The second half of the “Metroidvania” subgenre of whip-flaying, Dracula-annoying exploratory mayhem is among the most highly esteemed classics of the NES and SNES era, and the runs optimized for them are equally breathtaking in their technical depth and sheer raw speed of execution.
You would be entirely remiss to miss out on AGDQ 2017’s run, especially in light of who’s making the attempt. Cantaloupeme and Komrade are the current seventh and eighth place record holders for the game, according to Speedrun.com, each capable of slashing through the great vampire’s keep in under 12 minutes.
The current record is kmac's blazing fast 11 minutes, 37 seconds, and 964 milliseconds, set just two months ago. This might be a classic, but the competition to be its World's Fastest is thriving to this day.
Obviously, there’s a very different sort of pressure between making a record attempt at home and doing it before a live audience – but at a mere 15 minutes set, that’s still a white-hot pace through a game that’s frustrated and bewildered many of us for hours on end as kids.
Dracula’s gonna need a bigger castle. …conveniently, that’s what the next two blocks are about. The Castlevania runs start at 12:12 PM CST.