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Twelve-Minute Mega Man

Mega ManHow quickly can you finish Capcom's original Mega Man for the Nintendo Entertainment System?  How long does it take you to dismantle the six Robot Masters and conquer Dr. Wily's fortress?  An hour?  Maybe fifty minutes if you rush it and play without a single mistake?  What if I showed you Mega Man played from start to finish in just over twelve minutes?  This tool-assisted speedrun of Mega Man (or, more precisely, the game's Japanese version, Rockman) created by Shinryuu & FinalFighter will break the game time and again in the name of shaving seconds off of the total elapsed time.  As MetaFilter user justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow says, "Walking through walls is a comparatively minor cheat. The speedrunner forced the game into such a glitched state that the game is no longer able to keep track of where the walls are supposed to be. Whole levels are glitched away. Random numbers sometimes appear on the screen. The soundtrack starts breaking down.  It's the first time I've ever felt sorry for a video game." 

Now that you're left gawking in disbelief, take a look behind the curtain and learn how this Mega Man massacre was performed.  These players are operating on an entirely different level than the rest of us.