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GC Ikaruga

  • Platform: GC (Nintendo GameCube)
  • Abbreviation: ikaruga
  • Display name: Ikaruga
  • Goodtools name: Ikaruga

[Tier: Stars]GC Ikaruga (USA) "maximum score" in 21:29.4 by keylie.
Dolphin movie (.dtm) (date: 2015-05-04)
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- Aims for maximum score
- 2 Players
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Shooter
Award - First edition TAS of 2015
Ikaruga (2001) is a vertical shoot 'em up published and developed by Treasure as a spiritual successor to its earlier title, Radiant Silvergun (1998). It was first released on arcade machines, then eventually ported to Dreamcast, GameCube, XBLA, Android, and even Steam, thanks to the loyal following among the Western shoot 'em up fans. GameCube version was chosen for creation of this TAS as it provided both the most arcade-accurate port, and the most accurately emulated platform of those available at the time.

Ikaruga features a polarity mechanic wherein enemies can be black or white, shooting black or white bullets, respectively. Additionally, player ships themselves can switch between black and white: when white, ship absorbs white bullets and deals extra damage to black enemies, and vice versa. When enough bullets are absorbed, a powerful enemy-seeking attack can be unleashed. As such, typical gameplay consists of frequent polarity switching, chain-killing enemies, and absorbing bullets instead of dodging them; to capitalize on this, the author chooses to control both player ships in order to absorb as many bullets as possible, do more damage, and pick off escaping enemies without breaking a kill chain.

The goal of this TAS is to maximize the score. Ikaruga's scoring system mainly consists of color-based enemy chaining: killing three enemies of the same color in a row increases chain value, messing up the color sequence resets it. Absorbing bullets and lasers, speedkilling bosses, and having spare lives at the end are also significant score boosts—all of these are used in the TAS to the fullest extent. The final score is a massive 50,230,200, only attainable with two players.


Ikaruga has been extensively competed in both Western and Asian gaming communities, leading to publication of an official superplay DVD, as well as blessing us with many amazing feats of unassisted gameplay. If you've enjoyed this TAS and would like to see what some of the best human players have to offer, make sure to watch VTF-INO's unassisted doubleplay, in which the player attempts to achieve maximum score by controlling both ships in realtime; also check out RNA's flawless stage 5 boss fight done solo, and Sa Suisai's full-game unassisted playthrough on Normal difficulty, executing some inhumanly precise chains on the XBLA version of the game.
#21137351128982508 - Ikaruga 2p hard all
ikaruga_2p_hard_done.dtm (1.18MB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-03-01 21:48:22 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 21:29.4 [154728 frames], 54996 rerecords)
6524 views, 496 downloads
Dolphin 4.0-4091 US rom

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#20977843812742137 - Ikaruga 2p hard, ending
ikaruga_2p_hard_ending.dtm (1.10MB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-02-22 17:24:11 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 20:05.72 [144686 frames], 48240 rerecords)
6455 views, 521 downloads
Only the pacifist part to go
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#20949351965653465 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 5 - middle of bonus enemies
ikaruga_2p_hard_5-bonus.dtm (992kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-02-21 10:36:28 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 17:37.57 [126908 frames], 45873 rerecords)
6496 views, 517 downloads
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#20870621889412246 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 4 done
ikaruga_2p_hard_4-done.dtm (949kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-02-17 21:30:45 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 16:52.3 [121476 frames], 43287 rerecords)
6515 views, 516 downloads
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#20842800140764754 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 4-2 done
ikaruga_2p_hard_4-2_ok.dtm (819kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-02-16 15:26:29 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 14:33.4 [104808 frames], 40808 rerecords)
6500 views, 532 downloads
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#20823084721913558 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 4-2 almost done
ikaruga_2p_hard_4-2_almost.dtm (797kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-02-15 18:07:55 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 14:09.9 [101988 frames], 38950 rerecords)
6487 views, 485 downloads
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#20736965737484331 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 4-2 halfway
ikaruga_2p_hard_4-2_half.dtm (778kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-02-11 21:03:02 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 13:50.0 [99600 frames], 36680 rerecords)
6576 views, 489 downloads
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#20671586675880401 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 4 nightmare going on
ikaruga_2p_hard_4-nightmare2.dtm (751kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-02-08 22:23:09 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 13:20.93 [96112 frames], 35318 rerecords)
6491 views, 544 downloads
Still on 4-2
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#20645935963792335 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 4 still nightmare
ikaruga_2p_hard_4-nightmare.dtm (741kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-02-07 18:39:41 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 13:10.53 [94864 frames], 33195 rerecords)
6520 views, 486 downloads
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#20582447846302153 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 4-2
ikaruga_2p_hard_4-2.dtm (731kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-02-04 22:02:25 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 12:59.5 [93540 frames], 31742 rerecords)
6624 views, 565 downloads
Beginning of the nightmare :
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#20464254086025797 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 4-1
ikaruga_2p_hard_4-1.dtm (702kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-01-30 14:17:27 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 12:29.0 [89880 frames], 30252 rerecords)
6626 views, 539 downloads
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#20336021837369442 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 4 beginning
ikaruga_2p_hard_4.dtm (672kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-01-24 19:41:29 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 11:56.57 [85988 frames], 29275 rerecords)
6612 views, 501 downloads
Dolphin 4.0-4091
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#20248811955861456 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 3 end of bonus enemies
ikaruga_2p_hard_3-bonus.dtm (625kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-01-20 21:25:51 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 11:06.65 [79998 frames], 27453 rerecords)
6614 views, 531 downloads
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#20106488767056806 - Ikaruga "Max Score" Stage 1
Ikaruga_Stage1.dtm (99.6kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-01-14 11:36:04 by PoochyEXE (8 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 03:31.88 [12713 frames], 1369 rerecords)
5110 views, 502 downloads
WIP, movie ends in the stage transition fading into stage 2. Compared to the current single-stage WR on the Steam version, this goes into the boss fight ahead by 11700 points, gains another 11640 points during the boss fight, and another 20000 in the end-of-stage Boss Destroy Bonus.

