In December of 2019 after many years of runs, the speedrunning record for Castlevania on the NES was close to 11 minutes 24 seconds.
In Summer of 2020, speedrunners took a new discovery for the implementation of scrolling for the game and used it to skip several screens at a time in various places throughout the run.
Thanks to this development, the record today is close to 10 minutes 45 seconds. It was set by jay_cee in April of 2022. What a difference!
The logic and mechanics behind how the scroll glitches are accomplished by the player can be difficult to explain.
Let’s dissect scrolling and see just how it is done.