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NES Treasure Master

  • Platform: NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Abbreviation: tresmast
  • Display name: Treasure Master
  • Goodtools name: Treasure Master

[Tier: Moons]NES Treasure Master (USA) in 19:15.8 by Samsara & micro500.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2014-07-10)
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- Best ending
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Treasure Master is a side-scrolling action game that sends your character on a quest of treasure acquisition. Jump your way through a variety of world environments including the islands, microprocessor-level circuitry, and the moon, and accumulate all of the material wealth you can possibly amass. You have a number of enemies to beware of (such as sharks, caterpillars, and springs). But you also have an impressive array of tools to help you in your quest (moon buggy!).

Treasure Master offers the opportunity to collect not only virtual treasure in a video game, but also treasure in the real world. After practicing the game, players had the opportunity to compete for real prizes.

Spoiler: Hover over the screenshot.

#16101113982230901 - Treasure Master - No Health Underflow WIP2
TM-NHUwip2.fm2 (206kB fm2 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2014-07-18 02:24:08 by Samsara (65 files)
For NES Treasure Master (8 files)
In 03:53.27 [14019 frames], 21198 rerecords)
7499 views, 808 downloads
I implemented a further route improvement found after collecting the bomb, saving about 10 frames. The rest of the stage is almost exactly the same as the published run. All the difference will come from Stage 2 and beyond.
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#16056749041711739 - Treasure Master - No Health Underflow WIP1
TMNoHealthUnderflow.fm2 (95.1kB fm2 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2014-07-16 02:27:02 by Samsara (65 files)
For NES Treasure Master (8 files)
In 01:47.69 [6472 frames], 20848 rerecords)
7534 views, 818 downloads
This won't be completed for a while, but it was highly requested so I figured I'd at least start it. This is only a second slower than the published run up to this point, even though the boots are collected. There are two more rope boosts that I missed in the published run, so there may be an improvement to the health underflow run in the future, depending on how easily I can implement these two rope boosts and whether or not some of the other ideas I have will work.

The rerecord count is, again, carried over from previous files. I'll edit it away as soon as I remember to.

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#15878954632230765 - Treasure Master - Final improvement
TMCompleteFinal.fm2 (1018kB fm2 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2014-07-08 02:16:55 by Samsara (65 files)
For NES Treasure Master (8 files)
In 19:15.8 [69462 frames], 7917 rerecords)
7626 views, 1493 downloads
3237 frames faster due to a new skip in the Prize World. This is the last time I'm touching the run.
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#15854276760212782 - Treasure Master improvement
TMComplete2.fm2 (1.04MB fm2 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2014-07-06 23:36:32 by Samsara (65 files)
For NES Treasure Master (8 files)
In 20:09.66 [72699 frames], 7504 rerecords)
7557 views, 1177 downloads
30 frames faster.
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#15821523096605510 - Treasure Master - Complete Test Run
TMComplete-compact.fm3 (219kB fm3 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2014-07-05 12:12:26 by Samsara (65 files)
For NES Treasure Master (8 files)
In 20:16.98 [73139 frames], 18640 rerecords)
7618 views, 786 downloads
Emulator: FCEUX 2.2.2 (with TASeditor)

Had a lovely July 4th and didn't really have much else to do so I, uh, spent the last 8 hours working through the rest of the game.

It's decently optimized, though there's still a lot of work left to do: The prize world code could very well end up different in the final run, fadeout lag needs to be optimized further, I still have to do some testing with some of the tricks I found, and some of the playaround sections could be more entertaining. Thankfully, the game behaves nicely and it shouldn't take more than a day or two to finish up. I'm expecting a final time of around 20:15 after full optimization unless I find something big.

This run gets up through Stage 3 976 frames (00:16.26) faster than micro500's WIP, and finishes the game 29,712 frames (8:15.19) faster than CeSaR74's rejected submission. The prize world code entry is all micro500's input since I started working off of his WIP, so if it remains intact by the time I submit the finished run (which is highly likely), then he will be listed as co-author.

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#15769420923926888 - Treasure Master - Stage One
TM-compact.fm3 (61.4kB fm3 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2014-07-03 03:53:34 by Samsara (65 files)
For NES Treasure Master (8 files)
In 05:13.15 [18820 frames], 15426 rerecords)
7589 views, 780 downloads

203 frames ahead. Most of the time saved is from skipping the boots, but there are small movement optimizations all throughout. The invincibility glitch is activated near the end of the stage.

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#15704559200517787 - Treasure Master - Skipping the boots
TMbootskip-compact.fm3 (23.6kB fm3 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2014-06-30 05:47:14 by Samsara (65 files)
For NES Treasure Master (8 files)
In 01:47.34 [6451 frames], 14901 rerecords)
7584 views, 801 downloads
This is probably the most boring item skip.

The boots apparently aren't necessary to beat the game, so it seems, and in a TAS using the invincibility glitch it ends up being around 80 frames faster to skip them. However, it could be possible to save more with a different damage route and more optimization (this was only a quick test), and the enemy/platform patterns later on in the stage could be better or worse.

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#15601063153038125 - Treasure Master failure
Treasure Master-compact.fm3 (24.0kB fm3 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2014-06-25 13:55:25 by Samsara (65 files)
For NES Treasure Master (8 files)
In 01:48.67 [6531 frames], 13324 rerecords)
7680 views, 775 downloads
TAS ADHD is a serious disease. Serious cases can lead to never finishing a run, letting people down, and claiming that everything in Super Mario World is memory corruption. Made in FCEUX 2.2.2 using TAS Editor.

I used the passcode entry from micro500's last posted WIP, which is why the rerecord count is that high. I only used about 723 rerecords from the looks of it. Stage 1 of that WIP syncs in FCEUX 2.2.2 but desyncs in Stage 2. Like everything I've been doing lately, if this run were finished it would not be submitted.

Compared to that WIP, I save 5 frames (I climb the rope 2 frames faster, kick one time less, and something around getting the controller gives me the other two frames), but I lose 3-4 of them (1 frame of lag and a couple frames delaying before that bastard caterpillar). I'm trying to find a way to manipulate that thing into shooting twice like it does in the other WIP. There's a way to manipulate it to shoot later and a way to manipulate it to not shoot at all, but I still have yet to figure out shooting twice.

Either way, I don't have enough health for later, so when I come back to this after the several other projects I have going, I'll start from the beginning.

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