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Total movies: 209


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]DOS Mystic Towers (unknown v1.1) in 10:16.06 by slamo.
JPC-RR movie (.jrsr) (date: 2018-05-01)
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Rating: 6.9 (6 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Developed by Australian company Animation F/X and published by Manaccom domestically and by Apogee Software internationally, Mystic Towers is an isometric action RPG released in 1994. You play as Baron Baldric, a geriatric wizard who must rid the twelve Lazarine Towers of all of their monsters to release his village from a curse.

slamo lifts the village's curse in record time.


[Tier: Moons]DS Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (USA) "Julius, in bounds" in 19:20.63 by cpadolf.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2012-07-28)
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Submission #3660 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.3 (12.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Starts from a saved state or SRAM
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (2005), the first installment of Castlevania on Nintendo DS, is a direct sequel to GBA hit Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.

Like its predecessor, after finishing the game, you can choose to ignore pretty-boy Soma Cruz and instead play as Julius Belmont. Unfortunately, it seems that Julius's skills have waned a bit since his last appearance. Yoko Belnades and Alucard easily pick up the slack, though.

This run avoids the use of large-skip glitches that can be seen in our other run of Julius in Dawn of Sorrow, showing off more of the game.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]DS Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (USA) in 03:30.71 by mtbRc.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2014-02-06)
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Submission #4184 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.6 (14.5 votes)
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- Best ending
- Major skip glitch
- Final boss skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Dawn of Sorrow (2005), the first installment of Castlevania on Nintendo DS, is a direct sequel to GBA hit Aria of Sorrow. Everyone is trying to kill our hero Soma Cruz, since in the previous game he absorbed all of Dracula's attributes. Leave it to weird cults to try and bring about the end of the world by unleashing this power.

The game is so fully broken at this point that there really is no plot in this run. Or final boss. Or much of anything at all. Using movement optimizations and a new zip, this movie completes the game 19.33 seconds faster than its predecessor. More details about the glitches can be found in the author's comments.


[Tier: Moons]DS Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (USA) "Julius mode" in 09:01.49 by mtbRc.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2013-09-24)
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Submission #4070 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.8 (12 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Starts from a saved state or SRAM
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (2005), the first installment of Castlevania on Nintendo DS, is a direct sequel to GBA hit Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.

Like its predecessor, after finishing the game, you can choose to ignore pretty-boy Soma Cruz and instead play as Julius Belmont. Unfortunately, it seems that Julius's skills have waned a bit since his last appearance. Yoko Belnades and Alucard easily pick up the slack, though... or they would, but this run skips Yoko.

Unlike our other Julius run for Dawn of Sorrow which goes through more of the game, this run manages to skip most of the game by using a zipping glitch to get into the Mine of Judgement early.


[Tier: Moons]DS Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (USA) "all souls" in 35:08.59 by Kriole.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2012-12-12)
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Submission #3780 — Author's comments
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Rating: 9.1 (20 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Award - Lucky TAS of 2012
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (2005), the first installment of Castlevania on the Nintendo DS, is a direct sequel to GBA hit Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. In it, Soma Cruz continues to cultivate his unhealthy obsession with collecting the souls of his enemies.

Using the powers that only tool assistance can provide, every single possible soul is collected in a bit over 35 minutes. If you've ever played the game, you know what a pain those souls can be.

Very detailed information on the run is available in the author's comments.

There are also runs that complete the game as fast as possible with Soma, with Julius, and with Julius while staying in bounds.


[Tier: Moons]DS Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (USA) "Albus mode" in 18:03.21 by mtbRc.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2011-11-29)
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Submission #3358 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.1 (15 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Starts from a saved state or SRAM
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
"You can't hit me."

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, the third game in the series for the DS, takes a different direction from its direct predecessors in that it is more of a stage-based game, similar to the earliest entries in the series, rather than the "Metroidvania"-style first established by Symphony of the Night.

This run plays as Albus, only available as a character after the player has cleared the game as Shanoa. Watch in awe as he beats down this difficult game with reality warping abilities and flaming kicks.

Note: This movie starts where a main quest TAS left off. We do not usually accept movies beginning from a save. Please read the rules to see our reasons.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]DS Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (USA) in 34:38.32 by mtbRc.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2013-12-28)
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Submission #4124 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.5 (14.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, the third game in the series for the DS, takes a different direction from its direct predecessors in that it is more of a stage-based game, similar to the earliest entries in the series, rather than the "Metroidvania"-style first established by Symphony of the Night.

This run plays as Shanoa, who uses her Glyphs and copious amounts of backdashing to seal away Dracula once again.

We also have a run that beats the game with Albus here.


[Tier: Moons]DS Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (USA) "Richter mode" in 16:57.28 by mtbRc.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2017-12-16)
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Submission #5736 — Author's comments
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Rating: 9.0 (5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Starts from a saved state or SRAM
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Like many Castlevania games, Portrait of Ruin has extra alternate play modes available after completing the primary quest. In this case, you get to play as Richter Belmont and Maria Renard, using a dual character system very similar to the main quest.

mtbRc improves his previous movie by 29.15 seconds, thanks to better overall optimisation and the usage of the sliding tackle.


[Tier: Moons]DS Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (USA) "all bosses" in 24:09.89 by mtbRc.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2017-12-22)
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Submission #5737 — Author's comments
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Rating: 9.1 (6 votes)
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- 100% completion
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Award - DS TAS of 2017
The second Castlevania title released on Nintendo DS after Dawn of Sorrow, this game is a direct sequel to Bloodlines on Sega Genesis. Dracula rises from the dead yet again (cue groan), and it's up to Jonathan Morris, helped out by Charlotte Aulin, a powerful mage student, to defeat him.

Beating Dracula into a pile of dust in under five minutes wasn't enough for our heroes, so this time they wreck his entire castle and surrounding areas before killing him. Every boss is slain, so you get to see more of that fast "showtime" action. Significant glitching is used; read the author's comments for more information.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]DS Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (USA) in 04:04.59 by mtbRc.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2017-06-17)
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Submission #5538 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.7 (5.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
The second Castlevania title released on Nintendo DS after Dawn of Sorrow, this game is a direct sequel to BloodLines on Sega Genesis. Dracula rises from the dead yet again (cue groan), and it's up to Jonathan Morris, helped out by Charlotte Aulin, a powerful mage student, to defeat him.

This run is an improvement of 14.06 seconds over the previous run by the same author and uses many of the same glitches. Yet another slightly different route selection as well as better optimisation sends Dracula back to his coffin even faster.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]DS Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (USA) in 6:06:01.94 by Hoandjzj.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2018-05-09)
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Submission #5777 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.4 (3 votes)
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: RPG
This is the ninth game in the Dragon Quest series released exclusively to the Nintendo DS as well as being the first in the series to support local multiplayer.

[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]DS Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (USA) in 08:47.83 by ruadath.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2017-02-04)
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Submission #5371 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.1 (4 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is the second remake of the original Fire Emblem, and the first Fire Emblem game for DS. The story follows the Altean prince Marth on a quest to win back his home kingdom and save his kidnapped sister. Characters and chapters that were omitted in the original game and the first remake were introduced in this title.

This is an improvement of 3 minutes and 18.01 seconds over the previous movie. Please read the author's comments for more details.


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]DS Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (USA) in 2:33:37.01 by arandomgameTASer.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2015-09-01)
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Submission #4795 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.4 (8 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is the first 3D handheld Kingdom Hearts game, released in North America in 2009. It follows Roxas during his time working for Organization XIII.

In this run, arandomgameTASer runs through the game's missions very quickly, utilizing extensive route planning and tricks throughout.


Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles. The YouTube encode removes the credits and its associated ending theme for copyright reasons.

[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]DS Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (USA v1.0) in 1:41:02.94 by arandomgameTASer.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2014-10-08)
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Submission #4397 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.4 (9 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is a remake of the mobile game Kingdom Hearts coded, released in North America in 2011. It is notable for combining many elements from previous handheld games in the Kingdom Hearts series, in particular 358/2 Days and Birth by Sleep.

In this run, watch as arandomgameTASer dodges, lunges, and yells his way through the game's various Disney inspired levels, abusing a surprising number of bugs and tricks along the way. Let's hope Sora finds a good masseuse.


All encodes of this run come with the author's lengthy commentary. The YouTube encode removes the credits and its associated ending theme for copyright reasons.

[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion][Has commentary]DS Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (Europe) in 1:52:56.29 by Migu.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2018-09-19)
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Submission #5841 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.6 (3 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is a role-playing video game developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS in 2005.

The game follows Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi as they travel through time in order to rescue Princess Peach from the Shroobs.

This improves the previous run by 1:27:58.28 thanks to a a few major glitches such as entering the Shroob Castle early.


There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by the author.

[Tier: Moons]DS Pokémon: Diamond Version (USA) "glitchless" in 3:09:07.2 by Fortranm & MKDasher.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2018-02-17)
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Rating: 4.9 (5 votes)
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- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Genre: RPG
Pokémon: Diamond Version is part of the 4th generation of Pokémon games, after Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. For the first time in the main series, it features 3D graphics and online play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. In addition, there are 107 new Pokémon to catch.

[Tier: Moons]DS Pokémon: Pearl Version (USA) in 2:18:17.97 by Fortranm & MKDasher.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2017-12-30)
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Rating: 6.2 (4 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Forgoes a time-saving restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Pokémon: Pearl Version is part of the 4th generation of Pokémon games, after Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. For the first time in the main series, it features 3D graphics and online play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. In addition, there are 107 new Pokémon to catch.

Although it is possible to warp large distances within the game by using out-of-bounds glitches, making it possible to skip directly to the end, this movie refrains from saving and resetting, which is required to perform that sort of long-distance warp. However, glitches are used for other purposes, such as bypassing obstacles.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion][Has commentary]DS Pokémon: Pearl Version (USA) "Void glitch" in 53:01.39 by MKDasher.
DeSmuME movie (.dsm) (date: 2015-07-14)
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Rating: 6.8 (11 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Final boss skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Award - DS TAS of 2015
Pokémon: Pearl Version is part of the 4th generation of Pokémon games, after Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. For the first time in the main series, it features 3D graphics and online play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. In addition, there are 107 new Pokémon to catch.

