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Submission #3791: suwei's SNES Metal Max Returns in 30:58.86

Console: Super NES
Game name: Metal Max Returns
Game version: JPN
ROM filename: Metal Max Returns (J).smc
Emulator: BizHawk 1.3.0
Movie length: 30:58.86
FrameCount: 111715
Re-record count: 6
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Author's nickname: suwei
Submitter: suwei
Submitted at: 2012-12-15 17:50:27
Text last edited at: 2013-01-19 18:02:23
Text last edited by: Brandon
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Status: published
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FractalFusion: Added Youtube encode with SRT captions. Downloadable encode with Adv. SSA subtitles, and Nicovideo encode are given in the discussion thread.

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Main info

  • Emulator used: BizHawk 1.3.0
  • Console: Super NES
  • Objectives: Aims for fastest time;
  • Manipulates luck

About the game

Metal Max Returns is a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game developed by Crea-Tech and published by Data East for the SNES in 1995. It is a remake of the original Metal Max for the NES, featuring improved graphics and sound, revised areas, references to Metal Max 2 and decreased difficulty.

Set in a gritty, post-apocalyptic/wild west hybrid environment, a nameless youth decides to become a Hunter, one who fights monsters and cashes in on bounties, usually with heavy artillery. Enter Metal Max’s defining feature - tanks. You’ll spend a lot of time playing with your tanks - twinking them out, customizing them, even attaching little baubles to their dashboards. Most of the game is spent with your tanks, but it’s important that you don’t ignore your human characters´ development, because there will be times when you can’t use your tanks.

Metal Max is light on story, but heavy on gameplay. There’s a ton of stuff to do, such as hunting the weekly bounty head, improving your Hunter rank, toying with your tanks, exploring, getting a tattoo. It’s really up to you to figure out what you want to make of yourself in the wide world of Metal Max, but you’ll have a blast doing so!

There is a fan translation of this game. Although my movie can be run only in the original rom. English translation patch

About the movie of this game

I submitted a Tas movie of Metal Max before this.Tas Metal Max

This movie of Metal Max Returns is unlike the one of Metal Max in almost every way. The high degree of completion of Metal Max Returns cause that we can’t use any bugs to get through it. Therefore in battles we make a critical hit in every round for the most damage to enemies and keep our equipments without damage, in this way we can win the battle. The reencounters in the wild can’t be avoided in this edition. So we can only reduce it by Luck Manipulation. Even though the remake edition increases trouble to make a movie, it also provides a convenience for us by add some scenes, especially the subway ruins.

The fastest movie of this game is that in 32:17 at present. The movie was well done so I borrowed my movie from it. The most obvious feature in my movie is that I took full advantage of the subway and the rental tank. It made the distance greatly reduced.

The processes

1.Find the buried money near Negi (the second village) and equip our tank in Pobre Obre (the third village) with cannons, engine, Piercing Shells and Dog System (a teleport tool). Then beat the two Big Cannons.

2.Walk directly to Rocco (the fifth village) and park at the entrance. Walk through the Jizo’s Passageway. Find the eastern entrance of the East-West Subway Ruins. Find the buried SMG Grenade in ruins and come out from the western entrance.

3.Go to Santa Poco (the twelfth village) and rent a tank, teleport to Rocco by a Dog System on the rental tank to take our tank and back to Santa Poco.

4.On the way north find the buried 205mm Red Peony, it’s one of the strongest cannon our tank can equip. But it’s too heavy too carry so our tank should continue to be towed by the rental tank.

5.In the battle with Robo-Police equip SMG Grenade and beat it in Heel’s Gate.

6.Find the powerful engine V100 Kong in Noah’s base and the mission of the rental tank is complete. Then beat Noah with our own tank and return home. The end.


To save time I turned off the animation of battles at the beginning of the game. If it can be turn on, I think the battles will be much more alive.

As the random number in this game is hard to make a Luck Manipulation, you will see a few frames stop somewhere. That is unavoidable.

This movie contains a very long trailer animation because the Chinese character "完"(The End)won't appear without a control.

Enjoy it!

NitroGenesis: Say RIP to the ROM link. Don't post those.

FractalFusion: Replaced movie with 155-frame improvement.

FractalFusion: Accepted, but because of the lack of response, it will go into Vault tier.

Brandon: Publication underway.

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