4-2: The History of Super Mario Bros.' Most Infamous Level

  • Published on Jan 29, 2018
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Comments • 8 509

  • Cartoon head
    Cartoon head Day ago

    So it skipped half of the game? Invalid speed runs if they dont go through the whole game

  • Chara Dreemur
    Chara Dreemur Day ago +1

    Man Just like anti vaxx parents getting their children to speedrun life

  • Kyle Ward
    Kyle Ward Day ago

    I fell asleep watching this

    IAM ROOT Day ago +1

    That's it......I have no life.

  • DDDZzs 223355
    DDDZzs 223355 Day ago

    I didn't knew about competitive world of Mario Bros speedruns.

  • hekskey
    hekskey Day ago

    This was surprisingly interesting. Nice video.

  • Eric
    Eric Day ago

    What a fucking waist of time. Interesting analysis of all this. But speed running video games is such a valueless hobby.

    • Eric
      Eric Day ago

      +Summoning Salt They dont have to... But most hobbies at least have SOME redeeming value. Even sitting around watching TV all day you are spending your time better. At least you are absorbing stories.

    • Summoning Salt
      Summoning Salt  Day ago

      Hobbies don't have to be super important

  • Issac Davis
    Issac Davis Day ago

    I'm the best player ever

  • Theargoytimecompany

    I want to fuck with Andrew G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FrankieV 116
    FrankieV 116 Day ago

    Great video! I can't believe this is still going on today!

  • LMTR14
    LMTR14 Day ago

    NOOO don't explain for the 700 billionth time what a framerule is. WE KNOW ALREADY

  • LMTR14
    LMTR14 Day ago

    your exit zone definition makes no sense. if you called it an exit SCREEN, we would at least understand what you mean, but like this... nothing but nonsense. zone is way too broad a term to be used here
    "one of these zones loaded at the same time" obviously also is complete nonsense.

  • Daniel Anderson
    Daniel Anderson 2 days ago

    I started searching for some revision music and 1 hour later I am here... I have never played this game in my life.

  • AdamG1983
    AdamG1983 2 days ago

    Speed runner named "Kosmic"
    So much cringe.

  • John Frank
    John Frank 2 days ago

    Just watched a 20+ minute video about a level in a 30+ year old video game. My boss thanks you.

  • titi tit
    titi tit 2 days ago

    Music de Zelda 3, Lorule 😍!!!

  • djeklipz1
    djeklipz1 2 days ago

    What is mind boggling is how fast the button response was back in the day.

  • Steyr Acrx
    Steyr Acrx 2 days ago

    So these people actually sit there and play the same Mario level over and over and over, to beat some stupid time that a small handful of people give a crap about. No wonder most speed runners seem either retarded, Autistic or just plain stupid. Because they ARE, you have to be to spend you time like this..

  • Ticharri Betikymo
    Ticharri Betikymo 2 days ago

    Interview the speed runners, hire David Attenborough to narrate, BOOM Netflix

  • Benjamin Yew
    Benjamin Yew 2 days ago

    i can't believe how fascinating i found this video. props.

  • [sans titre original]

    Whoa very instresting thanks for this moment

  • Code
    Code 3 days ago

    I still think it's weird that 6:37 doesn't get used because it's considered a glitch, but jumping yourself through a wall and tricking the game in to loading in a warp at the wrong place isn't.

  • Joshua Whinery
    Joshua Whinery 3 days ago

    Interesting insights, but is this what people mean when they say "a misspent youth"?

  • James Sutton
    James Sutton 3 days ago

    none of these world records count...all are based off of glitching the system. cheaters one and all.

  • Kazuma
    Kazuma 3 days ago +1

    So I just watched a documentary of a game I've never played, talking about speed running which I've never done, for a trick I could not have ever imagined.
    To summoning salt: you have some insane speaking skills to hold my attention for this long about something this irrelevant to me

  • Fred Palfy
    Fred Palfy 3 days ago

    I just watched your video on 4-2. I was playing Mario when it first came out and had no problem doing any of the wall bumps also I dont know how many people know about this but Mario has a negative 2 board also found in 4-2 if I remember correctly that's where its found. But it is a neverending underwater world where you will run out of time and die

  • david zapata
    david zapata 3 days ago

    Do you even go outside

  • Io O
    Io O 3 days ago

    lost 20 min of my life


    I want to know, what happens if you go down the top pipe instead of the one in front of you? Buuuut I just realized that Mario is forced to go in the pipe in front of him.

  • Nine's Catudio
    Nine's Catudio 3 days ago

    LOL, I remember that one! Discovered the block by accident:)
    Did not know this was a science! Loved the video - Thank you!

