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Alex

Di Maria's looking pretty good

Alex @ Monday, September 15th 09:52AM   [link]

Movement

#46 Jacob Purcell was the highest active player this week and managed to perform the Yoshi Circuit jump without a mushroom, instantly cutting 0.6s off his time to score a 1'43"2. This used to be Jacob's third worst-ranked time (80th), but now it's 63rd (as well as 60hz top-30) and closer to his norm. Jacob's new time was also a Titan B, or two standards better off. This resulted in a slight nudge in ARR towards the Titan+ milestone, although he is still 0.37pts out.

#436 Jocelyn Sitek claimed his 5th Expert time this week with a 25"6 lap on Sherbet Land, ranked 311th. It was 140 positions and a couple of standards better off than his previous PR from last month. Jocelyn also took a small chunk off his course time and almost managed a sub-1'20. In addition, he scored new times on Daisy Cruiser and Peach Beach, where he reported that he is practicing A-tech mini turbos. He also hopes Matt, Mark and Zach can train hard and catch up to him in the top-500.

#509 Matt Willis had quite a week, scoring 32 new times in exchange for an 89pt AF cut. He nearly made it to the top-500 after just having breached 600 last week. Among his highlights were Peach Beach 1'14"6 (up 98 places), Daisy Cruiser 1'47"4 (up 150 places), Mushroom City 34"7 (up 153) and Yoshi Circuit 36"2 (up 240 places). He also converted all 11 of his remaining Intermediate times to Advanced, netting 32/32 Advanced, and reached Advanced C level in the process. Not a bad effort, although Matt admits that a few of his times could still use some work because he hit an obstacle (Mushroom City) or didn't use all mushrooms (Baby Park).

#609 Mark Vizza got close to catching up to Matt's old rank, scoring a 24pt cut to approach the top-600 barrier. He produced some 27 PRs across multiple submissions and increased his Advanced times from 10 to 14; his new ones were sub-1'10 on Baby Park, sub-29'0 on Mushroom Bridge, Daisy Cruiser lap and Waluigi Stadium. Mark also scored his first top-500 times on Mario Circuit lap and Rainbow Road (both ranked 484th). All of this culminated in the grant prize of Mark reaching Advanced D status--he made it by just 0.07pts!

#633 Zach Orlosky somewhat kept up with Mark, scoring an 18pt cut of his own to get a few steps closer to top-600. Among Zach's new cuts were a 24"2 Peach Beach lap (580th, up 132 places) and 34"4 Mushroom City lap (527th, up 131). Both were Advanced C and quite large cuts. However, Zach's new best time was actually a 26"7 Sherbet Land lap ranked 518th and Advanced B--so far his first and only Advanced B. Zach also improved his "lap specialist" status to 16 from 16 by getting a new Wario Colosseum lap ranked above his 2lap, which was the only track where his course time was superior.


New Players or Records

None this week.
Alex

Forget the 'new' 3DS. I'd rather have a 'new' pokemon snap.

Alex @ Monday, September 8th 09:45AM   [link]

Movement

#450 Jocelyn Sitek scored a healthy 33pt AF cut this week, claiming 10 new times. Among them was a top-500 Baby Park 7lap time where Jocelyn advanced 170 positions by managing to squeeze in one extra MT per lap. He also pushed his times 170 positions higher in Mushroom City 3lap and lap, where he smashed his old Advanced D times to Advanced A level. Jocelyn's highlight of the week was his new Wario Colosseum times, where he said he switched his shroom spot to go from ~520th place to ~370th in both the 2lap and 1lap. The colosseum is now Jocelyn's second best track after DKM and contains his only other top-400 times. After having achieved his short-term of goal of reaching top-450, Jocelyn said that he will focus on trying to reach Expert level -- which looks like some distance away from Advanced B level despite his recent progress.

#596 Matt Wills had 7 new times to report, making slight inroads into the next batch of 100 players. His best cuts were on Mushroom Bridge, where he scored a 1'27'99 (Adv C) to move up 60 positions and raced his first Advanced B time with a 28"6 lap. Mushroom Bridge appears to have become to his track at the moment, although Dry Dry Desert is a close second. Matt also became an Advanced D player, after converting 2 of his remaining 13 Intermediates to Advanced; it was enough to get him over the line.

