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Submission #5400: StarvinStruthers's GB The Little Mermaid in 06:42.23

Console: Game Boy
Game name: The Little Mermaid
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Little Mermaid, The (USA).gb
Branch:
Emulator: BizHawk-1.11.9.1
Movie length: 06:42.23
FrameCount: 24024
Re-record count: 17585
Author's real name: Casey
Author's nickname: StarvinStruthers
Submitter: StarvinStruthers
Submitted at: 2017-02-21 12:57:12
Text last edited at: 2017-03-09 16:15:37
Text last edited by: Fog
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:

FINAL INPUT FRAME: 24,104



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very fun and simple to make

shoutouts to atroz for helping me with this

thanks to him and a little ingenuity

shaved 555 frames off my previous draft

almost all of those frames were saved in seahorse fight

compared to rta timing: ~6:20


GAME OBJECTIVES:

  • swim around
  • defeat ursula
  • live happily ever after with eric

EMULATOR USED:

  • bizhawk 1.11.9.1

MOVIE OBJECTIVES:

  • fast
  • manipulate boss rng


BOSS NOTES:

  • all bosses move and/or summon spawns on a timer
  • boss timers are affected by damage dealt to the boss
  • rng is easily manipulated with directional inputs during the right frames
  • some bosses it is faster to wait to deal damage as to not wait even longer for more ammo

SHARK:

  • 4 hp
  • spawns fish (no rng)

EELS:

  • 3 hp (2x)
  • spawns crabs (crab placement is rng)
  • crabs spawn when previous crabs leave screen
  • manipulate crabs to spawn them closer together
  • it seems the eels will move if you have not hit them for some time
  • i thought it would be fast to keep the eels in place but this fight proves otherwise
  • eels have very short iframes

WALRUS:

  • 4 hp
  • spawns shells or ice blocks (rng)
  • shells enable faster damage to walrus compared to ice blocks
  • was able to get all shells and no ice blocks

SEAHORSE:

  • 5 hp
  • spawns fish or spikes (rng)
  • cannot deal damage to seahorse with spikes
  • atroz gave me lemons
  • i made lemonade

URSULA:

  • 5 hp
  • spawns fish or seahorses (rng)
  • neither enemy spawn is faster or slower for dealing damage to ursula in this tas
  • can cause enemies to appear early by shooting extra shots

BIG URSULA:

  • 7 hp
  • spawns fish (fish coming from the right or left is rng)
  • the rng in this fight has no effect on time


CAN THIS TAS BE IMPROVED?:

  • the boss fights are the only critical parts of this game
  • i think the rng manipulations here are pretty solid
  • but there will always be something i'm sure i missed


screenshot frame 23,017


feos: Updating the movie with an 81-frame improvement, and accepting. Even though the NES run looks quite nice to me, it has a clear Vault rating, and this game feels like a downgraded NES one, so it will also go to Vault.

Fog: Processing.


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