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Total movies: 418


[Tier: Vault]NES 8 Eyes (USA) in 16:40.28 by Slotermeyer.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2008-08-09)
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Rating: 6.1 (34.5 votes)
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- 2 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
8 Eyes (1990) is a Castlevania clone that was made by Thinking Rabbit, the originators of Sokoban. But, unlike Castlevania, this game is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which eight nuclear explosions almost destroyed Earth. The game features two characters—the human Orin and his falcon Cutrus—in either 1- or 2-player mode. Cutrus can attack enemies, hit switches, collect items, and generally do all sorts of useful things.

The game allows the player to recover the eight jewels in any order. The player can save time in the boss fights by choosing the optimal sequence.


[Tier: Vault]NES Abadox (USA) in 15:30.03 by NecroVMX.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-12-08)
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Submission #1168 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.1 (7 votes)
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- Genre: Shooter
Abadox is a futuristic sidescrolling shooter developed by Natsume. A gigantic alien organism known as Parasitis has eaten the planet Abadox and everyone on it, including the planet's princess. With time running out, the galactic military sends their best fighter inside the alien to save her before she is digested.

In this run, NecroVMX provides plenty of entertainment during the autoscrolling sections while taking out the level-end bosses surprisingly quickly.


[Tier: Vault]NES Action 52: The Cheetahmen (USA) in 03:56.06 by Swordless Link.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2010-08-02)
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Submission #2754 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.6 (39 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Platform
Even the worst video games ever made can make for a good TAS.

This movie speedily plays through "The Cheetahmen", game #52 of a compilation of horrid games called Action 52. While the game is pretty horrible in general, it has a rather catchy BGM.

There is also a published run of the unreleased sequel, Cheetahmen II.


Important: The version labeled (Rev A) has to be used in order to get the movie to sync. However, before playing back the movie, make sure that you select "Ooze".

[Tier: Vault]NES Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance (USA) in 06:18.4 by Randil.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2012-12-02)
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Submission #915 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.1 (10.5 votes)
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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: Vault]NES Adventure Island, Hudson's (JPN) in 37:01.37 by foda.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-07-07)
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Submission #1047 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.2 (20 votes)
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- Genre: Platform
In the South Pacific, Master Higgins lives peacefully wearing only a grass skirt and a cap. That is, until the Evil Witch Doctor decides to capture Princess Leilani and hold her as his own. Now Higgins must rise to the task of saving her!

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This is a run made from a fan to other fans. It won't be impressive for people who haven't tried playing it seriously. But for people who know the game well, it's quite an amusing watch.

The most obvious way to save time in this game is to pick up as little fruit as possible and be close to dying from starvation when the level ends so the score-countdown will take less time.


[Tier: Vault][Console-verified]NES Adventure Island 2, Hudson's (USA) in 22:22.41 by red-crowned-crane & hellagels.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2011-08-25)
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Submission #3264 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.9 (12.5 votes)
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- Uses warps
- Genre: Platform
The second in a series of Hudson's Adventure Island games. Much like its predecessor, it's extremely straightforward but by no means easy.

This run is 12.61 seconds faster than the previous thanks to a new glitch.

Watch this movie play back on a real NES.


[Tier: Vault]NES Adventure Island 3, Hudson's (USA) in 18:44.95 by ECCO.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-04-13)
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Rating: 5.3 (23 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Genre: Platform
The Adventure Island game series is known for its extreme straightforwardness. Regardless, the games are pretty fast-paced so if you have some free time on your hands, shut down your brain and watch this carefree TAS.

This version is significantly shorter than the previous movie mainly due to the use of warps, but also from better precision and some new tricks.


[Tier: Moons]NES Adventure Island 4, Hudson's (JPN) in 19:32.15 by Cardboard.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2009-06-18)
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Submission #2247 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.5 (17 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
This is the fourth in a series of Hudson's Adventure Island games. It was only released in Japan as Takahashi Meijin no Boukenjima 4. Unlike the first three games in the series, the gameplay behaves more like Metroid, where you explore the world freely, you collect items (and dinosaur helpers) to gain new abilities, and the ending is triggered by defeating all the bosses. Also, there is no timer, and the hero can survive more than one hit, using fruits to replenish his health.

In this run, Cardboard beats the game very quickly by using damage boosts to proceed at high speeds. For more details, read the submission comments.


[Tier: Vault]NES Adventures of Lolo (USA) in 22:24.68 by Baxter & Zugzwang.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2009-04-04)
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Submission #2202 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1131 (22:37.07)
Rating: 5.9 (21 votes)
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- Genre: Puzzle
Adventures of Lolo (1989) was the first game of the Eggerland series that received a Western release. Interestingly, the series was developed by HAL Laboratory, who also created the Kirby series, and Eggerland protagonists Lolo and Lala make cameo appearances in Kirby games as Lololo and Lalala.

The goal of the game is to collect all of the hearts in every stage and then get the ball from the chest to open the door to the next room. Though it may seem simplistic, it remains a truly well-made puzzle. Finding optimal solutions to most of the rooms has proven to be a very nontrivial task, and every once in a while a new improvement is found.

As such, this is Baxter's 10th attempt at this game, this time 10.16 seconds faster than the previous with the help of Zugzwang. Eleven rooms have been improved.


For the weak-spirited who aren't willing to watch the run all over again only for the improved rooms, the authors have inserted an easter egg into the input file! If you run the same .fm2 on the NES game Defenders of the Crown, it will complete it as well in just 3 minutes and 38 seconds.

Use the ROM "Defenders of the Crown (U).nes" to watch it.


[Tier: Moons]NES Adventures of Lolo 2 (USA) "Pro levels" in 02:04.72 by Baxter.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-11-27)
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Submission #879 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.9 (42.5 votes)
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Puzzle
Lolo 2 contains four so called PRO levels that can only be accessed by inputting a level password. This movie plays those four levels quite fast.

This movie is actually a result of competition/co-operation between Baxter, Randil and Hanzou.


[Tier: Vault]NES Adventures of Lolo 2 (USA) in 23:31.52 by Hanzou.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-08-11)
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Submission #1659 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #514 (24:10.65)
Rating: 5.9 (27 votes)
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- Genre: Puzzle
Adventures of Lolo 2 is the second game in the popular Lolo-series.

This run aims to beat every room as fast as possible, often by strategies the game developers had not intended, including glitch abuse. In addition to Hanzou, strategies were developed by many players, such as Bag of Magic Food, CtrlAltDestroy, Deign, Nitrodon, and Randil.

This update beats the previous submission by 39.13 seconds.


[Tier: Vault]NES Adventures of Lolo 3 (USA) in 1:07:19.17 by Nitrodon.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2008-06-09)
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Rating: 5.0 (19.5 votes)
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- Genre: Puzzle
Lolo 3 is the third in the series of Lolo games based on the Eggerland series. From the author's description:

The great devil turned all of the inhabitants of Lala's kingdom to stone. Lolo and Lala go through 100 rooms to defeat him, or something like that. This run is 14 minutes and 50 seconds faster than windeu's rejected submission, and [ 1:49.38 seconds] faster than my test run.