Hot on Matt's trail is #633 Mark Vizza, armed with 28 PRs this week and a 27pt AF cut. Mark should also reached Advanced level quite soon as he is teeting near the border with Intermediate. Among his numerous small cuts were also a few big cuts, such as Wario Colosseum and Mario Circuit. In WC he improved to 2'14"3 (90 positions up) and 1'06"8 lap (80 positions up), while in Mario Circuit he raced a 1'38"8 (130 positions up) and 31"1 lap (90 positions up). The last of those is ranked 502nd and is Mark's first Adv B and best ranked time so far, and very close to top-500.

Hot on Matt's and Mark's collective tails is #650 Zach Orlosky, who produced a 56pt cut this week to narrow the gap separating the trio. Among his 19 new times were 6 new Advanced times, which increased his tally from a sparse 3 to a chunky 9 Advanced times. Zach still has some low Intermediates left that are weighing him down a little, but seems ready to reach Advanced level soon (he's currently Intermediate A). Zach is currently a lap specialist and has a higher ranked lap compared to course time on all tracks except Wario Colosseum, and five of his six top-600 times are laps. A bit more focus on bringing his course times down to his laps level could see him blitz through the top-600 barrier next week.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

The crazy-soccer-scorelines have decided to spill from the World Cup and continue into La Liga and EPL...

Alex @ Monday, September 1st 10:11AM   [link]

Movement

#42 Mikael Johansson was the highest active player and improved both of his Rainbow Road times. His new 2'59"4 course time was a 0.5 cut and new Titan B time. Mikael was also shocked to get a 58"6 lap time, which was a jump from Titan D to Titan A for him and a half-second cut despite missing an MT; he even thought about restarting the race over. Mikael's twin cuts reduced his AF score to below 45.0 and he is closing in on #41 Kris W.

#56 Jordan Haack had a big haul of 32 PRs to report since his last updated half a year ago. He moved up nearly 30 places in the rankings. He also recorded a time scroll and video proof. Among Jordan's highlights were a 24"6 Titan+ lap in Luigi Circuit (78th place to 52nd), a top-50 Dry Dry Desert 3lap of 1'32"1, a sub-1'20 on Mushroom Bridge (108th to 50th) along with a Myth lap, a 1'39"9 Waluigi Stadium to claim his first overall top-40 time, and a 2'59 on Rainbow Road. Jordan's ARR cuts were large enough to take him from Titan D to Titan B level, and he also managed to claim 32/32 Titan by converting all 14 remaining Hero A scores into Titans.

#337 Stephen De Winter beat the classic 1'20 barrier on Luigi Circuit with a 1'19'92, also claiming a new Expert D time in the process. He beat his 60Hz lap there, as well, and intends to keep playing the track in order to beat his 50Hz lap from two weeks ago.

#483 Jocelyn Sitek sailed into the top-500 this week following a 25pt AF cut. He didn't score any new Expert times to join his existing ones on DKM, but he managed to grab a few new Advanced A times that may be nurtured to Expert level with a bit more dedication. Among his 8 new PRs were a 120-position cut in Mushroom Bridge and top-500 times in each of Mario Circuit and Sherbet Land's 3lap and 1lap. Jocelyn was particularly happy with his 1'20'7 Sherbet time, which clocks in at 438th place and is his best ranked time outside of DK Mountain. Jocelyn also shared his dream of one day scoring a sub-1'50 in DKM (equivalent of 135th place, or a 77-position cut from his current), but admits that it would be difficult. He also reached Advanced B level in ARR.

#614 Matt Wills had 18 new times to report, set during the past four weeks, in exchange for a 32pt AF cut. He reduced his remaining Intermediate times from 21 down to 13, scoring some new Advanced times in the process. Matt's biggest cuts were both on Rainbow Road, which was formerly his second weakest track but is now his fourth best. Despite his large ARR cut, Matt remains an Intermediate A... but only needs another 0.07pts to reach the next tier.

#659 Mark Vizza continued his long streak of activity, scoring 22 PRs. Among them were his three new best-ranked times: Mario Circuit 31'8 (up 96 positions and Advanced C), Waluigi Stadium 36'6 (Advanced D), and Rainbow Road 1'03'6 (Advanced D). Mark increased his number of Advanced times from 5 to 8 and needs to cut another 0.65pts before reaching overall Advanced level.