In this run, MKDasher beats the game fast using luck manipulation and a major glitch that loads the overworld map incorrectly, allowing him to venture outside the level boundaries. For more information, see the author's comments.


There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring commentary by the author.

[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]FDS Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (JPN) "warp glitch" in 05:35.71 by Fortranm & Burb.
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Rating: 8.4 (4 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Major skip glitch
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Japanese title: Dracula II: Noroi no Fuuin (ドラキュラII 呪いの封印) is the story of Simon's horrible weekend without sleep. Two years after defeating Dracula, the hero is physically weakened by Dracula's curse. He must gather Dracula's remains and incinerate them at the ruins of Castlevania in order to end the curse.

Through a death warp only present in the FDS version, Fortranm and Burb defeat Dracula in record time. Please read the authors' comments for more details.

We also have a run of the NES version (which doesn't perform the death warp) right here.


[Tier: Vault]GBA Avatar: The Last Airbender (USA) in 55:38.04 by solarplex.
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Rating: 5.5 (7 votes)
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: RPG
Based on the award-winning TV show, Avatar follows Aang, Katara and Sokka as they journey through exotic locations filled with adventure to help Aang fulfill his destiny to master the four elements and become the Avatar. Along the way, they are challenged by The Maker, who threatens to use her machines to bring an end to the Fire Nation herself.

This run by solarplex uses precise movement and clever battle strategies to beat the game as fast as possible.


[Tier: Moons]GBA Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (USA) in 20:58.62 by Kriole.
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Rating: 8.4 (22 votes)
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- Forgoes time-saving damage
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
In this run of the third Game Boy Advance entry of the Castlevania series, the author neither uses major warp glitches nor collects 100% of the souls, but still manages to beat the game in just over 20 minutes - almost 7 minutes faster than the previous run.

[Tier: Stars][Recommended for newcomers][Notable improvement]GBA Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (USA) "all souls" in 17:06.41 by Fz-last, klmz & Pike.
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Rating: 9.7 (21 votes)
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- Best ending
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Starts from a saved state or SRAM
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Award - GBA TAS of 2016Award - Lucky TAS of 2016
Everyone who has at least once attempted to gather a soul from each of the 120 different enemies in Aria of Sorrow, especially during a speedrun, knows the frustration it incurs after a hundredth failed attempt to get the required drop. That just makes this all-souls TAS, played on hard mode, even more impressive.

This is an improvement of 1:38.85 over the previous movie, thanks to a more optimised route and newly used items. Please read the authors' comments for more details.

If you would like to see the game beaten even faster, don't miss the any% run by one of the authors, klmz.


Note: Starting from reset was necessary to use hard mode. However, doing so is normally not allowed — refer to the rules to see the reasons.

[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]GBA Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (USA) "warp glitch" in 06:14.48 by klmz.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
The Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow main quest TAS has become even more glitched. Using an obscure out-of-room travel technique involving in-game saving and subsequent dying, klmz plows through the game with the confident pace of a cold-blooded killing machine in a little under seven minutes — a whole 31.72 seconds faster than the previous movie by the same author!

We recommend reading the author's comments for more information on the death warp glitch and other time-saving techniques used to make this improvement happen.

If you would like to see more of the game, we also have a run that does not make use of major warp glitches, as well as a run that collects every soul in the game.


[Tier: Moons]GBA Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (USA) "Julius mode" in 03:53.83 by hellagels & mtbRc.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Those who greatly dislike that Aria of Sorrow's main character isn't related to the Belmont clan whatsoever can safely relax, because the powerhouse known as Julius Belmont enters the stage in the relatively short run of this Castlevania installment.

Julius is only available to those who have completed the main quest. While he can't do most of Soma Cruz's fancy tricks, he can get around just as quickly by glitching through walls and hopping madly around the castle, producing almost inhuman sounds with every jump.

This is an improvement of 3.70 seconds over the previous publication.

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[Tier: Moons]GBA Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (USA) "warp glitch" in 05:21.58 by Cardboard.
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- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
When played normally, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is a rather long game, in which exploration, leveling up, and killing bosses in order to gain access to different items or portions of the castle is necessary. However, a bit of luck manipulation and a series of glitches involving DSS cards throw all these aspects of gameplay out of the window, allowing the player to warp directly to Dracula and kill him humiliatingly in just over 5 minutes.

This movie is a 21 frame improvement over the previous movie by the same author due to some small optimizations.


[Tier: Moons]GBA Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (USA) in 21:40.22 by Cardboard.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Nathan Graves is a vampire hunter trying to save his master, Morris, from the clutches of Dracula. Normally this would require collecting lots of different items as well as hours of leveling, but Cardboard proves collectible cards passé by gathering almost none of the cards required for spells and blazing through the game at warp speed without regard to levels or his own safety.

This movie is a 10.5 second improvement over the author's previous movie through various small & thorough optimizations.

For those interested in the areas of the game which this run skips, make sure to check out zggzdydp's run which achieves 100% map completion.


[Tier: Moons]GBA Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (USA) "Simon, Hard, Boss Rush" in 07:51.27 by Robert_Ordis.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is the second Castlevania game to appear on the Game Boy Advance. Juste Belmont and his friend Maxim are drawn to the newly resurrected Dracula's Castle in order to save their mutual friend Lydie, although it remains to be seen who will be saving whom.

This run plays through the Boss Rush mode using Simon Belmont, the original hero of Castlevania. Simon is pretty slow, but he still powers through the bosses with massive amounts of cross abuse.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]GBA Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (USA) "all furniture, best ending" in 13:45.57 by hellagels.
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- Uses warps
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
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In Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, the Belmont clan must again rise to the challenge: Dracula's castle is in disarray and is in serious need of an interior decorator! In this movie, Juste Belmont zips through walls, under floors, and over zombies with the very important task of rearranging furniture. (He also defeats Dracula and rescues his best friends along the way, but that's not very important.)

This movie is a 6:32.48 improvement over its predecessor, thanks to several new improvements and optimizations.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]GBA Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (USA) in 07:50.1 by gstick.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
The main quest completion time has been shortened to nearly one fourth of what it initially was, thanks to the discovery of a glitch that allows Juste to sink into walls.

This is a 3:25.15 minute improvement over klmz's movie. Like in the previous movies, the author picked up an item to display those cool CRITICAL's for entertainment, at the cost of some time.

However, if you still think there is not enough zipping through walls, be sure to watch the second quest completed in less than half a minute!


[Tier: Moons]GBA Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (USA) "Maxim" in 00:22.73 by Yuzuhara_3.
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- Starts from a saved state or SRAM
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
This is a really, really fast TAS through Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance played with Maxim, who is only available after the game is beaten once. Most of the game is glitched through by being stuck in different walls, so it's hard to explain what happened in this run; see it for yourself.

This is a 1 frame improvement over the previous run by gstick.

If you like this run but have a craving for more Maxim action, be sure to check out the Maxim warpless run.


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[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]GBA Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (USA) "Maxim, all bosses" in 05:47.68 by gstick.
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- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
This is a really fast TAS through Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance played as Maxim, who is only available after the game is beaten. Unlike in the glitch-warped run, the protagonist doesn't directly fight Dracula and instead defeats every boss, reaching Dracula the intended way. However, this doesn't stop Maxim from making short work of every boss and sinking into walls wherever he wants.

This TAS by gstick improves the prior run by 1:42.59 thanks to further optimizations and an entirely new route.


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[Tier: Vault]GBA Dokapon Monster Hunter (USA) in 23:54.63 by Trask.
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- Genre: RPG
Dokapon Monster Hunter is a RPG with a combat system based on Rock Paper Scissors. This leads to massive luck abuse in a Tool Assisted run. The hero never takes any damage while eliminating every boss in a single round. More detailed notes are available in the author's comments.

[Tier: Moons]GBA Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (USA) in 2:50:37.76 by hejops.
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- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
- Genre: Board
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a strategy role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance. The gameplay is similar to the original Final Fantasy Tactics for the PlayStation. The player controls up to six units in grid-like, turn-based battles. For the most part, players are free to decide the party's jobs and abilities.

This run uses extreme amounts of luck manipulation to beat the game in less than 3 hours.


[Tier: Moons]GBA Fire Emblem (USA) in 1:25:02.9 by Rolanmen1 & Nitrodon.
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- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
Fire Emblem is the seventh game in the series of strategy RPGs, and the first to be given a release outside Japan. When Eliwood discovers his father is missing, he sets out to find him, but what he discovers is far more amazing and terrifying than he ever imagined.

With carefully planned strategy, the runners complete this game in a timely manner, knocking off the entirety of the first modes available in a mere 140 turns.

Note: You can watch a version with animations turned on here.


[Tier: Moons]GBA Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi (JPN) in 1:02:42.05 by Toothache.
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- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
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Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi (ファイアーエムブレム封印の剣) is the 6th game in the Fire Emblem tactical series and the first on the Game Boy Advance console. Like other games in the series, it features a tactical combat system which can be heavily manipulated by a tool-assisted run.

A huge amount of route planning was required to ensure that this run is as fast as possible; detailed analyses of each chapter can be found in the authors' comments.


[Tier: Moons]GBA Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (USA) in 1:08:51.2 by Vykan12.
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
The Fire Emblem series is popular for its tactical-role-playing element. This is the eighth installment of the series, usually taking many hours to finish and hundreds of turns.

In this playthrough, Vykan12 takes the game one step further, playing on the hardest setting - this takes a couple of minutes longer than the previous version, but reduces the turn count to a mere 93 turns.


[Tier: Vault]GBA Golden Sun (JPN) in 3:12:47.59 by kien.
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- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts save data
- Genre: RPG
'Golden Sun' is the first installment in the 'Golden Sun' series, developed by Camelot Software Planning. The game is notable for certain distinctive game elements, such as the use of special "Djinn" that empower the player and can be used against enemies.

In this run, kien uses the infamous Retreat Glitch to beat the game in 3 hours.


