Sometimes speed runners get bored. Sometimes, to cure that boredom, they take unto themselves challenges that go far beyond normal human limits. Piotr Delgado Kusielczuk, also known as The Mexican Runner and holder of records for ludicrously difficult games like Battletoads, took on one such challenge. After what was essentially a joke, Kusielczuk decided to play to completion, or the best assumption thereof, every commercially released NES game. Including a handful of PAL territory exclusives.
That total came up to about 714 games. This is included never-ending arcade games, sports games with lifelike season durations, and even a piano simulator/educational tool. Yes, Kusielczuk claims to have learned how to play the piano in order to consider that last one completed.
This self-imposed task started on May 28, 2014 and will conclude on February 26. That’s when Kusielczuk plans to cap the journey off with Super Mario Bros. 3. Highlights from this years-long venture can be found on Delgado’s YouTube channel.
As a speed runner, Kusielczuk often finds casual play boring. He’s a goal-oriented gamer, and this project is a goal few have attempted, much less accomplished. “I was always thinking to myself that I was aiming for a bigger goal which was beat them all and become the first person in the world to do it. So that helped me a lot to keep myself motivated.”
Personally, I need to check out his Silver Surfer run. I’ve heard good things!