#704 Zach Orlosky, new recruit, scored 28 PRs in his first full week on the site. That translated to a 110pt AF cut, a brief flash of invincibility that Zach probably can't maintain too many weeks in a row, but one that may motivate him to chase down those ranked ahead of him. His best times are currently Mushroom Bridge 28'9 and Mario Circuit 31'8, both ranked in the top-600 and both Advanced C. Both are also move than 200 position higher than last week's times, so Zach may improve them yet again next week.

#894 Serena Briggs had 8 times to report, most notably improving a handful of her Beginner Bs and Cs to Beginner A level. She is yet to score her first Intermediate time, but has 7 Beginner As so far, which means there are multiple avenue to that destination.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

RPG fans take note: ToX2 release is this weekend

Alex @ Friday, August 22nd 02:20AM   [link]

Movement

#46 Jacob Purcell enjoyed the last days of his summer break by producing 4 PRs, enough to pass Stephen M, Kyle C, and Stefan van D. He also passed Kyle C and Fernando M in 60Hz to park in the No. 28 spot. His biggest cut was in Daisy Cruiser lap, going from 68th to 31st place with a sub-32 lap. It was also an improvement from Titan B to Myth C, giving Jacob his tenth Myth time. Jacob also cut half a second off his 3lap, gaining twenty positions there. His other new times were on Rainbow Road: he managed to sub-3 minutes with a 2'59"7 and improved his lap to a top-50 standard of 58"7. Jacob's 0.25pt cut in ARR wasn't enough for a promotion, but he reduced his ARR level to below 7 and is many steps closer to Titan+ and perhaps eventually Myth. Unfortunately, college session restarts soon and Jacob is not yet sure how much free time he'll have.

#338 Stephen De Winter spent a while trying to go below 1'20 on Luigi Circuit. He improved it last week and improved it once again this week, but could not manage to go faster than 1'20"09. Stephen needs to get the sub to score the Expert standard, so I suspect that he will try again.

#505 Jocelyn Sitek scored a 25pt AF cut, once again cruising up the charts and once again improving his best course, DKM. Jocelyn said that he didn't run into any walls this week during his 1'52"4 run, which was a 1.0s cut on last week's time and ranks in at 212th place. Jocelyn's new 36"5 lap was an equally impressive 0.5s cut, and scored him his top-200 time (he was 263rd here, now 200th) as well as his first Expert A time. His other improvements were all in Special Cup's tracks, where he improved most of his times to top-500 level.

#669 Mark Vizza scored a plentiful 21 new PRs and moved up 12 places. Among them was a 33'7 Dry Dry Desert lap, which was his second (besides Rainbow lap) Advanced time but was his first top-600 time. Mark also improved his Luigi Circuit lap and both Mushroom Bridge times by fifty positions. Two new players also joined this week a little ways behind Mark, which perhaps give him some rivals.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Dan Lewis, USA (892nd, Beginner B)
Zach Orlosky, USA (810th, Intermediate D)
Alex

Got punched right in the childhood this week

Alex @ Friday, August 15th 05:23AM   [link]

Movement

#2 Andreas Rudmarker had three forgotten PRs to report. He said he raced them a few months ago but that they were very small cuts and didn't help him against #1 Richard. Two of his cuts were in DK Mountain: a 0.03s cut in the 3lap and 0.01s cut in the lap. He didn't gain any places with those. However, his third and final PR was a 60Hz record and it helped him reduce his 60HZ AF to below 6 points (where he is still No. 5).

#42 Mikael Johansson improved both of his Luigi Circuit times from Titan+ to Myth D level. His 1'15"8 course time was a 0.15s cut and was nearly a top-30 time, while his 24"65 lap was an gain of 10 positions. Mikael maintains a seven position lead on nearby rival Jacob.

#339 Stephen De Winter also improved both of his Luigi Circuit times. He improved his 3lap time by 0.4s, moving it up from 433rd to 386th place, and made a small cut in the lap. Luigi Circuit is one of Stephen's weaker tracks and accounts for 2 of his last 6 remaining Advanced times, so he may be motivated to go for 32/32 Expert if he can score a good result there.

#356 Daniel Pabst returned, after ten months away, with 7 new times in lovely 60Hz. His biggest improvements were grabbing a sub-1'20 on Sherbet Land, a 36"2 Dino Dino Jungle lap, and a 49"2 Bowser's Castle lap: each of them was a new Expert D time and each was about 60 positions improvement. Daniel is already an Expert, so his immediate target and goal is mostly likely to finish his 60Hz timesheet and aim for top-250 in 60Hz -- he is only missing two scores.