  • Alien
    Alien 3 days ago

    God damn, I love video essays and video games. This is art.

  • Max Richter
    Max Richter 3 days ago

    And BOOM, there it is - another world I have never heard about.

  • Trash Can
    Trash Can 4 days ago

    4-2 0 Blaze It

  • Normal Checkers
    Normal Checkers 4 days ago

    So what about this level I just want to know how to beat 7-4

  • Krzysztof .Olsz
    Krzysztof .Olsz 4 days ago

    The way you speak about this... topic makes it so captivating! It's just like you were explaining how Einstein worked on atomic bomb discovery. Shit... My english sucks!

  • Victor Espino
    Victor Espino 4 days ago

    Why did I watch this? Lol... isn't clipping into the walls considered a glitch and shouldn't count??

  • oktchau
    oktchau 4 days ago

    These guys could be curing cancer or whatever.

  • General of your mom
    General of your mom 4 days ago

    Spending your life analyzing super mario bros...

  • Toylympics
    Toylympics 4 days ago

    Thoroughly enjoyable video.

  • Inhalin1514
    Inhalin1514 4 days ago

    Great video!

  • uz16
    uz16 4 days ago

    I can't believe people dedicate their lives to this o_O

    CFO FRA 4 days ago

    420_Blazit president Comacho approves.

  • Wrestler X
    Wrestler X 5 days ago

    If anyone sees this comment, I have 2 questions. First is when people do TAS for this game, how do they get the source code for the game? Because even if you could (legally) extract it from an actual copy of the game, it will most likely be in ROM (read-only memory) form, meaning that you can't edit or modify it in any way. An alternative would be to manually replicate the code into C/C++/Assembly or whatever program was needed, but this seems incredibly time-consuming and prone to errors. Second question: How do they make it so he does not hit enemies OR fall within the hitbox area when doing TAS, while still going as fast as possible? Of course they would have to make it so he was moving as fast as possible, but this seems next to impossible since speed can also affect whether or not he hits an enemy or the hitbox area and you can't physically determine when to jump since you are not controlling the game yourself. I feel like trial and error would be an effective method here, as in have him jump when he is X pixels from an enemy, if this is too close then move back one pixel and so on. But there is also very little room for error if you want the run to be completed as quickly as possible. Even 0.5 seconds could make all the difference here.

  • Kenneth P.
    Kenneth P. 5 days ago

    Is it REALLLLLLLLY that important?

  • Helix Echoes
    Helix Echoes 5 days ago

    humans are capable of some godly things.

  • Lee Bee
    Lee Bee 5 days ago

    I love 8-bit videogames, and Mario, but I find this "speed running" phenomenon kind of pointless. I can understand trying to try to get a high score - that's actually playing the game by its own rules. But speed running isn't part of the game - you're playing a game and rules that you yourself made up arbitrarily. Why bother?

  • kangawroon
    kangawroon 5 days ago

    But whyyyyy? Whats the point?!!!

  • Buil Dinit
    Buil Dinit 5 days ago

    go outside people

  • Sevarchy
    Sevarchy 5 days ago

    Watched 9 minutes. I hate to say it, but this is one of the worst videos I have ever seen. Strangely, that's why I watched so much of it. I thought I had autism or asperger's, but I guess there's always people in worse situations.

  • Eddie Smithers
    Eddie Smithers 5 days ago

    Lmao speedrunners are gay

  • SellMe YourSoul
    SellMe YourSoul 5 days ago

    what am I doing with my life

  • noncanadian
    noncanadian 5 days ago

    autism sure is entertaining

  • JackAttack05
    JackAttack05 5 days ago

    I can’t believe I just watched a 20 minute long video about Mario level.

  • Chavador
    Chavador 5 days ago +2

    00:47 sounds like he's busting a nut

  • Natalie Watters
    Natalie Watters 5 days ago

    april fools

  • Brooke Breaks Books
    Brooke Breaks Books 5 days ago

    Gosh, then there’s the rest of the game.

  • PopRockProductions
    PopRockProductions 5 days ago

    4-2 caused pain because the speed runners couldn't hotbox with nintendo

  • amseager
    amseager 5 days ago

    Speaking about 376 time (by fast 4-2 or blazit): I've checked kosmic's and somewes' 4:55 runs and I realized that they both entered the warp zone on 375. Am I right that they still got the same framerule as it could be on 376 pace?

  • Very Woke
    Very Woke 6 days ago +1

    What do these guys do to practice this level, as far as repetition? Is there a mod that lets them redo the level over and over without having to start over? Or do they find a way to get infinite lives?

  • Killer Queen
    Killer Queen 6 days ago

    I know you have music credits but the song at 3:28 sounds so familiar and I can’t remember what it is, does anyone know this song?

