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Total movies: 21


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]Arcade Mercs (World) in 10:23.03 by DarkKobold.
Final Burn Alpha movie (.fbm) (date: 2011-03-16)
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Rating: 6.6 (18.5 votes)
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- 3 Players
- Genre: Shooter
In Mercs, an arcade game that is also available for the Genesis, each player takes control of a member of the Wolf Force, to rescue the former President in Africa.

DarkKobold uses all three guys to save him as fast as possible.


To play the FBM file without any problems, it is important to disable the Use M68000 assembly core option in the emulator.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]Arcade Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (bootleg) in 11:49.83 by DarkKobold.
Final Burn Alpha movie (.fbm) (date: 2010-12-29)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 58.86 MB, length: 13:49)
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Submission #2943 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.8 (20.5 votes)
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- 3 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Fighting
Not only does Michael Jackson have a Genesis video game, he also has an Arcade game! This game is loosely based on the movie of the same name, featuring Michael Jackson saving children from Mr. Big. When Michael meets his pet monkey Bubbles, he turns into a killer robot!

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is a 3 player arcade game, where you play either a white-, red-, or black-suited Michael Jackson. The author uses all three players to complete this game as fast as possible.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion][Has commentary]Arcade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (World) in 12:14.85 by DarkKobold.
Final Burn Alpha movie (.fbm) (date: 2010-08-14)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 87.28 MB, length: 14:50)
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Submission #2795 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.4 (29.5 votes)
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- 4 Players
- Forgoes time-saving death
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an arcade game based on the TMNT cartoon released in December of 1987. Konami released this mega-hit in 1989, as one of the first arcade games to offer 4-player beat-'em-up action.

In this run, DarkKobold uses all 4 ninja turtles to freak the foot soldiers, mangle the mousers, total the Technodrome, and kick Krang and The Shredder back to Dimension-X in a little over 12 minutes.


Sonikkustar has provided commentary on the movie.

[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]DOS Mega Man (USA) in 02:23.55 by DarkKobold.
JPC-RR movie (.jrsr) (date: 2013-01-01)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 9.42 MB, length: 02:35)
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Submission #3308 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.5 (13 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
This is a Mega Man game that was not developed by Capcom, but rather by Stephen Rozner of Hi-Tech Expressions, who did all the design, programming, graphics and sound. The game is infamous for its mediocre quality.

In this run, DarkKobold uses precise movements and the absence of boss invulnerability periods to complete the game in under two and a half minutes.


This game runs too fast on anything more modern than a low-end 386 or so. As such, the encode is technically correct. For an encode that is slowed down to the original 30 fps, see this YouTube video.

[Tier: Moons]GBA Shining Soul (USA) in 49:46.88 by DarkKobold.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2010-06-01)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 106.91 MB, length: 54:33)
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Submission #2683 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.9 (12 votes)
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Shining Soul is an Action RPG by Atlus. It is the first 'Shining' game to not be produced by Camelot Software Planning, and thus is not considered canon in the 'Shining' universe. However, the game serves as an internal homage to much of the 'Shining' series. All of the bosses are major villains from a previous 'Shining' game.

The author manipulates randomly-placed monuments to appear, increasing attack power as much as eight-fold during the run. Additionally, hundreds of critical attacks had to be painstakingly manipulated to allow for enemies to die in a single hit.


[Tier: Vault][Has commentary]GBA Shining Soul II (USA) in 1:12:02.43 by DarkKobold.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2010-09-20)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 129.57 MB, length: 1:19:11)
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Submission #2833 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.4 (11 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Shining Soul II is the last 'Shining' title to reach American shores, and the author's 5th 'Shining' TAS on the site. Unlike some previous games in the series, this game and its prequel play more like traditional Action-RPGs. This game, like its prequel, allows the player to pick a character type. In this run, the character chosen was a ninja, for his ability to use speed magic.

