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Submission #1551: Arc's NES Ghosts 'n Goblins in 08:23.13

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: Ghosts 'n Goblins
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Ghosts 'n Goblins (U).nes
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 08:23.13
FrameCount: 30188
Re-record count: 7990
Author's real name: Jeff C.
Author's nickname: Arc
Submitter: Arc
Submitted at: 2007-05-10 06:13:28
Text last edited at: 2007-05-13 16:28:20
Text last edited by: Bisqwit
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
FCEU 0.98.16.

This movie is my 9th attempt at Ghosts 'n Goblins. It is 15.083 seconds (905 frames) faster than the first quest of GuanoBowl's movie.

Level 1 - "The wise and courageour knight"

  • 31 frames faster, mostly at the boss.
  • Picked up the torch, because it's needed on level 2.

Level 2 - "A trap devisut by Satan"

  • 162 frames faster.
  • Took the low route instead of high at the Ice Palace.
  • Sneaked into the house by using the torch on the big guy who's guarding the first ladder.
  • The bird at the top of the house is semi-manipulatable.
  • Manipulated all of the lifts.
  • This innocent-looking boss battle caused me to go temporarily insane. I took a long break from playing because of it.

Level 3 - "You feel strongth welling. In your body."

  • 204 frames faster.
  • The cavern part is slightly faster because of the torch.
  • At blue mountain, some shots might look like they miss, but they don't.
  • Saved a lot of time by manipulating the boss to move in a different pattern.

Level 4 - "Make rapid progres!"

  • 9 frames faster.
  • Slightly improved the moving-platform part and the boss battle.
  • Absurdly easy level.

Level 5 - "This room is an illusion"

  • 150 frames faster.
  • New route.
  • This level is all about the moving platform that the knight has to get on. It's semi-manipulatable. There is no point to getting there as fast as possible if he has to wait a long time for the platform. So, note that the minor slowdown at second ladder does not lose time; it ultimately saves time.

Level 6 - "Go ahead dauntlessly!"

  • 309 frames faster.
  • As you might guess from the previous sentence, I'm very happy about the improvements on this level.
  • New route.
  • Unlike the level 2 double-boss nightmare, this one was fun, because I kept finding ways to improve it.

Level 7 - "Congraturation"

  • NOTE: If the knight doesn't have the cross/shield weapon at this point, he can't enter the throne room.
  • 40 frames faster.
  • Yes, 40 frames faster.


  • Suggested screenshot frame: 22517.
  • Thanks: GuanoBowl, AngerFist, Maximus, Bisqwit.

Bisqwit: Accepting and processing for publication.

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