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[Tier: Moons]Arcade Shinobi (JPN) "maximum kills" in 11:41.42 by V.
Final Burn Alpha movie (.fbm) (date: 2016-08-26)
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Submission #5190 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.2 (4 votes)
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- Maximum kills
- Genre: Action
You control a shinobi, Joe Musashi, who must battle his way through each level in search of hostages which must be rescued. You have shurikens, kicks and punches to defend yourself with, as well as powerful ninja magic which can clear the screen of enemies in one go.

Each level is broken down into smaller scenes, and hostages are guarded by big blokes who throw swords. Watch out for gun-toting enemy henchmen and ninjas. Reaching the end of each level will find you battling it out with a boss. These range from 8ft tall giants to helicopter gunships.

In this run, V kills all the enemies that appear throughout the game, but doesn't try to respawn any of them to increase the kill count, because that would result in endlessly killing the same enemy.


[Tier: Moons]GC Resident Evil 4 (USA) "The Mercenaries: Castle" in 13:44.33 by Ubercapitalist.
Dolphin movie (.dtm) (date: 2014-06-21)
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Submission #4162 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.5 (12 votes)
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- Aims for maximum score
- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Aims for in-game time instead of real-time
- Maximum kills
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Single level
- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Starts from a saved state or SRAM
- Genre: Action
Resident Evil 4 features a completely new story and an innovative "over-the-shoulder" third person perspective that replaces the fixed camera system of the previous three Resident Evil games.

Special agent Leon Kennedy is on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the daughter of the U.S. President, from a sinister cult in a remote rural part of Europe. Leon must fight hordes of violent villagers and mutated monsters on his way to save her.

The Mercenaries is an unlockable minigame in Resident Evil 4. It is unlocked by completing the main game regardless of difficulty.

The objective of the game is to kill enemies to earn points before the evacuation chopper arrives in the allotted time.

In this run, Ubercapitalist plays through the Castle level of The Mercenaries game mode using Wesker. He obtains the maximum amount of kills and the highest score using multiple weapons and major amount of luck and spawn manipulation. Ubercapitalist explains in great detail his process in the submission text.

For those who want to watch the run without all of those item pickups, Ubercapitalist has provided an "Artist's Cut" of the movie here.


[Tier: Vault]MSX King & Balloon (JPN) "Perfect first bonus stage" in 00:57.99 by Quibus.
openMSX replay (.omr) (date: 2013-02-03)
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Submission #3841 — Author's comments
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Rating: 3.7 (10 votes)
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- Maximum kills
- Genre: Shooter
King & Balloon is an original shooter game by Namco that was created to run on Galaxian arcade machine hardware. The goal of the game is to use the orange cannon to blast away the descending balloons and prevent them from reaching and capturing the king.

Here, Quibus showcases precise blasting on the first two stages and a perfect score on the first bonus stage.


[Tier: Vault]NES Crash 'n' the Boys: Street Challenge (USA) "best ending" in 08:10.86 by Inzult.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2017-09-05)
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Submission #5638 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.5 (5 votes)
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- Aims for maximum score
- Maximum kills
- Best ending
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Sport
Crash 'n' the Boys: Street Challenge is part of the Kunio-kun series. Kunio is the protagonist of the series and the guardian of Nekketsu High School. His name has been localized in a variety of ways: "Crash" Cooney in this game, Mr. K in Renegade, Sam in Super Dodge Ball, and Alex in River City Ransom. In this game, representatives of the high schools compete in five no-holds-barred events.

In this run, GuanoBowl ends all the races early by knocking his opponent out. Rockets are purchased to make the hammer throw go farther and gum is used to help him hold his breath underwater. This run gets the extended ending by winning as Crash's school.

In this run, inzult improves the predecessor movie by GuanoBowl by 3:18.55 minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES Gumshoe (USA) in 14:43.98 by Highness.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-12-06)
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Submission #2065 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.4 (7.5 votes)
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- Aims for maximum score
- Maximum kills
- Genre: Shooter
Gumshoe is a game developed by Yoshio Sakamoto of Nintendo (known for his work on the Metroid games). Using the NES Zapper accessory, shoot the enemies and obstacles in the hero's path or shoot the hero himself to make him jump over them on his way to save his daughter from the Mafia.

Since the game is an autoscroller, highness aims for maximum kills and score instead of time.


