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Submission #3349: error1's Arcade Street Fighter Alpha 3 "Rose Dhalsim Dramatic Battle" in 05:21.45

Console: Arcade
Game name: Street Fighter Alpha 3
Game version: USA
ROM filename: sfa3u
Branch: Rose Dhalsim Dramatic Battle
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 05:21.45
FrameCount: 19287
Re-record count: 12958
Author's real name: Isaac Wehmanen
Author's nickname: error1
Submitter: errror1
Submitted at: 2011-10-31 23:04:55
Text last edited at: 2012-03-16 18:26:59
Text last edited by: Dacicus
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
Dramatic battle is a special co-op game mode in sfa1-3 that allow both players to help each other instead of fight.

(Link to video)
this encode done with Dammit's FightingGameOSD lua script http://code.google.com/p/mame-rr/wiki/FightingGameOSD

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: FBA-RR v0.0.5.01
  • Uses a password
  • Takes Damage
  • Entertainment


The normal method for unlocking dramatic battle is to leave the arcade on for a few months. Alternatively, there are some codes you can enter in the test menu to unlock it http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Street_Fighter_Alpha/Secrets#Street_Fighter_Alpha_3

pirate_sephiroth gets an assist for pointing this out and recording it.

glitches and techniques

crouch canceling

The way sfa3 juggle combos work is, as soon as you enter a neutral state the opponent can air recover. For dramatic battle this counts both characters, so a dragon punch can become unsafe on hit if your partner is grounded, beacuse the opponent can recover immediately. A common technique for extending juggles is to crouch when landing and then immediately rejumping. This prevents you from going in to a neutral state. This isn't used much in the run, beacuse they get old really quick, and Rose and Dhalsim are not well built for them.

Simultaneous hit and throw

This game lets you combo some throws and hits on the same frame. If done on an air throw, the hitstop will happen after the throw is finished. There are some more glitches related to this but sim and rose can't do them.

Super throw scaling

Most attacks do very little damage to the boss characters in dramatic battle. Here is a data point.

lv3 Yoga stream does 61 damage to normal Adon, it does 49 damage to boss Adon. 80% damage

Air Super throws don't have as much damage reduction on them.

lv3 Yoga Strike does 72 damage to normal Adon, it does 64 damage to boss Adon. 89% damage Even fully scaled, a lv3 Yoga strike does noticeable damage.

AI manipulation

Despite fighting multiple opponents the AI can only focus on one opponent at a time. It faces and will only react to and attack the the character it is focused on. This is why Dictator whiffs a throw in front of Dhalsim in the last round, he is focused on Rose and can't throw sim.

Pushback negation

In the corner instead of pushing the opponent back, the game pushes the attacker back. In sfa3 dramatic battle it will only push one character back at a time and it's not related to who is attacking. It is possible to negate pushback by causing the opponent to enter hitstop. So a rapid sequence of attacks cause less pushback then the same attacks linked slower. Some characters can chain light attacks so fast they can completely negate hitstop. If you put one of your characters between you and the corner, then there will not be any push back for the character not in the corner. Weirdly Rose's fireball has a pushbox on her scarf on startup. This leads to some weird movements when it pushes dhalsim back.

Simultaneous Supers

If both characters supercancel at the same time they can both use the same meter. Not all supers work well together, but beacuse Rose can do soul illusion she can always use a bar.

DarkKobold: This movie needs to get handled. Unfortunately, it is far too similar to another movie, [1300] Arcade Street Fighter Zero 2 Alpha (JPN) "Dramatic Battle, 2 players" by error1 in 03:19.0, on the site. It uses the same characters to the same effect. Thus, my options at the moment are either A) Accept, and obsolete the other movie, or B) Reject. Opinions welcomed.

DarkKobold: Accepting as on obsoletion to the currently published dramatic battle. Reasoning explained here: http://tasvideos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=302556#302556

Dacicus: Publishing

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