[Tier: Vault]NES Air Fortress (USA) in 41:08.37 by Tool23.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2012-11-22)
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Submission #1040 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.9 (5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Air Fortress is a combination game: one half side scrolling shooter, and one half platformer. Since the shooter is an auto-scroller, the author elects to kill all enemies and collect all powerups in those stages, which is not that easy. In the platform stages, pure speed is the goal. More details are available in the author's comments.

[Tier: Moons]NES Alter Ego in 06:41.06 by MESHUGGAH.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2013-03-26)
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Submission #3899 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.1 (8.5 votes)
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- Unofficial game
- Genre: Platform
Alter Ego is an NES homebrew port of a ZX Spectrum puzzle game of the same name. You control a character who can switch places with his shadow a limited number of times in each stage. The goal is to collect all the items without touching any enemies. To further complicate matters, the blue-outlined items can only be collected by the shadow, whereas the pink-outlined items can only be collected by the main player.

This hardly stops MESHUGGAH, though, who barely avoids death in a number of puzzles and finishes in record time.


[Tier: Moons]NES Amagon (USA) in 18:01.79 by Tanooki Teabag.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2011-11-22)
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Submission #3357 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.5 (7 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Amagon the Marine has crash-landed on a mysterious island in the South Pacific and must get to the rescue boat. In his way lie wild animals, dinosaurs, and aliens, all of which are likely to be endangered or extinct after their encounter with this gun-wielding man who can double his muscle mass to punch them into oblivion.

This is an improvement of nearly 26 seconds over the previous run by Tailz due to increased use of the Megagon form, lag reduction, improved boss fights, and a time-saving death in level 5-1.


[Tier: Vault]NES American Gladiators (USA) in 17:28.91 by x2poet.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-11-25)
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Submission #2970 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.4 (8.5 votes)
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- Genre: Sport
American Gladiators is a game based on the popular TV game show of the same name. Players get to test their speed, skill and strength against a trained team of ten "Gladiators", five male and five female.

In this run, X2poet plays through all seven events, using tool-assisted precision and some glitches to finish the game in just under 17 and a half minutes.


[Tier: Moons]NES A Nightmare On Elm Street (USA) "4 Players" in 16:15.75 by chupapi.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-02-03)
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Submission #1424 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.1 (35 votes)
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- 4 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Everyone knows Freddy Krueger, who turns the peaceful dreams of people living on Elm Street into lethal nightmares.

In this run, the author, chupapi, aims for the fastest completion time using 4 characters but treats us to some interesting character movements along the way.


[Tier: Moons]NES A Nightmare On Elm Street (USA) in 13:25.57 by goofydylan8.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-04-22)
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Rating: 6.6 (7.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Everyone knows Freddy Krueger, who turns the peaceful dreams of people living on Elm Street into lethal nightmares. In this game, the teenager(s) must stay awake and combat Freddy's various forms while collecting his scattered bones so that they can be incinerated.

This movie is 1:05.98 faster than the previous version by Randil. This is accomplished by using 2 players, which allows for faster bone collection without losing time thanks to the excessive lag created by using 4 players (Displayed in the 4 Player run). For more details, please see the author's notes.


[Tier: Vault]NES Archon: The Light and the Dark (USA) in 01:10.0 by MESHUGGAH.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-12-13)
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Rating: 5.1 (7.5 votes)
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- Genre: Strategy
Archon: The Light and the Dark is Battle Chess to the extreme. Instead of just capturing the opponent's piece like a wimp, upon confrontation, the two pieces are placed in a "combat arena" in which they must fight to the death. The game is won when either all of the opponent's pieces are defeated or all five Magic Squares are held at once.

Like in the previous movie, author MESHUGGAH uses the latter to complete the game, this time 5.39 seconds faster thanks to better luck manipulation and strategy.


[Tier: Stars]NES Arkanoid (USA) in 12:26.8 by Baxter.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-09-20)
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Submission #1693 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #66 (16:30.47)
Rating: 7.9 (57 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
Arkanoid (1987) strongly resembles the arcade game Breakout (1976). In Arkanoid, the paddle is actually a spaceship, and the bricks are space walls. The goal of the game is to break through the space walls and defeat the villainous Doh in order to escape from the space labyrinth.

This incredible TAS of Arkanoid, made by Baxter, inspires awe in a manner comparable to the Gradius movie. No ball is ever lost, even though three balls are juggled in every level where possible.


[Tier: Vault]NES Arkanoid (USA) "warp glitch" in 04:26.72 by Baxter.
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Submission #1705 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.7 (51 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Uses death to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
This run exploits a programming error that allows the author to start playing from level 23. If you notice that there's nothing meaningful going on in the first minute of the movie, this is normal: the actual gameplay takes place only after triggering the "game over" screen.

See the author's comments for more information on this glitch.

This improves the author's previous movie by about 5 seconds.


[Tier: Moons]NES Armadillo (JPN) in 18:16.93 by TASeditor.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
Armadillo is a young cowboy from Texas, who is in love with Sheryl, the cutest girl of the state. But an evil organization kidnaps his sweetheart. The matters become even more complicated when the famous Billy The Shell also embarks on a quest to save Sheryl. Will Armadillo be able to rescue the girl and to defeat his enemies?

In this game, you move Armadillo around an area map composed of squares. Some of them are empty, while others represent locations. Once you enter a location, you find yourself on a platform level, that often contains several sub-levels. There are sometimes branching ways on the area map, and you are not obliged to access all the locations to clear an area. On the platform levels, Armadillo can either walk and jump in his normal form (dies from single enemy hit), or turn into a ball, which is invulnerable to enemies' attacks, but is hard to control: the ball follows realistic physics, bounces of walls, and takes time to stop rolling. During the game, Armadillo will also be able to find upgrades that will allow him to take an animal's form for a short time.


[Tier: Vault]NES Asterix (Europe) in 05:43.05 by Aglar & Randil.
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Submission #2944 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.1 (15.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
The story of Asterix takes place in the year 50 BCE. All of Gaul has been occupied by the Romans except for a little village. Asterix and his Gallic companions live in that village, fighting the Romans. In this game, Julius Caesar has snatched Obelix, Asterix's best friend, and is about to feed him to lions! But before anyone can even blink, Asterix comes, kicks Julius' ass, and comes to the rescue of his friend!

This game is based on one of the most successful French comic book series of the same name. It has been successful since 1959, with more than 325 million comics sold worldwide.

By Toutatis! A bit more than a week after the latest published movie, it already got improved by 21 seconds!