#528 Jocelyn Sitek moved closer to the top-500 this week, reporting 6 new cuts. A few of them were in his self-professed 'weakest' tracks, such as Peach Beach and Yoshi Circuit. He raced a 0.7s cut in the former and a 2.1s cut in the latter, although his times are still not better than his average. Apart from playing his weakest, he also played his strongest track and was particularly annoyed at hitting a wall on the last lap of DK Mountain and still managing to improve his time from 1'54"1 to 1'53"5 (good enough for top-250!). He also improved his lap to 37"0, further cementing the Mountain as his best track.

#681 Mark Vizza had 10 new times this week and focused on his weaker level, notably reducing his number of remaining Int C times from ten left to just four left. The rest of his timesheet is either Int A or B, with the exception of Mark's two Advanced times, which explains why he focused mostly on those particular courses.


New Records

Andreas improved the 60Hz Wario Colosseum lap record to 57"625, a 0"3 seconds cut for him. The previous record was Ryan Stevens' 57"87, so Andreas beat it by some margin. His time also beat Andrew Math's lap, which cost the 60Hz champion a small amount of AF. Andreas is now back on the 60Hz WR tally with 1 record, dispossessing Ryan from his only record. Andrew Math continues to lead that tally with 22 records, 14 of which he raced this year.


New Players

None this week, but Anna Moon submitted her missing Rainbow Road from last week. She debuts in the AF charts in 718th place and moved up to Intermediate B level.
Alex

Dragon's Dogma is great

Alex @ Friday, August 8th 05:34AM   [link]

Movement

#42 Mikael Johansson decided to do some "cleaning up" and defeat his nemesis, DK Mountain. His old times from January were ranked around 140th place and both were Hero D, whereas his new 1'47"3 3lap and 34"8 lap are Titan D and ranked in the top-75. They're certainly not Mikael's strongest times, but they were big cuts that pushed him to reach Titan+ level. His current weakest tracks are Rainbow Road and Wario Colosseum, which are still top-75 anyway, so Mikael doesn't have many weaknesses left. Unfortunately, despite scoring such nice times, Mikael only passed one player in the ranking this week (Gregor F).

#49 Jacob Purcell was also active and reported a sub-2'02 course time in Wario Colosseum. It was one of his equal-weakest Titan D times, and his new cut was Titan C.

#537 Jocelyn Sitek managed to improve his last 6 remaining Intermediate A times to Advanced level (3x Adv C, 3x Adv D), laying claim to 32/32 Advanced. He reported that he worked on DK Mountain a lot over the weak with the intention of improving it to 60Hz top-100 (it's currently 262nd overall and No. 188 in 60Hz), but couldn't manage to beat it. Meanwhile, he managed to sub 2 minutes in Dino Dino Jungle and raced a 100-position cut in Waluigi Stadium 3lap. However, Jocelyn's best cut of the week was Mushroom Bridge lap 28"8, which was a 130-position improvement for him. But, for some mystery reason, he only managed to improve his 3lap by four positions! His cuts were enough to get him over the next line and reach Advanced C ranks.

#693 Mark Vizza pushed past the top-700 barrier with 8 new PRs, including a 0.6s cut in Yoshi Circuit lap. Three of his new times were newly Intermediate As, which helps his goal of reaching 32/32 Intermediate A in the coming weeks.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Anna Moon, UK (~757, Intermediate C)

Anna joins us from the SMK and MK64 sites, so the Double-Dash physics--crazy MTs and hurty fingers--are a little confusing at first, but she hopes to get the hang of it. She submitted 15 of the 16 tracks, so I assume she hasn't yet completed Rainbow Road without messing up.
Alex

Shiny!

Alex @ Sunday, August 3rd 05:45AM   [link]

Sorry about the late update, guys. Our webserver was being upgraded and we had some down time. This update is for times submitted before 1st August.

