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Tool-assisted game movies
When human skills are just not enough

Arc

Hello. Morimoto, Bisqwit, I are the three 'Founding Fathers' of TASing. I created the site http://nes.greatstreamingvideo.com/ in December 2003 (before YouTube existed). Its goal was to collect links to videos of 'superplays.' Superplays were divided between real-time speedruns and a new idea called 'timeattacks' (later renamed to 'tool-assisted speedruns') created by Morimoto and Bisqwit. In January 2004, I became the first person to submit a TAS to TASVideos. It was a Ghosts 'n Goblins TAS that was made in a single session with the horrible, 20-FPS Famtasia.

I shut down my site and began contributing regularly to TASVideos. I'm mostly interested in NES games. I submitted many movies in 2004-2005. Life changed drastically for me in 2006-2008 though, and I stopped making TASes. But I continued to rate new movies. I also made writing contributions to the site. I wrote most of the Boss Fighting Tactics page and I have expanded many of the game descriptions for the NES movies. I returned to TASing in 2015.

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Total movies: 9


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Ghosts 'n Goblins (USA) in 08:07.55 by Arc & Koh1fds.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2016-07-10)
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Rating: 7.6 (6 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Ghosts 'n Goblins (1986) begins with a normal scene: a half-naked knight is on a date in a graveyard with a princess. Suddenly, a demon appears and abducts the princess! The knight quickly suits up and makes rapid progres (sic) through the demon world in an attempt to rescue his royal girlfriend.

Arc and newcomer Koh1fds manage to improve the previous run by 10.48 seconds, thanks to recently discovered strategies in Stages 5 and 6. See the authors' comments for more details.

In Japan, this game is known as 魔界村 (Makaimura or "Demon World Village").


[Tier: Moons]NES Kid Icarus (USA/Europe) in 19:53.15 by Alyosha, Arc & Randil.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2015-09-05)
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Submission #4819 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.6 (8 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Kid Icarus is a classic NES platformer where the player is Pit the angel who is on a quest to defeat Medusa.

This is an improvement of 1:12.59 over the previous movie, thanks to new zipping glitches, even skipping a boss in the process.


[Tier: Vault]NES Maniac Mansion (USA) in 06:29.77 by Arc.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2008-02-18)
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Rating: 6.0 (29 votes)
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Adventure
Maniac Mansion (1990) is a unique game that has weird humor and crazy music. It features cutscenes, multiple ways to win, useless items (like Chuck the Plant), and microwavable hamsters. In the storyline, Dave and two of his friends infiltrate the Edison family's mansion in order to rescue Dave's girlfriend. In order to save her, the teens must get access to the inner lab, deal with Purple Tentacle, shut down the ZOM-B-MATIC, and defeat the evil Meteor.

This movie—Arc's eighth TAS of Maniac Mansion—is about 46 seconds faster than the previous attempt.

The author's comments for the submission help to explain the multitude of tricks and glitches used.


[Tier: Moons]NES Rockin' Kats (USA) "Channel X" in 01:02.88 by Arc & AnS.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2016-05-29)
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Submission #5117 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.6 (4 votes)
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Platform
Whoever said cats can't fly needs to watch this movie. Rockin' Kats is a nice platformer with tricky gameplay similar to Bionic Commando and Ninja Five-O.
This little movie represents the hardest part of the game – Channel X, which normally appears as a secret bonus stage after the normal ending. This TAS however does not play through the entire game, but inputs a password in the beginning to access Channel X right away.

This movie improves the previous run by 0.55 seconds with tighter movement optimization and lag reduction.

If you liked this movie, be sure to also check out the movie that beats the actual game.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Super Pitfall (USA) in 04:42.04 by Arc & Alyosha.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2015-07-25)
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Submission #4761 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.4 (9.5 votes)
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Super Pitfall is a rather poorly programmed platforming game offering many opportunities for glitch abuse. In order to beat the game (the first quest, at least), Pitfall Harry must accomplish 6 tasks:
  1. obtain the Raj Diamond
  2. find the key to Quickclaw the Lion's cage
  3. rescue Quickclaw the Lion
  4. find the flask of medicine, which can heal Rhonda
  5. rescue Rhonda
  6. return to the starting point after completing the previous 5 tasks

This is an improvement of 1 minute and 38.18 seconds over the previous movie, thanks to a lot of wall clipping.


[Tier: Moons]NES The Battle of Olympus (USA) in 09:55.37 by Arc & nesrocks.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2017-02-14)
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Submission #5378 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.9 (3 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
The Battle of Olympus (オリュンポスの戦い) is set in ancient Greece. A mortal man named Orpheus receives help from the gods and nymphs in his quest to save his lover Helene from Hades. People often compare this game with Zelda 2 because of its similar gameplay.

This is an improvement of 6.06 seconds over the previous movie, mainly thanks to the jump-turn technique and better olive farming. Please read the authors' comments for more details.


[Tier: Moons]NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (USA) in 38:38.45 by Arc & Inzult.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2016-11-10)
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Submission #5264 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.3 (5 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is quite different from most of the early games in the Legend of Zelda series. It combines an overworld view with side-scrolling platform stages. In addition, the character can gain experience and levels, visit towns, and earn spells and items which are needed to proceed.

