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Total movies: 15


[Tier: Moons]GB Super Mario Land (USA/Europe v1.1) in 12:14.92 by TheAxeMan.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2005-05-03)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 11.02 MB, length: 15:48)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 11.22 MB, length: 15:48)
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Submission #657 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.3 (38 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform

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The first Game Boy game TAS at this site, and a good choice too, because this is the most well-known Game Boy game.

And the movie is good too. Collision check errors are abused, and somehow some jumps are made longer than they should normally be.


[Tier: Vault]NES Crystalis (USA) in 43:38.58 by TheAxeMan.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-05-26)
AVI file via BitTorrent (size: 108.06 MB, length: 45:34)
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Submission #629 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.2 (22 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Genre: RPG

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Crystalis is a Zelda-ish adventure RPG game for NES. Beware that quite a lot of time is spent leveling up.

This movie involves using a warping cheat code ― holding A+B on first controller then hitting A on second.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement][Has commentary]NES Crystalis (USA) in 40:40.43 by TheAxeMan.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-03-20)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 88.38 MB, length: 42:58)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 96.77 MB, length: 42:58)
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Submission #3463 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1322 (52:44.47)
Rating: 8.3 (13 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Crystalis is an awesome action rpg by SNK. What little plot there is involves the world ending on October 1, 1997. Naturally, after that the world became full of mutants and monsters. Technology regresses and people can use magic. There is an evil empire trying to revive the ancient technology, specifically the obligatory tower floating in the sky. The hero pops out of some sort of stasis chamber and proceeds to topple the empire and take down the tower with the help of some wise men and a friendly dolphin. There's a heroine named Mesia, but she only shows up a few times, most of which are skipped in this run.

This beats the previous run by almost 12 minutes. As with that run, the second-controller cheats are off-limits (the fm2 only has data for controller 1). Other than that, no holds are barred. Many new glitches are used. For a complete list, see the game resources page. Movement is faster by abusing the no-subpixel engine. Much effort went into lag reduction, especially in certain areas. However, the vast majority of the time savings is due to better experience management.


We recommend watching the movie on an emulator and using the author's LUA script. There's quite a bit of useful information.

[Tier: Vault]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) in 03:37.0 by TheAxeMan.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-07-15)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 4.47 MB, length: 04:59)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Compatibility) (size: 4.27 MB, length: 04:59)
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Submission #746 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #375 (04:05.47)
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- Uses death to save time
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform

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This is an often-overlooked famous game.

Here we have a boy and a "blob" that likes all kinds of candies. When the blob eats these candies, it transforms into different tools the boy can use.

Note: The Japanese version of this game (Fushigina Blobby - Blobania no Kiki) has a different boy than this USA version, but otherwise the games are the same.

Again this is a new record time.
To quote hopper's comment: "Just when you thought this game couldn't get any weirder."


[Tier: Vault]NES Dragon Warrior II (USA) in 46:25.0 by TheAxeMan.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-04-30)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 58.23 MB, length: 49:22)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Compatibility) (size: 84.74 MB, length: 49:22)
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Submission #1026 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.0 (23 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Selected comments from the author:
The second Dragon Warrior game beaten as fast as possible.

Dragon Warrior is an epic RPG series which now spans 8 games across many systems. The second game greatly expands on the first to include a party of three heroes (all descendents of Erdrick and the hero of DW1) and battles that may include many enemies.
The world is much bigger and there are many big dungeons to explore as well. Luckily there are new abilities and items to make this easier. Enemies can randomly drop items when defeated and there is a lottery which is the precursor to the casinos which appear in each later DW game. Finally, you might notice that many of the enemies in this game appear in later games, particularly DW8.


[Tier: Moons]NES Final Fantasy (USA) "White Mage" in 1:16:37.56 by TheAxeMan.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-04-13)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 94.31 MB, length: 1:21:46)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 112.67 MB, length: 1:21:46)
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Submission #3512 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.3 (12 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Uses a suboptimal character
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy is a well known RPG about saving the world with the usual assortment of characters.

Here, the author defies all common sense and takes a team composed entirely of White Mages, the token "weak healing caster" class. What's worse, three of them meet their untimely demise at the hands of pirates not very far into their journey. Not to worry, because this survivor has a few tricks up her sleeve.


[Tier: Moons]NES Final Fantasy (USA) in 1:10:06.81 by TheAxeMan.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2011-01-04)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 84.61 MB, length: 1:15:20)
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Submission #2960 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.4 (12 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG

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Final Fantasy is one of those games which needs no introduction to most gamers. For the rest of you, the game follows four generic heroes who are trying to restore the four orbs which have been contaminated, and ultimately defeat Chaos.

Unfortunately only one of the warriors is actually a hero; the rest are sissies who died early on during the quests. Strange as this may sound, much time is saved by doing so since fewer commands need to be entered every time the player runs from a random encounter.

Even if you see a 10 seconds difference between this and the previous movie, don't get fooled! This version is actually 2.44 seconds faster! This mistake is due to the movie file format change (FCM to FM2). This improvement is done by fighting the boss Garland faster than before, and by using some tweaks you can see in the author's comments.


