Last month, a long time Mario kart 64 Racing driver Daniel Burbank set two records for setting every fastest time in the game. Yesterday he picked up the last two, making him the first player in game history to hold all 32 fastest times at the same time. That alone is impressive, but also a historic moment for the community. Not only have people been trying (and failing) this feat for years, the stories of the rivalries that arose around the attempts have even gone viral thanks to all of the drama involved.
“I did it, man, let’s go,” Burbank exploded afterwards on his Twitch stream in a clip shared by Speedrunning YouTuber SummoningSalt. “32 of 32 records. It happened. It’s over. It’s over. It’s over. It’s over.”
Mario kart 64 has 16 courses. The speed running community tracks the fastest individual lap and three lap times each, which leads to 32 separate categories for races on the routes without shortcuts. After Burbank had finally achieved a time of 1’55 “07 yesterday in Sherbet Land, he was able to build on Matthias Rustemeyer’s existing record. He was also able to add the last top score he needed on his unprecedented journey. During 13 von the 32 records are tied with the rest being controlled directly by Burbank, earning it a coveted rating of 1.0 (your average record placement in each category) among over 1,000 other competitors Mario kart 64‘s player.
But it was a long and sometimes controversial road for the 32/32 champion. A few years ago the Mario kart 64 Speedrunning community, Matthias Rustemeyer tried to become the chosen one. Rustemeyer tried for years to secure every record for himself, often comes within 31 of the 32 required best times
As documented at length in a groundbreaking video from SummoningSalt last year, part of what the achievement made possible was a number of others Mario kart 64 Players formed an alliance in 2013 to try and impede Rustemeyer from being the first person to achieve a whole series of personal bests. It turned out to be more than effective as rivals who specialized in certain routes were bringing back world records faster than Rustemeyer could break them.
The tables were reversed in 2020 when Burbank began making its own run in time trial and other record-breaking categories. Controversially, Burbank began hoarding times for different ones Mario kart 64 Speed running categories offline, not uploaded as they happened. That way, instead of the rivals being able to see his progress and challenge him as he snagged WRs, he could suddenly blur the recorded times and overwhelm the leaderboards.
A video documented by Abyssoft The years of rivalry between Burbank and Rustemeyer discussed the mini-scandal in detail. While technically not a scam, some in the community have criticized it for violating the spirit of transparency and fair competition. Burbank released his own comprehensive apology for the after-school hours on Mario kart 64 Forum.
“Will Dan be able to do what Matthias couldn’t and get the 32/32?” Summoning Salt wrote on Twitter Last month. “Or is it time for Matthias to take revenge and stop him?” In the end, nobody could stop him. Rustemeyer’s last published record was 1’55 ”07 on July 23, the same one Burbank tied last night to become a Mario Kart 64 legend.