  • Konstantin
    Konstantin 6 days ago

    And none of the comments mention what 420 stands for. Amazing! Nobody knows or nobody dares to say it? :)

  • dandymcgee
    dandymcgee 6 days ago +1

    I knew nothing about this before this video.. great documentary!

  • DAT Wagonator
    DAT Wagonator 6 days ago

    No one talked about, involved in, or creating this video has ever been laid. That is all.

  • Ryu Bowman
    Ryu Bowman 6 days ago

    falons mom is hot as blazez

  • Ryu Bowman
    Ryu Bowman 6 days ago

    falons mom is hot as blazez

  • Patrick Doyle
    Patrick Doyle 6 days ago

    Dude, you are good at this. I'd watch any documentary you made.

  • Chris Koch
    Chris Koch 6 days ago

    whats the music at 6:15

  • Leeann Albritton
    Leeann Albritton 6 days ago

    I used to love this game back in the 80's

  • pyrobryan
    pyrobryan 7 days ago

    Why is the vine considered a glitch against the rules but not the wall glitch?

  • TheeBarricade
    TheeBarricade 7 days ago

    did this back in 89. get on my level

  • druha10304
    druha10304 7 days ago

    lol this is like watching some deleted scene of ready player one when he goes to the archives LOOLL

  • Jesse Ayala
    Jesse Ayala 7 days ago

    5 million nerds and growing

  • JonponsVids10
    JonponsVids10 7 days ago +1

    11:14 - Waterworld for the SNES, yessssss - underrated soundtrack

  • Bixby Family
    Bixby Family 7 days ago

    Guess u guys never found zero world?

  • Existent David
    Existent David 7 days ago

    Well speed running is a make or break task you make it hard on yourself going as fast as possible once a limit is reached there is the point you can't perfect it any further. Some speed runners max the fastest time.

  • Anthony P
    Anthony P 7 days ago

    Everytime he says "Bros" I just wanna slash my wrist.

  • Jonas Sami
    Jonas Sami 7 days ago

    stupid video.

  • Daytona Says What?!
    Daytona Says What?! 7 days ago


  • Jaelin Jackson
    Jaelin Jackson 7 days ago

    True gaming

  • So Loco
    So Loco 8 days ago

    420 blaze it fuck it the power of weed appreciate it love it

  • ROAR
    ROAR 8 days ago

    0:50 first of all how’d he jump off the wall like that?! Second, how’d I never know about this vine???!

  • sIyceth
    sIyceth 8 days ago

    You fucking cancerous degenerate retard. 1-1 and 1-2 is the most infamous!!!!!

  • Jeff Zweygardt
    Jeff Zweygardt 8 days ago

    That was GREAT! Thanks!

  • Pl u
    Pl u 8 days ago

    Now i wonder if any1 is still finding a possible way for tas pace

  • Charles Dibben
    Charles Dibben 8 days ago

    I don't even care about speed running but for some reason I watched the entire video.

  • heather pennington
    heather pennington 9 days ago

    Zelda music your weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd

  • Xavier Gonzalez Jr
    Xavier Gonzalez Jr 10 days ago

    So....why do you pronounce it Mario "Bros" It's Mario "Brothers".

  • Green Buff
    Green Buff 10 days ago +1


    dust II

  • Michael Hiatt
    Michael Hiatt 10 days ago

    I have experienced that glitch several times as a kid.

  • Karl Hamilton
    Karl Hamilton 11 days ago

    Who knew

  • The Gamer
    The Gamer 11 days ago

    14:58 that's the SNES game TOP GEAR music

  • Matthew Wilton
    Matthew Wilton 11 days ago

    Wtf is going on in this video, I didn't understand a word this guy said

  • Peyton Magnusson
    Peyton Magnusson 11 days ago

    Is it.... the meaning of life. Have i found it?

  • The Purple Portal
    The Purple Portal 11 days ago

    Level 4-2 saved by 420. Coincidence?

  • olcsóhigany
    olcsóhigany 11 days ago

    0:47 This moan gets me a little uncomfortable

  • Turrebo
    Turrebo 11 days ago

    I just watched a 20 minute video about taking 15 years to shave off half a second of an already short level of a game I absolutely suck at!
    Well played! [badum tssss]

  • justin goers
    justin goers 12 days ago

    Great doc!

  • fringleshnotz
    fringleshnotz 12 days ago

    Videos like this prove that, if done well, almost any subject can make an interesting documentary. And this was done well...

  • CYPHER 45
    CYPHER 45 12 days ago

    This is one of the best video game videos I have ever watched.

  • Sara Ross
    Sara Ross 12 days ago

    So 4-2 is not infamous for those of us who actually enjoy playing through the game.