[Tier: Moons]NES Final Fantasy (USA) in 1:12:59.52 by TheAxeMan.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-09-20)
AVI file via BitTorrent (size: 131.32 MB, length: 1:18:13)
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Submission #815 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #338 (1:30:47.67)
Rating: 7.0 (33 votes)
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- Genre: RPG

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Luck manipulation vs leveling up. Luck manipulation wins!

TheAxeMan polished up the previous version by mookish by over 17 minutes! One of the biggest time-savers is only keeping alive the characters you need, so less commands have to be issued. In general fewer weapons and no armor at all is aquired, and no inn is ever visited.

There is a weapon in this game that has a very slim (but not zero) chance of instantly killing any enemy. This is abused heavily towards the end to devastate big enemies fast.

An item of interest is that the author actually saves and resets the game as a tool for luck manipulation.


[Tier: Vault]NES Final Fantasy (USA) in 1:10:16.18 by TheAxeMan.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2008-08-30)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 89.03 MB, length: 1:15:15)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 109.00 MB, length: 1:15:15)
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Submission #2057 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #409 (1:12:59.52)
Rating: 6.5 (16 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG

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Final Fantasy is one of those games which needs no introduction to most gamers. For the rest of you, the game follows four generic heroes who are trying to restore the four orbs which have been contaminated, and ultimately defeat Chaos.

Unfortunately only one of the warriors is actually a hero; the rest are sissies who died early on during the quests. Strange as this may sound, much time is saved by doing so since fewer commands need to be entered every time the player runs from a random encounter.

This version is almost 3 minutes faster than the previous movie, predominantly by the use of a computer program to assist in battle planning and by walking in no-encounter areas more often.


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Final Fantasy (USA) in 1:09:57.7 by TheAxeMan.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-07-20)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 90.89 MB, length: 1:15:03)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 105.88 MB, length: 1:15:03)
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Submission #3656 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1714 (1:10:06.81)
Rating: 7.1 (13 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
The original Final Fantasy follows four heroes who are trying to restore the four orbs which have been contaminated and ultimately defeat Chaos.

Unfortunately only one of the warriors is actually a hero; the rest are sissies who die early on during the quests. Strange as this may sound, much time is saved by doing so since fewer commands need to be entered every time the player runs from a random encounter.

On TASVideos, perfect runs are continually improved, often through very unexpected changes. This run by TheAxeMan improves the old TAS by 9.11 seconds by getting lower stats and spending more time at inns and item shops.

For those who think they have a better sense of humor than the author, he has provided Python scripts which allow you to recreate the entire run with your own choices for character names substituted for his. Available as a Windows standalone program or as source.


The downloadable videos and the YouTube stream contain soft subtitles with commentary from TheAxeMan.

[Tier: Vault]NES Jackal (USA) in 08:24.82 by TheAxeMan.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2004-10-10)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 22.38 MB, length: 10:35)
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Submission #360 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.0 (15 votes)
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- Genre: Shooter

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The author sums the game up best, in these selected comments:

I take my jeep on a joyride through six areas of some foreign country ruled by a crazy dictator. Some of my comrades in arms have been taken hostage, but since this an as-fast-as-possible TAS they're on their own (almost all of them).

The whole way I try not to destroy too much of the dictator's inept army, maybe it will make it easier to rebuild. However, many foot soldiers and tanks are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

If you keep this perspective in mind as you watch the movie, it can make this entertaining, well-done movie quite funny.


[Tier: Moons]NES Metal Storm (USA) in 12:54.23 by TheAxeMan.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-02-27)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 68.94 MB, length: 14:31)
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Submission #545 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.8 (24 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter

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An ultra-powerful gigantic mechadroid that can take one hit before exploding into confetti. Pah.

This video uses a password to go directly to the second, harder version of the game. Note that the password shown on screen is not the one actually accepted by the game - the password is entered so fast the graphic function glitches. Another (more useful) glitch is that you can stand on spikes and other sorts of materials which ultra-powerful gigantic mechadroids have a natural weakness against if you jump all the time.

The fireball form used for the first few levels more or less grants invulnerability when used constantly, as well as being a strong offensive weapon. It is not very effective against the sixth boss, so the author switches to a better projectile weapon before that. This switch entails that the rematches against the earlier bosses are slower, but the improvement on the sixth boss makes up for it.

Please note that the AVI has been replaced with an updated MP4, this file provides both size and quality benefits over the former one.


[Tier: Moons]NES Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (USA) in 11:30.25 by TheAxeMan.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2004-11-27)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 43.02 MB, length: 16:05)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 34.17 MB, length: 16:09)
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Submission #422 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #231 (12:11.88)
Rating: 7.1 (21 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform

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Ninja 外伝 (Gaiden) 3 revised by a lot. This time around TheAxeMan takes damage to speed things up, and utilizes the special weapons more efficiently (every weapon is used at least once). The bosses are also taken down a lot more aggressively by using some unorthodox techniques to increase your attack speed.

