Summer Games Done Quick '19 Starts This Weekend—Here Are Some Runs To Watch For

The Link to the Past-Super Metroid randomizer mash-up is sure to be a blast.

This weekend, put the Twitch stream by the pool. Summer Games Done Quick 2019 kicks off Sunday, June 23 at 9:30 a.m. PDT with a run of Spyro the Dragon, and goes on through to June 29 at midnight.

There are plenty of runs to check out during the event, with donations going towards Doctors Without Borders. It's very worth your time to tune in, but we thought we'd run down the list and note a few runs from each day that are sure to be a blast.

Keep in mind, times are subject to change if segments run long, though the schedule page is often up to date. We haven't listed times below for ease of use, though they are listed in chronological order.

Sunday, June 23

  • Portal 2-Single Player, No SLA (Inbounds): Portal is always a good time, and keeping things inbounds means seeing a lot of neat tricks and probably some high-speed shenanigans.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap-Any%: An underrated Zelda game, runner "quo" will be going for Any%, or pretty much the bare minimum required to see the end credits roll.
  • Final Doom-TNT: Evilution UV-Speed: This is Doom at a blistering, brutal pace. Seriously, if you want to see why people are afraid of the Doomguy, just tune into this stream.

Monday, June 24

  • Marble Madness-Any% Co-op: Marble Madness is already a tough game, so seeing it beat in four minutes in co-op is going to be great to see. This might be hard to catch live, but GDQ has been getting faster at uploading archives to their YouTube channel.
  • Timespinner-Any%: Kick off the Castlevania block with one of the newest 'Vanias on the block, Timespinner.
  • Titanfall 2-Any%: I'm biased, in that I think Titanfall 2 is one of, if not the best, single-player campaigns for a first-person shooter ever made. So seeing it torn to shreds by people who intimately understand the game's fluid movement mechanics is a joy, every time.
  • Borderlands 2-Co-op All Quests: Borderlands co-op runs are a blast, because it's the perfect mix of high-energy, raid group action and laid-back chill time.

Tuesday, June 25

  • Monster Boy in the Cursed Kingdom-Any%: For the night owls, this run of a retro-styled follow-up is sure to have some tricks both new and old. Also this game is infectiously charming and I will probably fall asleep watching this run. [Update: We originally listed this as a remake, when it's actually a successor to the Wonder Boy series.]
  • Pokemon Crystal-Any% Glitchless: Some of my favorite runs to watch are long runs of RPGs, because they involve a mix of pre-planning, knowledge, and on-the-fly routing that's impressive to see. They're the cross-country runs of video games. So in lieu of another massive Final Fantasy run, four hours of Pokemon Crystal will do just fine.
  • The Legend of Zelda Randomizer-Race (LITE Flagset): Randomizers are fascinating speedruns, as runners are handed a game they understand that progresses differently than it's supposed to and told to solve it. This is a good warm-up for the mega-randomizer run later in the week.
  • Resident Evil 2 (2019)-Claire A vs Leon A: A bidding war will decide whether the first run of the Resident Evil 2 remake at GDQ will be Claire or Leon, but either way, Resident Evil runs are consistently fun.

Wednesday, June 26

  • Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut-Big the Cat (2P/1C): Sonic Adventure. Big the Cat route. Two players. One controller. I shouldn't even have to say anything more to sell you on this.
  • Furi-Speedrun Mode (Furi Difficulty): Furi is an underrated boss-rush masterpiece, so I'm happy to see it pop up again. This will be a raw display of mechanical skill.
  • Dark Souls 2-All Bosses (w/ DLC): A wrongly looked-down-upon Souls game, run by an excellent runner in "Distortion2." Souls games make for good runs, and this is will likely be a highlight of the week.

Thursday, June 27

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time-Any% Co-op: I'm always down for some TMNT.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3-Any% (Beginner) Co-op Relay: While it's not a Proud Mode or low-level run, I'm still interested to see what strategies are being cooked up for Kingdom Hearts 3.
  • Super Mario World-Blind Relay Race: I'm not quite sure what this is, but I'm sold. If it's anything like the Mario Maker blind relays, it'll be a blast.

Friday, June 28

  • Star Fox 64-Red Line All Medals: Likely to be a strong run, with a lot of fun tricks and secrets. Also, it's Star Fox 64. I'd look to see what it looks like to be good at those tank missions.
  • Minecraft-Any% Random Seed Glitchless: If you enjoy on-the-fly routing, this is the run for you. This is the equivalent of being dropped somewhere on Earth and trying to find your way back home, except home is a giant dragon.
  • TASBot block: The TASbot team always brings some cool new tricks to GDQ, and this year it's Tetris and Mario Kart Wii, both of which should provide for some mind-bending hacks.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask-100%: This beastly five-hour run can only be the result of an exhaustive breaking down of all the systems in the time-looping Majora's Mask. It'll be really cool seeing how it all comes together, and capping it off with the Fierce Deity mask at that.

Saturday, June 29

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim-Main Quest: Elder Scrolls runs are always goofy and involve a lot of manipulating strange bugs or glitches, so this is a nice lighthearted romp to start your Saturday morning with.
  • Link to the Past + Super Metroid Combo Randomizer- Co-op Beat the games: This might as well be the headliner, as far as I'm concerned. If you're not familiar with it, the Link to the Past + Super Metroid Combo Randomizer does what it says: it mashes the two games together and randomizes the items you can find. Specific warp points will carry the players between Super Metroid and Link to the Past, but items for both can be hidden in either game. They have to think on the fly, work together, and beat both games, passing off the controller the whole time. It's magic. Watch it.
  • Chrono Trigger-Glitchless Any%: SGDQ 2019 closes out with a titanic six-hour run of the JRPG classic Chrono Trigger, with excellent runner "puwexil" at the helm. It's a nice way to end it, and a fun run to watch.

Again, be sure to check out the SGDQ 2019 schedule page for times in your time zone and up-to-the-date information, as well as donation links and bidding options for side games and cool rewards. If you've got a favorite run we didn't mention, shout it out below!

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