[Tier: Moons]GBA Keitai Denjuu Telefang 2: Speed Version (JPN) in 1:25:25.26 by jlun2.
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- Genre: RPG
Keitai Denjuu Telefang 2 is the Game Boy Advance sequel to the first Telefang game. Taking place in a different part of the Denjuu world from the first one, this game shares some qualities with Telefang 1. The battle system is similar, as is the gathering-phone-numbers system, but a good deal of things are quite different from the original.

The game follows a blue-haired protagonist (named by the player, but originally called Kyou) as he journeys on his quest to become a T-Fanger. Along the way, he encounters Diabolos, who is not content with humans entering the Denjuu universe and so is killing off the Antenna Trees, thereby cutting off access to the Human World.


[Tier: Moons]GBA Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (USA) "Reverse/Rebirth" in 47:48.03 by Doc Skellington.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is the second Kingdom Hearts game released, detailing Sora's encounters in the mysterious Castle Oblivion.

This run is done on Reverse/Rebirth, which is Riku's campaign. The author, Doc Skellington, heavily abuses luck for nearly everything, beating the game in about the time it would normally take one to finish the first level. More information can be found in the author's comments.


The YouTube encode removes the credits and its associated ending theme for copyright reasons.

[Tier: Moons]GBA Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (USA) in 1:19:09.77 by Doc Skellington.
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Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is the second Kingdom Hearts game released, detailing Sora's encounters in the mysterious Castle Oblivion.

In this run, Doc Skellington heavily abuses luck for nearly everything, beating the game in about the time it would normally take one to finish the first level.


The YouTube encode removes the credits and its associated ending theme for copyright reasons.

[Tier: Vault]GBA Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (USA) "best ending" in 2:41:48.8 by mtvf1.
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- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge is an offshoot of the Mega Man Battle Network series of Mega Man games. While not the most popular game in the series, it offers many opportunities for TASing, with lots of luck manipulation and route planning.

This run by mtvf1 plays through the game speedily and gets the best ending. See the author's comments for a detailed analysis of some of the strategies and routes used.


[Tier: Moons]GBA Mega Man Battle Network (USA) in 55:40.65 by Bag of Magic Food.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Imagine Mega Man as an RPG set in an alternate universe where he and his fellow robots aren't robots but computer programs, and you end up with this series - but even this unique take on the premise is no barrier to continuing TASVideos' long history of quality Mega Man runs.

If you care to know more about the run, be sure to read the extremely long set of author's comments (which comprise, in fact, the longest such set of comments on the site - you have been warned). We also have a run for the second game in the series.


[Tier: Vault]GBA Mega Man Battle Network 2 (USA) in 1:38:35.28 by mtvf1.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
The Mega Man Battle Network series envisions Mega Man and his friends and enemies as computer programs rather than robots. It also changes gameplay from platformer to RPG, with battle mechanics similar to collectible card games.

In the second game, Lan and Mega Man are fighting a terrorist organization called Gospel, but this TAS divulges little of the plot. The author, mtvf1, races through the game, avoiding unnecessary random battles and precisely manipulating battle chip winnings and order to quickly overcome all foes. He also improves his previous movie by 2:05.93 minutes.

We also have a run for the first game in the series.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]GBA Pokémon: Emerald Version (USA) "Pomeg glitch" in 1:16:12.27 by GoddessMaria.
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- Genre: RPG
Pokémon: Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald form the third generation of Pokémon, after Pokémon: Gold and Silver. Noticeable differences include the graphics and interface, Pokémon abilities, and running shoes that allow the player to move around much faster in the overworld before getting the bike.

In this movie, GoddessMaria applies her experience with TASing the game's alternate modes to a full run, finishing in under an hour and twenty minutes using lots of luck manipulation. At some point, her trainer gets fed up with all these slow battles, flies to the end, and storms the Elite Four throwing bad eggs at anyone who wants a fight.


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[Tier: Moons]GBA Pokémon: Emerald Version (USA) in 2:12:33.24 by GoddessMaria.
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- Genre: RPG
Pokémon: Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald form the third generation of Pokémon, after Pokémon: Gold and Silver. Noticeable differences include the graphics and interface, Pokémon abilities, and running shoes that allow the player to move around much faster in the overworld before getting the bike.

This TAS completes the game without using any glitches. There is another TAS of this game which uses a notable glitch to skip through the second half of the game much faster.


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[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]GBA Pokémon: FireRed Version (USA) in 1:44:17.34 by MKDasher.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Pokémon: FireRed Version is an enhanced version of the original Pokémon: Red Version. Many glitches have been removed, and the random mechanics behind wild encounters have changed. This leads to very different strategies compared to our fastest runs on the original generation of games, and as a result, runs of this game see much more of the plot.

Watch as MKDasher crushes this game using Clefable (the first evolved form of Clefairy) and lots of luck manipulation. This run improves the previous version by over 2 minutes by fighting most battles with Clefable instead of Squirtle and using Metronome (which picks a random move to use from all moves in the game) against the Elite Four.


There is also an encode here that contains interesting data like PP left for each move, Pokémon stats, and some commentary on the run alongside the video.

[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]GBA Pokémon: Ruby Version (USA) in 1:31:45.43 by FractalFusion & GoddessMaria.
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Pokémon: Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald form the third generation of Pokémon, after Pokémon: Gold and Silver. Noticeable differences include the graphics and interface, Pokémon abilities, and running shoes that allow the player to move around much faster in the outside overworld before getting the bike.

FractalFusion and GoddessMaria complete the game in a mere 1:31:45, 3 minutes and 22 seconds faster than the previous Sapphire Version run. Instead of using Machop/Machoke, this run now uses Taillow/Swellow, which is obtained far earlier in the game, also has Guts as an ability, and has powerful moves early on and throughout. The movie also uses advanced methods of luck manipulation with the help of RNG analysis. For more details, see the submission text.


Note: To play the vbm, you need to have Real Time Clock on and use Flash 128k as Save Type. Real Time Clock is for sync, while Flash 128k is to prevent the game from giving a white screen.

[Tier: Moons]GBA Shining Soul (USA) in 49:46.88 by DarkKobold.
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- Genre: Action
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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.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
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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 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: Moons][Fastest Completion]GBC Bomberman Quest (USA) "game end glitch" in 06:35.66 by ThunderAxe31.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Bomberman Quest is a GBC game that adds RPG elements to Bomberman typical gameplay, appearing similar to Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

In this movie ThunderAxe31 abuses a glitch that allows to reach places that are not supposed to be accessible, skipping about half of the game.


[Tier: Vault]GBC Daikatana, John Romero's (Europe) in 36:30.6 by Ferret Warlord.
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- 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: Vault][Fastest Completion]GBC Devil Island (China) "demo glitch" in 02:10.28 by ThunderAxe31.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Devil Island, also known as Emo Dao (惡魔島), is an action role-playing bootleg game for the Game Boy Color developed by Vast Fame. It copies Konami's Japan-exclusive NES game, Getsu Fuuma Den, with its gameplay. The game's aesthetics are styled after the Castlevania franchise, also by Konami. Much like Castlevania, the player's default weapon is a whip, except it can be held down for rapid fire.

This run abuses the demo mode of the game to get all items and reach the end of the game early, which is why it is so short. See the author's comments for some explanations.


[Tier: Vault]GBC Dragon Warrior Monsters (JPN v1.0) in 30:36.72 by tetora_X.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Enix decided to hop on the monster collection/battling bandwagon with Dragon Warrior Monsters, in which the main character, Terry, makes friends with various monsters from previous Dragon Warrior games so he can win the Starry Night Tournament and rescue his sister.

This movie is 7:46.48 faster than the previous version. Some time is saved by using the (JPN) version over the (USA) version, but much more time is gained through heavy bot-assisted luck manipulation. Reading the author's comments is recommended.


[Tier: Vault]GBC Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Tara's Adventure (JPN) in 58:25.63 by tetora_X.
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Dragon Warrior Monsters 2, originally titled Dragon Quest Monsters 2 (ドラゴンクエストモンスターズ) is the second game in the Dragon Quest series spin-off, Dragon Quest Monsters. Like its predecessor, it revolves around taming and training monsters from the Dragon Quest universe to do your fighting for you.

What is normally a long RPG has been significantly shortened from the use of glitches to skip content; a full listing is available in the author's comments.


[Tier: Moons]GBC Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (USA/Europe) in 1:08:49.74 by SuperMonkeypotato & jlun2.
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the sequel to the Sorcerer's Stone for the Game Boy Color released on November 5, 2002. This game is similar in gameplay to the original game with it's turn-based RPG combat system, but now allows use of Harry Potter's two best friends Ron and Hermione in his party in order to help fight creatures. This is the last game that was made for the Game Boy Color.

In this run, SuperMonkeypotato and jlun2 traverse through Hogwarts to once again gain the most points for Gryffindor.

If you're interested in the first entry of the series on the Game Boy Color, check out this run by jlun2 which goes through the game as fast as possible.


[Tier: Vault]GBC Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (USA) in 1:08:25.48 by jlun2.
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In the first Harry Potter game for the Game Boy Color, the story of Harry's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is told in the form of a traditional role-playing game.

Playing as Harry, one advances through the plot of the book and the movie by fulfilling quests, battling monsters and gaining experience and levels.

Combat is turn-based, with Harry being able to use a variety of spells against various critters and other enemies. In addition, card combinations of Famous Witches and Wizards Collector's Cards can be used to produce powerful magical effects. These cards can be found all over the freely explorable Hogwarts. Potions that refill stamina and magic points can be found, bought or mixed by Harry himself, but only with the right ingredients.

As in other Potter games, Harry also competes for house points for Gryffindor, hoping to win the House Cup in the end.

The game features several mini-games that, once found in the main game, can also be accessed from the main menu.


Note: The original encodes contain footage that deserves an epilepsy warning for it's flickering in the latter part of the run. So we provide a cleaned up version of the run in the alternate encodes.