Recorded on Dolphin 4.0-4523.

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#20073096243375598 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 3 miniboss
ikaruga_2p_hard_3-miniboss.dtm (596kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2015-01-12 23:30:32 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 10:35.77 [76292 frames], 0 rerecords)
6727 views, 444 downloads
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#19705864013590164 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 3 beginning
ikaruga_2p_hard_3-1.dtm (485kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2014-12-27 10:35:13 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 08:37.27 [62072 frames], 22557 rerecords)
6915 views, 535 downloads
Dolphin 4.0 4091

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#19406404697276084 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 2 almost boss
ikaruga_2p_hard_s2_almostboss.dtm (362kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2014-12-13 22:55:02 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 06:25.65 [46278 frames], 18798 rerecords)
7009 views, 586 downloads
Almost the end of this nightmare. I couldn't get the extra black chain I wanted, you will find two black enemies remaining :(
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#19339081509479552 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 2-bonus
ikaruga_2p_hard_s2_bonus.dtm (354kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2014-12-10 22:09:04 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 06:16.98 [45238 frames], 16791 rerecords)
7014 views, 579 downloads
No more boxes. Hard part for routing :(
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#19208308302027476 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 2-boxes
ikaruga_2p_hard_boxes.dtm (294kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2014-12-05 00:48:19 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 05:13.08 [37570 frames], 13341 rerecords)
7099 views, 545 downloads
I hate boxes
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#19091009291921987 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 2-2
ikaruga_2p_hard_2-2.dtm (253kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2014-11-29 18:01:22 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 04:30.02 [32402 frames], 10870 rerecords)
7111 views, 537 downloads
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#18954596001392115 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 1 end
ikaruga_2p_hard_s1.dtm (191kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2014-11-23 14:34:51 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 03:23.25 [24390 frames], 9851 rerecords)
7114 views, 603 downloads
Dolphin version 4.0-4091

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#18876154878762685 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 1 boss
ikaruga_2p_hard_1-5.dtm (144kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2014-11-20 01:47:53 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 02:32.85 [18342 frames], 9038 rerecords)
7190 views, 461 downloads
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#18783767254184936 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 1-4
ikaruga_2p_hard_1-4.dtm (126kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2014-11-15 21:56:28 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 02:14.02 [16082 frames], 4331 rerecords)
7176 views, 565 downloads
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#18737226679264221 - Ikaruga 2p hard, stage 1 halfway
ikaruga_2p_hard_1-3.dtm (89.3kB dtm movie [GC])
Uploaded 2014-11-13 19:38:16 by keylie (102 files)
For GC Ikaruga (24 files)
In 01:35.02 [11402 frames], 2634 rerecords)
7195 views, 584 downloads
Gamecube USA version. Two more chains during 1-3 bonus enemies than known! \o/
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