Cuphead is a nostalgic side-scrolling platformer / boss rush run n' gun action game that, while incredibly hard for most, is a perfect speedrun candidate. With streamers finding fame in their ability to complete a specific video game far faster than your average joe, the exercise is big business. And this guy has them beat.
When it comes to Cuphead, there's one name on everyone's lips. Know as simply The Mexican Runner on both Twitch and YouTube, this guy has been sapping up all the Cuphead World Records since its launch a few weeks backs.
Just like any speedrun, Cuphead enjoys different tiers and types of speedrun attempts from '100% Complete' runs to 'Any%'. The former is where most players start to feel inadequate in comparison, whereas the latter is typically reduced further over the years when the speedrun communities uncover new glitches and gameplay mechanics to take advantage of. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a fine example here with new glitches still being found nearly 20 years later.
And while some players may be covering new ground by completing the notoriously hard videogame with DDR dancemat controllers, The Mexican Runner is claiming speedrun world records in both major categories. Typically streaming his efforts before uploading them to YouTube, he's currently winning the race with an Any% record sitting at 16 minutes and 9 seconds. Though his current 'All Bosses' world record isn't much more at 27 minutes and 47 seconds.
The key is in fluid movement and not fearing the enemy. Games like these typically have enemies follow a set movement and aiming path, meaning there's plenty of opportunity to slip by simple enemies and wail on bigger creatures while sitting in a blind spot. The Mexican Runner takes advantage of this to dash his way through stages and understands that taking a little damage can actually speed things along.