[Tier: Moons]NES Astyanax (USA) in 15:09.04 by Marx.
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Rating: 6.6 (10 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Astyanax (1990) is the story of a studly 16-year-old boy named Astyanax who is summoned to the world of Remlia in order to save the enchantress Princess Rosebud from the evil wizard Blackhorn, who wants to rule the world.

It is a somewhat clumsy game. For one, Astyanax is twice as big as he appears, and so he is easily hit unless one plays carefully. The controls are also very bad. The sum of these factors is that it's a difficult game to play, but that's part of what makes this movie interesting—especially for those who have played this game.

Thanks to effective lag management and using all powers, the author has achieved 32.66 seconds worth of improvement over the previous movie by dragonxyk.


[Tier: Vault][Has commentary]NES Atlantis no Nazo (JPN) in 02:23.11 by Sonikkustar.
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Submission #3211 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.0 (18.5 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Uses warps
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Atlantis no Nazo (アトランチスの謎) is a game where an explorer is trying to save his friend and must find his way through a maze of rooms. In this case, levels.

This is an improvement of a couple centiseconds over the previous run, by optimizing the pause trick introduced in the latter.

Author commentaries are available through the run in the form of subtitles. They can be enabled or disabled in the YouTube and Dailymotion streams.


[Tier: Moons]NES Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (USA) in 06:08.18 by TASeditor.
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Submission #4120 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.6 (5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
In this game based on the cartoon of the same name, young Chad Finletter is on a quest to stop the evil Dr. Putrid T. Gangreen from unleashing his Doomsday Tomato on the world. As the rest of the townsfolk are too afraid of the mutant vegetables coming out of the sewers to do anything, Chad is the only one who can save the day.

It's a simple platform game where most of the enemies can be defeated by jumping on them. There are also several bosses Chad must face, including the Doomsday Tomato itself.

In this run, TASeditor uses optimized movement and a trick to maintain maximum speed to beat this short game in a little over 6 minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES A Week of Garfield (JPN) in 08:02.81 by goofydylan8.
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A Week of Garfield is a 1989 Famicom exclusive based on the comic strip character Garfield. In the game you play through levels which take place on each day of the week on your search to find Odie.

This game is surprisingly hard. Playing the game without dying (which results in a game over since you only have one life), let alone not losing any health, is extremely challenging. At times the screen is nearly filled with enemies and requires frame specific movement to avoid taking damage.

But don't worry, goofydylan8 manages to make this game look like a piece of cake and beat the console world record by 4 minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES Back to the Future Part II & III (USA) in 1:14:24.25 by GlitchMan.
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- Uses death to save time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Puzzle
Back to the Future Part II & III is a side-scrolling platform/puzzle game produced by Beam Software and distributed by LJN, based on the second and third movies of the Back to the Future trilogy.

This run by GlitchMan completes this long game in the fastest time possible.


[Tier: Moons]NES Bad Dudes (USA) in 13:25.36 by Kirkq.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Fighting
"The President has been kidnapped by ninjas! Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the President?"

The answer is a resounding "yes", though we're not sure if Karnov counts as a ninja or not.

In this run, Kirkq utilizes obscure and unusual jump patterns to move quickly. During the game's lengthy scrolling sections, optimization shifts more toward entertainment.


[Tier: Moons]NES Bananan Ouji no Daibouken (JPN) in 09:30.16 by khv-user.
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Bananan Ouji no Daibouken is a platform game only released in Japan and Germany (where it is known as Banana Prince).

One day in the Banana nation, the Banana Prince is conversing with the Dragonmaster when the evil Paprika Dragon flies in and steals the big banana, the symbol of the nation's wealth. While the Dragonmaster is at a loss as to what to do, the Prince decides to bring back the nation's most beloved possession to the people.

The author, khv-user, runs, jumps, and climbs his way to the Paprika Dragon and brings back the banana in only nine and a half minutes.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Batman (USA) in 09:21.93 by Aglar.
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- Forgoes time-saving damage
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
The hero of Gotham City goes against the villain of Gotham City. His fists are more powerful than any weapon in the world, but he rarely kills anyone. It's not like his enemies can hurt him anyway. After all, he's the hero, and heroes are supposed to be invincible.

Here Aglar has managed to improved the previous movie by 2.5 seconds.

Enjoy the movie, and the excellent soundtrack and the graphics of this game.


[Tier: Moons]NES Batman: Return of the Joker (USA) in 11:21.57 by Aglar.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Batman: Return of the Joker (1991) is the sequel to the first Batman game for the NES. Being one of the later NES titles, it shows surprisingly good and fluid visuals, fullsize art, and decent sound — all without slowdown issues!

The gameplay has undergone some changes compared to its predecessor. A welcome addition to it is a slide movement, similar to the one in the Mega Man series. A not-so-welcome addition is that half the stages are autoscrolling, and there are no close combat weapons now.


[Tier: Stars]NES Battle City (JPN) in 13:00.35 by N?K.
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- 2 Players
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Shooter
In Battle City, your goal is to destroy enemy tanks while trying to keep them away from your base. Each level includes 20 enemies as well as some obstacles, like the weak red bricks, armored silver bricks, water and ice, which you can use to your advantage. The basic tank you start with can also be powered up little by little throughout the game.

In this run, N?K rolls through the game speedily while losing a little bit of time to entertain with amusing shooting patterns and making the scenery into recognizable letters and shapes.

Spoiler: Hover over the screenshot.


[Tier: Vault]NES Battle Formula: Super Spy Hunter (USA) in 23:38.42 by adelikat & Randil.
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- Genre: Shooter
Super Spy Hunter (1992) was originally released in Japan under the name Battle Formula (バトルフォーミュラ). The game has "become" a sequel to Spy Hunter, the arcade classic from 1983, already after its initial release — when the developer purchased the license from Midway.

Since the main character drives a wheeled vehicle, this game shows to be the rare kind of a variable scrolling speed shooter, where you can slow the car down if you can't keep up with the action (which obviously never happens in a TAS). The core gameplay holds true to its spiritual predecessor, but this time it's spiced up with stage bosses and various sorts of powerups.

This movie is a 1 minute 14 second improvement over the previous one thanks to increased precision, lag reduction, and better boss fighting.


[Tier: Moons]NES Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril (any v1.1) "100%" in 34:49.59 by Aglar.
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- Unofficial game
- Genre: Platform
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril may look old, but it's actually released in 2010! It's still possible to buy a new NES cartridge of this game online!

Mainly inspired by the PC game I Wanna Be the Guy, this game is classic platforming action, where anything can kill the player in one single hit. While it's not unfair (as opposed to I Wanna Be the Guy), it's still really hard.

Aglar collects every item and key before going to the last area, and takes the right path to get to the best ending, all of this on the hardest difficulty possible and without taking any damage!