This movie is a new branch that allows warps but not the scroll-lock glitch, used in the other run we have published. A "warp" (or "wrong warp") in Zelda II is when an exit takes Link somewhere other than where that exit is supposed exit into. Read the authors' comments for details. For a "warpless" run, see [3254] NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (USA) "warpless" by Arc, FatRatKnight, Inzult & Rising Tempest in 45:26.04.

This movie was a part of a two-hour Zelda II TAS showcase with audio commentary by Arc, Inzult, Jackimus, Mithical9, and Feasel.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (USA) "warp glitch" in 05:31.92 by TASeditor, Arc & Inzult.
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Submission #5294 — Author's comments
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is quite different from most of the early games in the Legend of Zelda series. It combines an overworld view with side-scrolling platform stages. In addition, the character can gain experience and levels, visit towns, and earn spells and items which are needed to proceed.

However, the game also has a large glitch which produces massive speed when both Left and Right are pressed at the same time; due to the use of this and other glitches, most of this run features Link racing across Hyrule so fast that the screen can't keep up, and inexplicably warping between places that shouldn't be connected. Only a few items and one spell are collected, and the only enemy ever fought is the final boss. Luckily, he takes the same amount of damage no matter what level attack you have.

In this run, Arc improves on TASEditor's previous efforts by four seconds due to a recently discovered encounter glitch. See the author's comments for more details.

We also have a run that completes the six palaces without using the Left + Right glitch to turn the game into a barely comprehensible mess (but does allow the use of glitched warps) and another run that disallows both the Left + Right glitch and the use of glitched warps.

This movie was a part of a two-hour Zelda II TAS showcase with audio commentary by Arc, Inzult, Jackimus, Mithical9, and Feasel.


[Tier: Moons]NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (USA) "warpless" in 45:26.04 by Arc, FatRatKnight, Inzult & Rising Tempest.
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Submission #5263 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.6 (7 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Here is a warpless run of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1988), which introduced RPG elements and a side-scrolling view instead the traditional Zelda overhead view. An evil magician has cast a sleep spell on Princess Zelda. Link must place 6 crystals in palaces throughout Hyrule in order to release the binding force that protects the Triforce of Courage hidden in the Great Palace.

This movie is an improvement of 9.31 seconds compared to the previous run. Most of the new time saved is from getting almost impossible fairy spawns at overworld traps. Please read the authors' comments for details.

This movie avoids using the extremely gamebreaking hyperspeed and scroll-lock glitches seen in the warp glitch branch. This movie also avoids all of the minorly gamebreaking wrong warps in order to significantly increase the technical skill required to create the movie; we also have a movie which does use these "glitched warps," which allows a rather different route through the game.

This movie was a part of a two-hour Zelda II TAS showcase with audio commentary by Arc, Inzult, Jackimus, Mithical9, and Feasel.

Obsoleted movies

Total movies: 5


[Tier: Moons]NES Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu (USA) in 17:38.25 by Arc.
Famtasia movie (.fmv) (date: 2004-04-09)
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform

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This is an improvement to the previous version - 68 seconds faster, mainly due to the usage of special attacks to defeat bosses, and more efficient play in the waterfall section.

This game has a quite functional soundtrack.
The timeattack might be a little long, but it's more polished than the previous version and quite relaxing to watch and listen to.

Note: The MP4 file has sections in which the status bar wiggles. This is due to emulation errors in Famtasia.


[Tier: Vault]NES Karnov (USA) in 09:04.25 by Arc.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-05-27)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform

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Karnov is one of those games whose fame defies my logicBisqwit
The game is similar to Ghosts'n Goblins. Both look a little badly programmed.

This is an improved version by another minute. We recommend reading the author's comments

There is a subtle allusion to Dance Dance Karnov on stage 6.


[Tier: Moons]NES Metroid (USA) in 11:45.42 by Arc.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-01-02)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform

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From the author's comments:

This movie attempts to complete Metroid as fast as possible without fighting either one of the minibosses. I use the door glitch twice and Up+A once. I collect the Maru Mari, 30 Missiles, and Ice Beam (no Bombs.)

The older playthrough by the same author doesn't completely avoid the minibosses.


[Tier: Vault]NES Rush'n Attack (USA) in 09:37.27 by Arc.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-03-12)
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Rating: 5.9 (23 votes)
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform

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In this game, two jovial brightly-colored soliders infiltrate enemy forces. Everyone here runs around menacingly, and bullets are a bit slower than a housecat.

This movie is about a 4 second improvement to the previous version.

Note: The name of this game is Rush’n Attack. The 'n does not stand alone as a contraction of and, unlike Ghosts ’n Goblins. Given the theme of the game, the pun on “Russian Attack” is quite obvious.


[Tier: Moons]NES Tecmo Super Bowl (USA) in 13:46.8 by Arc.
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- Playaround
- Genre: Sport

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This movie doesn't aim to run up the score; instead it plays an entertaining game of American football by keeping the score close for drama and by utilizing a variety of wild plays with interceptions, fumbles, etc. Thus, the movie manipulates luck often.

Arc: [I] chose Colts vs. Patriots because in recent years the two teams have played many intense, high-stakes games in which the Pats always escape with a victory[1]. :-(


[1]: That is, before Jan. 21, 2007.


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