Troy Wilson Dunbeck, more commonly known by his YouTube alias TWD98, is a rising YouTuber and professional Mario Kart racer. Although he has many Mario Kart Wii (MKW) former world records in Time Trials, he frequently plays Custom Tracks through an unofficial mod of MKW called "CTGP Revolution" (CTGP) and often uploads videos of him using CTGP to YouTube.
Troy's channel is Mario Kart-themed; he primarily uploads videos pertaining to MKW, although he also uploads Mario Kart 8 Deluxe videos. In the past he has uploaded Mario Kart 8 videos, Mario Kart DS videos, Mario Kart: Double Dash!! videos, and Mario Kart 7 videos, in addition to many other non-Mario Kart videos.
Troy created his YouTube channel on January 8, 2007. Since then, he has uploaded over 740 videos, gained more than 67 million views across all of his videos, and earned over 130,000 subscribers. His catch phrase "BAM Shock Dodge!", spoken in his third "Anything is Possible" video, has stuck as his signature catch phrase that is now widespread across the Mario Kart community.
Recently, Troy graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in Film Studies. With college out of the way, his availability has brought about daily uploads and live streams. The TWD98 channel shows no signs of losing popularity. With average gains of more than 100 subscribers per day and more than 60,000 views per day, Troy's channel is on its way up the YouTube popularity leaderboard.
Personal life Edit
Troy Dunbeck was born on April 14, 1994. He currently resides in La Jolla, San Diego, California, where he creates and uploads his videos and live streams.
In August 2010, Troy began including his friends in many of his videos. Nowadays, many of his videos include some of these friends.
Troy's first friend seen on his channel was Justin Giggly, who starred in the video "[MKWii] Troy's Toads Factory Challenge". The latest video Justin is seen in is "Mario Kart Wii - Justin vs NMeade - TWD98 Shortcut Challenge".
Troy's second friend to star on the TWD98 channel was Colton. Colton first appeared in the video "[MKWii] Mythify This #1 ~ MG 100cc Gap Jump?". The latest video Colton appears in is "Mario Kart Wii 200cc Shortcut Challenge - Colton vs Matt".
The third of Troy's friends to appear on the TWD98 channel was Matt; he starred in the video "Mario Kart Wii - Fail and Recovery #2 ~ ProbleMATTic!". The latest video Matt stars in is "Mario Kart Wii 200cc Shortcut Challenge - Colton vs Matt".
Troy's fourth friend to star on his channel was Connor. Connor first starred in the video "Mario Kart Wii - Fail and Recovery #6 ~ Oh my Josh! (ft. Colton, Connor)". He last appeared in the video "Mario Kart Wii - Troy vs Connor vs NMeade - ITEM RAIN Tournament (2/2)".
The fifth friend to appear on Troy's channel was Josh. Josh first starred in the video "Mario Kart Wii - Fail and Recovery #6 ~ Oh My Josh! (ft. Colton, Connor)". The latest video he has starred in is "Mario Kart Wii - Eyes on the Prize #4 ~ CPU Sabotage!".
The sixth and final friend to appear on Troy's channel was Troy's girlfriend Alina. Though they are no longer in a relationship, Troy included her in two of his videos. The first video Alina appeared in was "[MKWii] Controller Co-op with Troy and Alina (Highlights w/ Hands)", and the final video Alina starred in was "[MKWii] Alina vs Game Show Shortcut Challenge (Custom Track Edition!)".
Professional life Edit
In addition to including friends in his videos, Troy also collaborates with other YouTubers to create his videos.
RedFalconGames (Sam) Edit
Sword0fSeals (Tom) Edit
Notably, he made an interactive YouTube video where he races against Sword on Delfino Square.
NMeade5 (Nicholas) Edit
Currently competing against Troy in the "Race to 9999 VR" series, NMeade is easily the most featured YouTuber on Troy's channel.
Nathaniel Bandy Edit
He appeared in Nathaniel Bandy's "How Mario Kart Wii is Mind Blowing" video.
Emil 595 Edit
YouTube Series Edit
Throughout Troy's YouTube career, he has uploaded various series to his channel. They could be called the "meat and potatoes" of the TWD98 channel.
[MKWii] Olympics Edit
Troy's first and favorite YouTube series is his "Olympics" series. This series consists of Troy performing rather unusual stunts and tricks on various tracks in MKW, often falling outside the track's boundaries to access hidden drivable (and non-drivable) areas. As in the real life Olympic Games, Troy ranks his stunts. In this series, the stunts are shown from lowest placement to highest placement, the highest placement being the most impressive stunt. In total, the "Olympics" series is made up of ten individual videos released in the following order:
- [MKWii] DK Mountain Olympics (TWD98)
- [MKWii] Koopa Cape Olympics (TWD98)
- [MKWii] (Old) Mushroom Gorge Olympics (TWD98)
- [MKWii] Waluigi Stadium Olympics (TWD98)
- [MKWii] Maple Treeway Olympics (TWD98)
- [MKWii] Coconut Mall Olympics (TWD98)
- [MKWii] Dry Dry Ruins Olympics (TWD98)
- [MKWii] Ghost Valley 2 Olympics (TWD98)
- [MKWii] Grumble Volcano Olympics (TWD98)
- [MKWii] Mushroom Gorge Olympics (TWD98)
None of the videos in this series have commentary, as the text on the screen takes care of all information needed.
The second series to appear on the TWD98 channel is the "Rubbish" series. In these videos, Troy gets incredibly unlucky, resulting in an undeserved placement albeit Troy's efforts to win. There are only four videos of the "Rubbish" series on Troy's channel. In order of the upload date, the "Rubbish" series is composed of:
- [MKWii] BC3 is Rubbish
- [MKWii] DK Summit is Rubbish
- [MKWii] I Blame Larry for this Rubbish (aka "Koopa Cape is Rubbish")
- [MKWii] Waluigi Stadium is Rubbish
Troy has commentated two of the four videos, those being "DK Summit is Rubbish" and "Waluigi Stadium is Rubbish".
The "[MKWii Game]" series is the third series on Troy's channel. The videos in this series majorly involve Troy showing off a challenge in a VS race against CPUs in MKW, such as getting first place but driving four laps instead of three, and getting first place but performing shortcuts backwards. This series is made up of only three videos, making it the smallest series on the TWD98 channel. From earliest release date to latest, those videos are:
- [MKWii Game] Blast off to Quacker Island!!
- [MKWii Game] Waluigi Stadium 4-lap Challenge
- [MKWii Game] Bowser Castle 3 Super Shortcut Spam!
The last two videos have commentary by Troy where he explains what the challenge is and how he beat it.