Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl was beaten by a speedrunner in under 30 minutes

Pokemon Bdsp Art
Pokemon Bdsp Art (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

What you need to know

  • Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are remakes of the generation four titles on the Nintendo DS.
  • Speedrunning is the act of finishing a game as quickly as possible, via various methods.
  • A speedrunner just beat the latest Pokémon release in under 30 minutes.

If it's one thing about speedrunners, they're gonna try their hardest to break a game as quickly as possible, so they can beat that game as quickly as possible. It hasn't even been one month since the release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl on the Nintendo Switch, yet these games have already been cracked by speedrunners.

User Werster on YouTube, part of the Pokémon speedrunning community, managed to finish the game in the Any% category (where any percentage of completion is acceptable, as long as the credits have rolled) in 29 minutes and 46 seconds. Pokémon games typically take 25 to 35 hours to complete on a casual playthrough, so this is massively under the typical time. Not many players can claim to have beaten a game that big in under 30 minutes, and speedrunners will most likely continue to work on beating this new record.

Of course, these kinds of playthroughs involve RNG manipulation, glitches, and other tricks that casual players are unlikely to use, so this isn't something just anyone could do without intimate knowledge on the inner workings of the game. Remember that if you do attempt these methods to exercise caution, as you may corrupt your save file.

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.