Speedrunner beats Ocarina of Time … in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Ocarina of Time

In a fun bit of advertising for the then-fledgling Virtual Console, Super Smash Bros. Brawl famously features a handful of timed demos for classic Nintendo games, such as Star Fox 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, among a few others. Normally, these demos are a cool way to experience the opening moments of a game. Maybe you can clear a boss fight or grab a Power Star if you’re quite good at whatever game you’re trying. For speedrunner Savestate, however, that wasn’t quite good enough; instead, they figured out a way to beat The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time within the four minutes and fifty seconds allowed by the demo. They achieved the run by using a few items provided in the Japanese version of the demo. You can read an explanation below, and then watch the following video to see the speedrun.

This version of Ocarina of Time included in the Masterpieces selection in Super Smash Brothers Brawl is a timed demo of the game (5 minutes) which includes 2 save files: one starting as Child with nothing except the intro cutscene cleared and another as Adult with small amount of progression after turning adult. With the items given to us in the JP version of the demo, we’re able to just barely squeeze in two SRMs with custom heap manipulations, along with a fish allocation in Goron City to perform a current cutscene SRM wrong warp to the credits.

If that somehow is not impressive enough for you, Savestate also found a way to beat Ganon via the Super Smash Bros. Brawl Ocarina of Time demo in four minutes and fifty-six seconds. Read on for a quick description on how Savestate pulled it off, and then watch it happen in the ensuing video.

For this route, you only have about 10 (ten!) seconds of leeway over the whole 5 minute demo. Two HESSes (moving backwards really fast), Lost Woods bridge skip, SRM, and a clean Ganon fight are just barely enough to clock in under 5 minutes. After grinding for over 200 attempts, I was finally able to execute well enough to defeat Ganon with a mid 4:56 (3.5 seconds before the demo ended).

I wish I could be this good at, well, anything.

Nick Pearson
I'm the Reviews Editor here at Nintendo Enthusiast, and I'm a major fan of all consoles and eras.