The author uses a glitch to dupe power wines and bombs, the former massively increasing his attack strength, and the latter making the run look more like Bomberman than a 'Shining' game!

This run is 17:58.75 faster than his previous Shining Soul II publication due to some very impressive manipulation to slaughter bosses in mere seconds. It is recommended that you read the authors comments for more information about the run and the game.


There is also a humorous commentary by the author and a couple of guests.

[Tier: Vault]GBA Shining Soul II (USA) in 1:30:01.18 by DarkKobold.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2010-06-25)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 157.23 MB, length: 1:37:16)
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Submission #2696 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.0 (4 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG

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Shining Soul II is the last 'Shining' title to reach American shores, and the author's 5th 'Shining' TAS on the site. Unlike some previous games in the series, this game and its prequel play more like traditional dungeon-crawlers. This game, like its prequel, allows the player to pick a character type: in this run, the character is a ninja.

The author uses speed magic to run by numerous enemies and slash through multiple bosses at low levels. Enjoy the silly story and the player-worship bosses perform after every defeat!


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]GB Knight Quest (USA) in 23:22.73 by DarkKobold.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2011-10-02)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 20.74 MB, length: 24:31)
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Submission #3297 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.1 (7 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Knight Quest is a rare RPG for the Game Boy. In it, you take control of a 14-year-old boy named Will who sets out to defeat baddies and save a princess. Nothing groundbreaking to see here, move along...

This run was created by DarkKobold while he was testing the game out as a potential candidate for Dream Team Contest 4. For more details, please see the author's notes.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]Genesis Shining Force (USA) in 1:59:59.05 by DarkKobold.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2009-06-23)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 284.86 MB, length: 2:08:11)
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Submission #2258 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1146 (2:04:26.37)
Rating: 7.1 (18 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
Award - Lucky TAS of 2009
Shining Force is just under two hours of luck manipulation action. The random number generator is abused to the highest degree. The author used MATLAB, a math scripting language, to optimize the battle speeds.

This is a 4 minute 27 second improvement over the previous movie by the same author.


[Tier: Vault]Genesis Shining Force (USA) in 2:08:40.07 by DarkKobold.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2007-11-26)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 203.12 MB, length: 2:15:57)
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Submission #1743 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.7 (9 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
Award - Lucky TAS of 2007

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Shining Force is two hours of hot, barely legal luck manipulation action. You won't believe what DarkKobold does to avoid killing enemies!

[Tier: Vault]Genesis Shining Force (USA) in 2:04:26.37 by DarkKobold.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2008-07-25)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 198.44 MB, length: 2:12:37)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 224.00 MB, length: 2:12:37)
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Submission #2011 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1004 (2:08:40.07)
Rating: 6.4 (11 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy

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Shining Force is two hours of hot, barely legal luck manipulation action. The random number generator is abused to the highest degree. You won't believe what DarkKobold does to avoid killing enemies!

[Tier: Vault][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]Genesis Shining Force II (USA) in 3:11:04.65 by DarkKobold.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2010-05-19)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 408.22 MB, length: 3:15:05)
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Submission #2667 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.2 (10 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
In this second game of the series, watch nearly three and a half hours of luck manipulation so intense that it took scripting and bot-work to perform most of it. Most of the bosses in the second half of the run die in one or two rounds.

This is an improvement of 15 minutes and 13 seconds over the previous movie, due to a variety of improvements, and in spite of playing on "Super" difficulty, which is functionally the highest difficulty level.

If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out the first game in the series as well.


[Tier: Vault]Genesis Shining Force II (USA) in 3:26:17.75 by DarkKobold.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2010-02-23)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 352.63 MB, length: 3:30:26)
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Submission #2566 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.8 (8 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy

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In this second game of the series, watch nearly three and a half hours of luck manipulation so intense that it took scripting and bot-work to perform most of it. Most of the bosses in the second half of the run die in one or two rounds.

This run plays on "Ouch!" difficulty, which was intended to be the hardest difficulty level.

