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Awesome Games Done Quick announces 2018 schedule

Weeklong marathon ends with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Awesome Games Done Quick has finalized the schedule for its annual festival of speedrunning, closing out the weekend with an all-out attack on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in which a runner will try to beat every main quest in less than four hours.

The ninth edition of the weeklong charity marathin begins Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at the Hilton Washington Dulles in Herndon, Va. After a pre-show and runs through Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Ratchet & Claank, it moves to Splatoon 2, and an any-percent attempt by TonesBalones. Any-percent means completing the campaign, regardless of side missions, collectibles and the like.

Wall of Spain goes after a completion of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim’s main quest in under 50 minutes after that. Monday’s highlights include Sonic Mania (which launched in August) and an any-percent run with Sonic and Tails by Claris.

Tuesday packs together back-to-back runs at Castlevania (Harmony of Dissonance and Symphony of the Night) and zombies — Left 4 Dead 2 and Dying Light, spilling over midnight Wednesday into Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and then Silent Hill for good measure.

Thursday’s spotlight is the usual weird block of Nintendo Entertainment System movie adaptations (Blues Brothers, Home Alone 2) plus a 15-minute any-percent run at Prey (the most recent game). Friday delivers crowd-pleaser Spelunky, in a solo run whose rules include all shortcuts plus beating Olmec, aiming for a 30 minute completion.

Saturday brings big names: The Legend of Zelda, Mass Effect, Diablo, Bloodborne and Final Fantasy 4, with the latter expecting to take more than two hours. The Sunday finale with Breath of the Wild begins at 1:55 a.m. and is booked for a time of 3 hours and 57 minutes.

The full schedule, with all of the runners competing, is here.

This is the ninth year of Awesome Games Done Quick, which raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Last year’s marathon raised $2.2 million, again setting a record (by more than $1 million over 2016’s total raised).

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