[Tier: Vault]GBC Keitai Denjuu Telefang: Speed Version (JPN) "map glitch" in 07:12.5 by jlun2 & MisterChess.
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Keitai Denjū Telefang (携帯電獣テレファング) is a series of video games produced by Natsume and published by Smilesoft. The games are monster-battling games, where the player contacts various creatures using a cell phone-like device called a D-Shot in order to get them to battle the foes he or she will encounter. The name of the series derives from Keitai, which is Japanese for "cell phone," since phoning creatures is an integral part of the game, and "fang," to symbolize the various beasts involved.

This movie improves its predecessor by more than a half of a minute. Significant glitching is used; you will likely have to read the authors' comments to understand what's going on.


[Tier: Moons]GBC Keitai Denjuu Telefang: Speed Version (JPN) in 1:59:14.49 by hejops.
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- Foregoes memory corruption
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Keitai Denjū Telefang (携帯電獣テレファング) is a series of video games produced by Natsume and published by Smilesoft. The games are monster-battling games, where the player contacts various creatures using a cell phone-like device called a D-Shot in order to get them to battle the foes he or she will encounter. The name of the series derives from Keitai, which is Japanese for "cell phone," since phoning creatures is an integral part of the game, and "fang," to symbolize the various beasts involved.

Passwords (phone numbers) can be used to obtain very strong Denjuu, but are not used in this run. There's also a way to beat this game insanely fast with the use of major glitches, like this other movie we have for this game does, but those aren't used in this run either.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]GBC Pokémon: Blue Version (USA/Europe) "warp glitch" in 10:12.0 by gifvex.
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- Forgoes save data corruption
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Pokémon: Blue Version is part of the first generation of games within its famous series, known for having a very large number of beneficial glitches. In fact, the game can be completed in less than one minute of in-game time using save data corruption (as evidenced by this run), but this run avoids such techniques in favor of activating an entirely different glitch.

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[Tier: Moons]GBC Pokémon: Gold Version (USA/Europe) in 2:54:27.15 by FractalFusion.
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- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Pokémon Gold and Silver form the second generation of Pokémon, after Pokémon Red and Blue. The main differences between the generations is that the game is now in full color, and that there are 250 Pokémon instead of 151.

This movie plays through Pokémon Gold in a fairly fast manner, catching only a half dozen Pokémon in the process, but acquiring all the gym badges, and ultimately beating the protagonist of the previous generation of Pokémon games.

The author of this movie, FractalFusion, has written very extensive details of anything regarding this movie, including even some of the mathematical formulas used by the game. As usual, we recommend reading these comments.


This movie requires VBA1.7.2 v17 to synchronize. See the submission text for details.

[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]GBC Pokémon: Silver Version (USA/Europe) "Coin Case glitch" in 30:39.49 by MrWint.
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- Executes arbitrary code
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Pokémon: Silver Version takes place 3 years after Blue, Red and Yellow, and puts the player in a brand new world: Johto. The gameplay is very similar to the previous games, but with several improvements, including new functions for the player's PokéGear, a Pokédex that can now be sorted by evolution type, and of course, new Pokémon.

In this run, MrWint uses a glitch involving the Coin Case to execute arbitrary code and finish the game 24 minutes faster than the previous version. As with his TASes of Red Version, the entire input file was generated by a computer program that brute forced the game for optimal luck manipulation. The expansive testing done by the program is the reason for the astronomical rerecord count.

We also have a run of a second generation Pokémon game that avoids corrupting the memory.


[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement]GBC Pokémon: Yellow Version (USA/Europe) "arbitrary code execution" in 05:48.28 by MrWint.
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- Uses a game restart sequence
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- Corrupts memory
- Genre: RPG
Award - Gameboy TAS of 2017Award - Glitchy TAS of 2017Award - TAS of 2017
The current Pokémon: Yellow Version speed record uses heavy glitches that allow the player to catalog every Pokémon in slightly over a minute. Is there any way to get more ridiculous than that? Yes! In this run, using nothing but the Game Boy buttons and tool-assisted precision, the game is made to run an arbitrary program which greatly expands the game and shows off cool stuff from elsewhere too. For details on how this was achieved, see the author's comments.

This movie improves upon the predecessor by using a payload which builds upon the environment in the game highlighting new areas, new Pokémon, and shows off a lot more that can be done with arbitrary code execution than displaying the digits of Pi and some minor animation. For more runs that involve arbitrary code execution, see our published list of movies which execute arbitrary code as well as discussion in our forum.


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This video includes segments from some terrific games, including Pokémon Yellow, Crystal, and Gold, as well as from Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, Tetris, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX. Please check those games out.

This video includes music samples from The Orange Box soundtrack. If you've enjoyed what you've heard, you can purchase The Orange Box soundtrack from Amazon or iTunes.

This video includes a clip from SpongeBob SquarePants (season two), which can be purchased in its entirety from Amazon or iTunes.


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]GBC Pokémon: Yellow Version (USA/Europe) in 1:36:42.31 by TiKevin83.
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- Forgoes warps
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- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Forgoes save data corruption
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Pokémon: Yellow Version is part of the first generation of games within its famous series, known for having a very large number of beneficial glitches. In fact, the games can be completed in less than one minute of in-game time by save data corruption as shown by this run, and completed in around 10 minutes using a more "conventional" glitch, as shown by this run. These runs break the game, and avoid much of the gameplay intended by the developers.

In contrast, this run by TiKevin83 refrains from using any memory corrupting glitches and beats the game in a little over an hour and half. The Pokédoll trick is used to skip a dungeon in the game, but that is considered a minor developer oversight and does not corrupt the memory.


The author provided video commentary for this movie that can be viewed here.


This movie has been adjusted to synchronize on the real console, as well as on the 2.3 release of Bizhawk. The resynced movie is linked alongside the main one, and is called tikevin83-pokemonyellow-consoleverified. The author provided a commentary video for this resync that can be seen here. For more information, see the canceled submission, whose movie was added in this publication.

[Tier: Vault]GBC Pokémon Trading Card Game (USA) in 21:30.96 by Blazephlozard.
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Pokémon Trading Card Game is the video game incarnation of the popular Pokémon Trading Card Game (Pokémon TCG).

[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]GB Final Fantasy Adventure (USA) "warp glitch" in 17:41.33 by Touch-me.
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- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy Adventure is the first game of the Seiken Densetsu (聖剣伝説) series, but it does contain some classic Final Fantasy elements. The series is probably best known for the SNES game Secret of Mana. This game was later remade on the Game Boy Advance as Sword of Mana. Its gameplay resembles that of a The Legend of Zelda game, but with level building.

In this run, Touch-me utilizes a glitch to warp across the map, cutting down the completion time by a lot compared to the warpless run. He also improves the previous run in this category by 51:22.56 minutes thanks to a big new warp glitch that allows him to reach the top of the Tower of Gemma early.


[Tier: Moons]GB Final Fantasy Adventure (USA) "warpless" in 1:32:55.97 by Atomnium.
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- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy Adventure is the first game in the Seiken Densetsu (聖剣伝説) series, a series best known for the Super Nintendo game Secret of Mana. It plays similarly to The Legend of Zelda, with some Final Fantasy elements added.

This run by Atomnium forgoes warps so as to show off more of the game. It also improves upon the previous run by 13.46 seconds thanks to improved manipulation and strategies.


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]GB Final Fantasy Legend II (JPN v1.0) in 29:55.57 by knbnitkr.
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- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy Legend II (Sa・Ga2 秘宝伝説, Sa・Ga2 - The Treasure Legend) is a role-playing game developed by Square and is the second game in the SaGa series. You take on the role of one of eight different characters of varying race and gender who leaves on a journey to find his or her lost father and recover the Magi, pieces of a magical statue of the goddess Isis.

In this run, knbnitkr abuses several glitches (including one which can only be performed on the initial Japanese release) to beat the game far quicker than intended. For more information, see the author's comments.


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]GB Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (JPN) in 1:27:43.3 by Ryuto.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (カエルの為に鐘は鳴る, "For the Frog the Bell Tolls") is a Japanese-only action-adventure game with RPG elements. In this funny, cool, and unique game, Prince Sabure is on a journey to save the Mille-Feuille Kingdom and its beautiful princess before his rival does. Along the way, he gains the ability to transform into a frog and a snake and can use these new powers to make it to the overtaken castle even faster.

The rival, Prince Richard, is known as one of the characters who make an appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

In this movie, author Ryuto uses a few tricks and even death as a shortcut to help him beat the game in under an hour and a half.


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]GB Knight Quest (USA) in 23:22.73 by DarkKobold.
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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: Vault][Fastest Completion]GB Little Master (JPN) in 05:35.37 by Ryuto.
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- Major skip glitch
- Final boss skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
Little Master is a Japan only strategy RPG. Normally, it'd be a long and winding game.

This TAS makes it look like a walk in the park, albeit, a very large park.


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]GB Pokémon: Blue and Red Version (USA/Europe) "Coop Diploma" in 3:48:04.1 by MrWint.
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- 100% completion
- Multiple games in one movie
- 2 Players
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Award - Gameboy TAS of 2016
Pokémon: Blue and Red Version are part of the first generation of the Pokémon franchise. They were developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo in North America in 1998. They feature a 10-year old boy who ventures around the Kanto region and aim to become the Pokémon champion. During his journey, he encounters various monsters, which he can catch to use for battles, or just to fill up his Pokédex.

In this run, MrWint fills the Pokédex without resorting to any glitches and obtains the diploma in both games in less than four hours. Note that Mew isn't caught here; this is because it can only be obtained through either an event or glitches.


The official encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles. In addition, the downloadable encodes feature additional audio tracks: The first (default) track features audio from both games, while the second and third tracks feature audio from Blue and Red, respectively.

There's also an alternate encode provided by the author which features a detailed overlay.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]GB Pokémon: Red Version (USA/Europe) "save glitch" in 01:09.95 by MrWint.
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- Major skip glitch
- Final boss skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts save data
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Ash reveals his dark side, using save corruption and direct memory manipulation to catch 64 of the 151 Pokémon in the blink of an eye. Then he beats the game in less than a minute (in-game time) - without ever leaving his own room, bypassing Professor Oak's speech and skipping right to the high praise for his impressive stats.

