Speed runner Cosmo Wright has beaten The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 18 minutes and 56 seconds.
When I think of my experience with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, it's one very much defined by length. Long years waiting for the game to come out and joyous (but still long) months spent playing the game and squeezing every last little bit of entertainment out of my gold cased cartridge. For other players however, it would seem that the name of the game when it comes to Ocarina of Time is speed.
Take speed runner Cosmo Wright, for instance. Back in August 2013, he set a record with his 19 minute and 15 second completion of Ocarina of Time. This record held until last month when it was beaten by fellow speed-runner skater82297, who managed to complete the game in 19 minutes flat. Not to be outdone, Cosmo Wright recently came back with footage depicting a new run where he managed to finish the game in 18 minutes and 56 seconds.
Now, there are some caveats to keep in mind. For one, the version of the game being played here is the Japanese edition which is faster during cutscenes than the English and PAL releases. It's also worth mentioning that this isn't a full completion of the game and that it exploits a glitch that allows the player to skip from the first boss battle to the end of the game. All of that said, this is still an impressive feat of practice and precision that we can only imagine will be pretty danged hard to top. And, of course, that's exactly what Cosmo Wright aims to do. His next goal is to beat the game in 18 minutes and 45 seconds. We'll be eager to see if he's able to do it.