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[Tier: Moons]Arcade Ghosts 'n Goblins in 06:27.17 by Ferret Warlord.
Final Burn Alpha movie (.fbm) (date: 2012-01-25)
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Submission #3421 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.4 (15.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Ghosts 'n Goblins (1986) (known in Japanese as魔界村 makaimura, "Demon World Village") begins with a normal scene: a half-naked knight is on a date in a graveyard with a princess. Suddenly, a demon appears and abducts the princess! The knight quickly suits up and makes rapid progres (sic) through the demon world in an attempt to rescue his royal girlfriend.

This run of the original arcade game completes the first cycle in 6 minutes and 27.17 seconds. We also have a run of the NES port, but the game engines are so different that a comparison between the two times doesn't make any sense. Reaching the end credits requires a second run-through of the game which would be identical to the first run-through; this is omitted in this run.


[Tier: Vault]GBC Daikatana, John Romero's (Europe) in 36:30.6 by Ferret Warlord.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2008-05-30)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 45.56 MB, length: 39:13)
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Submission #1864 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.0 (17.5 votes)
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
John Romero's Daikatana is set in 2455 AD, in a dystopian future brought on by the actions of a man named Kage Mishima, who now rules the earth. However, this future is actually an alternate timeline created by the mystical Daikatana sword, which allows the one who wields it to travel through time. A martial arts teacher, Hiro Miyamoto (no relation to Shigeru), journeys to recover the Daikatana and return the universe to its natural timeline.

[Tier: Moons]GB Metroid II: Return of Samus (USA) "select glitch" in 23:40.92 by Ferret Warlord.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2008-08-13)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 20.85 MB, length: 26:02)
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Submission #2049 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.5 (31.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Selected words from the author:
"After parsing through the user's manual for her Power Suit, Samus discovered that the Chozo have endowed it with the power to interact with the fabric of reality immediately surrounding the planet SR-388 by simply switching between her beam and her missiles. What luck that she should receive an assignment to go to that planet!"

This run extensively glitches the game to the point where Samus moves to rooms that are glitched and/or weren't there before. Viewers are advised that this run may induce feelings of confusion and disorientation.


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Desert Demolition (USA/Europe) "Wile E. Coyote" in 05:01.02 by Ferret Warlord.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2008-11-29)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 24.71 MB, length: 06:25)
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Submission #2135 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.5 (28 votes)
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- Uses a suboptimal character
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Desert Demolition captures the theme and style of the popular Warner Brothers Road Runner shorts to create an entertaining game where the stage hazards and layouts change based on your character choice.

This run features Wile E. Coyote, who uses his guile and Acme traps to surprise and attempt to catch Road Runner. It also has a (not so) surprise ending.

For a Road Runner version of the game by the same author, click here.


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Desert Demolition (USA/Europe) "Road Runner" in 04:18.42 by Ferret Warlord.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2008-11-29)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 19.43 MB, length: 05:41)
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Submission #2132 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.9 (25.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Desert Demolition captures the theme and style of the popular Warner Brothers Road Runner shorts to create an entertaining game where the stage hazards and layouts change based on your character choice.

This run features Road Runner, who uses his insane speed to avoid or even plow through Wile E. Coyote's many traps.

For a Wile E. Coyote version of the game by the same author, click here.


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Ghouls 'n Ghosts (USA/Europe r1) in 07:44.22 by Ferret Warlord.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2009-04-10)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 49.95 MB, length: 11:56)
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Submission #2194 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.6 (35.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Platform
Ghouls 'n Ghosts is a sequel to Ghosts 'n Goblins on the NES. On a quest to recapture stolen souls from Lucifer (Loki in this game), the player advances through a series of levels filled with demonic and undead creatures.

Usually, one would have to finish the game twice in order for it to end properly. Instead of doing so, the author of this movie uses a password to start off on the 2nd playthrough. Despite the game displaying "Practice" on the screen, this movie is indeed played on hardest difficulty. See the author's comments for a more thorough explanation.