This run is so glitchy that it's near impossible to follow what's going on without help; reading the author's notes is highly recommended.

To see a run of the first generation of Pokémon that doesn't take advantage of save data corruption, watch this movie.

Note: Although this movie appears to be slower than the one it obsoleted, it is actually 66 frames faster. The reason for the slower time is that the emulator used in this run is more accurate and runs at the correct, slightly slower framerate.


[Tier: Vault]GB Rolan's Curse II (USA) in 21:17.38 by hejops.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
In Rolan's Curse II, a single player takes control of a brave knight destined to once again destroy King Barius' forces and restore peace to Rolan. This time, however, the player can take along a number of items for a quick boost when they're in big trouble. The player can also level up, perform magic, and fly to certain points on the map. The player can also take along up to three allies and switch between them as the situation warrants.

hejops defeats Lord Barius in record time.


[Tier: Vault]GB The Final Fantasy Legend (JPN v1.0) in 01:10.87 by ruadath.
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- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Genre: RPG
The Final Fantasy Legend, known in Japan as Makai Toushi SaGa, is a video game released for the Game Boy in December 1989 by Square Co. It is the first game in the SaGa series and the first in the series for the Game Boy.

However, rather than engaging on a long quest of epic proportions, the author decides to just kick in the Japanese edition of the game and breeze through it in about a minute.

This run improves the predecessor movie by 36.61 seconds with new glitches and menuing optimizations.


[Tier: Moons]GB Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makai no Tobira (JPN) in 16:53.05 by jlun2.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makai no Tobira is the third installment of the Yuu Yuu Hakusho series for the Game Boy. This game is unique because, unlike the other games, this isn't a fighter. This is a side-scrolling action RPG.

jlun2, with some tricks explained in his submission text, beats the game in less than 17 minutes.


[Tier: Moons]GC Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (USA) "all dungeons" in 1:54:13.4 by Wobmiar.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is an action role playing game developed by The Game Designers Studio and published by Square Enix in 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube. This was the first Final Fantasy game to include real-time fighting, which has since become a staple of Final Fantasy games. It was also the first Final Fantasy game to be published on a Nintendo console since Final Fantasy VI on the SNES.

Wobmiar improves upon the previous publication by nearly five minutes thanks to new strategies and movement optimizations.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]GC Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (JPN) in 2:16:52.63 by Malleoz.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is an RPG made by Nintendo and is the second game in the Paper Mario series following Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64. It incorporates a world made of paper and turn-based battles, much like its predecessor. In it, Peach asks Mario to help find a treasure hidden in Rogueport. When he arrives, she is missing as usual, and he must collect 7 Crystal Stars to save her and open the Thousand-Year Door to collect the treasure.

Malleoz improved his previous TAS by nearly five minutes and thirty seconds with the new Hazard Respawn Glitch as well as an improved Palace Skip.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]Genesis Cadash (USA) "2 players" in 15:34.65 by Challenger.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Cadash is a sword and sorcery video game which combines elements of both the role-playing video game genre and the platform genre. The game was originally released for Arcade machines by Taito in 1989, later ported to home video game consoles such as the TurboGrafx-16 in 1991, and the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1992.

It isn't the most straightforward of platformers, seeing how you can actually gain levels and buy items in this one. There are also mandatory items to fetch and quests to complete in order to advance.

In this run, Challenger beats the predecessor movie from nifboy by 6:22.27 minutes. The improvement is so huge thanks to using 2 players, new tricks and glitches, better boss fights, and greater movement precision.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]Genesis Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (USA/Europe) in 22:15.22 by ars4326.
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- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
During the prolonged campaign known as the Goblin Wars, the Goblin Army gathered one night to amass a final assault upon Duke Hector Barrik's Castle. In the middle of this decisive battle, however, both armies were suddenly interrupted by a great earthquake as a vortex violently manifested itself in the midnight sky. Friend and foes alike were sucked up and taken into this void. On the other side, the Duke's Castle and its inhabitants mysteriously found themselves deposited within a hollow valley, securely guarded by impossibly high cliffs illuminated by a flaring red sun overhead. Per the Duke's urgent request, four adventurers are summoned and commissioned with the task of exploring this strange new land, in hopes of finding allies to establish trade with.

In ars4326's run, the ground work laid by the previous TASer, A Jesus Fan, is improved upon in this 7+ minute improvement. Most notably, only a single Thief is used throughout due to a programming exploit which allows him to inflict waves of constant critical damage while fighting in dungeons. In addition, a newly discovered reloading trick is used to skip the game's only required overworld fight in the Azcan Jungle. Also, new route strategies and movement optimizations are featured.

Finally, the ending input has been corrected to showcase the game's entire ending upon completing the final dungeon.


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]Genesis Fatal Labyrinth (JPN/USA) in 06:46.25 by plusminus.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Fatal Labyrinth is an early Genesis turn-based dungeon crawler. It consists of 30 floors/levels and a final battle.

The object of each floor is to reach the stairs that take you up to the next floor. Normally this involves lots of exploring, collecting equipment, and fighting with numerous monsters; but, this being a TAS, you don't see so much of that.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]Genesis King's Bounty (USA/Europe) in 00:09.93 by gia & Aqfaq.
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- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
Award - Lucky TAS of 2008
At TASVideos, even 10 second long movies are improved, and game characters become so powerful they don't even have to move in order to complete the game.

This improvement is a result of the previous movie's author joining forces with the author of a VBA bot used in a glitched-out Pokémon TAS. Together they've managed to shorten the solution by 14 frames with the help of a similarly-designed bot for Gens.

Note that, while input length is 10 seconds long, less than 0.3 seconds of it is actual gameplay!


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Landstalker (USA) "100%" in 2:20:41.89 by ars4326.
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- Uses death to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Landstalker is a challenging adventure RPG developed by Climax Entertainment (who also helped develop the Sega Shining series). You play as an adventure-seeking treasure hunter named Nigel, an elf who's remarkably young-looking for his age (88!). After completing his latest bounty, he runs into a wood nymph named Friday who's being pursued over her alleged knowledge of the whereabouts of King Nole's treasures. After helping her evade her pursuers, the two team up as they set off for Mercator Island in search of the fabled fortune.

Are King Nole's treasures truly close by? Are they ripe for the taking, or still jealously guarded to this day...?

In ars4326's run, 100% completion is based on RTA strats and is defined as follows:

  • Collect all Life Stock (minus the shop in Kazalt)
  • Obtain all equipment
  • Collect all unique/key items
  • Complete all side quests
  • Activate all teleport trees

[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]Genesis Langrisser 2 (JPN) "all levels" in 1:56:46.59 by ars4326.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
Langrisser 2 (ラングリッサー2) is the acclaimed sequel to Warsong, never finding its way to an official release in English.

You are placed into the role of Elwin (descendent of Garrett/Redin), a wandering Swordsman who stops to rest from his journey at a small, obscure village. He soon finds himself, however, in a sudden conflict between an elite detachment of the Rayguard Empire and a peculiar young woman whom they are attempting to abduct. In desperation, her childhood friend Hein rushes toward Elwin and urgently pleads him to help fight off and thwart the Empire's plans. So much for rest...

Who is this young woman? Why is a major military power intent on capturing her? And what's this have to do with a legendary holy blade?

In ars4326's run, cunning strategy combines with heavy luck manipulation to produce a speedrun that completes all of the game's accessible stages (27 normal and 3 'hidden') in just under 2 hours. Virtually no level-grinding is found in this action-packed playthrough as Elwin & Co. seek to stop an Emperor's plans of uniting the continent with the power of an ancient demon sword!


The movie file and the primary downloadable (HQ) encode have the author's commentary as subtitles.

[Tier: Vault][Console-verified][Fastest Completion]Genesis Madou Monogatari I (JPN) in 15:29.05 by Aqfaq.
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- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: RPG
Madou Monogatari (魔導物語) is an RPG best described as 'strange'. The game has overly cute design and the battles are probably a little different than you would expect. The story revolves around a girl who is on a quest to pass her final exam in a magic school.

A defining moment is one of the cutscenes, where a slime is encountered and suddenly defeated by a strange girl bursting through a brick wall. Then, an equally strange armored knight drops in from the ceiling and the two of them proceed to ignore you and chase each other away.

The fast completion time is achieved mostly by using a random-effect spell, which has a small chance of producing a devastating elephant stomp (yeah, really). Naturally, in a TAS, the "small chance" gets a new meaning.

You can see this movie played back on an actual Genesis here!


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]Genesis Might and Magic: Gates to Another World (USA/Europe) in 06:15.33 by Dammit.
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- Uses warps
- Genre: RPG
Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World is an RPG with some amazingly grand scope. Levels up to 255, hp to 65535, +63 weapons, battles with 255 opponents, time travel, and characters dying of old age.

This run takes care of money problems by finding a nameless, glitched party member and taking all his stuff. Teleportation is used in some places it normally can't be by resting to reset the forbidden flag. Walking backwards is employed when it reduces screen draw time. Temple blessings are used rather than a cleric, and items are used instead of a sorcerer.


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]Genesis Phantasy Star II (JPN) "warp glitch" in 07:39.46 by Jiseed.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: RPG
Phantasy Star II, released in 1989, introduces us to the anti-utopian world of Mota, now dominated by the Mother Brain computer. Rolf, a government agent, is assigned the task of finding out why Mother Brain is malfunctioning, and yet his role in the destiny of Algo is far, far greater than anyone could imagine. Anyone, save one lone Esper. As the genetic construct Nei, the soldier Rudo, and others join him, can he topple the tyranny of Mother Brain and free Algo from an unholy evil?

Rolf and his friends, tired of all the violence they've seen, decide to take a pacifist route to save the Algol system with zero bloodshed. This run improves the old run by about 4 minutes through new glitches, including one that abuses the customized names of the characters to obtain some important items very early on. For more details, read the author's comments.


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]Genesis Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (USA) in 1:37:55.98 by Acmlm.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Phantasy Star III is often considered to be the black sheep of the series, but is still a unique RPG on its own, featuring 3 generations and multiple paths through the game. However, this run breaks the plot halfway through by glitching past the second generation quickly.

