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Submission #4003: feos & MESHUGGAH's NES Duck Tales 2 in 08:41.29

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: Duck Tales 2
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Duck Tales 2 (U) [!].nes
Emulator: FCEUX 2.2.1
Movie length: 08:41.29
FrameCount: 31329
Re-record count: 76823
Author's real name: V. R. & Oliver H.
Author's nickname: feos & MESHUGGAH
Submitter: feos
Submitted at: 2013-07-06 21:13:50
Text last edited at: 2017-09-24 11:36:49
Text last edited by: feos
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:

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Duck Tales 2 any%, improves the published movie by 2.39 seconds.

feos' comments

Oh, look at the date. 7.7.2013. This is my 7th submission.

All relevant info can be found on that resource page I recently created. As in, lua script, new tricks, RAM addresses, animated gifs.

Also, this is yet another game I enjoyed in my childhood, and I found the secret level myself. Now for years I was reading mklip2001's posts and seeing his signature reminding me about my favorite game. When I found out real time speedrunners compete at this game in "best ending", after seeing dxtr's world record, I was inspired to actually pick this project. But to make sure all is good, I wanted to beat the existing "any%" movie, and just reuse the tricks in "best ending" then.

At first I only tried to shave lag frames, and was 4 frames ahead at the first boss. This way, up to level 4 I accumulated about 22 frames of improvement just by removing random lag. Then I asked MESHUGGAH in, and this started. We found out that some places were just not optimized enough, and some new tricks.

Boss 5 has an 8-frame rule, he becomes available only every 8th frame. MESHUGGAH saved 3 more frames at levels 1-2, but boss 5 ruined this improvement.

PS: I feel cool beating this game faster than adelikat & Brushy (2 iterations), Genisto, and Exim.

PPS: This movie kind of proves total domination of TASEditor over old-style methods. Ask MESHUGGAH!

Special thanks

  • AnS - everyone knows why
  • adelikat - for cool finds in the past
  • MESHUGGAH - for being a true frame geek
  • Mzscla (J.Y) 名字帅才恋爱 - for amazing movie that never was submitted here. Many tricks were learned from it.
  • mtvf1 - for bringing that movie up.

MESHUGGAH's comments

Working with feos on this TAS was awesome. Using his tools we destroyed the game in 4 days.

TL;DR: feos and MESHUGGAH used TASEditor! It's super effective!

There's nothing else I could say. feos is the man. See you until my next TAS =)

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Mothrayas: Judging.

Mothrayas: Setting to delayed while the authors are working on improvements.

Mothrayas: Replacing submission with a 76-frame improvement and accepting to Moons as an improvement to the published movie.

Ilari: Dumped this, Mothrayas is doing the HD...

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