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Sparkster (USA) in 27:51.32 by Ferret Warlord.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2008-11-04)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 119.12 MB, length: 31:47)
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Submission #2103 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.5 (31 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform

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The kingdom of Zebulos is once again attacked, this time by the neighboring Gedol Empire, whose ruler King Gedol decides that he can kidnap Princess Cherry as Bowser can kidnap Princess Toadstool. The rescuing hero, Sparkster, thinks that espionage is boring. So instead of infiltrating the Gedol empire by stealth, he goes in sword swinging and jetpack blazing, cutting down swaths of whatever poor lizardmen decide to get in his way.

This game is the official sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures, whereas the SNES version with the same title is some sort of spinoff. Although the control is sluggish compared to the other two games, the author generally keeps the speed and pace fast, and exploits a bunch of tricks that make some bosses fall very, very fast.


[Tier: Vault]NES Donkey Kong Jr. (JPN/USA) in 01:13.23 by Ferret Warlord.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-10-15)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 1.11 MB, length: 01:24)
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Submission #844 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.5 (24 votes)
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- Genre: Platform

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A very important part of Nintendo's history is being presented here in the manner of our website -- as a tool-assisted speedrun.

Donkey Kong Junior (read Wikipedia article), among with Donkey Kong, were classic games that were played by millions of players on different consoles, including NES, Atari 2600 and Game and Watch.

Although one would not expect a movie of Donkey Kong Jr. to be interesting to watch, except in the retro sense, this movie is actually quite surprising. The vines are cleverly utilized to move the hero forward faster than any member of the Kong family before or after this game.


[Tier: Vault]NES G.I. Joe (USA) in 18:36.43 by Ferret Warlord.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-07-06)
AVI file via BitTorrent (size: 49.31 MB, length: 22:50)
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Submission #1034 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.9 (10 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform

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The Cobra Command threatens the world and the G.I. Joe team is needed to stop it!

G.I. Joe is a platformer with a few different weapons and vehicles which give the game some variety. Normally the game is pretty difficult due to secret routes that must be found to move forward but this aspect of the game is of course trivial in a TAS.

The movie is very entertaining because the game is action packed but still does not lag immensely.


[Tier: Vault]NES Kyatto Ninden Teyandee (JPN) in 09:02.92 by Ferret Warlord.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-09-02)
AVI file via BitTorrent (size: 19.84 MB, length: 12:45)
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Submission #823 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.3 (25 votes)
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- Genre: Platform

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A game based on the show Samurai Pizza Cats. Five characters are available, but one (Batcat) is used extensively because his ability of flight leads to many shortcuts.

This game has a glitch enabling one-frame boss fights. To quote the author: If the team leader executes a level three ninpo attack on the first frame of combat, the boss is dead. Right there, dead, even the ones that don't show up immediately. As pulling this off requires your weapon to be maxed out, this saves anywhere from a great deal of time (first level) to a little bit (last level).

This movie was recorded with a bad ROM dump (b1); see the author's submission notes for more information regarding this.


[Tier: Moons]NES Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power (USA) in 17:53.23 by Ferret Warlord.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-04-05)
AVI file via BitTorrent (size: 55.52 MB, length: 20:14)
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Submission #570 — Author's comments
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform

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The third game in the Wizards & Warriors series. Having been tricked out of his victory in the previous game, Kuros once again returns to do battle on evil and pretend he will marry every princess he meets.

There is some major sequence-breaking going on in this movie. Only 6 out of the 9 supposedly mandatory quests are cleared, meaning the author has to find original ways of passing obstacles he's not supposed to pass.

The ending of this game is epilepsy-inducing.

This particular movie is an updated version of the first timeattack, with one mistake corrected near the end of the movie, resulting in 5 seconds shorter movie.