Like in other RPG runs, luck has been manipulated for many things. Although random encounters can't be completely avoided, no damage is ever taken except from bosses, and most of the leveling is done in a final rush.

Read the author's comments for more details on luck manipulation and the path taken through the game.


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Phantasy Star IV (USA) "all sidequests" in 1:55:11.7 by janus.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Uses death to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
In this final installment of the famous Phantasy Star series, the protagonist, while out on a routine assignment, uncovers evidence pointing to a sinister threat to the entire solar system. One thing leads to another and he and the rest of his party eventually find themselves fighting the root of all evil.

Even if killing the root of all evil would end everyone's problems, the team decides to take a few side jobs. As a result, they become even stronger and do things that would be impossible in a regular speedrun.


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Phantasy Star IV (USA) "Blast from the Past" in 1:59:19.4 by janus.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
In this final installment of the famous Phantasy Star series, the protagonist, while out on a routine assignment, uncovers evidence pointing to a sinister threat to the entire solar system. One thing leads to another and he and the rest of his party eventually find themselves fighting the root of all evil.

No reason to rush things though, right? In addition to completing all sidequests, the author also uncovers every single reference to Phantasy Star I and II in the game. An exhaustive list of these is found in the author's comments.


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Phantasy Star IV (USA) in 1:26:34.35 by janus.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
In this final installment of the famous Phantasy Star series, the protagonist, while out on a routine assignment, uncovers evidence pointing to a sinister threat to the entire solar system. One thing leads to another and he and the rest of his party eventually find themselves fighting the root of all evil. Such a quest would normally take at least ten hours, but with copious amounts of luck manipulation, it can be reduced to just under an hour and a half.

This is an improvement of about 1 minute and 48 seconds over the previous version by the same author.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]Genesis Shining Force (USA) in 1:59:59.05 by DarkKobold.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
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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][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]Genesis Shining Force II (USA) in 3:11:04.65 by DarkKobold.
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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 in the Darkness (USA) in 43:27.2 by DarkKobold.
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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: Moons]Genesis Sorcerer's Kingdom (USA v1.1) in 1:01:40.93 by ars4326.
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- Genre: RPG
Sorcerer's Kingdom is a turn-based RPG published by Treco in 1992. In addition to an exceptional soundtrack, the game features a leveling system similar to Final Fantasy 2 (NES), in that your characters gain stats based on the actions they perform in combat. The plot places you in the role of a young man whose renowned father turns up missing after seeking to rid the Kingdom of an ultimate evil power. Desiring to follow in his footsteps, the lad seeks an audience with the King to set out as an adventurer, himself.

Normally, this game requires ample amounts of grinding up your OFFENSE stat in order to damage bosses. ars4326's run minimizes this aspect down to its bare requirements, by using heavy luck manipulation and exploiting the game's leveling system. In doing so, the final boss is slain in just under one hour. Not bad for a day's work!


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]Genesis Traysia (USA) in 1:13:16.18 by ars4326.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: RPG
Originally known as Minato no Traysia (港のトレイジア) in Japan, this turn-based RPG adventure doesn’t involve the typical ‘save the world’ or ‘vanquish the ultimate evil’ plotline. Not this time around. It’s actually themed around a young man’s sweetheart named Traysia, as he sets out from his hometown to fulfill his dream of exploring the world (vanquishing evil is involved, however).

ars4326’s run showcases two noteworthy features in this TAS. Not a single random encounter is fought, and all boss battles are blitzed through by abusing a party member’s rapid attack animation. At times, the game may remind you of a pseudo-shooter instead of a traditional RPG.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]Genesis Warsong (USA) in 2:04:08.31 by ars4326.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
In this traditional strategy RPG, every stage normally has to be approached carefully and with a full stock of troops. All of that was cast aside in ars4326's run, where extreme luck manipulation became the driving force in obtaining victory after unlikely victory. Garett's team operated as a virtual skeleton crew as only the bare minimum of resources were deployed in his struggle against the Dalsis Empire and a foreboding, ancient evil.

[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]Genesis Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (USA) in 40:35.79 by The8bitbeast.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Ys III - Wanderers from Ys is the third installment in the Ys series, taking place three years after the events of the first two. Unlike the previous two's top-down perspective, this game is a sidescroller.

In this run, The8bitbeast beats the game in record time via the use of a glitch to give the player maxed out stats. For more information, see the submission comments.


[Tier: Vault]MSX Rambo, Sylvester Stallone in (JPN) in 01:39.64 by nitrogenesis.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: RPG
In this first-published MSX TAS, Rambo decides to skip rescuing the VIP and just make a leeway to the helicopter himself.

Reality is not all it seems, with spiders being as difficult to kill with a knife as a human, and foodlike substances adopting an alternate name.


To play the OMR file, make sure you have the Panasonic FS-A1WSX bios installed.

[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]N64 Paper Mario (JPN) "All Cards" in 2:30:33.83 by Malleoz.
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- Demonstration
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Paper Mario, first released in Japan in August of 2000, is a role-playing game for the Nintendo 64. Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach and stolen the Star Rod, which allows him to grant himself any wish. To counteract the power of the Star Rod, Mario must locate the seven Star Spirits, who can combine their power to stop Bowser's evil plans.

Malleoz aims to collect all the star spirit cards by heavily manipulating luck and impressively abusing programming errors and loading zones, making this run a whirlwind of entertainment and speed. For a detailed explanation of the tricks used in this run, see the author's submission notes.

You can also see this game beaten by the same author in the fastest time possible here.

Note: There are encodes of higher resolution in the discussion thread.


There is also live commentary by the author and Stryder7x available, and a second YouTube stream with an informative overlay.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion][Has commentary]N64 Paper Mario (JPN) in 1:30:40.15 by Malleoz.
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- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Paper Mario, first released in Japan in August of 2000, is a role-playing game for the Nintendo 64. Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach and stolen the Star Rod, which allows him to grant himself any wish. To counteract the power of the Star Rod, Mario must locate the seven Star Spirits, who can combine their power to stop Bowser's evil plans.

Numerous tricks and glitches allow a tool-assisted speedrun to skip large portions of the game and beat it impressively quickly. See the author's comments for more on this.

For more tool-assisted Paper Mario action, check out the run of The Thousand-Year Door by the same author.


Downloadable encodes include the author's commentary as soft subtitles and also an additional audio commentary with the encodes. There is also a live commentary by the author and iateyourpie. A second YouTube stream is available with an informative overlay.


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion]NES Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance (USA) in 06:18.4 by Randil.
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- Pacifist version
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Heroes of the Lance is based on the first Dragonlance campaign and novel. The party journeys through the ruined city of Xak Tsaroth, face the ancient dragon Khisanth and retrieve the Disks of Mishakal. The interface is setup as a side scroller and only one member of the party is controlled at once.

In the run Randil blitzes through everything, not taking the time to kill or even hit any of the regular enemies. The spell being cast most of the time is Protection From Evil. This creates short term invulnerability and allows for jumping through enemies.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]NES Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (USA) in 28:11.12 by zggzdydp.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
If science fiction is to be believed, the ultimate evolution for biological beings is to discard the physical body and become an entity of pure energy. For video game characters, it seems to be the ability to zip through walls. In this latest TAS by zggzdydp, Simon Belmont joins the league of characters possessing this ability.

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is the story of Simon's horrible weekend without sleep. Two years after defeating Dracula, the hero is physically weakened by Dracula's curse. He must gather Dracula's remains and incinerate them at the ruins of Castlevania in order to end the curse.

This movie is 85 seconds faster than the previous effort by the same author. We recommend to read his comments for explanations on how this improvement was achieved.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion][Has commentary]NES Crystalis (USA) in 40:40.43 by TheAxeMan.
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- 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 Destiny of an Emperor (USA) in 1:21:09.61 by Acmlm.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Destiny of an Emperor was Capcom’s first RPG, released in 1989-90, and is based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

The battling style of this game can be described like Final Fantasy meets Pokémon; your team of warriors versus the opposing team of warriors, and any opponents freed from their posts can be later picked up in the wilds and converted to your side!

Acmlm bests the previous movie by over 25 minutes by reverse engineering the game and brute forcing luck manipulation. Critical hit, it's super effective.


[Tier: Vault]NES Double Moon Densetsu (JPN) in 19:50.34 by TaoTao.
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- Major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Corrupts memory
- Genre: RPG
Double Moon Densetsu (ダブルムーン伝説 Legend of the Double Moon) is a 1992 turn-based NES RPG. The author uses a complex memory corruption glitch to skip many events, slimming this normally long RPG down to under 20 minutes. Technical details about the glitches used are in the author's comments.

[Tier: Moons]NES Dragon Warrior (USA PRG0) in 17:47.74 by Acmlm.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
This is the sixth published movie of Dragon Warrior, a seemingly complex, but ultimately, fairly simple NES RPG. This is an improvement of 20.96 seconds from the previous run. The character completes his quest at Level 7. There are several things about this movie that might seem odd if one is not aware of them beforehand:

  • All unnecessary random encounters have been manipulated into not happening
  • The player dies several times in order to get transported back to the beginning
  • Action commands are often intentionally not entered as soon as possible to manipulate critical hits and such

[Tier: Vault]NES Dragon Warrior II (USA) in 46:25.0 by TheAxeMan.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
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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][Fastest Completion][Has commentary]NES Dragon Warrior III (USA) "item glitch" in 41:09.52 by vaxherd.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
The last in the original Dragon Warrior storyline, this one follows "the Hero", who is tasked with saving the world from the archfiend Baramos. After cobbling together a group of people to take with him, the Hero must travel the world to find a way to Baramos's lair.

Or at least, that was what was supposed to happen. Thanks to a glitch involving a party of dead characters, vaxherd manages to manipulate his inventory and warp list to not only have extremely rare pieces of equipment from nothing, but also warps directly to where Baramos is located in a fraction of the time it would take normally.

In addition to this, vaxherd also uses a glitch involving resets and character names to manipulate the RNG and encounter formula at certain points, thereby beating the previous run by over seven minutes.


The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.