[Tier: Moons]NES Battletoads (USA) "warpless, 1 player" in 24:20.12 by Phil & Genisto.
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Uses death to save time
- Forgoes warps
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform
This is a 1-player warpless TAS on this hard game. As usual, the author shows off many bugs in this fighting/autoscrolling hybrid.

This movie requires FCEU 0.98.12.


[Tier: Moons]NES Battletoads (USA) "warpless, 2 players" in 24:57.47 by foda.
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- 2 Players
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes warps
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform
This run has two players and does not use warps.

As always, a bug on level 11 prevents player 2 from moving, so he gets a game over for that level. Player 1 plays level 11 alone and player 2 comes back for level 12. This is a bug in Battletoads itself.


[Tier: Moons]NES Battletoads (USA) "game end glitch" in 00:56.76 by MESHUGGAH & feos.
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- Uses warps
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- Final boss skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform
Battletoads (1991) is a futuristic beat 'em up game known for its extreme difficulty spread over 16 difficult levels. The mechanics in the game also change drastically from level to level, making the game one of the hardest and most varied for the NES.

In this game, the second most diabolical evil genius in the universe, The Dark Queen, has kidnapped Princess Angelica and Pimple - a battletoad. Rash and Zitz must save them by traveling through the most insane multilevel set of plans ever designed. This includes falling down huge shafts, racing through obstacle courses at breakneck speeds, riding on snakes through a massive maze of spikes, passing through a killer ventilation system, navigating through a missile defense system, climbing a never ending revolving tower, and much much more. Along the way, the Battletoads must also face off against an evil army of robots, genetically engineered rodents, and The Dark Queen herself.

In order to make the game a bit easier, its creators embedded some secret warp zones to skip a few early levels in their entirety. But that simply wasn't good enough for MESHUGGAH; he decided to travel directly to level 3, where he invents his own warp and skips right to the grand finale. He took a glitch found in this TAS and exploited it further, to the point the Dark Queen just gives up and returns Angelica and Pimple, going off to hatch an even more evil plan for next time. The glitch is done by breaking the game execution and sticking it right to the game ending.

This run conquers the predecessor movie by 0.18 seconds by exploiting the fact that green toad is processed before the yellow one.


[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement]NES Battletoads (USA) "warps, 2 players" in 11:04.72 by feos & MESHUGGAH.
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- 2 Players
- Uses death to save time
- Uses warps
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- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform
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Battletoads (1991) is a futuristic beat 'em up known for its graphics and extreme difficulty. The story is that the sexy Dark Queen who wants to rule the universe has kidnapped Princess Angelica and a toad named Pimple. Two other toads, Rash and Zitz, attempt to rescue them and defeat the Dark Queen.

Maybe you thought Battletoads was a game full of amphibians, but it is actually full of bugs. Those beta testers really should have spent a little more time on this game...

In this run, feos and MESHUGGAH beat the previously fastest TAS of this game by 2:22.16, this time using 2 players instead of 1. You will laugh, you will cry, but most of all, you will wonder how in the world they broke this game so much. Do yourself a favor and read the authors' notes.

To see the game broken even further with the use of memory corruption, watch this run.


[Tier: Stars]NES Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team (USA) in 17:41.14 by feos.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team is an action packed beat 'em up crossover that features essentially the same physics as Battletoads. Together, these heroes must defeat the Shadow Boss, the Dark Queen, and an assortment of other baddies.

Unlike the run of the SNES version, the author, feos, uses both a Toad and a Dragon. In addition, he constantly exploits glitches removed in the SNES version. The result is roughly 18 minutes of ridiculous antics! For more information on the glitches used in this run, please see the author's notes.


[Tier: Moons]NES Bio Force Ape (JPN) in 04:30.02 by RT-55J.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Bio Force Ape was a game developed by SETA set to be released in 1991 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. After SETA folded, a prototype cart was picked up by Lost Levels, who then released it to the public. In this prototype, you take control of a genetically altered super chimpanzee with pro wrestling-style moves and guide him through a hi-tech maze to rescue his adopted family. Why wasn't this released again?

In this run, the author, RT-55J, tries to complete the game in the fastest in-game time. To do this, he uses many exploits that might have been removed if this game was actually released. For more details, as always, please see the author's notes.


[Tier: Moons]NES Bionic Commando (USA) "all items" in 19:27.16 by McBobX.
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Bionic Commando (1988) is a platform game with a hero who can't jump, but can quickly latch onto objects with his bionic arm. The name of the original (Japanese) version of the game literally translates to The Resurrection of Hitler: Top Secret. Nintendo censored the Nazi references for the North American version.

Unlike our any% run of this game, this run collects every non-respawning object. This includes completing every action stage (but not the neutral zones), obtaining every gun, and exposing the secret enemy truck routes to get the helmet item.


[Tier: Stars]NES Bionic Commando (USA) in 13:21.9 by nEilfox.
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Bionic Commando (1988) is a platform game with a hero who can't jump, but can quickly latch onto objects with his bionic arm. The name of the original (Japanese) version of the game literally translates to The Resurrection of Hitler: Top Secret. Nintendo censored the Nazi references for the North American version.

Author nEilfox's second contribution to Bionic Commando features inhumanly fast grappling and swinging. This run is an improvement of 3.32 seconds over the previous run due to better optimization and a new trick in area 7.

For more swinging goodness, check out these runs of the Game Boy and arcade versions. There is also an "all items" run which completes the optional stages as well.


[Tier: Moons]NES Blaster Master (USA) "all bosses" in 30:30.37 by BrotherMojo.
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- Takes damage to save time
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- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Jason's pet frog escaped and got into some radioactive material underground. Naturally, there's a tank handy and Jason's first reaction is to go after his frog.

BrotherMojo improves the previous movie by 2:43.86 using better routes and more glitches. More information in Submission notes


[Tier: Moons]NES Blaster Master (Europe) in 04:25.44 by andymac.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Blaster Master is a fairly long game involving a random hero that jumps down a hole after his mutant frog, finds a tank, and proceeds to blow up a few bosses and rescue said frog. It's complicated.

In this movie the hero gets bored with the tank early on, skips the bosses and mostly decides to just go straight to the final boss and blow him up. The frog is saved and dissected, and Biology 101 is passed. Hooray!

This movie plays on the European version of the game, which includes a few bugs such as stopping movement by pausing and allowing double (and more) jumping. A changed zip mechanism is also in the European version which allows warping through things you really shouldn't be able to warp through.

This publication beats the previous movie by 9 seconds.

If you would like to see more of the game, we also have a warpless Blaster Master movie here that plays on the US version.


[Tier: Moons]NES Boulder Dash (USA) in 19:42.32 by CtrlAltDestroy.
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- Genre: Puzzle
Boulder Dash is a well known action-puzzle game where you must collect a quota of diamonds and reach the exit. This version improves upon the previous one by 25 seconds!

Normally, standing under any falling object or just getting close to an enemy means instant death, but in this movie the player fearlessly dives through heaps of falling objects and walks past enemies without a scratch.