If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out the first game in the series as well.


[Tier: Vault]Genesis Shining in the Darkness (USA) in 43:27.2 by DarkKobold.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2009-08-15)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 63.13 MB, length: 46:51)
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Submission #2322 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.7 (18 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Uses death to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Shining in the Darkness is the first in the Shining series, which includes Shining Force. Unlike the later games, it is a first person dungeon crawler.

The author dissected the game with the help of Lua scripts to find optimal battles and avoid random encounters.


[Tier: Vault]NES Mendel Palace (USA) in 19:02.97 by DarkKobold.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2010-11-11)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 50.38 MB, length: 21:52)
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Submission #2904 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.2 (11 votes)
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- 2 Players
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Puzzle
Mendel Palace is an action-puzzle game. When playing in real-time, it becomes more action than puzzle, and when TASing, it becomes more puzzle than action. The idea is to shove your opponents into the walls of the arena by flipping over ground tiles. This is harder than it looks, since the enemies often approach in swarms and can kill you with one touch.

Flipping can also reveal some other tile types. For instance, the sun tile flips over everything else, which often cleans up the arena in a hurry. However, there are also extra enemy spawn areas that can be uncovered, especially in the last levels. For more details, see the run's submission comments.

DarkKobold beats the game in just over 19 minutes by using 2 players at the same time.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]PCE Bloody Wolf (USA) in 14:19.74 by DarkKobold.
Mednafen/PCEjin movie (.mc2) (date: 2010-12-23)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 41.17 MB, length: 17:36)
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Submission #2938 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.6 (10.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Bloody Wolf is an Arcade port of a Heavy Barrel-esque game. The goal is to rescue the president, and then rescue the man who rescued the president, due to insufficient leg room in the rescue helicopter.

In this run, the author bunny hops through the game, throws grenades at everything, and dies for no apparent reason.


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion][Has commentary]PCE Dungeon Explorer (USA) in 20:19.3 by DarkKobold.
Mednafen/PCEjin movie (.mc2) (date: 2010-10-16)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 44.37 MB, length: 37:46)
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Submission #2867 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.6 (17 votes)
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- 5 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Dungeon Explorer is based off of Gauntlet, but adds a plot, bosses, magic spells and RPG elements. Notably, it also one-ups Gauntlet by allowing for five players.

The author races through the dungeons with all five players, making short work of bosses. The five characters were selected for their high starting agility, and include a fighter (blue), a warlock (purple), an elf (green), a bard (orange), and a thief (red).

Also, the only exit that matters is the last one used by a player, and the author uses this extensively to use the fastest character, the thief, to run when an earlier exit is available for the other characters to use.


A technical commentary with extra features by the author is available here.

[Tier: Vault]PCE Legend of Hero Tonma (USA) in 05:16.92 by DarkKobold.
Mednafen/PCEjin movie (.mc2) (date: 2010-11-28)
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Submission #2918 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.8 (7.5 votes)
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- Genre: Platform

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Legend of Hero Tonma is a simple platforming game where Tommy, the main character, goes on a quest to rescue a princess. The game also has some amusing examples of awkward English in between stages.

DarkKobold completes this quest very quickly and without taking any damage.


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]PCE Shockman (USA) in 21:50.11 by DarkKobold.
Mednafen/PCEjin movie (.mc2) (date: 2010-12-08)
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Submission #2924 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.0 (12 votes)
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- 2 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Doc, the creator of the two cyborgs Arnold and Sonya, has been kidnapped as a prelude to an alien invasion. It's up to the two of them to stop the invasion and rescue their creator.

The author uses an unconventional mode of transport in this run. A dual-player charge shot that is done incorrectly causes the players to be ricocheted around the screen. This provides a faster form of movement than walking, when aimed correctly!


