The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Speedrunner Finally Completes the Game in under 17 Minutes
After four years, Norweigen speedrunner Torje Amundsen finally beats the game in a record time of 16 minutes and 58 seconds.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is often considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time, topping several “greatest games of all time” lists and almost two decades after its initial release, Ocarina of Time is still a fan-favorite – especially for speedrunners. We have even seen one player beat the game blindfolded; collecting every piece of heart and killing all of the Gold Skulltulas whilst void of sight. Today, after four years of trying, Norwegian speedrunner Torje Amundsen has completed an entire Any% run in 16 minutes and 58 seconds. It’s the fastest time out of anyone who runs Ocarina of Time.
“The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, completed in under 17 minutes for the first time ever. This is by far the greatest achievement in my speedrunning career so far,” Torje said in his official run commentary on Speedrun.com’s leaderboards. “If nothing new is found, this may be the very last minute milestone Ocarina of Time Any% will see.”
“Thank you, everyone, who has watched me at any point in my journey so far, and thank you to everyone who is just now becoming a part of it through this video” Torje continued “This is the peak of my journey so far, but it does not end here! I will keep pushing this time until I am completely satisfied since sub 17 was more of a milestone goal, rather than a “this is the final product I want”.
Although Torje’s completion time is amazing, a few costly mistakes did add some precious seconds to his speedrun which included an ‘accidental backwalk’, missing a backflip in the first phase of the fight against Ganon and an eyebrow-raising ‘2 nut Gohma’. Not discouraged by this, he goes on to state that he’ll continue running Ocarina of Time and wants to “continue to push towards at least 16:55”.
You can check out Torje’s Ocarina of Time Any% speedrun video below:
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remaster will be coming to Nintendo Switch exclusively on 20 September 2019 but until then, you can pick up the original title on Nintendo 3DS via Amazon. You can also check out our review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild here. If you wish, you can purchase the game for Nintendo Switch right here.