It's quite pleasureable to watch if you have ever sat screaming at this game for getting stuck or killed repeatedly.

This playthrough uses a password to skip to level 19-1, which begins the hardest set of levels. The amoeba levels have long unavoidable waits, it is advised to fast-forward through these.


[Tier: Moons]NES Bram Stoker's Dracula (USA) in 13:19.85 by Randil.
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Bram Stoker's Dracula is a platformer based on the famous 1897 book of the same name. Count Dracula has cast his hypnotic spell on the lovely Mina Murray. To save her from eternity as a vampiress, you take control of Jonathan Harker as you ram through hordes of enemies, bombard bosses with stones, and...dance with ghosts?

This run by Randil is an improvement of 59 seconds over Shiru's rejected submission by taking more damage and using better strategies for the boss fights. See the author's notes for more details.


[Tier: Vault]NES BreakThru (USA) in 06:37.13 by dave_dfwm.
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BreakThru is a short, fast-paced game developed by Data East. It was released to arcades in 1986 and later ported to a few home consoles. You are the driver of a blue dune buggy, and your mission is to recover a stolen fighter plane, which lies behind 5 enemy lines that you must "break thru".

Dave_dfwm strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies by tearing across the landscape and shooting everything in his path.


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Bubble Bobble (USA) "best ending" in 24:37.7 by Tompa, adelikat, Bablo, Baxter, CtrlAltDestroy, & Cardboard.
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In Bubble Bobble, two magical, bubble-blowing dinosaurs (Bub and Bob) fight through an evil, deep forest in order to rescue their kidnapped dinosaur friends.

This movie features one... no, wait, six players controlling two characters simultaneously while smashing the previous time by 2 minutes and 41 seconds. However, this publication chooses to use warps.


Authors adelikat, Tompa, and Cardboard recorded some live commentary as well. Bubble Bobble is definitely better with swearing.

[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Bucky O'Hare (USA) in 22:13.6 by AnS.
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- Uses death to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
A rare instance of a Japanese-made NES game based on a U.S.-originated comic book, Bucky O'Hare (1992) provides a player with a good combination of platforming action similar to Mega Man, an interesting plot, and convincing production values. You can play as one of the five unique characters, which you are free to select at any time, after saving them from the clutches of the Toad Empire. Each character has special abilities required to take advantage of in order to pass through the game's numerous variably designed stages, ranging from single-screen puzzle rooms to autoscrolling shoot-'em-ups.

Interesting fact about this game is that Konami used to implement unconventional ways of piracy protection, in this particular case by making each hit or an otherwise harmful collision in the game result in an instant death if you play it illegitimately. Apparently, this was how a large amount of people were used to playing it in pre-emulation era, without ever finding out Konami's little sabotage.

This movie by AnS is set up in a fashion that imitates this handicap by playing the game in hard mode (accessing it through a password), where every hit results in death. Other than that, it also improves the previous movie by 2 minutes 48.7 seconds, using several major glitches and a lot of small tricks explained in great detail in the author's comments.


[Tier: Moons]NES Buzz and Waldog (USA) in 15:42.58 by goofydylan8.
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Created by an Asian pirate developer, Koko Adventure was released in Korea in 1993. The game was planned to be released unlicensed in America as Buzz and Waldog, but was cancelled before it could hit store shelves.

The game's pirate origins are obviously visible - many of the graphics are ripped from popular games like Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog, and the sound effects are borrowed from Tiny Toon Adventures.

This is the author's second submission of this game, and improves on the previous one by skipping intermission screens faster.


[Tier: Vault]NES California Games (USA) in 08:04.25 by Luke.
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California Games is an NES port of the popular 80's Arcade game. This game contains six Californian sports to partake in: Half Pipe, Foot Bag (Hacky Sack), Surfing, Skating, BMX and Disc Throw.

In this run, Luke demonstrates superhuman play in each of the sports. For more information, see the author's comments.


[Tier: Moons]NES Captain America and the Avengers (USA) in 14:27.72 by 韩晖 (aka. 西坡 (xipo)).
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Captain America and the Avengers is a game developed and released by Data East in 1991. It features the Marvel Comics characters The Avengers in a side-scrolling action platform to defeat the evil Red Skull.

In this run, Xipo takes a full advantage of a forward slide and all types of Captain's shield attacks, he even swims on the acid in it! Though he ignores the power-up system, because collecting the poles he would lose more time than could be gained by more powerful attacks.


[Tier: Vault]NES Castle of Dragon (USA) in 06:28.44 by adelikat & Randil.
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In this game, the hero—Duke Geraden—travels to Darklarza Castle in order to rescue Princess Amoreena from the Dragon Master. Castle of Dragon has all the elements of a bad game: it's clumsy, it looks and sounds horrible, and it has been made almost impossible to beat by implementing a lot of random factors into it.

This run improves the previous movie by over 30 seconds.

We also have a movie of the arcade version.


[Tier: Stars]NES Castlevania (USA PRG1) in 11:20.5 by Phil. Côté & Morrison.
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The original Castlevania is set in the year 1691. Simon Belmont must fight his way through the castle and destroy Count Dracula.

This TAS is about 13.6 seconds faster than the previous version by the coauthor of this movie, Morrison.

In this joint effort by Phil and Morrison, thorough optimizations are carried out at all levels of magnitude in order to get the maximum completion speed as well as lots of score points in the process.

The MSX version has been TASed as well!

There is also a run of this game which destroys as little as possible.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania (USA PRG1) "minimalist, pacifist" in 12:53.41 by Grincevent.
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- Pacifist version
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Simon is taking another shot at this castle, but feeling horrible for the destruction he caused last time, he is now trying to respect Dracula's property and leave the place untouched (even if his intention is to kill the count).

As a minimalist variation of a pacifist goal, this movie does not contain any destruction in the levels: candles and walls are left intact, items stay untouched, and no enemy is harmed — with the exception of the bosses, who are killed mercilessly with the help of the "critical hit" glitch.

With Simon sneaking by most enemies with no subweapons and only his leather whip, this ends up being quite a stealthy run.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (USA) in 29:45.02 by zggzdydp.
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- 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 2 minutes and 23 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]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Grant path" in 28:35.19 by scrimpeh.
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- Genre: Platform
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.

This movie takes the path that recruits Grant. It is about 22 seconds faster than the previous version. Improvements come from more optimization, better heart management, and new tricks like manipulating moving platforms and entering walls. There is also a Sypha path movie and an Alucard path movie.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Alucard path" in 25:17.73 by Samhain-Grim.
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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.

This movie takes the path that recruits Alucard. It is about 39 seconds faster than the previous movie, played by Genisto. There's also a Grant path movie and a Sypha path movie.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Sypha path" in 27:50.57 by Samhain-Grim.
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- Genre: Platform
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.

