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Speedrunner lops one minute off Shovel Knight's world record time

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

There's a new world record for the fastest game of Shovel Knight ever played, and it beats the old mark by nearly a minute.

The owner of the new mark is BustahWuff, and his run of 48 minutes, 35 seconds came in the "any percentage" category, meaning he simply had to finish the sidescrolling old-school platformer, not collect every item hidden in it. The old record was 49 minutes, 34 seconds, held by Capndrake

Of the run, BustahWuff says "I feel like this will stand for a good amount of time." You can see the entire run above. The column at left in the video keeps count of his split times and tallies a prediction of his final run. He trails the world record by a few seconds until he blows through the Flying Machine stage, shaving nearly 50 seconds off the next best split time.

For more on Shovel Knight, see our review from its launch in June; Polygon scored it a 9, saying it has "that undefinable, metaphysical look and feel of an NES classic," with "a a bizarre, lovable world that can stand toe-to-toe with any Hyrule or Mushroom Kingdom."

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