Posted: January 31st, 2006
Last Updated: February 10th, 2006
Though there has been many attempts to beat this game, the fastest (and most likely to stay that way) is 16 minutes and 58 seconds from start to end. This record has been done by Joel Yliluoma (aka. Bisqwit) who actually runs a tool assisted superplay movies site. Like most videos on his site, Joel uses programming errors to his advantage (glitches, bugs) which makes it look like he is cheating in the video but he is not (technically).
All of the information can be found on his website on his Mega Man 1 in 16:58 page. It can be downloaded from either a BitTorrent link or a japanese mirror site. Click here (size: 32 MB, length: 19:07) to download through BitTorrent.