This movie takes the path that recruits Sypha. There's also a Grant path movie and an Alucard path movie.


[Tier: Vault]NES Chack'n Pop (JPN) in 06:55.63 by GeminiSaint.
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Chack'n Pop is the classic predecessor of the very popular Bubble Bobble series. Originally an arcade game, it features a small yellow creature named Chack'n who can walk on the floor and ceiling, climb steps, and throw hand grenades. Avoiding Monstas, Chack'n must free hearts from their cages using grenades to destroy solid walls and get to the top of the screen. In this run, GeminiSaint completes the first iteration of the arcade loop (9 levels) in 6:56.31.

[Tier: Vault]NES Cheetahmen II (USA) in 01:11.68 by adelikat.
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- Genre: Platform
Cheetahmen II is the unfinished sequel to game #52 of Action 52. The game contains 6 of the 10 levels originally proposed, in which the player takes control of Apollo, Hercules, and Aries, switching off every two levels.

This is the first movie to abuse the fact that some games do not initialize their states before reading them, which in this case results in one of the cart registers randomly taking a certain value that can force the game to start from level 5 on power-on.

Since the game really behaves like that on the console, it was decided to allow presetting such truly random bits on the emulator side. Read the submission text and its discussion thread for more details.

We also have an "all levels" TAS for this game, done on the patched ROM due to a bug in the original game preventing the player from progressing past level 4.


[Tier: Vault]NES Cheetahmen II (USA) "all levels" in 03:30.95 by andypanther.
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Cheetahmen II is the unfinished sequel to game #52 of Action 52. The game contains 6 of the 10 levels originally proposed, in which the player takes control of Apollo, Hercules, and Aries, switching off every two levels.

This run is done with a patched ROM that allows all 6 levels to be played without invoking rare glitches. Here's the run of the original ROM that uses the mapper register glitch to start from level 5.

The author, andypanther, improves the previous run by 11 frames with some minor strategy changes and lag reduction.


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[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (USA) "2 players" in 09:25.73 by dragonxyk.
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This run illustrates very well the advantage of using two-player mode. Much faster than the single-player version, Chip and Dale carry each other, throw each other, abuse balloons and zip as they once again go after Fat Cat.

The improvement by dragonxyk comes now with Chip and Dale zipping on each other.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (USA) "1 player" in 09:54.37 by Aglar.
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Chip 'n Dale - Rescue Rangers is based on the animated TV series. In this ridiculously easy and straightforward game, the Rangers look for their neighbor's kitty and end up fighting against their old nemesis, Fat Cat.

Aglar improved Genisto's movie by 1.81 seconds, by using different routes and by improving the zip method. You can check out the author's comments to learn more about the improvements.


[Tier: Moons]NES Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 (USA) "2 players" in 11:04.65 by dragonxyk.
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Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 is quite an improvement over the original Chip 'n Dale in terms of graphics and a whole lot of other things. Thankfully, the original game's solid controls haven't been changed. The plot of this game is that Fat Cat has stolen the Pharaoh's Urn and wants to use its power (for evil purposes, of course).

Like the first movie, a two-player run makes for some interesting things, like Chip and Dale carrying each other around, and heavy abuse of death to take advantage of balloons. By killing off one character, he respawns on a floating balloon, thus going ahead of the other character. Unlike the first, however, this run frequently destroys bosses by using one of the characters as a weapon. Only in the Chip 'n Dale series can such apparently irrational action be justified.

This movie, the second submission for this game by dragonxyk, is a 18.55-second improvement over the previous movie. See here for a run with just Chip.


[Tier: Moons]NES Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 (USA) "1 player" in 15:13.79 by feos.
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Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 is quite an improvement over the original Chip 'n Dale in terms of graphics and a whole lot of other things. Thankfully, the original game's solid controls haven't been changed. The plot of this game is that Fat Cat has stolen the Pharaoh's Urn and wants to use its power (for evil purposes, of course).

This run only uses Chip. It's an improvement of 1:19.53 over the previous "1 player" publication, through careful optimization, some new tricks and manipulating the bosses.

For a 2-player run of the same game, see [1028] NES Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 (USA) "2 players" by dragonxyk in 11:04.65.


[Tier: Vault]NES Choujin Sentai Jetman (JPN) in 09:23.95 by AnS.
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- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform
Continuing the trend of NES games based on popular Japanese TV shows, Jetman is apparently about multi-colored heroes and robots duking it out. No, it's not Power Rangers.

This movie probably qualifies for "Quickest Giant Robot Fights."


[Tier: Vault]NES Circus Charlie (JPN) in 03:24.05 by Randil.
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Circus Charlie is a simple game that most people probably know from pirate multigame carts. The first stages are easy for anyone even on real NES, but stage 3 is already quite challenging.

This movie plays "1 player game A" (easy). Ironically, this is MORE challenging for tool-assisted gameplay.

Stage times: 3410, 3560, 3750, 3890, 4270.

Yet another "perfect" movie beaten. This time by 18 frames.

The currently fastest "game B" (hard) TAS can be found here.


[Tier: Moons]NES Clash at Demonhead (USA) in 18:09.22 by Randil.
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Clash at Demonhead is a complex game to say the least. There are over 40 levels in the game, and they are all connected to each other. In the network of levels, the player must control Billy "Big Bang" Blitz to find 6 medallions and then rescue the kidnapped professor. This is no simple task. To make things even harder for a (tool-assisted) speedrunner, there are items available that greatly increase the player's speed, but in return cost money. This means that the route and strategy must be carefully planned.

This movie certainly does not lack speed or complexity, and is especially entertaining if you have played the game and know how hard it is. In this run, Randil improves the previous movie by over 4 minutes primarily thanks to a new trick that allows you to use the Power Boots for twice as long. As a result, he doesn't need to shop as much, allowing him to forgo the detour to Route 22 in order to exchange his gold for money.


[Tier: Vault]NES Clu Clu Land (JPN/USA) in 11:06.17 by pdk.
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- Genre: Puzzle
Clu Clu Land is an odd Nintendo puzzle game in the same vein as the old PC game Clockwerx. The goal of the game is to uncover patterns of golden ingots buried under the ground by passing over them. You do this by moving your character to the pegs and having her grab onto and spin around them.

The author, pdk, controls two players simultaneously for more speed and entertainment.


[Tier: Moons]NES Cobra Command (JPN) in 10:09.33 by £e Nécroyeur.
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- Genre: Shooter
Cobra Command is an NES port of an arcade game by Data East. As the pilot of the LX-3 SuperCobra military helicopter, you must fly to six different locations and rescue hostages, blasting away any enemies that stand in your way. Upgrades for your guns, missiles, armor, engines, and rescue equipment can also be acquired by landing in certain areas.

In this run, £e Nécroyeur uses many minor movement tricks and precise shooting to complete this game in a little over 10 minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES Cobra Triangle (USA) in 17:01.23 by adelikat.
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This unusual boat game includes racing to the finish, preventing swimmers from being abducted, disposing bombs, killing sea monsters and shooting targets.

