Overtime Mode with relative ease. This was a great speedrun to kick off the festivities of day five, and a well-executed playthrough of one of my favorite games ever.
Final time: 22:45
Super Bomberman 2 (Any%) by Iceplug
IcePlug is a crowd-favorite speedrunner, mostly due to his laid back demeanor and musical nature. In this speedrun of Super Bomberman 2, IcePlug showed off his deft skill at bomb throwing while giving continuously entertaining and informative commentary. This was a great speedrun for the early morning hours of day five, and IcePlug brought his signature charm into the mix.
Final time: 27:46
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (any%, co-op) by GeneralAndrews and Dospostmann
Like TMNT III a few days ago, this speedrun of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time was a bastion of nostalgia and enjoyable gameplay. Both GeneralAndrews and Dospostmann showed off their incredible skill at TMNT IV by working together and quickly eliminating every enemy in their way. The pair even managed to pull off an exceptionally tough “wrong warp”, which confuses the game and allows them to skip a major portion of a level. This is TMNT IV played to near-perfection, and it’s easily one of the best speedruns of SGDQ 2019 day five.
Final time: 21:55
Super Mario World (Blind Relay Race, Custom Levels) by Barbarian, LaserBelch, PangaeaPanga, Dode, grandpoobear, juzcook, GlitchCat7, and NobleTOFU
Races are always a great time at any GDQ event, but there’s no race quite like a Super Mario World relay race. Two teams of four runners, Team “One Tile Men” and Team “Lunar Magicians”, took to the stage on day five of SGDQ 2019 to race through seven incredibly tough custom Super Mario World levles, having never played them before. This speedrun race was not only a display of excellent Super Mario World gameplay, but a fun example of a community injecting their personality into a speedrun. This ROM-hack of Super Mario World had tons of interesting gameplay mechanics, tough challenges, and even custom player sprites for each speedrunner playing. Apart from the fun visuals, this race was back-and-forth the entire time, with both teams completing levels mere seconds apart. This is a must-watch speedrun race for any fan of Mario or the Super Nintendo.
Final time: >10 minutes per level
Grand Poo World 2 (any%, good ending) by MitchFlowerPower
Who thought that a Super Mario World ROM-hack that has levels filled with poop would be so entertaining? Following the epic Super Mario Bros 3 “All Forts Race”, MitchFlowerPower graced the SGDQ 2019 stage to pull of this incredibly tough run of Grand Poo World 2. Not only is Grand Poo World 2 one of the most difficult Super Mario World ROM-hacks, but it’s also filled with interesting gameplay mechanics and unique level designs and music. This speedrun is a great way to see a good chunk of Grand Poo World 2, as most casual players will struggle to complete the first level. When it comes to pure Mario skills, MitchFlowerPower is one of the best players in the scene, and he proved it time and time again with this fantastic run.
Final time: 1:07:36
Banjo-Kazooie (100%, race) by Duck and Hagginater
Achieving 100% completion on Banjo-Kazooie is no small feat, and even in a speedrun setting, any small mistake can cost a lot of time and cause some frustration. The 100% run of Banjo-Kazooie is a volatile one where anything can happen. Both runners Duck and Hagginater showed off their mastery of the game by speeding through with minimal mistakes. The mistakes that were made led to an extremely close race, and one that was a pleasure to watch. There are plenty of out-of-bounds tricks, skips, and glitches. This is a great N64 speedrun, and one of my favorites of SGDQ 2019.
Final time: 2:04:04
By the end of day five, SGDQ 2019 has raised over $1,000,000 for Doctors Without Borders. This is the fastest that a GDQ event has raised a million dollars, so there’s a decent chance that the record of $2.2 million will be beaten at SGDQ 2019! If you’d like to get in on the action, you can watch the marathon live until June 30th on the GamesDoneQuick Twitch channel.