The link to the speedrun video is below. Please note, for obvious reasons, this link contains significant spoilers. If you're waiting to explore the game on your own terms, and NOT speedrun Tears of the Kingdom, proceed with caution.
In the world of gaming, the race to conquer a newly launched game is nothing short of an Olympic sprint. The latest testament to this gaming culture was the eagerly anticipated "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom", which officially dropped on May 12 at 12:00 a.m. EDT. Remarkably, a mere two hours later, a speedrunner with an incredible knack for swift gaming had already triumphed over the game.
As the clock struck two, a YouTuber known as gymnast86 emerged as the first to complete the sequel to the highly acclaimed "Breath of the Wild". He shattered the finish line tape with an impressive 1:34:33 unofficial Any% record on "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom".
It's important to note the record is considered "unofficial" due to the regulations of Speedrun.com, the gamer-wide recognized authority for world record gaming achievements. They won't be accepting entries for "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" until May 26. Despite this, the gaming community is abuzz with the stunning feat accomplished by gymnast86.
The Summer Games Done Quick 2023, a well-known charity speedrunning marathon, is set to kick off on May 28. It has seven Legend of Zelda games on the schedule, but "Tears of the Kingdom" is notably absent, a fact that makes gymnast86's achievement all the more remarkable.
In the wake of this breakneck completion, gamers around the world are excitedly speculating about the strategies and secrets gymnast86 used to achieve such a fast finish. It's a clear reminder that even in the vast and complex worlds of games like "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom", there are always those who will sprint straight for the finish line, blazing trails for others to follow. For others, they can look forward to May 26 when they can officially join the race on Speedrun.com.
Until then, happy gaming!