[Tier: Moons]PSX Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (USA) "The Mercenaries" in 18:54.02 by arukAdo.
PCSX movie (.pxm) (date: 2009-12-21)
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Submission #2483 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.2 (17.5 votes)
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- Maximum kills
- Best ending
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Starts from a saved state or SRAM
- Genre: Shooter
Join Carlos in a race to clean up the streets of Raccoon City and enjoy the architecture and the new wall colors in a quick run of this well-known minigame from Resident Evil 3.

The objective of the minigame is to reach a specified point in a set time limit which can be extended by defeating enemies. Needless to say, the timer never even comes close to running out here.

This run begins from a save state which has the minigame unlocked, which can be generated by replaying the author's run of the full game. This is not normally allowed by the site, though an exception can be made if prior approval is granted.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Gradius III (USA) in 25:31.4 by cpadolf.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2008-05-26)
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Submission #1938 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1081 (28:24.0)
Rating: 7.4 (32.5 votes)
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- Maximum kills
- Forgoes warps
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Shooter
As you might know, Konami realised they went a little overboard with the difficulty of the arcade version of Gradius III, so the SNES port got noticeably easier (and laggier). However, it still remains one of the hardest and most unforgiving shoot 'em ups released in its era.

This is Cpadolf's take at the shmupping carnage, resulting in a significant improvement in both speed and style over the previous movie by Krocketneo. In total, 2 minutes 53 seconds are saved thanks to lag reduction and faster boss fights. The author also kills a greater percentage of enemies (still not fully 100%, though — read the comments for more details).

The game is completed in Arcade mode (still a far cry from the actual arcade game), which is accessed by tapping A on the main menu screen. It is strongly recommended to read the congratulatory text appearing after the end credits. ;)


[Tier: Moons]SNES Star Fox (USA) in 19:47.37 by YtterbiJum.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2007-03-05)
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Submission #1447 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.0 (36 votes)
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- Aims for maximum score
- Maximum kills
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Shooter
One of those hard-to-emulate games because of the hardware assistance provided on the actual cartridge, Star Fox is a well-known 3D shooter. Avoiding obstacles can be tricky on the digital directional pad, so some of the stunts seen are impressive to anyone who knows how hard this game can be.

Emulation of this game is not correct. Lag present on the SNES is not represented in this run. Expect the speed to be higher than actually seen on a real console. For this reason, the audio track lags severely behind the rest of the run. As a result, some of the bosses can be defeated before the boss music begins.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Super R-Type (USA) in 17:29.43 by dave_dfwm.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2008-08-09)
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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.


[Tier: Moons]SNES U.N. Squadron (USA) in 18:33.27 by georgexi.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2007-11-25)
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Submission #1736 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.8 (24 votes)
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- Maximum kills
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Shooter
U.N. Squadron (1989) is a nice-looking horizontal shoot 'em up loosely based on a manga and anime series called Area 88 (which is also the name this game was released with in Japan), about a brave young pilot, Shin Kazama, and his experiences at a mercenary air force base.

Here, you see Shin mercilessly slaughtering everything in his sight and stuffing the bosses full of the heaviest artillery available—of course, not forgetting the usual suicidal dancing around the bullets in the meantime.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Wild Guns (USA) in 19:07.55 by mmbossman.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2008-01-23)
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Submission #1821 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.7 (29 votes)
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- Maximum kills
- 2 Players
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Shooter
Wild Guns is a science-fiction/western game involving a lot of guns, explosions, and robots. One peculiar control feature is that the character's movement and aim are controlled simultaneously. The stages look like they are on a fixed timer, but every killed enemy decreases the game clock. By shooting enemy bullets out of the air, a meter builds up for the very powerful Vulcan gun.

This is nearly a 6 minute improvement over the previous movie due to the use of 2 players, more accuracy, and some nice tricks. The author has also embedded a few subliminal messages throughout the movie. Details can be found in the author's comments.


[Tier: Vault]SNES Yoshi's Safari (USA) in 31:42.12 by Ilari.
lsnes movie (.lsmv) (date: 2013-04-08)
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Submission #3929 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.5 (6 votes)
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- Maximum kills
- Uses easiest difficulty
- Genre: Shooter
Yoshi's Safari is one of the few SNES titles that supports the Super Scope accessory. Bowser and his Koopalings have invaded Jewelry Land and stolen all of the kingdom's precious jewels. Armed with the Scope, Mario rides Yoshi to find Bowser and recover the jewels.

As this is a lightgun game, this run basically shoots everything in sight.

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