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Submission #7211: SmashManiac's SNES Illusion of Gaia in 16:48.69

Console: Super NES
Game name: Illusion of Gaia
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Illusion of Gaia (U) [!].smc
Emulator: lsnes rr2-β23 with SGB Core
Movie length: 16:48.69
FrameCount: 60621
Re-record count: 4167
Author's real name: Guillaume Fortin-Debigaré
Author's nickname: SmashManiac
Submitter: SmashManiac
Submitted at: 2021-09-11 23:47:20
Text last edited at: 2021-09-14 14:46:19
Text last edited by: feos
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Status: new
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Author's comments and explanations:
This is an any% TAS of the SNES action-adventure game Illusion of Gaia, completed in 16:48 with TAS timing and 16:27 with RTA timing. It is about an hour faster than the current any% RTA WR by solarcell007, and about 3 minutes faster than my old WIP. By coincidence, this also happens to be a run where no damage is being taken.
The main strategy is to perform multiple mid-frame resets to corrupt save data in order to duplicate enough Red Jewels to warp to the last boss of the game and defeat it. This strategy is believed to not be human-viable due to extremely precise timing required per mid-frame reset.

A full technical explanation along with acknowledgments can be found on my blog: https://www.debigare.com/beating-illusion-of-gaia-in-17-minutes/

IMPORTANT: The dirty SRAM warning appears to be bogus, as the embedded SRAM is 0 bytes long. As all 3 save slots are filled uninterrupted using normal save and copy operations before the first mid-frame reset SRAM corruption, the initial state of SRAM should be irrelevant anyway.

Suggested publication screenshot: Frame 42673.

feos: File replaced with itself since the SRAM parser has been fixed for lsmv.
SmashManiac: Thanks! May I request to have the file replaced again with a newer version? I just saved 463 frames by using a shortcut I previously overlooked to reach the required triggers faster, and already updated my submission comments accordingly. The replacement file is available at https://www.debigare.com/files/IllusionOfGaiaIn16m48s.lsmv
CasualPokePlayer: File replaced with 463 frame improvement.

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