[Tier: Moons]NES Dragon Warrior III (USA) in 1:50:36.18 by dave_dfwm.
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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: Moons]NES Dragon Warrior IV in 1:58:06.28 by adelikat.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Dragon Warrior IV was the last of the Dragon Quest games to be released on the NES. It features an epic, five chapter spanning story.

This run by adelikat is an improvement of over 11 minutes to his prior run thanks to better luck manipulation and routing.


[Tier: Moons]NES Dungeon Magic: Sword of the Elements (USA) in 01:02.83 by FatRatKnight.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: RPG
After hearing about how the dark overlord Darces has returned, our hero goes on a quest to unite all five one elements in order to defeat Darces and save the kingdom.

In this storybook-view RPG, the author zooms around the game world, entering the most dangerous of dungeons, killing two powerful monsters, and collecting the bare minimum needed to beat the game in incredible fashion. Despite the player being unable to survive one hit, the author subverts certain death with the handy pause system. Despite the player supposedly being unable to damage the monsters, an underflow glitch allows for massive damage. Despite the final boss standing right there to kill him, the viewer sees all of 3 frames of the dark overlord. It's an RPG done in just over one minute, without warping or save glitching.

The author had spent much effort in understanding the game, and all that work has finally paid off. We recommend reading the author's comments.


[Tier: Vault]NES EarthBound Beginnings (USA) in 47:56.08 by Nitrodon.
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- Forgoes time-saving glitches
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- Unofficial game
- Genre: RPG
EarthBound Beginnings is the first game in the Mother/EarthBound series, known simply as Mother in Japan. It was localized for a 1990 US release, but wasn't released outside Japan until 2015. During that time, the original localized title, "EarthBound", was used for the English release of Mother 2.

Long referred to as "EarthBound Zero" by fans, the game was finally given an official title for its Wii U eShop release.

This movie is done on the US prototype, which does not have the "bread crumbs" glitch used in our other movie of the game. It does, however, have a run button, which means this movie may seem faster at times, even though it's a lot longer.


[Tier: Vault]NES EarthBound Beginnings (JPN) "warp glitch" in 23:07.85 by chatterbox.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
This is the JPN version of EarthBound Beginnings (also known as Mother (マザー) ). As the first version of the game, it has a number of useful glitches; this run abuses the way the game handles the "Bread crumbs" item to warp off the edge of reality and casually walk straight into the final boss's lair under a second faster than the previous run.

We also have a more normal run of the localized version, which doesn't include this glitch.


[Tier: Moons]NES Faxanadu (unknown) in 23:04.69 by Invariel.
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- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
In comparison to the usual run-through platform games, this is one of the games that requires more planning to play efficiently.

The game features an inventory and equipment and a spells system, all of which were rare to see in NES games when this game came out.

This is the 4th published version of the TAS, now 16.73 seconds faster than the previous version.

The author has written comments describing all the planning and tricks that went into this movie.


[Tier: Moons]NES Final Fantasy (USA) "White Mage" in 1:16:37.56 by TheAxeMan.
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- 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][Has commentary]NES Final Fantasy (USA) in 1:09:57.7 by TheAxeMan.
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- 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 Final Fantasy (JPN) "stairs glitch" in 06:58.25 by TheAxeMan, Inzult & Gyre.
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- Executes arbitrary code
- Corrupts memory
- Genre: RPG
The world is veiled in darkness. Winds don't blow, the seas are stormy, and the earth rots. All people can hope for is that the ancient prophecy will be finally fulfilled. "When the world is veiled in darkness, four warriors will come..." And indeed, they come - the four characters you have previously chosen. Their first quest is to free a princess from the evil knight Garland, and then the real journey begins.

... or that was the intention, anyway. Instead, the heroes walk up and down some stairs, talk to a random person in the castle, and the final boss conveniently shows up.


[Tier: Moons]NES Final Fantasy II (JPN) in 07:32.37 by pirohiko.
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- Executes arbitrary code
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy II is the original Japanese sequel to Final Fantasy. It is not to be confused with Final Fantasy IV for the SNES, which was renamed "Final Fantasy II" in North America.

The game introduces chocobos and an activity-based progression system, in which the characters' statistics increase depending on how they are used or acquired.

This movie by pirohiko demonstrates multiple major glitches that allow the game to be completed in an impressively short time. For more details, we recommend reading the author's comments.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Final Fantasy III (JPN) "game end glitch" in 06:23.9 by AmaizumiUni.
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- Major skip glitch
- Final boss skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy III was the second of two Final Fantasy NES games to be released only in Japan, leading to the fourth game in the series being released to the rest of the world as Final Fantasy II. The game brings back the experience point system from the first game while changing up the character jobs formula by allowing the player to change a character's class mid-game as well as acquire new and advanced classes.

In this movie, the author, AmaizumiUni, abuses a bug that causes character inventory to overflow, corrupting the game's memory and triggering the credits early.


[Tier: Vault][Notable improvement]NES Hydlide (USA) in 05:11.62 by dunnius.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Hydlide is an old and somewhat notorious game, mostly because it has very strange gameplay mechanics. For the first part of the game, walking consumes health, and the character must stop every now and then to regain it.

This is one of the few games (the only one?) where the level grinding sequences are actually entertaining, while the boss fights aren't. Hitting a boss decreases your own health as well as the boss's, after which there is much waiting for more health until you can hit him again.

This is an improvement of 3:54.79 over the previous TAS, due to overall better levelling strategy and route planning.

There is also a submitted TAS that uses codes and removes the need to level grind or wait for health.


[Tier: Vault][Has commentary]NES Lagrange Point (JPN) in 1:03:25.1 by neo_omegon.
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'Lagrange Point' (ラグランジュポイント), is a very late (as in, released in 1991) Japanese-only RPG produced for the NES. This game is notable because Konami teamed up with readers of Family Computer Magazine (ファミリーコンピュータマガジン) to form a group, called 芸夢工房 (geimukoubou, art dream workshop), in order to make this game. The readers were permitted to design the characters, monsters, events, message-texts, music, the title-screen, and such. With enhanced sound for the NES due to Konami's VRC7 sound generator Integrated Circuit, the game is considered a masterpiece to many Japanese people.

The story is about a pilot, Jin (also known as Gin), who is exploring a biohazard outbreak at a space colony, linked to the disappearance of Dr. Stolte. He arrives, only for the spaceship to be attacked. The effect of the outbreak soon becomes clear.

More information on the game can be found on the Japanese Wikipedia (machine translation).


This run of a Japanese-only RPG with an unofficial translation by Aeon Genesis (the run won't sync in it) features commentary in the form of Advanced SubStation Alpha soft subtitles created by FractalFusion and the author, neo_omegon. If you use MPlayer to view the MKV, add the -ass option to the commandline to view the subtitles with their proper layout.

[Tier: Vault]NES Legend of the Ghost Lion (USA) in 36:53.79 by link_7777.
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- Genre: RPG
Legend of the Ghost Lion features a young girl, searching for her parents and the mystery of the White Lion, using the power of dreams to summon allies to fight for her.

Maria is seemingly a lucid dreamer, and gains the ability to control her dream and guide it to the truth of this game with the minimum of fuss. Now that's what I call a power nap!


[Tier: Vault][Has commentary]NES Magician (USA) "best ending" in 11:33.84 by FatRatKnight.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Meet Paul -- A guy who starves to death five minutes after a grand meal. He also feels experienced from doing trivial things like entering a store or delivering mail.

While many heroes would depend on hours of fighting for experience, Paul instead gets his experience from those trivial things in order to defeat Abadon in a timely manner. Best ending requires all such trivial tasks done, ensuring you see Paul gaining experience from delivering a letter or talking to a tree.

Along the way, there are vicious enemies who beat up Paul. Being in a hurry, Paul doesn't stop for them, preferring to use the UNKNOWN spell to patch himself up. Normally this has a high chance of killing Paul in some of the most gruesome or comical ways possible, but instead it is manipulated to heal him.

This beats the authors previous run by a little over 38 seconds, primarily due to a new route.

Reading the author's comments is recommended.


This movie features commentary by the author, which has been added to the encode in the form of soft subtitles. If watching embedded stream via Archive.org, you can press the nearly invisible commentary button on the top right corner to see the commentary.

[Tier: Vault]NES Metal Max (JPN) in 24:16.57 by suwei.
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- Genre: RPG
In Metal Max, a mysterious war known as "The Havoc" has almost destroyed the human civilization. It's unknown how it broke out, and no one even dares to find out. The few who are left have to struggle to survive. Among them is our young hero, E, who just makes his decision to become a great Hunter.

Released by Data East in Japan in 1991, Metal Max was one of the more "creative" console role-playing games due to more freedom in the story. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which surviving people cluster from villages to ruins, while some Hunters among them fight monsters and outlaws in the "wild".

In this run, suwei improves the previous run by 50.66 seconds by using "dud" shells instead of panic shells and buying the teleport item from a different place.


[Tier: Vault][Has commentary]NES Might and Magic (USA) in 08:07.72 by Dammit.
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- Genre: RPG
Might and Magic, released in 1986, was the first installment in the series that would later evolve into a whole fictional universe, encompassing both the actual M&M games and a multitude of subseries and spin-offs made in their own genres, including King's Bounty, Heroes of Might & Magic, and others.

Normally, this game is rather long. This movie by Dammit skips most of it by using a glitch that allows the player to get all the important items in a matter of a few minutes.


We strongly recommend reading the author's comments for further details and explanations. The primary downloadable (HQ) encode has the author's commentary as subtitles.

[Tier: Vault][Has commentary]NES Nobunaga's Ambition (USA) in 12:06.37 by CogneatoSwitch.
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- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
Nobunaga's Ambition (信長の野望) is a turn-based strategy role-playing simulation video game. One of the first games in its genre, it was first released in March 1983 by the Japanese video game developer Koei.

Here CogneatoSwitch strategizes and luck manipulates around many obstacles, beating an hours long game in 12 minutes.


Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles.

