The official schedule for the upcoming speedrunning event Summer Games Done Quick has been released on their official website.
Summer Games Done Quick and Awesome Games Done Quick are biennially streamed events that showcase speedruns of video games in various different categories while collecting donations for charity. SGDQ 2017 will once again benefit Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), hoping to top last year’s donation total of $1.3 million.
The event kicks off on July 2nd with a one-handed run of NieR: Automata’s A Ending on Normal Difficulty. The runner, halfcoordinated, has previously done one-handed runs of Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight, Transformers: Devastation, and Vanquish at GDQ events. Many marathon mainstays round out the list, such as Metroid Prime, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario 64, and Super Metroid, although the latter will not be reprising its typical spot as the penultimate run. That spot is instead reserved for a setup block, which is usually filled by a bonus game as a donation incentive. The schedule gives no indication what that bonus game might be, but there’s a good chance that a certain green-clad adventurer may make an appearance.
In addition to the wide selection of “classic” games, there are also a number of indie selections and some recent releases too: Titanfall 2 and Dishonored 2 made the cut, among a handful of others. Also of note is the Tetris: The Grandmaster block, in which players with superhuman hand-eye coordination must arrange blocks (sometimes invisible) falling as fast as the game’s processor can handle. There’s also a Super Mario Series Warpless Relay Race on July 7th, featuring 12 runners playing Super Mario Bros 1-3, Lost Levels, and Super Mario World back to back. Capping it all off is a four-and-a-half hour glitchless speedrun of Earthbound by UltimoIce on July 8th.
Overall, it looks to be a diverse selection of games and categories. Which runs are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!