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access_time April 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM in Features by Charlie Grammer

Gamebusters myth 23: Defeating the Running Man in Ocarina of Time

Is it possible to defeat the Running Man?

Is it possible to defeat the Running Man?

Welcome to the 23rd entry of our weekly Gamebusters series, where we track down gaming myths and attempt to debunk them. This week we’ll be examining a myth that still seems to confuse some gamers, the possibility of defeating the Running Man in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

For those unaware, there are several rumored ways of defeating the man in the race. One popular way, as shown by the video below, is to begin the race and immediately utilize the ocarina to travel back in time so that you’re the younger Link. The man who uploaded this video back in 2009, RustySporks, claimed that he successfully won the race by utilizing this method, and provided the video as proof of his accomplishment.

Others claim that if you utilize various cheats, such as teleporting, you will be able to win the race. Then there are the claims that if you leave the game on for a certain amount of time (utilized in the above video), or even lift the cartridge a small amount while playing, you will be able to win the race.

Myth or fact? This is another Zelda legend that is nothing but myth. Even though the above video showing off the “Proof” still confuses people (even leading to many who played the 3DS version to ask, “Does this trick still work in the new version?”), the simple fact is that you cannot beat the Running Man. He will always be one second faster than Link. This was confirmed by both cheat devices and the text dump of the game. The latter revealed that the Running Man has no dialogue at all that addresses the possibility of Link defeating him.

The above video was also debunked by another user by the name of spinout182 in the very same year that RustySporks showed off his. spinout182’s video can be found below.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Gamebusters myth. If there are any gaming myths, old or new, that you’re curious about, feel free to ask in the comments section and I promise I will make them a priority.

Happy gaming!


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