This Mario Kart world record hasn't been broken in 10 years

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of one of the longest-standing world records in Mario Kart history. Spanish speedrunner David “MKDasher” Roland set this record on Aug. 13, 2009. As of Aug. 13, 2019, it still has yet to be broken.

MKDasher’s historic world record was set on the Shroom Ridge stage in Mario Kart DS. He played as Dry Bones in the Egg 1 kart for this record. Using Mario Kart’s drift-into-mini-turbo technique, MKDasher masterfully sped through the stage while dodging all obstacles in his path. He finished with a time of 1:37.856. You can watch MKDasher’s world record run on Shroom Ridge below.

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There are many aspects of this world record that make it particularly special. It is the first world record set on Mario Kart DS to last for 10 years. This is also the longest-lasting Mario Kart record that still remains unbroken.

Despite entering its second decade of existence, MKDasher’s record is only the second longest-lasting in all of Mario Kart history. The longest ever record was held by Karel “KVD” van Duijvenboden. He achieved a time of 0:11.65 on the Ghost Valley 1 stage in Super Mario Kart. KVD’s record lasted over 12 years, from Dec. 29, 2006 to Feb. 10, 2019. This streak ended when KVD broke his own world record earlier this year.

Of course, there is no guarantee that this decade-old world record will last forever. At least two other speedrunners, “Rupa” and Ben Stoneman, have breached the 1:37 mark in their own runs. But as it stands, the record remains untouched. Even MKDasher himself has expressed little motivation to ever surpass his own world record. If this world record can stand for a few more years, it will become the longest-lasting in Mario Kart history.

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Dylan Tate
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes esports news articles for Daily Esports.

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