[Tier: Moons]NES Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power (USA) in 17:57.53 by Ferret Warlord.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-02-20)
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Submission #555 — Author's comments
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform

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The third game in the Wizards & Warriors series. Having been tricked out of his victory in the previous game, Kuros once again returns to do battle on evil and pretend he will marry every princess he meets.

There is some major sequence-breaking going on in this movie. Only 6 out of the 9 supposedly mandatory quests are cleared, meaning the author has to find original ways of passing obstacles he's not supposed to pass.

The ending of this game is epilepsy-inducing.


[Tier: Moons]NES Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (USA) in 54:36.92 by Ferret Warlord.
BizHawk Movie (.bk2) (date: 2018-04-24)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 65.54 MB, length: 57:13)
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Submission #5921 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.9 (4 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Adventure
The StarTropics series, generally considered cult classics by many gamers, are NES action-RPGs that follow our hero Mike. In this installment of the franchise, he recieves a telepathic message from a princess he rescued in the previous game how to solve a cipher that him and his father found. However, as he reads it aloud, he is transported into the Stone Age.

As he saves some children from a flesh eating boar, he discovers a Tetrad piece and decides to collect them all. However, while in England, he notices Zoda, a villain again from the predecessor, trying to steal one. As Mike defeats Zoda, the villain reveals himself as Zoda-X. So Mike must travel through time to retrieve the rest of the tetrads and defeat Zoda-Y and Zoda-Z.

FerretWarlord helps Mike destroy the enemies with tool-assisted precision and finishing the game in less than an hour. If you're looking for action with Sherlock Holmes and in Transylvania, look no further than this.


This movie improves the precedent movie by 6:18.58 minutes using new shortcuts, better combat strategies and weapon choices, new bugs and greater precision.

[Tier: Moons]PSX Punky Skunk (USA) in 47:33.37 by Ferret Warlord.
PCSX movie (.pxm) (date: 2009-04-24)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 130.63 MB, length: 50:34)
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Submission #2181 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.4 (20.5 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
A Punky Skunk sat on a Hunky Stump. The Punky Skunk thunk the Hunky Stump stunk, but the Hunky Stump thunk the Punky Skunk stunk.

Here we get to watch an adorable skunk bounce on his pogo stick to defeat Badler the wolf and his mice henchmen.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Ardy Lightfoot (USA) in 19:56.93 by Ferret Warlord.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2009-08-03)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 73.13 MB, length: 27:37)
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Submission #2290 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.3 (20 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
A small quick-footed anthropomorphic mammal and his best pal race to the right to recover all of the special gems and save the world from a boss with a mysteriously foreign sounding name.

Sonic the Hedgehog? No, Ardy Lightfoot.

Abusing the game's awkward hit detection and pulling off normally suicidal strategies that require frame perfect precision, the author blitzes through this cinematic and visually appealing game.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Kendo Rage (USA) in 10:19.8 by Ferret Warlord.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2006-07-03)
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Submission #810 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.0 (26 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Why, when I was your age, I had to take several buses to get to school, and carry a sword with me to fight off those evil creatures that attacked me on my way. You kids have it so easy...

This is an anime style platformer starring an American girl named Jo who has gone to Japan to attend a summer kendo school. In order to get to class on time, she has to fight off a barrage of monsters along the way.

The author, Ferret Warlord, slashes his way through this game in a little over 10 minutes.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (USA) in 17:03.0 by Ferret Warlord.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2009-06-07)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 54.10 MB, length: 26:16)
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Submission #2209 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.6 (31.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Arthur's fiancée is once again kidnapped by demons soon before their marriage. Once more Sir Arthur must brave the forces of the underworld in his skivvies. Watch as Ferret Warlord runs through this infamously hard game in record time!

