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World’s fastest button-masher breaks 200 in Mario Party 4 Domination

The thrill of victory, in one glorious minute on a GameCube

Screenshot of the moment when livestreamer Ludwig Ahgren breaks 200 in Mario Party 4’s Domination minigame
Prepare for glory! 200!
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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Even if you don’t know Mario Party 4 (raises hand), the significance of this video is rather easy to grasp. Ludwig Ahgren so thoroughly obliterates the presumed maximum score in the Domination minigame that the trail of Thwomp-dominoes runs slap out of the game entirely.

Put another way “Fastest masher in the world,” is the title Ahgren now claims, and who could argue? Here is a tool-assisted speedrun bot maxing out the same minigame three years ago, hitting the 160 score. That means Ahgren is faster than a machine. More significantly, Ahgren broke the 200 barrier, topping a previous high of 199.

Dat mashing technique doe; he looks like a squirrel filing its nails. Everything about this clip is awesome, the suspense, the Flight of the Bumblebee accompaniment, the pinwheeling livestream chat, the triumphant scream and goddamn-right victory flex.

The last time I saw this kind of a face?

Was when Shaq threw it down against the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2000 Western Conference Finals playoffs to cap a 15-point, fourth-quarter, game seven comeback.

Los Angeles Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal raises his ha John Mabanglo/AFP via Getty Images

If aliens landed and I had to explain what video games are and why they are fun, I’d show them this. Take a bow, Ludwig.

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