We recommend reading the author's comments for this movie - there's a lot of it. :)


[Tier: Moons]NES Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (USA) in 12:11.88 by TheAxeMan.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2004-11-06)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 34.54 MB, length: 16:48)
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Submission #397 — Author's comments
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- Forgoes time-saving damage
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform

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This movie was never given a description before it was obsoleted. Removing the link to the To-Do page. -- Truncated

[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Ultima: Quest of the Avatar (USA) in 58:23.98 by TheAxeMan.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2015-03-18)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 83.03 MB, length: 1:01:03)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Compatibility) (size: 99.97 MB, length: 1:01:03)
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Submission #4606 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.8 (5 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Following the defeat of the evil triad in the previous three Ultima games, the world of Sosaria changed beyond recognition: continents rose and sank, and new cities were built, heralding the advent of a different civilization. Unified by the reign of the benevolent monarch Lord British, the new world was renamed Britannia. Lord British wished to base people's well-being on the ethical principles of Truth, Love, and Courage, proclaiming the Eight Virtues (Honesty, Compassion, Valor, Justice, Sacrifice, Honor, Spirituality, and Humility) as the ideal everyone should strive for. The person who could accomplish full understanding and realization of these virtues would serve as a spiritual leader and a moral example for the inhabitants of Britannia; he alone would be able to obtain holy artifacts, descend into the Stygian Abyss, and access the Codex of Ultimate Wisdom. This person is the Avatar.

Note: The second YouTube stream has the dungeons lighted up.


The fm2 file has the author's commentary embedded, and the downloadable encode files have them as soft subtitles.
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: Moons]NES Metal Storm (USA) by TheAxeMan & Alyosha in 11:20.1 (2016-05-21)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Metal Storm (USA) by TheAxeMan in 12:54.23 (2005-02-27)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Final Fantasy (JPN) "stairs glitch" by TheAxeMan, Inzult & Gyre in 06:58.25 (2015-03-25)
Added [Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Ultima: Quest of the Avatar (USA) by TheAxeMan in 58:23.98 (2015-03-18)
Added [Tier: Moons][Notable improvement][Console-verified]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) by MESHUGGAH, Zephyrz & Aglar in 01:19.14 (2014-09-28)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) by Kyman, SilentSlayers & Aglar in 01:41.73 (2011-08-25)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) by Aglar in 01:56.67 (2010-05-07)
- - - obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) by Aqfaq in 01:57.95 (2007-06-04)
- - - - obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) by Aqfaq in 02:09.03 (2007-05-11)
- - - - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) by GuanoBowl in 03:24.23 (2006-04-19)
- - - - - - obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) by TheAxeMan in 03:37.0 (2005-07-15)
- - - - - - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) by GuanoBowl in 04:05.47 (2005-07-07)
- - - - - - - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) by SjoerdH in 05:36.55 (2004-05-12)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (USA) by Rum in 11:08.73 (2014-01-05)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (USA) by Scumtron in 11:11.93 (2007-11-20)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (USA) by TheAxeMan in 11:30.25 (2004-11-27)
- - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (USA) by TheAxeMan in 12:11.88 (2004-11-06)
Added [Tier: Moons]GB Super Mario Land (any v1.0) by MUGG in 12:08.75 (2012-08-19)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons]GB Super Mario Land (any v1.1) by MUGG in 12:13.08 (2010-08-23)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]GB Super Mario Land (any v1.1) by MUGG in 12:13.15 (2010-04-09)
- - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]GB Super Mario Land (USA v1.1) by xenos in 12:13.68 (2009-08-05)
- - - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]GB Super Mario Land (USA/Europe v1.1) by TheAxeMan in 12:14.92 (2005-05-03)
Added [Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Final Fantasy (USA) by TheAxeMan in 1:09:57.7 (2012-07-20)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Final Fantasy (USA) by TheAxeMan in 1:10:06.81 (2011-01-04)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Final Fantasy (USA) by TheAxeMan in 1:10:16.18 (2008-08-30)
- - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Final Fantasy (USA) by TheAxeMan in 1:12:59.52 (2005-09-20)
- - - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Final Fantasy (USA) by mookish in 1:30:47.67 (2005-05-10)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Final Fantasy (USA) "White Mage" by TheAxeMan in 1:16:37.56 (2012-04-13)
Added [Tier: Moons][Notable improvement][Has commentary]NES Crystalis (USA) by TheAxeMan in 40:40.43 (2012-03-20)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Crystalis (USA) by tmont in 52:44.47 (2009-07-18)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Crystalis (USA) by TheAxeMan in 43:38.58 (2005-05-26)
Added [Tier: Moons]GB Super Mario Land (World v1.1) "hard mode" by MUGG in 12:14.77 (2010-08-22)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Jackal (JPN/USA) by klmz in 07:25.98 (2008-08-10)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Jackal (USA) by xipo in 07:36.9 (2007-09-27)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Jackal (USA) by TheAxeMan in 08:24.82 (2004-10-10)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Dragon Warrior II (USA) by TheAxeMan in 46:25.0 (2006-04-30)


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