Child Link defeats Ganon in an amazing Ocarina of Time speedrun!
What better way is there to cap off a weekend that has been jam packed with Nintendo news, than to highlight one last Zelda story? Oh and trust me. It's a real doozy!
Earlier this weekend, a Youtuber by the name of ZeldaFreakGlitcha managed to beat The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time!
What makes this news worthy? How about the fact that he managed to do it in just under 24 minutes!
Yeah. I got your attention now, don't I?
He did it by manipulating a glitch that allowed him to skip over every thing between the Queen Gohma fight in the Great Deku Tree and the final confrontation with Ganandorf.
So not only did he complete the game in record time, but he also managed to defeat the most powerful demon in Hyrule as child. Awesome!
But don't take my word for it. Check out ZeldaFreakGlitcha's video and see it all go down for yourself:
Pfft. Growing up is for wussies!
It takes a very long time to make a TAS. One run, to my knowledge, has been started though. But don't expect it to be finished anyday soon =).
I'm the greatest evil in the world!!! But I fear wooden sticks...
No, I do understand that. I even explained it myself. Every time Link goes to the past *during the game* he's going back to a point in time after he first picked up the Master Sword. I explained the moment Link picks up the Master Sword as time "t". The majority of the elapsed time Link spends after picking up the Master Sword is spent 7 years in stasis. The remainder of the elapsed time he spends after first picking up the Master Sword is spent going back & forth between the 2 periods. So if we designate a variable "e" for elapsed time which can be any amount of time after picking up the Master Sword for the 1st time, then every subsequent time Link goes to his childhood in OoT, he's going back to time "t + e", where e grows every subsequent time Link goes back. And time t+e would fall during the stasis he was in. In his adulthood, he would be at time "t + 7 years + e". So I understand all that. It's explained by Rauru that his spirit is actually doing the traveling. The way I explained this is that Link's child spirit & Link's adult spirit (since time is the 4th dimension meaning there would be 2 versions of his spirit), are connected by the Master Sword & are aware of what each other do through the Master Sword & perhaps even the Pedestal of Time. That would also be how the items he acquires in each era are available to both era Links.
Then at the end of the game, something else happens. Instead of Link simply putting down the Master Sword for the last time to return to a time "t + e" (where "e", the elapsed time, here would be greater than at any other point during the game), Zelda sends him back another way, by playing the Ocarina of Time. Rather than sending him back to time "t + e", she sends him back to a time before time "t", i.e. before he first picked up the Master Sword. We know this because when he returns to his childhood, Zelda is at Hyrule Castle. At time "t" when he picked up the Master Sword, Ganondorf had already attacked Hyrule Castle & chased her out, so that is the confirmation that Link was sent back earlier than his natural time was. This is the child timeline featured in Majora's Mask where Link warns the king who has Ganondorf arrested & executed (though the execution is botched thanks to the Divine Prank). When we look at the events of Majora's Mask, more is revealed. We see the Skull Kid in that game without the mask and we see the Happy Mask Salesman in Termina. This means that Link was sent back about the time his adventure in OoT began. If you remember, the Happy Mask Salesman was not around when Link first goes to Hyrule Castle in OoT & the shop itself is closed. Majora's Mask accounts for this & shows that the Happy Mask Salesman wasn't around because he was in Termina trying to get Majora's Mask back, which I'm guessing he failed to do in the adult timeline/universe. So he left before Termina's destruction & got back to Hyrule Castle.
One final thing about the child timeline is that when Zelda sent Link back to a time before time "t", meaning further back in the past that OoT-Link left, she created another universe/timeline. If Link had simply gone back to time "t + e", there would have been no timeline split. But in reality, Link went to a time that another version of him already existed. OoT-Link was sent back to change history, which spun off a whole new universe. So technically, there would be 2 Links in that timeline--the one from OoT, and one who would be either living among the Kokiri or would have just been sent to start his adventure by the Great Deku Tree. But because OoT-Link interfered to change history & got Ganondorf banished to the Twilight Realm, that 2nd Link's adventure was derailed. I have a whole blog dedicated to this 2nd never before mentioned Link (I refer to him as Missing Link):
The thing is, that blog doesn't really apply since that's not how the 3rd timeline was created. But regardless of what Nintendo has revealed so far, there would definitely be another Link just like there were 2 Zeldas. It's impossible that the universe OoT Link ended up in at the end of OoT & was in during Majora's Mask had its own Zelda & Ganondorf but did not have its own Link.
So now that I got all that explained, my comment about having 20-30 timelines referred to what Nintendo revealed in the Hyrule Historia. In the Hyrule Historia, they created a scenario that the Link in OoT was defeated by Ganon at the end of OoT which resulted in Ganon getting the Triforce of Courage from Link & the Triforce of Wisdom from Zelda. After getting the complete Triforce, the Hyrule Historia book says that Zelda & the sages sealed him & the Triforce in the Sacred Realm (which turned into the Evil Realm). My comment was that if Nintendo created a scenario based on a "what if Link is defeated" outcome, then the same outcome could happen for every single Zelda game. This would mean that the original Legend of Zelda would have a timeline split after it for the scenario that Ganon killed Link. Or Zelda II would have another timeline after it if Link's Shadow killed him. Same with Ganon in A Link to the Past killing Link. You get the picture. I like that Nintendo put all those games (A Link to the Past, the Oracle games, Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda, and Zelda II) in a 3rd timeline, but I think that the way they explained it (OoT-Link being defeated by Ganon) was very bad & sort of a cop-out.
So my main point was that creating a scenario where Link is defeated in OoT would mean that such a scenario would exist for every Link in every other Zelda game. And this would mean one mess of an overall timeline.
Colour me impressed, I never knew that any of these glitches was even possible!
And after checking his twitch channel he's already beat this record. At this very moment his record stands at 22:42.
Because going backwards is actually faster than running forwards... an error on Nintendo made :P
Don't know what I love more, that glitches like this actually exist or that there's people who probably spent almost 15 years finding them. :)
23:38, the force is strong with link.
Why is this not on tasvideos.org yet???!!!
Just when you think Legend of Zelda is a game with no difficulty settings, an Asian person shows up and breaks the rules. dafaq
interesting.. Time to see what i can do with this.
well i hope you were planing on buying me a new pair of testicles cause that just blew my balls off.
That's what you have to do to speed run a game. Luck is a part of it, don't forget, but speed runners spend years checking every pixel for an exploit and perfecting their run.
I know what Im doing this weekend.
Imagine how much this person practiced doing this...
Indeed, The Deku Stick is normally OP against Gohma but due to the particular glitch the player used,it made it insanely powerful!.
Who in their right mind thinks of these glitches?
Forget the Master Sword! That stick is OP!!!
he killed Ganon with a stick and a butter knife...wow.
You know what this means.... CHALLENGE MONDAY! Beat Ocarina of Time under an Hour using said glitch(es). Niiiickkk you can do iiiittt!