It’s not every day that a gaming classic sees a new speedrunning milestone, but a few days ago was one of those moments. Norwegian speedrunner Torje did the seemingly impossible. Torje set a new The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time world record, clocking in at just under 17 minutes. This achievement is the first time the game has fallen below the 17 minutes barrier and marks the end of a long four-year community-wide journey.
The 16:58 speedrun was performed using the Any% rules. Generally, this means that speedrunners are allowed to do whatever is necessary to finish the game. In the case of Ocarina of Time, a trick known as the “Get Item Manipulation” was essential in breaking the record. This trick enables runners to trick the game into giving you a different item than what you’re supposed to get. It’s an elaborate trick, which when done correctly, gives Link a bottle instead of a Deku Nut. This bottle allows you to perform a warp which takes you directly to the fight with Ganon at the end of the game.
In his run notes, Torje notes his belief that sub-17 will be the last milestone for Ocarina of Time unless a new discovery is made. Given recent finds like Breath of the Wild‘s infinite jumping or the barrier skip in Wind Waker, it’s not out of the question. But for now, Torje is going to keep on pushing the time down as much as he can, stating:
This is the peak of my journey so far, but it does not end here! I will keep pushing this time until I am completely satisfied, since sub 17 was more of a milestone goal, rather than a “this is the final product I want”.
It’s not surprising that Torje was the one to finally break the milestone. Before this achievement, he held the record of 17:01. If that wasn’t proof enough of his abilities, check out this incredible run from Summer Games Done Quick 2019!
Congratulations on another Ocarina of Time world record and on such an incredible accomplishment, Torje!