Tool-assisted game movies
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Submission #3006: pirohiko's GBA Hikaru no Go in 12:02.33

Console: Game Boy Advance
Game name: Hikaru no Go
Game version: JPN v1.0
ROM filename: 0170 - Hikaru no Go (J).gba
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 12:02.33
FrameCount: 43340
Re-record count: 9162
Author's real name: K.N
Author's nickname: pirohiko
Submitter: pirohiko
Submitted at: 2011-02-13 17:11:06
Text last edited at: 2019-06-13 23:11:26
Text last edited by: adelikat
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"Hikaru no Go" was published serially in "Weekly Shonen Jump" for "NARUTO" and the same period. And the animated cartoon was produced as well as "NARUTO" by "Studio Pierrot". When the comic was serialized, "the game of Go" became a boom among children in Japan. This video game is recommended for the person who wants to begin "the game of Go".

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: vba24-alpha-svn-r325
  • Genre: Board Game
  • Aims for fastest time

About "the game of Go"

The history of this board game is very old. The fundamental objective is to make the enclosure territory with the stone. About the detailed rule, please look at there. Go(game)

About the story

The chief character who transferred to the Haze Middle School where Hikaru is gathers members to do a practice game with other schools student.

Lag Reduce

Lag frames are frequent in the match that contexture is displayed in realtime. If a hand crosses four points of intersection, you can reduce a rag frame. And it is effective to go over the stone which was already put.

About the run

In Hikaru's house with Sai

Sai is the ghost who possessed Hikaru. He teaches a Go, but leaves without asking anything.

In the game of Go training school with Akari Fujisaki and Sai

The chief character practices with Akari of the childhood friend of Hikaru. You must complete a tutorial for the progress of the story once, but cancel the first because the second is shorter than the first.

In the classroom with Hikaru Shindo

Hikaru gives handicaps of four stones. If there are not 14 moves in the match of the 9x9 board at least, an opponent does not think about the surrender. However, the opponent demands end confirmation if I harden a territory at an early stage. Moreover, the consideration time of the opponent can be decreased by hardening the connection.

In the science classroom with Kimihiro Tsutsui

Kimihiro Tsutsui is a captain of Go club He asks me five questions of the beginner's class. After a correct answer, he says that the member of the club is insufficient.

In the Internet cafe with Mitani's big sister

She asks me five questions of the intermediate. She tells me about whereabouts of Yuki Mitani. Because four correct answers are enough, I make a mistake in the most troublesome problem on purpose.

In the Go parlor with Yuki Mitani

Mitani plays a game with 9x9 board. Because I get the first move here, I can win faster than a match with Hikaru.

In the Shogi Clubroom with Tetsuo Kaga

The game of Go is also strong though he is a captain of the Shogi club. He gives the handicap of two stones and plays a game with 13x13 board. If there are not 20 moves in the match of the 13x13 board at least, an opponent does not think about the surrender.

In the Kaio Middle School Go club with Akira Touya

Touya plays a game with 13x13 board. In fact, he is very strong. It becomes impossible for the computer to judge correct life and death if I put the stone on the corner however. He goes mad because of that. This program error is not so famous, but I knew it from old days.


As for this TAS, there was a pioneer in NicoVideos. Those records were 43:52 and 22:39.
They were wishing that someone would make faster TAS. I answer in this TAS for them.
And thank you for reading this submission, enjoy the run!

FractalFusion: Judging.

mmarks: Added YT (Youtube HD) Module + SD Download

FractalFusion: While some of the strategies are nevertheless interesting, the movie doesn't do much other than expose flaws in the AI player. In that way, it is similar to chess TASes in technical merit, though it happens to be somewhat more entertaining due to the character of the game, but not by much.

Unfortunately, among those who know a bit about Go, it comes off as simplistic, and for those who don't, the significance of this movie is lost on them. Since there aren't any other strong cues of tool-assistance present, I'm rejecting the run.

FractalFusion: Unrejecting in consideration for vault.

feos: Accepting for the Vault. Very strong TAS, also loved the music and pointer moves. See this post for how brutally the AI was actually abused.

Publishing it now...

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