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Total movies: 8


[Tier: Vault]NES BreakThru (USA) in 06:37.13 by dave_dfwm.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2012-12-11)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 16.00 MB, length: 08:10)
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Submission #1144 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.1 (4 votes)
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- Genre: Action

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BreakThru is a short, fast-paced game developed by Data East. It was released to arcades in 1986 and later ported to a few home consoles. You are the driver of a blue dune buggy, and your mission is to recover a stolen fighter plane, which lies behind 5 enemy lines that you must "break thru".

Dave_dfwm strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies by tearing across the landscape and shooting everything in his path.


[Tier: Vault]NES Dragon Warrior III (USA) in 2:14:07.67 by dave_dfwm.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-04-23)
AVI file via BitTorrent (size: 179.74 MB, length: 2:21:56)
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Submission #1476 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.5 (7 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG

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Dragon Warrior 3 is the last of the NES Dragon Warrior series to be TASed. This is primarily due to its unforgiving RNG. Unlike the others of the series, you can not manipulate critical hits, and other unlikely events whenever you want. However, the author does a great job despite this obstacle. He uses many unorthadox antics (like wasting turns using useless items) in order to force a more favor RNG. Heal spells are used in dungeons to reset the RNG in order to avoid encounters.

[Tier: Vault]NES Dragon Warrior III (USA) "item glitch" in 57:28.27 by dave_dfwm.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-09-10)
AVI file via BitTorrent (size: 102.79 MB, length: 1:05:30)
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Submission #1689 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.9 (16 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts save data
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG

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Dragon Warrior 3 completed quickly by using a bizarre glitch that allows the author to fill his inventory with useful items, manipulate his stats, and even add places to his return list! This allows most of the game to be skipped.

The author has left detailed comments explaining this glitch.


[Tier: Moons]NES Dragon Warrior III (USA) in 1:50:36.18 by dave_dfwm.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-07-31)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 167.39 MB, length: 1:58:50)
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Submission #1618 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #838 (2:14:07.67)
Rating: 5.9 (20 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
This is a non-glitched run of Dragon Warrior 3, now under 2 hours long.

This game is known in the TAS world as being a pain to play due to the RNG (random number generator) being much harder to manipulate than most other games. As a result, seemingly random actions throughout the game are actually intentional manipulation of the RNG to ensure favourable outcomes, such as avoiding monsters or good battle outcomes.

To give you an idea of how surprising this time is to most players, the previous run is about 24 minutes longer than this one. Even before that, any run that was under 3 hours long was deemed to be very difficult to perform.


[Tier: Vault][Notable improvement]NES Dragon Warrior III (USA) "item glitch" in 48:28.08 by dave_dfwm.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2010-03-06)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 70.95 MB, length: 56:48)
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Submission #2577 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #955 (57:28.27)
Rating: 5.2 (12 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG

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Dragon Warrior 3 completed quickly by using a bizarre glitch that allows the author to fill his inventory with useful items, manipulate his stats, and even add places to his return list! This allows most of the game to be skipped.

Thanks to this new method of item glitching, this is almost exactly nine minutes faster than the previous version of the run.

The author wrote detailed comments explaining this glitch.


[Tier: Vault]NES Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (USA) in 44:40.04 by dave_dfwm.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-12-01)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 57.29 MB, length: 50:37)
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Submission #1156 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.9 (8.5 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Shooter
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode is a game based on a popular Japanese manga. You control Golgo 13, an assassin who is ordered to take out the leader of the DREK Empire. The game features four different gameplay modes: action, flying, 360 degree shooting and 3D maze.

The author, dave_dfwm, speeds through this little-known game in less than 45 minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES Rambo (USA) in 18:38.59 by dave_dfwm.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-11-19)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 23.56 MB, length: 19:33)
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Submission #1163 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.3 (10 votes)
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- Forgoes time-saving damage
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Rambo is a game closely based on the film Rambo: First Blood Part II, in which you kill wasps and snakes and then robots that shoot fireballs.

Mostly using a knife, the author, dave_dfwm, completes the game in record time.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Super R-Type (USA) in 17:29.43 by dave_dfwm.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2008-08-09)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 53.25 MB, length: 19:24)
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Submission #1994 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.8 (21.5 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Maximum kills
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Shooter
Super R•Type (1991) is the 4th game of the classic R•Type series of arcade shooters, whose distinct gameplay and level design inspired numerous developers to create clones and various look-alikes. However, this particular installment isn't considered canon—it is an SNES-exclusive mash-up of the first two R•Type games.

In a nutshell, the series' plot is about the evil Bydo empire, which is a highly developed alien lifeform with hivemind mentality—akin to the Borg or the Zerg. The player pilots a spacecraft on a mission to destroy the Bydo. The craft's most prominent weapon is the so-called force—a spherical pod which is, in fact, a living piece of Bydo flesh and an indestructible mineral at the same time! Conveniently, the pod can be attached to the player's craft to shield it from bullets, or launched at enemies to inflict large amounts of damage.

All R•Type games are known to be very unforgiving; they require the player to learn strict paths that revolve memorizing safe paths through stages and tactically using the force pod to quickly dispatch of enemies and protect the ship. The author of this TAS, however, throws all the strictness and tacticalness out the window to play around and just ram most of the enemies with the pod. (Try this in realtime if you want to know true frustration.)
Other than that, the movie uses a password to access the second loop's difficulty level (eloquently called "PRO") without having to beat the game twice. It still doesn't get the good ending, though.

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