2016 is just a few days away. And with it, another marathon of Awesome Games Done Quick. Dozens of speedrunners come together for a week’s worth of beating games fast for charity. Next week’s event will once again benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Splatoon kicks off the marathon on January 3rd at 11:26 am CST (the schedule will automatically convert to your local time). Final Fantasy IV will wrap up the event on the night of January 9th. Awesome Games Done Quick has something for everyone. Everything from Super Mario 64 to Outlast. Check out the full schedule here.
I can’t watch them all, but here are 6 I will be definitely catching.
Super Mario 64 (January 3rd, 7:56 pm CST)
You can’t watch any of Awesome Games Done Quick without checking out Super Mario 64. Speedrunners Puncayshun, Cheese05 and Simply will race each other to 120 stars. Set aside about 2 hours to catch the whole run. Check out the trio’s playthrough from Summer Games Done Quick 2015.
Ori and the Blind Forest (January 4th, 9:11 pm CST)
One of the biggest surprises for me this year. I can’t wait to see what kinds of tricks Grimelios and Ankamius have up their sleeves. Here’s a speedrun from Summer Games Done Quick 2015. It’s great to hear the developers chat with the speedrunners about mechanics and why certain decisions were made in development.
Outlast (January 6th, 3:46 am CST)
Who’s got time to get scared? Saint Connor plans to beat this horror game in 30 minutes or less. Here’s a speedrun from 2014.
Battletoads (January 6th, 2 pm CST)
This is the game many of us think of when we think of hard games we played as kids. TheMexicanRunner plans to make short work of it. Here’s jc583 and TheMexicanRunner doing a co-op speedrun last year.
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (January 7th, 1:11 pm CST)
This isn’t just any speedrun. Sinister1 and zallard1 will do it blindfolded! Here’s Sinister1’s attempt in 2014 where he came oh-so-close.
Bloodborne (January 9th, 5:51 pm CST)
It’s the game of the year for many and FatB is going to try and breeze through it in 42 minutes. He’ll beat it in about the same time as I’ve spent playing it. Yeah, I know. My backlog is absurdly big, and Bloodborne is next on the list.
That’s the six speedruns I’m looking forward to. Check out the full schedule to see if any of your favorites are on there. Which speedruns are you looking forward to the most? Sound off in the comments below.