Super Smash Bros. Melee was one of the most popular titles on GameCube, and nearly 17 years later it still has a dedicated following of passionate fans. While the Smash series is generally associated with 1v1 showdowns or big party battles, the games also have a variety of extra modes, including a timed Break the Targets mission. All these years later, fans are still fighting for new world records on these modes, and one player recently succeeded.

Each character has a different Break the Targets mission designed around their moveset. Melee player Joseph “Savestate” El-Khouri has been working hard to beat the record for Link’s stage, which has stood at 3.55 seconds since 2004. After spending five days working towards his goal, El-Khouri finally succeeded, completing the stage in just 3.52 seconds.

As you can imagine, the whole thing goes by in the blink of an eye when you watch in real time, so it can be a little hard to tell exactly what is happening. As such, El-Khouri has released a diagram (below) explaining exactly what his strategy is. The image depicts four colored lines showing where his various projectiles are aimed. The red line represents the first boomerang he throws. The darker blue line is his bomb. Next comes an arrow, represented by a purple line. The lighter blue line is his hookshot, and the green line is a second boomerang.

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