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Submission #3285: Ferret Warlord's GBA My Little Pony Crystal Princess - The Runaway Rainbow in 28:14.47

Console: Game Boy Advance
Game name: My Little Pony Crystal Princess - The Runaway Rainbow
Game version: USA
ROM filename: My Little Pony Crystal Princess - The Runaway Rainbow (U).gba
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 28:14.47
FrameCount: 101668
Re-record count: 3818
Author's real name:
Author's nickname: Ferret Warlord
Submitter: Ferret Warlord
Submitted at: 2011-09-16 23:11:16
Text last edited at: 2012-11-27 03:22:12
Text last edited by: adelikat
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Status: decision: rejected
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Author's comments and explanations:
My Little Pony Crystal Princess - The Runaway Rainbow! Come join the fun and adventure as you guide not-Rarity through beautiful landscapes and meet new friends like the Breezies and not-Rainbow Dash! She is a brand new princess who was accidentally whisked away from home and will need to travel through the Breezy Forest and not-Ponyville to fulfill her important role of bringing about the first rainbow of the season!
This run was thrown together in a few days to commemorate the premiere of season two of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Recorded using VBA v23.5 svn 394.

Yeah, yeah, it's not the My Little Pony most of you are familiar with. This comes from the G3 line, and stars most of the cast that got morphed into some G1 ponies to produce the current ones. I was personally surprised to learn that over 25+ years of being around, very few games were made. This seemed like the only one I could do.

As for the run itself, yeah. Every single minigame may be skipped, but if I did it'd be little more than 30 minutes of "Hey, get this for me!" I kept them in to break up the monotony.

Some tricks:

Some commentary:

Chapter 1: Introduction to not-Rarity and her mentor not-Cheerilee. Not-Rarity has been appointed a new princess and has the job of helping form the first rainbow of the season. Not-Rarity, however, has a bad case of ADD. Hoping to get rid of some of this excess energy, not-Cheerilee has her help the other unicorns in setting up for the Rainbow Celebration. This doesn't help, and her ADD addled (ADDled?) brain gets her into trouble.

Chapter 2: Here we meet the Breezies, the fairies resident to this universe. Here not-Rarity is charged to help compensate for their inability to keep their possessions organized and is sent wandering through the woods picking up books and playing Whack-A-Breezy before they'll help her. They seem intent to be obstacles, though, forcing her to pick up an item through collision detection and even barricading her from doing her job for a bit.

Chapter 3: The Breezies carry not-Rarity to not-Ponyville where she meets up with not-Pinkie Pie, not-Rainbow Dash, and not-Spike. She introduces herself by greedily munching down on a pie and then blaming her hosts for being so hospitable. Ordinarily she has the ability to send another pony to go help others with their chores, but she miraculously becomes responsible and helps them herself. Now if they'd only let her pick up more than one item at a time...

Chapter 4: Not-Spike decides the best way back to Unicornia is through a mountain pass. Here not-Rarity endangers not only her own life but the lives of two other ponies through her ADDled fascination with a butterfly. Not-Rainbow Dash pulls them out with her luggage, and not-Rarity does a little growing up from her experience. Eventually she passes by not-Cheerilee and has to race the pink star home before it's too late to make the first rainbow!

Chapter 5: All's well that ends well! Now talk to people and invite them to the celebration.

Some improvements:

Some screenshots:

Remember, you too are a pretty princess! ~_^

adelikat: Replacing submission file for author. New file is 739 frames faster due to a new route in the final level

DarkKobold: Judging for Friendship and Magic.

DarkKobold: While I enjoyed the culturally relevant submission, the actual movie was barely a TAS. While some people claimed to have voted "no" due to ponies, it seems to me that a majority of yes votes were only for ponies. The general feedback related to game play was miserable. We here at TASvideos are not your friends, nor do we make magic. This leads to an incompatibility between ponies and TASes. Thus, I must reject due to this incompatibility.... Ok, actually game choice.
adelikat: Unrejecting for consideration of publicaton to the Vault
adelikat: "Twenty minutes into this run and I realized there's a better way to handle text boxes" - Given the simplicity of this run, it isn't unreasonable to demand the beginning of the movie be redone. It suffers enough in terms of not looking much like a TAS, this would help. Therefore, setting this back to rejected. However, a more optimized version of this may be Vault eligible.

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