It’s now the end of June, which means one thing in the speedrunning world—Summer Games Done Quick. SGDQ 2019 starts with its pre-show tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. (all times listed in Eastern), though the first run doesn’t kick off until 1:00 p.m. Throughout the week, there will be plenty of talented runners showcasing incredible feats of gaming, so it’s an event not to miss. While there will be plenty of entertaining runs next week, we’d like to highlight a few of the Nintendo runs you can expect to see.
The Legend of Zelda franchise
The Legend of Zelda always has a strong presence at GDQ events, and SGDQ 2019 is no exception. The first Zelda run this marathon is The Minish Cap—Any% by quo on Sunday. The franchise then takes a break until Tuesday when JamEvil and fcoughlin are facing off in a The Legend of Zelda Randomizer race. By the end of the event, viewers will also see A Link Between Worlds—100% by TheLegendofZaheer, Breath of the Wild—Any% (No Amiibo) by Wolhaiksong, Majora’s Mask—100% by MajinPhil, and the ever-popular A Link to the Past + Super Metroid Combo Randomizer co-op run by Andy and Ivan. If you’ve never seen the combo randomizer before, it requires on-the-fly routing and careful coordination between two different runners, making it quite an event in its own right.
Much like Zelda, Pokémon usually has a decent presence at GDQ marathons. This year, there are only two runs on the list, but collectively they’re estimated to take seven hours. Pokémon speedruns usually revolve around RNG manipulation and careful battle strategies, but even then many things can go wrong. On Tuesday, Keizaron will be showing off an Any% Glitchless run of the classic Pokémon Crystal. Then on Saturday, making its GDQ debut is Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee!—Any% by eddaket. It’s always great to see a game make a debut, so that’s certainly something I’ll be looking forward to watching.
Fire Emblem Fates
Also making its debut at SDGQ 2019 is Fire Emblem Fates—Normal/Classic. Strategy games are exciting because they often require knowledge of how to manipulate the enemy AI, though even the best-laid plans can go to waste with a pinch of bad luck. Of course, there are three versions of Fates. Thus, runner Kirbymastah will be running the game picked by the audience via bid war. Whichever version raises the most money will be the one we get to see. The listed estimate is only an hour regardless of which game Kirbymastah plays, so if you’ve ever wanted to see how quickly a strategy game can be destroyed, you won’t want to miss this.
Though Banjo-Kazooie has been a Microsoft IP for years, the lovable bear and bird duo first got its start on the Nintendo 64 and has been a fan favorite ever since. On Thursday night, Hagginater and duck will be squaring off in a 100% race. Races are fun since not only do runners have to think of their game; they have to consider what their opponent might be doing. This competition could lead to deviation from their original plan as they take riskier strategies to try to gain time. In the past, some races finish just a few seconds apart, so it could be a tight one for sure!
The TASBot section is always my favorite overall chunk in GDQ events. While humans perform most runs, this block showcases the TAS (tool-assisted speedrun) community through their lovable mascot, TASBot. If you’ve never seen a TAS before, you’re in for a treat. Because TAS runs are created via frame-by-frame inputs, TASBot can completely break games in ways that would be nearly impossible for a human to do. This year, TASBot will be showcasing Tetris for the NES and Mario Kart Wii, though there’s usually a third game set back for a donation incentive. If you watch any runs during this marathon, make sure the TASBot block is in your plans.
Last, but certainly not least, GDQ likes to throw in a long RPG towards the end of the marathon. Typically, this has been a Final Fantasy title, but for SGDQ 2019, we’ll be seeing what many consider the best RPG of all time—Chrono Trigger. This Glitchless Any% run by puwexil is estimated to take six hours, so strap yourself in for the long haul. As the last run of the marathon, there is hardly a better way to close out what is sure to be an incredible week of talent.
Too many more!
There are plenty of other Nintendo and non-Nintendo runs throughout the week at SGDQ 2019, so check out the full schedule to see what’s coming up. The itinerary is subject to change at any moment, so if there’s something you’re especially looking forward to, keep checking so you don’t miss it! But if you do, you can always find the runs on YouTube later on!