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Submission #4588: AndyDick's NES Orb 3D in 21:10.86

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: Orb 3D
Game version: unknown
ROM filename: Orb 3D (U).nes
Emulator: BizHawk 1.9.1
Movie length: 21:10.86
FrameCount: 76377
Re-record count: 2
Author's real name: Andy Dick
Author's nickname: AndyDick
Submitter: AndyDick
Submitted at: 2015-02-14 20:06:56
Text last edited at: 2015-03-10 15:43:19
Text last edited by: feos
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:

Orb-3D is a puzzle game in the style of Pong where you must complete 30 levels of varying challenges. While the gameplay is very simple, determining the most efficient course to take can be time consuming. There's a few levels where I can see easy improvements but splicing inputs together from different runs is very time consuming due to de-synchs. It will take many hours just to save a few seconds in my opinion. This is also one of the few NES games that works with 3D glasses.


Clone Ships

Proper use of a clone ship can save a ton of time by being able to juggle two ships simultaneously. Since more than one clone can be uncovered on the same level, it's good to keep it alive as you can't hit targets for a few frames when one does appear. You just can't have more than one clone active at a time.

Speed Boost

When the ship misses a paddle, it loses some fuel and immediately enters full speed from the right at the same vertical position. Exploiting this behavior becomes a time-saving technique.

Speed Loss

I believe paddle movement and/or the presence of a clone ship slightly may affect ship speed every few frames. This can help when you need to make a tighter depth transition than normal.

Exit Stage Left

You can save well over 100 frames by setting up your ship to exit the left side of the screen right as you complete the level.


I manipulate a strike by first hitting two specific pins to set up what I assume is an ideal RNG. I'm guessing it may be possible to set up this shot in one go by changing how earlier levels are played, but I have yet to figure out how.


I manipulate the opponent's final placement of the Queen to my advantage by bumping the piece with my ship before their turn.

Bonus Points

During the later levels, the count down of remaining bonus points really starts to drag on. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to reduce these points any quicker than running out the time which is slower either way.

Vern's Gas Station

You can refuel gas by pressing B to go to Vern's. There's no reason to waste time going here in a speed run.

Level Summary

RAM Addresses

I chose to work on this game since I played it for quite awhile as a child and I have many fond memories trying to beat it. I'm also surprised at how little this game appears across the internet so I guess I'm trying to bring attention to it in case others may find it enjoyable.

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Scepheo: Judging.

Scepheo: Although hard to tell due to the movement mechanics, this movie is pretty fast. Accepting this for the vault.

feos: Pubbing...

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