[Tier: Moons]PSX Final Fantasy VIII (USA) in 8:08:32.98 by DarkKobold.
PSXjin movie (.pjm) (date: 2011-07-04)
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Submission #3160 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.5 (19.5 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy VIII (1999) marked a significant departure from earlier Squaresoft titles — it was their first game to have realistically proportioned characters and did away with much of the traditional gameplay systems used by earlier titles. Additionally, it is the first Final Fantasy to focus on a love story.

This is the first multi-disc publication on the site, and is also one of the longest published runs.


There are two YouTube streams available for this movie. The first is a four-part playlist offering HD video, and the second is contained all in one stream in 720p.


[Tier: Vault]PSX Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles (USA) in 46:31.18 by DarkKobold.
PCSX movie (.pxm) (date: 2010-10-24)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 657.43 MB, length: 51:40)
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Submission #2851 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.1 (12 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Jedi Power Battles is Star Wars meets Double Dragon with a ton of crazy platforming.

The author, DarkKobold, uses Obi-Wan to run through all of Star Wars Episode I, ignoring tons of battle droids and droidekas to get to the final confrontation with Darth Maul. Look for a tribute to SW: EP1 in the final battle!

The author also dies intentionally at one point in the run by making Jar Jar Binks disappear. I'm sure everyone has wished they could do this, at least once.

Please read the welcome page if you haven't already done so. It explains the rules and methods that apply to all of these movies, particularly the use of savestates and frame advance. Also refer to our Glossary to understand terms we use, such as TAS or other unfamiliar terms.

Added [Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]DOS Mega Man (USA) by DarkKobold in 02:23.55 (2013-01-01)
Added [Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]PCE Legend of Hero Tonma (USA) by nitrogenesis in 05:08.23 (2012-07-25)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]PCE Legend of Hero Tonma (USA) by DarkKobold in 05:16.92 (2010-11-28)
Added [Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]GB Knight Quest (USA) by DarkKobold in 23:22.73 (2011-10-02)
Added [Tier: Moons]PSX Final Fantasy VIII (USA) by DarkKobold in 8:08:32.98 (2011-07-04)
Added [Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]Arcade Mercs (World) by DarkKobold in 10:23.03 (2011-03-16)
Added [Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]Arcade Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (bootleg) by DarkKobold in 11:49.83 (2010-12-29)
Added [Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]PCE Bloody Wolf (USA) by DarkKobold in 14:19.74 (2010-12-23)
Added [Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]PCE Shockman (USA) by DarkKobold in 21:50.11 (2010-12-08)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Mendel Palace (USA) by DarkKobold in 19:02.97 (2010-11-11)
Added [Tier: Vault]PSX Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles (USA) by DarkKobold in 46:31.18 (2010-10-24)
Added [Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion][Has commentary]PCE Dungeon Explorer (USA) by DarkKobold in 20:19.3 (2010-10-16)
Added [Tier: Vault][Has commentary]GBA Shining Soul II (USA) by DarkKobold in 1:12:02.43 (2010-09-20)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]GBA Shining Soul II (USA) by DarkKobold in 1:30:01.18 (2010-06-25)
Added [Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion][Has commentary]Arcade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (World) by DarkKobold in 12:14.85 (2010-08-14)
Added [Tier: Moons]GBA Shining Soul (USA) by DarkKobold in 49:46.88 (2010-06-01)
Added [Tier: Vault][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]Genesis Shining Force II (USA) by DarkKobold in 3:11:04.65 (2010-05-19)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]Genesis Shining Force II (USA) by DarkKobold in 3:26:17.75 (2010-02-23)
Added [Tier: Vault]Genesis Shining in the Darkness (USA) by DarkKobold in 43:27.2 (2009-08-15)
Added [Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]Genesis Shining Force (USA) by DarkKobold in 1:59:59.05 (2009-06-23)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]Genesis Shining Force (USA) by DarkKobold in 2:04:26.37 (2008-07-25)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Vault]Genesis Shining Force (USA) by DarkKobold in 2:08:40.07 (2007-11-26)

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