Whereas the previous movie's goals went for both speed and points, this movie's primary goal is speed, and only gets as many points as possible when it doesn't waste time. For example, targets and swimmers are deliberately missed to reduce score-counting at the end of levels. Altogether, this is 54 seconds faster than the previous version.

Stray shots are used to manipulate luck.


[Tier: Vault]NES Conquest of the Crystal Palace (USA) in 11:18.75 by arkiandruski.
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Conquest of the Crystal Palace is the story of a boy and his dog who overthrow an evil rock (or is it a brain?).

[Tier: Moons]NES Contra (JPN) "pacifist" in 09:29.08 by Soig & zyr2288.
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- Pacifist version
- One player in a multiplayer game
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Contra completed fast, with an additional goal: do not kill enemies directly unless absolutely necessary to complete the game.

The hero shows the ultimate display of pacifism by sacrificing his own life in order to not destroy the Level 5 tanks.

This movie improves upon the previous movie by 6.85 seconds.


Note: This game was released under different names, such as 魂斗羅 (kontora) in Japan, and Probotector in Europe. GryZor is also used in Europe on some other systems.


[Tier: Moons]NES Contra (JPN) in 08:51.73 by zyr2288.
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- Uses death to save time
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- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Contra is a classic action game. Equipped with heavy artillery, you must save the world by defeating the organization Red Falcon. To do this, you must make it past over 10 areas full of flying bullets and explosives and defeat many baddies.

Like in this run's predecessor, zyr2288 uses both Bill and Lance simultaneously to fire through each level. In addition, he makes use of some better routes, boss fighting strategies, and lag manipulation.


Note: This game was released under different names, such as 魂斗羅 (kontora) in Japan, and Probotector in Europe. GryZor is also used in Europe on some other systems.


[Tier: Moons]NES Contra Force (USA) in 12:23.62 by GlitchMan.
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- Uses death to save time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
This game, ostensibly a spin-off of the Contra series, began life as a completely unrelated game, yet still manages to invoke the spirit of the other games in being an insanely difficult, one-hit-kills-you shooter.

Contra Force offers a selection of one of four characters, a jumping glitch involving the pause screen, and lots and lots of lag - and yet the game is still completed remarkably quickly.


[Tier: Vault]NES Crash 'n' the Boys: Street Challenge (USA) "best ending" in 11:30.55 by GuanoBowl.
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- Maximum kills
- Best ending
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Sport
Crash 'n' the Boys: Street Challenge is part of the Kunio-kun series. Kunio is the protagonist of the series and the guardian of Nekketsu High School. His name has been localized in a variety of ways: "Crash" Cooney in this game, Mr. K in Renegade, Sam in Super Dodge Ball, and Alex in River City Ransom. In this game, representatives of the high schools compete in five no-holds-barred events.

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


[Tier: Vault]NES Cross Fire (JPN) in 05:52.5 by MESHUGGAH.
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Cross Fire is a 2D Platformer game, developed and published by Kyugo Boueki, which was released in Japan in 1990.

[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement][Has commentary]NES Crystalis (USA) in 40:40.43 by TheAxeMan.
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- 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 Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine (USA) in 04:46.47 by Randil.
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Shooter
Cybernoid is considered extremely difficult to beat. You can only take one hit before you die, and you have only nine lives.

In this run, Randil makes use of all given weapons to save time. The run has no music, because sound effects were chosen by default instead.


[Tier: Stars]NES Darkwing Duck (USA) in 10:59.5 by AnS & Randil.
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- Genre: Platform
Darkwing Duck (1992) is a platformer somewhat similar to Mega Man in gameplay and difficulty. The arrow gun allows the player to climb up walls and use creative shortcuts so that the absolute shortest route can be taken. In case you are wondering why the character keeps on jumping so much, it is because he has to wait a short amount of time before being able to walk. With constant jumping these stops can be avoided.

This movie is a joint venture between AnS and Randil to improve the previous run by Walker Boh, resulting in 35.7 seconds saved through means of extensive optimization, luck manipulation and lag removal. We recommend reading the authors' comments for more details.


[Tier: Vault]NES Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum (USA) in 06:37.33 by CtrlAltDestroy.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum was a game developed by Beam Software and published by Data East in 1990. Your objective is to guide the spaceman Dash Galaxy to the top of the alien rocket he has been imprisoned in, where an escape pod leads to his freedom.

The author, CtrlAltDestroy, skips most of the puzzle rooms and gathers only the required items from the platforming stages in order to complete the game as fast as possible.


[Tier: Moons]NES David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) in 01:19.14 by MESHUGGAH, Zephyrz & Aglar.
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- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Bloboloni (1989) is a popular, whimsical game in which a shapeshifting blob (named Blobert) from the planet Blobolonia teams up with an Earth boy to overcome obstacles on both planets and to defeat Blobolonia's evil emperor.

[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Deadly Towers (JPN) in 08:09.53 by ars4326.
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- Uses warps
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
Deadly Towers is an infamous 'Nintendo Hard' game, where you control Prince Myer in his quest to destroy seven bells guarded by seven bosses and stop the evil wizard Rubas. The character is slow and takes a lot of damage very easily, making the game usually a great challenge. While there are powerups which boost your abilities, they are generally found in secret passages with no indication of their location.

In this run by ars4326, the Japanese version Mashou (魔鐘) is used due to it containing an inventory glitch that, essentially, gives you unlimited bells after death-warping and defeating Cold Killer twice. New routes, sequence breaking, and movement optimizations are also involved in this updated run.


[Tier: Vault]NES Defender of the Crown (USA) in 01:46.31 by £e Nécroyeur.
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- Genre: Strategy
Defender of the Crown is a strategy game loosely based on the historical novel Ivanhoe. It was originally released by Cinemaware for the Commodore Amiga in 1986, and was later ported to many other home computer systems and game consoles.

In this run, £e Nécroyeur uses luck manipulation and frame precision to complete this game in the fastest time possible.


[Tier: Moons]NES Demon Sword (USA) in 06:11.57 by 韩晖 (aka. 西坡 (xipo)).
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Demon Sword (1989) is the kind of a game that Legend of Kage should have been.

It features a hero named Victar, who can easily jump on a tall tree (and sometimes over it, since he just can't jump much lower) and is willing to defeat the evil demon that conquered the world. The key to defeating it is Victar's sword, which is conveniently broken into pieces that must be collected over the span of the game.

So watch his sword get bigger and more powerful every few minutes, until its wielder finally reaches maturity decides it's big enough to save the world.

Xipo comes back to this game with yet another large improvement: This time 108 seconds were saved over the previous movie. It was achieved by manipulating enemies to drop speed upgrades upon their death.

Note: This movie was created using an overdumped ROM. It needs "Demon Sword (U) [o1].nes" to playback properly.


