- Super Mario 64 speedrunners have figured out how to perform the Carpetless speedrun trick. It was previously nearly impossible to do without using tools.
- The Carpetless trick requires precise movements and glitches to be performed. It is used to skip the tedious Rainbow Ride level in the game, which can add up to an extra minute in speedruns.
- The new setup discovered by the speedrunner Krithalith has recently made many speedrunners successfully attempt the Carpetless trick in Super Mario 64.
- We can expect to see new world records in the speedrunning scene as more users start utilizing the Carpetless technique.
Super Mario 64 bolsters quite a healthy yet wacky group of speedrunners that have done feats rarely seen in the gaming ecosystem. One major barrier in the scene was the Rainbow Ride level in the game. The slow ride drives many speedrunners to rack up upwards of an extra minute. A doable workaround for the ride is the famed “Carpetless” technique, discovered back in 2015. The trick has now become more viable than ever before.
The YouTuber Simply explains the history of the trick and dives into the new setups that have recently made it possible for humans to do it in real-time without the assistance of tools. The Carpetless trick has been rarely done by speedrunners in Super Mario 64 due to its toughness. It requires precise movements and glitches to attain the star at the top of the level.
This trick was not even deemed possible by humans when it was discovered, as the founder, Xiah, executed it using tools in a TAS (tool-assisted speedrun). The maneuver had become a meme in the community, but new setups have made it quite doable. The setup discovered by the speedrunner Krithalith — dubbed Orthogonal Jones — has caused a flurry of speedrunners to successfully do the Carpetless trick in Super Mario 64.
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Orthogonal Jones only uses cardinal directions. It takes out many of the tedious sequences of movements required to do the Carpetless glitch. As a result, Super Mario 64 speedrunners are already testing whether the trick is viable enough now to be used orthodoxically in the speedrunners. It is worth noting that pulling off the Carpetless technique is still very complex, but nothing like eight years ago.
The YouTuber and another speedrunner, Greensuigi, have been able to utilize the trick multiple times in a row. It has essentially turned a popular meme in the game community into reality.
We can soon expect to see serious speedruns that use the Carpetless technique flawlessly to remove about a minute; world records could be in the making.
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