Normally, to fight the final boss of the game, you must play through the game twice. To make the movie less repetitive, Ferret Warlord uses a code to start at the final bosses of the first playthrough. Furthermore, the player must have a special weapon in order to fight the final boss, and this weapon can only be found when the player has fully upgraded armor. Ferret Warlord obtains this weapon at the end of the first autoscrolling level.

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 Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (USA) by Ferret Warlord in 54:36.92 (2018-04-24)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (USA) by Sami in 1:01:00.9 (2005-11-05)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power (USA) by Ferret Warlord, Dacicus & Alyosha in 17:25.61 (2015-06-13)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power (USA) by Ferret Warlord & Dacicus in 17:27.95 (2005-08-28)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power (USA) by Ferret Warlord in 17:53.23 (2005-04-05)
- - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power (USA) by Ferret Warlord in 17:57.53 (2005-02-20)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Kyatto Ninden Teyandee (JPN) by Ti_ & Ferret Warlord in 08:56.65 (2014-10-05)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Kyatto Ninden Teyandee (JPN) by Ferret Warlord in 09:02.92 (2006-09-02)
Added [Tier: Moons]Arcade Ghosts 'n Goblins (any) by Ferret Warlord in 06:27.17 (2012-01-25)
Added [Tier: Moons]Genesis Sparkster (JPN/USA) "100%" by Sonikkustar in 27:09.55 (2010-08-15)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons]Genesis Sparkster (USA) by Ferret Warlord in 27:51.32 (2008-11-04)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Donkey Kong Jr. (JPN/USA) by Aglar, Aqfaq & Ferret Warlord in 01:12.81 (2009-11-14)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Donkey Kong Jr. (any) by Aqfaq & Ferret Warlord in 01:12.95 (2008-03-13)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Donkey Kong Jr. (JPN/USA) by Aqfaq & Ferret Warlord in 01:13.05 (2007-05-13)
- - - obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Donkey Kong Jr. (JPN/USA) by Ferret Warlord in 01:13.23 (2005-10-15)
Added [Tier: Moons]SNES Ardy Lightfoot (USA) by Ferret Warlord in 19:56.93 (2009-08-03)
Added [Tier: Moons]SNES Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (USA) by Ferret Warlord in 17:03.0 (2009-06-07)
Added [Tier: Moons]PSX Punky Skunk (USA) by Ferret Warlord in 47:33.37 (2009-04-24)
Added [Tier: Moons]Genesis Ghouls 'n Ghosts (USA/Europe r1) by Ferret Warlord in 07:44.22 (2009-04-10)
Added [Tier: Moons]Genesis Desert Demolition (USA/Europe) "Road Runner" by Ferret Warlord in 04:18.42 (2008-11-29)
Added [Tier: Moons]Genesis Desert Demolition (USA/Europe) "Wile E. Coyote" by Ferret Warlord in 05:01.02 (2008-11-29)
Added [Tier: Moons]GB Metroid II: Return of Samus (USA) "select glitch" by Ferret Warlord in 23:40.92 (2008-08-13)
Added [Tier: Vault]GBC Daikatana, John Romero's (Europe) by Ferret Warlord in 36:30.6 (2008-05-30)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES G.I. Joe (USA) by xipo in 16:49.6 (2007-11-21)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES G.I. Joe (USA) by Ferret Warlord in 18:36.43 (2006-07-06)
Added [Tier: Vault]GB Metroid II: Return of Samus (USA) "100%" by Cardboard in 49:22.82 (2007-10-08)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]GB Metroid II: Return of Samus (USA/Europe) "100%" by Alter in 55:18.43 (2007-05-20)
Added [Tier: Moons]GB Metroid II: Return of Samus (USA) by Cardboard in 45:08.42 (2007-08-20)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons]GB Metroid II: Return of Samus (USA/Europe) "no select glitch" by Cardboard in 46:17.4 (2007-05-20)
Added [Tier: Moons]SNES Kendo Rage (USA) by Ferret Warlord in 10:19.8 (2006-07-03)

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