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Submission #2361: adelikat, klmz, and andrewg's NES Super Mario Bros "warpless" in 18:44.48

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: Super Mario Bros
Game version: JPN PRG0
ROM filename: Super Mario Bros. (JU) [!].nes
Branch: warpless
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 18:44.48
FrameCount: 67580
Re-record count: 12354
Author's real name: adelikat, K.H., and Andrew Gardikis
Author's nickname: adelikat, klmz, and andrewg
Submitter: andrewg
Submitted at: 2009-08-01 19:38:47
Text last edited at: 2010-01-03 03:58:47
Text last edited by: adelikat
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
adelikat: 8-4 has now been improved by 1 frame!

This is a 148 149 frame improvement over the published movie by Happy Lee.

The improvement comes from busting 7 frame rules and elminating 1 lag frame, EDIT: and 1 frame improved in 8-4.

I recommend downloading the SMB Release package from my adelikat-TAS SVN.

It contains:

New Tricks

3 new tricks are represented in this movie

  • The "Vine glitch"
    • Pressing L+R on a vine at the right time can send mario to the right side of the screen instantly. This is used to enable the "bullet bill flag pole glitch" where mario falls off the flag pole and runs against it. This is used in 2-1, 3-1, and 6-2.
      • Discovered by klmz,andrewg

  • Faster acceleration from a stop
    • By manipulating the speed subpixel address (0705) it is possible to save a half a pixel at the start of every level or coming out of every pipe. In x-4 levels it is possible to save over a pixel. Unfortunately the frame rule nullified this savings in nearly every level. However, it did help contribute to busting a frame rule in 3-4.
      • Discovered by klmz

  • The "magic subpixel"
    • Mario's walk from a flagpole to the castle is not set in stone. It can be manipluated by means of subpixel carry over. Meaning, the x subpixel value mario has when he hits the flag will be used in calculating his acceleration after the flag! The term "magic subpixel" was coined because the value of 48 seems to be the magic number on most every level; resulting a 103 frame walk to the castle rather than a 104 or 105 frame walk. Unfortunately this glitch doesn't technically "save" time due to the 21 frame rule.
      • Discovered by adelikat

The good, the bad, the ugly

These levels were improved: (the good)
  • 2-1: 63 frames - Vine glitch.
  • 3-1: 42 frames - Vine glitch.
  • 3-4: 24 frames - Combination of "Faster accleration", better boss fight, not doing backwards jumps (which cost 1/16th of a pixel)
  • 6-2: 42 frames - Vine glitch
  • 8-4: 1 frame - New acceleration trick.

This level was slower: (the bad)

  • 5-4: -21 frames - Bad randomness
    • Everyone is going to question this, but the randomness we got in 5-4 was HORRID. As a result there was not way to complete the level without losing at least 1 frame rule. We tried everything, including manipulating the level, the previous level, and even cheating to get to the level 21 frames faster to see if it would solve our woes. Getting there 21 frames faster changed the randomness but ultimately not enough to save time. But this hints to the fact that the fire wheels are determined by a universal timer. As such there is nothing we can do about it. If I thought otherwise, this wouldn't have been submitted, trust me.

This level is sooooo close! (the ugly)

  • 1-1
    • With the new acceleration trick and the "magic subpixel", 2 frames can be saved in 1-1 (see Outtakes/1-1fastest). This puts us 1 FRAME AWAY from busting the frame rule and improving both this and the warps movie! Ouch!

Summary

  • Aims for fastest time
  • Abuses programming errors in the game


mmbossman: It's nice to see such a hotly contested game be improved with such a visually appealing and surprising glitch. Accepting for publication.


adelikat: Processing.

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