Tool-assisted game movies
When human skills are just not enough

Submission #3594: Kyman's NES Strider in 03:42.18

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: Strider
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Strider (U).nes
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 03:42.18
FrameCount: 13353
Re-record count: 18104
Author's real name: Kyle L.
Author's nickname: Kyman
Submitter: Kyman
Submitted at: 2012-05-08 00:30:13
Text last edited at: 2012-06-03 14:04:26
Text last edited by: Nach
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Status: published
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Strider (NES) is a platform game which normally takes around half an hour to complete. Here it is in 3 minutes.

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: FCEUX 2.1.5
  • Takes damage to save time
  • Abuses programming errors
  • Aims for fastest completion


This run took me 3 weeks to complete mainly because I had to start over 3 times. It was fun finding all of the improvements though.

Improvement Table

Level Kyman Maximus Improvement
Kazakh 4021 4408 387
Australia 2860 3501 641
Red Dragon 1628 6961 5333

Stage by stage comments


This level is pretty much identical to the previous TAS up until the very last part, other than optimization. It actually ties the amount of lag to kill the enemies, so I don't lose time by not killing all of them. I save a few seconds by not dying, and going to the very left and zipping down to the start of the stage and exiting from there.


The first section is all optimization improvements. The second section takes a whole new route, by going right and zipping down twice directly to the boss room, and then reloading it by leaving. This saves a few seconds. In the first part of the boss fight, I manage to one cycle it instead of two, by closely monitoring the health of the boss.

Red Dragon

This level is the most changed compared to the previous take on it. I zip at the end of the first room, which if carefully guided using frame precision, makes me end up in the room after the Matic fight! I skip the entire level and the Matic fight, which is harder than the final one. On the last hit of the boss, I save a few frames by slashing instead of holding up, which allows me to end the movie a few frames earlier.

Known Improvements

I have a run from before I found an improvement in the first level, that has an improved Australia boss fight. I died to save half a second at the end of the fight. The problem is I cannot seem to replicate the timing of the balls to be time saving in my current movie.

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feos: encoded.
Nach: Wow great run, accepting. Now we just need the other games in the series TAS'd.
Guga: Processing...

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