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Submission #3135: Ryuto's DS Brain Age 2 in 08:00.61

Console: Nintendo DS
Game name: Brain Age 2
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Brain Age 2 (U).nds
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 08:00.61
FrameCount: 28753
Re-record count: 25019
Author's real name:
Author's nickname: Ryuto
Submitter: Ryuto
Submitted at: 2011-04-29 01:59:10
Text last edited at: 2011-05-11 04:17:31
Text last edited by: DarkKobold
Download: Download (21399 bytes)
Status: decision: rejected
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Author's comments and explanations:
Brain Age 2, also known as "More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima" in PAL regions, is a sequel to Brain Age. It is a puzzle game to exercise your brain a little each day. You will play a variety of puzzles to train your brain. Although there has been controversy over the scientific effectiveness of the game in keeping your brain active, the game got very popular.

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: desmume-0.9.6
  • Abuses programming errors
  • Is a demonstration
  • Manipulates luck
  • Uses game restart sequence
  • Launches a rocket in every minigame

About the run

I was going to draw a detailed picture in every math problem. However, my previous Brain Age TAS got a lot of criticisms that it is slow-paced. After all, I gave up the idea of drawing a lot of detailed pictures and decided to make a quick-paced run that aims to launch a rocket in every game.
The main feature of the run is Piano Player.

Brain Age Check

It aims to be the youngest brain age. To achieve the objective, the run must be complete within 1050 frames. There are only 11 math problems and the average time for answering is about 95 frames. This is enough to draw some pictures without failing to achieve the objective.

Sign Finder

I draw no detailed picture here. Since the run aims to launch a rocket, it must be complete within 815 frames here. However, there are no less than 20 math problems. In other words, I must answer in 40 frames, in each problem, on the average. This is too tough to draw pictures.

Piano Player

This is the climax of the movie.

Word Scramble

This is the hardest minigame to abuse the word recognition program. So I wrote strange signs instead of video game stuff.

Memory Sprint

A rocket can be launched by solving all problems, no matter how long I spend. In other word, I can draw detailed pictures. The movie ends here because other minigames can’t be unlocked in the same day.

Special thanks

  • ISM and 890, for their Piano Player run.

Suggested Screenshots

2829, 2928, 3059, 3194, 3367, 20504, 22670, 26562, and Piano Player

DarkKobold: Claimed.

DarkKobold: I personally thought the goal choice was great, and the movie was well executed, given those goals. However, as has been noted in this thread and the previous, the amount of actual TASing content versus the amount of cutscenes was an underwhelming amount. The piano part was only interesting in the sense that the game did not register incorrect notes. Beyond that, the description of cacophony was pretty accurate. While yes, this is a different game than Brain Age 1, it is still impossible to ignore the existence of the previous movie, which was an exceptional TAS. It seems like this movie is a repetition of the previous concept, without adding new entertainment. A large amount of the audience felt this way, and thus, I am rejecting this.

This decision was difficult for me to make. For example, both [1360] FDS Super Mario Bros. 2 (JPN) "warps, Mario" by HappyLee in 08:06.96 and [1715] NES Super Mario Bros. (JPN/USA PRG0) "warps" by HappyLee in 04:57.31 are far more identical movies, yet both are published. However, Brain Age/Brain Age 2 are not pure speedruns. They are movies that aim for entertainment at the sacrifice of speed (I'm sure this movie could be done much faster, if speed were the only goal). Thus, I had to judge purely on whether the audience found this entertaining. While a 'majority' found it entertaining, almost every serious submission gets at least 60% yes votes. I balance that with the actual content of posts, which were majorly negative.

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