Donkey Kong world record holder Wes Copeland has completed what many believe to be a perfect run.
In a three-and-a-half-hour stream on May 5, Copeland achieved the score of 1,218,000. The significance of this score is that it’s considered, at this point in time, to contain all the points available in Donkey Kong.
You see, upon completing Donkey Kong the player restarts from the first level. To outsiders, Donkey Kong appears like it could be played indefinitely, but this isn’t the case in the arcade version where eventually, due to a coding error, Mario/Jumpman reaches a kill screen where he dies after a few seconds.
According to Copeland, the only feasible way to best his latest high score is with a giant dollop of luck.
“It could conceivably be beaten with a lot of luck,” Copeland tells IGN, “[and] I think that’s what it’s going to come down to. I’ve stopped playing because I think if I sat down and played every day for the next five years, I still don’t think I’d be able to beat this score. It’s the equivalent of playing poker and being dealt 10 royal flushes in a row.”
Copeland first captured the world record on September 17, 2015, with a score of 1,170,500 from the then holder Robbie Lakeman. Within just six hours of Copeland gaining the title, Lakeman returned with a vengeance to recapture the record with a score of 1,172,100 – a score Lakeman would then better further a few months later.
On January 4, 2016, Copeland was able to achieve redemption with a score of 1,190,000. The Lakeman x Copeland feud didn’t end there, though. In April, Lakeman came back and beat Copeland’s score by just 200 points. A “barrel’s worth”, if you will.
Copeland, not one to back away from a fight, then recaptured the record with 1,195,100 points on April 19, 2016, before setting the perfect score mentioned above on May 5.
What happens next will be down to Lakeman. Will he attempt to best the perfect score? Is there enough “luck” left in Donkey Kong to alter Copeland’s latest score? For everything from the world of Donkey Kong score chasers, stay tuned to IGN.
Wesley Copeland is a freelance news writer WHO DOES NOT HOLD THE DONKEY KONG WORLD RECORD. For more obvious statements and video game chat, you should probably follow him on Twitter.