Movement

#43 Mikael Johansson powered up to finished the month strongly, passing players such as Rodolphe G, Trystan P, Stefan v D, Kyle C and Stephen M this week. Mikael once again built up a lead on Jacob, refusing to let him through. His 6 PRs were all quite substantial cuts. First, on Peach Beach, came sub-1'09 and sub-22 improvements, the former becoming a new Myth D time and the latter touching the God standard (3 standards cut!). Although it was Mikael's first god time, it actually isn't his highest ranked time (31st place). His highest ranked time is his new Waluigi Stadium 3lap of 1'39"5 (27th place), which was a whole second cut. Mikael expressed surprise at how high it ranked and suggested that perhaps WS is an underplayed course. Last but not least, Mikael improved both Baby Parks from Titan D to Titan+, subtracting about 35 positions from each. With a 0.53 ARR cut, Mikael is now only 0.04 away from a promotion.

#49 Jacob has some PRs waiting in the queue, but they came through only yesterday and I'll update them next week. For now Mikael is enjoying his safety buffer.

#547 Jocelyn Sitek had a single day to play over the week, but made it a success by scoring 6 PRs. His aim was to get all times to Advanced level and he succeeded in converting 4 Intermediate times to Advanced D. He has 6 more remaining. Highlights from Jocelyn's PRs this week are Luigi Circuit 1'22"0 and Daisy Cruiser 1'48"8, both of which were 100+ positions cut for him. Meanwhile, his 32"7 Dry Dry lap was a 114 position cut.

#647 Matt Wills's 54pt AF cut was not quite enough take him to the Advanced Ranks, but it was plenty to promote him to Intermediate A and half-way through towards Advanced. With 23 new times under his belt, this week saw Matt raise his number of Advanced times from 3 to 11. His best time is still the Dry Dry lap from last week ranked 528th, but this week Matt raced two new top-600 times on Peach Beach and Bowser's Castle. Expect more next week?

#701 Mark Vizza reported 5 new times and gained a few positions, but stopped just shy of passing the 700 barrier. He reduced his remaining Intermediate C times from 12 down to 10, and is hoping to soon have 32/32 Intermediate A.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Still more World Cup news: apparently Germany partied so hard that the players damaged the trophy

Alex @ Wednesday, July 23rd 06:12AM   [link]

Movement

#48 Mikael Johansson remained in 48th place this week, but produced two strong times on Mario Circuit to continue his long activity streak. His new times were both ranked in the top-30, which was a new record for him. The course time of 1'28"6 was Titan+ and the new 28"14 lap was a leap of two standards down to Myth B, which is his equal best. Actually, both times are Mikael's first top-30 times, which makes Mario Circuit his top track at the moment.

#49 Jacob Purcell reached the top-50 as well, and also hit Titan A level, after improving his Dry Dry Desert for a second week in a row. He cut 2.7pts in AF to pass Jean L, Emmanuel D, and Flynn H in the rankings. This puts Jacob back to one position behind Mikael, and he might be to overturn the tables on his rival for the first time since January. In a replica of last week, Jacob cut a full second off his 3lap time (1'32"3 to 1'31"25), which not only ranked in the top-25 but was an upgrade of five standards (Titan A to Myth A). His lap improvement was even bigger: a 54-position cut and jump by seven standards (Titan D to Myth B)--which makes me wonder why his previous time was so poor. Jacob made sure to let us know he was pleased with his improvements by submitting them four times. Somewhat surprisingly these cuts don't make DDD Jacob's best track since he already has very strong showings in both Baby Park and Dino Dino Jungle, but at least Dry Dry is no longer dragging him down.

#340 Stephen De Winter improved his Bowser's Castle lap and passed Phung T and Michael J in the rankings. His new 48"3 lap was a 0.4s cut and gained him 30 positions in its chart. It was Stephen's fifth best time to date, and pushed his ARR a little lower: he needs another 0.1 points to reach the next standard up.

#562 Jocelyn Sitek's vacation started and he had a new DK Mountain time to unveil: a 1'54"1, or 2.5s cut, to score his first Expert B time. It's currently Jocelyn's best ranked time (262nd) and substantially above his AF of 597, and it was also a 60Hz top-200 time. I'm not sure if "being on vacation" means Jocelyn will play more or less over the next week. We'll have to see.

#696 Matt Wills improved all 32 of his times in his first week on the site, scoring a 178pt AF cut and moving up 166 positions. He reported that he was still practicing SSMTs and not quite to the level of trying A-tech, but it's on his mind. His best times are no longer on Peach Beach: he is now a desert dweller with Advanced times in Dry Dry Desert, the best of which is ranked 527th. His ARR improved from Beginner level to Intermediate B, so another strong week could see him reach the Advanced ranks.


New Records or Players

None this week.