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Submission #713: Saturn's NES Rad Racer in 21:55.98

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: Rad Racer
Game version: US v1.0
ROM filename: Rad Racer (U).nes
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 21:55.98
FrameCount: 78959
Re-record count: 10369
Author's real name: W.S.
Author's nickname: Saturn
Submitter: Saturn
Submitted at: 2005-06-10 19:59:55
Text last edited at: 2005-06-10 19:59:55
Text last edited by: Bisqwit
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
Recorded on FCE Ultra 0.98.12 (thanks to blip) Settings: default, NTSC

Rad Racer is a racing game of the famous producer called "Square" who also made Chrono Trigger and many other top games later. The graphic is pretty nice (for NES conditions) with changing backgrounds even during a race. It also has the best speed feeling like no other NES racing game and therefore requires extremely fast reactions. The opponent cars of each course are different, from Lamborghini, over Porsche till Mercedes (you drive the famous Ferrari or a F1-Machine). This game is extremely hard to beat on normal conditions, since there are no continues at all (if you lose in course 8 you will start in course 1 again) thats why many players couldn't beat this game completely.

This movie shows a complete and perfect walkthrough of all 8 courses trying to finish them as fast as possible.

Here are the times and the final scores after each course: (note that the time is a countdown, so the higher the time the better)

To reach this times in normal conditions is by far impossible since I took so many risk everytime to keep the best speed. 1 Frame later reaction would mostly end with a crash!

In Course 3 and Course 8 I was exactly 1 frame to late to reach a 1 sec better time, in Course 8 I tried to redo everything as good as I could and spended the whole last day by trying to optimize this 1 stupid frame to reach a whole sec faster but without luck. But then I found out that I can manipulate the randomness a bit by pressing pause right before the finish and on this way I still managed to reach 43 sec instead of 42 in Course 8. I'm pretty sure that 44 sec is impossible (even theoretical) at least in the last course. Course 3 was to far away to redo everything afterwards so I let this one be.

Enjoy this crazy race-thrilling!

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