[Tier: Moons]NES Rygar (USA PRG1) "0%" in 06:08.74 by Cardboard.
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- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Rygar is an action game involving a hero with a shield as a weapon. Normally, the hero must obtain items, such as a grappling hook, to be able to explore the world of Garloz, and he must also defeat five bosses to gain access to the final area. However, these requirements can be circumvented with glitches. Indeed, this run kills no bosses except the final boss and does very little leveling.

In contrast to the any% run and the warpless run, which use the European version of Rygar, this movie uses the American version. The two ROM versions have some different glitches. For more details about the ROM choice, as well as some background explaining what in the world is going on here, see the movie comments as well as our Rygar tricks page.


[Tier: Moons]NES Rygar (Europe) "warpless" in 15:43.32 by Lord Tom.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
This movie is different from the other Rygar movie in that it plays all levels and doesn't use any glitch to warp from a boss battle to another.

Aside from that limitation, this movie makes full use of all the bugs and glitches in the game which can be used to speed up the run. If you are wondering what really is going on in this movie, see the Rygar Tricks page for some info about the tricks used.

This is a 4 minutes and 43.38 seconds improvement to the previous movie.

Note: If you are watching the FCM, don't forget to enable PAL emulation in FCEU! It's under the Config menu.


[Tier: Moons]NES Rygar (Europe) "warps" in 05:23.14 by Lord Tom.
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- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
This movie completes the PAL version of Rygar with only one item, the grappling hook. It also uses a warp glitch to skip forward in the game as well as many smaller tricks.

It is an improvement of 65.58 seconds to the previous movie by Walker Boh – this time played by Lord Tom.

Although the route in this movie is almost exactly the same, time was saved mostly by accumulating the tone points (for Rygar's strength) a lot faster. There were other improvements as well. We recommend reading the author's comments for more details.


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[Tier: Moons]NES Sweet Home (JPN) in 40:05.09 by K.
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Sweet Home is a survival horror RPG developed by Capcom for the Famicom. It is based on the Japanese horror film of the same name. The game is sometimes perceived as the original survival horror game, and was a prototype of the Resident Evil series.

[Tier: Moons]NES The Magic of Scheherazade (USA) in 50:04.27 by reBarbaloot.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: RPG
The Magic of Scheherazade is an action role-playing video game for the Family Computer and Nintendo Entertainment System, released by Culture Brain in 1987 in Japan and 1989 in North America. The story involves the player character, who suffers from amnesia, traveling through time in an attempt to rescue Princess Scheherazade from the evil wizard Sabaron, who has summoned the demon Goragora to do his bidding.

reBarbaloot makes his way through the game in record time.


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Ultima: Exodus (USA) in 21:22.8 by nanogyth.
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- Genre: RPG
Ultima: Exodus is a NES port of the third game in the Ultima RPG series. First released in 1983, the game set many standards for the genre.

At TASVideos, that also includes being beatable very quickly through glitching and luck manipulation.


The author has provided a running commentary, available in all of the encodes and streams as togglable subtitles, so you can tell what's going on.

[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Ultima: Quest of the Avatar (USA) in 58:23.98 by TheAxeMan.
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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.

[Tier: Moons]NES Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (USA) in 00:45.82 by TaoTao.
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One of a few dungeon crawlers on this site. The player's team of a couple characters travels through a dungeon at breakneck speed, obtaining the minimum necessary to destroy the evil wizard, then leaving.

A great amount of luck-manipulation was required; so much that TaoTao used a bot to do parts of this run. That's why the rerecord count says 200000. The number of manual rerecords is around 1000.


[Tier: Vault]NES Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds (USA) in 01:11.32 by MiezaruMono.
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- Genre: RPG
This game, the second in the series, is the direct sequel to Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord. Here, the heroes thoroughly explore a dungeon to collect five pieces of the mystical equipment of the Knight of Diamonds to trade for the "Staff of Gnilda" to save the kingdom. With the aid of heavy luck manipulation, the average viewer will have absolutely no idea what is going on as the heroes blaze through the dungeon, score every critical hit known to adventurer-kind, and walk away from this normally hours-long game in the span of two minutes.

A bot was used to create large portions of this run; as such, the rerecord count has been removed from the submission entry.

This is an improvement of 90 frames from the previous movie done by the same author.


[Tier: Vault]NES Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylgamyn (JPN) "game end glitch" in 00:12.86 by MiezaruMono.
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Rating: 5.5 (24.5 votes)
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- Major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Although Legacy of Llylgamyn is the third game in the Wizardry series, it was released second for the NES because Knight of Diamonds, the actual second game, was deemed to be too difficult for beginners (though it was, eventually, released for the NES as well).

Here, the object of the quest, the Orb of Earithin, mysteriously appears in a shop by way of a lost battle and a glitch involving the occasional result thereof of causing a character to be lost in the dungeon, bringing the quest to a close impossibly quickly.


[Tier: Moons]NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (USA) "warpless" in 45:26.04 by Arc, FatRatKnight, Inzult & Rising Tempest.
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Obsoletes movie #3225 (45:35.36)
Rating: 8.6 (9 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Here is a warpless run of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1988), which introduced RPG elements and a side-scrolling view instead the traditional Zelda overhead view. An evil magician has cast a sleep spell on Princess Zelda. Link must place 6 crystals in palaces throughout Hyrule in order to release the binding force that protects the Triforce of Courage hidden in the Great Palace.

This movie is an improvement of 9.31 seconds compared to the previous run. Most of the new time saved is from getting almost impossible fairy spawns at overworld traps. Please read the authors' comments for details.

This movie avoids using the extremely gamebreaking hyperspeed and scroll-lock glitches seen in the warp glitch branch. This movie also avoids all of the minorly gamebreaking wrong warps in order to significantly increase the technical skill required to create the movie; we also have a movie which does use these "glitched warps," which allows a rather different route through the game.

This movie was a part of a two-hour Zelda II TAS showcase with audio commentary by Arc, Inzult, Jackimus, Mithical9, and Feasel.


[Tier: Moons]NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (USA) in 38:38.45 by Arc & Inzult.
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Rating: 8.4 (7 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is quite different from most of the early games in the Legend of Zelda series. It combines an overworld view with side-scrolling platform stages. In addition, the character can gain experience and levels, visit towns, and earn spells and items which are needed to proceed.

This movie is a new branch that allows warps but not the scroll-lock glitch, used in the other run we have published. A "warp" (or "wrong warp") in Zelda II is when an exit takes Link somewhere other than where that exit is supposed exit into. Read the authors' comments for details. For a "warpless" run, see [3254] NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (USA) "warpless" by Arc, FatRatKnight, Inzult & Rising Tempest in 45:26.04.

This movie was a part of a two-hour Zelda II TAS showcase with audio commentary by Arc, Inzult, Jackimus, Mithical9, and Feasel.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (USA) "warp glitch" in 05:31.92 by TASeditor, Arc & Inzult.
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Obsoletes movie #2652 (05:35.93)
Rating: 8.7 (7 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is quite different from most of the early games in the Legend of Zelda series. It combines an overworld view with side-scrolling platform stages. In addition, the character can gain experience and levels, visit towns, and earn spells and items which are needed to proceed.

However, the game also has a large glitch which produces massive speed when both Left and Right are pressed at the same time; due to the use of this and other glitches, most of this run features Link racing across Hyrule so fast that the screen can't keep up, and inexplicably warping between places that shouldn't be connected. Only a few items and one spell are collected, and the only enemy ever fought is the final boss. Luckily, he takes the same amount of damage no matter what level attack you have.

In this run, Arc improves on TASEditor's previous efforts by four seconds due to a recently discovered encounter glitch. See the author's comments for more details.

We also have a run that completes the six palaces without using the Left + Right glitch to turn the game into a barely comprehensible mess (but does allow the use of glitched warps) and another run that disallows both the Left + Right glitch and the use of glitched warps.

This movie was a part of a two-hour Zelda II TAS showcase with audio commentary by Arc, Inzult, Jackimus, Mithical9, and Feasel.


[Tier: Vault][Fastest Completion][Has commentary]PCE Dungeon Explorer (USA) in 20:19.3 by DarkKobold.
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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][Fastest Completion]PCE Monster Pro Wrestling (JPN) in 20:37.09 by Aqfaq.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Sport
Monster Pro Wrestling is a Japanese game in which you choose a monster and battle other monsters in turn-based battles. It is notable for its humorously nonsensical battle animations, such as the appearance of a dozen heads on screen and death blows literally tearing monsters apart.

In this movie, Aqfaq uses well-planned strategy and a fair amount of luck manipulation to defeat each monster in the fewest rounds possible. For more information, check out his detailed submission text.


[Tier: Moons]PSX Azure Dreams (USA) "best ending" in 10:31.73 by FractalFusion.
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- Best ending
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Azure Dreams is an RPG random dungeon crawler where the main character, Koh, can recruit familiars and level them up in the 40-floor Monster Tower, while gaining items and riches. He can also help the local town and romance some girls.

As can be seen from the movie time, none of this occurs in this TAS. It's just one naked dash to the top and a whole bunch of fortuitous circumstances. Luck manipulation was used on almost every floor to ensure that elevators and helpful traps are strategically located.

Should you decide to play Azure Dreams, this is definitely the wrong way to play the game.


[Tier: Vault]PSX Breath of Fire III (USA) "best ending" in 7:45:01.17 by janus.
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- Best ending
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
The Brood, an ancient race of dragons, is all but extinct. Their power was so strong that they had to be killed. A (as Ryu is named in this run), the last one of the Brood, is awakened after 400 years and decides he wants to know more about his people.

Well aware of his fearful power, A uses it until he becomes strong enough to rely on his physical power, after which he manipulates luck to an indecent extent, using frame-by-frame advancing to pulverize his foes and even the final boss. It may be a little anti-climactic, but it's much quicker this way.

This is currently the second longest published movie (only Final Fantasy VIII is longer). You might want to take your morning and your afternoon to watch this.


[Tier: Moons]PSX Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (USA) "Richter mode" in 05:39.85 by pirate_sephiroth & ForgoneMoose.
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Obsoletes movie #1275 (05:41.73)
Rating: 8.8 (9.5 votes)