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World record in 4m 56s 878ms by darbian

Category on speedrun.com

Category rules

Beat the game as fast as possible by any means necessary.
Turbo/Autofire and left+right/up+down are banned.
Please add the emulator used in the comments. It's also highly preferred that if you're running on emulator to capture the entire window of the emulator, including the window border. Using savestates to the title screen is prohibited. You need to use the reset function on your emulator. If you used a flash cart (like Powerpak or Everdrive) or some other way to play the game not on original hardware, please add that in the comments as well.

Timing is done using the SDA standard:
Start: On the frame that "400" appears in the top right after selecting 1 player.
End: On the frame all sprites are invisible after touching the axe in 8-4.

Times below 5:21.00 need a video.
Due to the popularity of the game, times below 5:00.00 are treated with suspicion. To maximise your chances of having a run verified it is highly recommended that you stream all of your attempts and provide split files.