[Tier: Vault]NES Destiny of an Emperor (USA) in 1:21:09.61 by Acmlm.
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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: Moons]NES Digger T. Rock: Legend of the Lost City (USA) in 03:26.93 by Kyman & SilentSlayers.
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- Genre: Platform
Digger T. Rock is searching for the Lost City and must dig through eight caverns to find it. On the way he must battle... dinosaurs!

This run underwent several revisions before reaching the form you now see before you.


[Tier: Vault]NES Disney's The Jungle Book (USA) in 20:13.83 by x2poet.
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- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Based on the famous animated movie, Walt Disney's The Jungle Book is a platform game where you control Mowgli, the boy who was raised by wild animals deep in the jungle, as he journeys to the human village to find safety from the tiger Shere Khan.

The author, X2poet, uses precise jumping and swinging to finish this game in just over 20 minutes.

There are also runs of the Genesis version and the SNES version.


[Tier: Vault]NES Disney's The Little Mermaid (USA) in 06:48.4 by AnS.
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The Little Mermaid is a simple game based on the movie of the same name. You control the mermaid Ariel as she swims through several stages and beats up bosses by tossing fish encapsulated in bubbles.

Normally, shooting bubbles stops Ariel, so a speedrun would try to avoid all the enemies. However, the author manages to fire shots with little movement delay thanks to a glitch involving turning around. Luck manipulation is also used to beat the bosses quite quickly. For more details, see the submission comments.

This run, AnS's first published movie here, improves the previous version by 51 seconds.


[Tier: Vault]NES Dizzy the Adventurer (USA) in 07:49.67 by alden.
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- Genre: Platform
The Dizzy series of computer games was one of the most successful computer game brands of the late eighties. They were all based around a central figure, an intelligent egg-like creature called Dizzy.

Dizzy the Adventurer is an enhanced NES port of the sixth game in the series, Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk, completed fast by the use of creative routes and of course, maximum speed.

There is also a run of the second game in the series, Treasure Island Dizzy.


[Tier: Moons]NES Donkey Kong (JPN/USA) in 01:08.67 by Phil.
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Donkey Kong is a classic game that has been challenged plenty of times at this site, by many players. This competitive spirit has made for some "perfect" runs. Yet each time someone manages to squeeze just a bit more out of it.

This latest completion by Phil beats the previous movie by 11 frames by carefully optimizing Jumpman's movement pattern.


[Tier: Vault]NES Donkey Kong 3 (USA) in 00:56.54 by MESHUGGAH.
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In the third installment in the Donkey Kong series, Stanley the bugman discovers Donkey Kong in his greenhouse, releasing insects that are attacking his precious flowers. To save his flowers, Stanley aims to stop the ape by blasting him away with a bug spray can.

In this movie, MESHUGGAH improves on the previous run through better luck manipulation, more precise shooting, and by dying on a very specific frame to skip the score countdown after the first level.


[Tier: Moons]NES Donkey Kong Jr. (JPN/USA) in 01:12.81 by Aglar, Aqfaq, Ferret Warlord.
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A very important part of Nintendo's history is being presented here on our website — as a tool-assisted speedrun.

Donkey Kong Jr., along with Donkey Kong, were classic games that were played by millions of players on various consoles, including the NES, Atari 2600 and Game and Watch. The story is that Jumpman, now known as Mario, has captured his rival Donkey Kong and it's up to Junior to save his dad.

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

This is a 1 frame optimization of Level 4 compared to the previous movie.


[Tier: Vault]NES Double Dare (USA) in 06:26.48 by goofydylan8.
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Double Dare is closely based on an old Nickelodeon children's game show. To win, each team must answer a few of the trivia questions before time runs out. If the team answering thinks the other team might not know the answer, they can "dare" the other team to answer the question for double the points. However, the other team has the option to "double dare" them right back for a chance to win quadruple the points. The winning team gets to race through the Double Dare obstacle course, which features obstacles like the 1-Ton Human Hamster Wheel and a tank of Nickelodeon's iconic green slime.

Thanks to tools and the low difficulty of the questions, the author, goofydylan8, doesn't have to dare the other team even once to win.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Double Dragon (USA) in 08:57.47 by Phil.
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Even the most unconventional means of fighting are nothing uncommon on this website, as shown in the screenshot. This is Phil's fifth movie of Double Dragon, now 38 seconds faster than the previous version.

Released on many systems, this game was so popular that they even released it for cellular phones and made a board game. Even a Hollywood movie has been made.

Check out this movie being played back on an actual NES.


[Tier: Moons]NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge (USA, PRG1) "1 player" in 09:17.78 by 韩晖 (aka. 西坡 (xipo)).
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- Genre: Platform
Double Dragon 2 is a beat'em-up game starring Billy (or Bimmy, depending on the game version) and Jimmy Lee in a quest to get revenge on a gang for killing Billy's girlfriend. Their journey starts on city streets, but it eventually goes to a variety of places like a helicopter, a dark forest, a haunted mansion, and a final fight bordering on the supernatural. You must play the hardest difficulty, Supreme Master, in order to reach the true final boss.

One interesting feature of the game is that some very powerful moves can only be used from a crouching position, usually after landing from a jump or getting up from a knockdown. This is why you see the player jump so frequently.

This run by xipo plays the game with only 1 player. It is slower than the two-player run largely because it can't use tricks like the two players hitting each other with flying knees. However, there are still some interesting tricks and strategies in this movie well worth watching.


[Tier: Moons]NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge (USA) "2 players" in 08:21.61 by xipo.
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Double Dragon 2 (1989) is a beat'em-up game that shows the true value of teamwork. Despite sibling rivalry, Billy and Jimmy help expedite their common goal with well-timed knees to each other's faces.

This new version by xipo is 18.51 seconds faster than the previous effort by adelikat. Most of the improvement came from better application of glitches.

If you're more a fan of runs where one macho man defeats an entire gang alone, there is also a one-player run available.


[Tier: Moons]NES Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (USA) in 10:10.23 by 韩晖 (aka. 西坡 (xipo)).
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- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform
In this movie, the author speeds through the game, beating up all the bad guys quickly and efficiently, making full use of each character — and killing them off when they are no longer useful. The characters' special abilities are abused to provide some unorthodox shortcuts.

This is the author's 3rd version and is an improvement of about 28 seconds over his previous movie.


[Tier: Vault]NES Double Moon Densetsu (JPN) in 19:50.34 by TaoTao.
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- Major skip glitch
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- 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: Vault]NES Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (USA) in 18:04.85 by Warp.
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Based loosely on the novel with a similar name, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde follows Dr. Jekyll as he walks to his wedding. For some reason though, everyone and everything is out to kill him, and if he gets attacked too many times, he will involuntarily transform into the monster Mr. Hyde. Once he becomes Hyde, he enters a mirror world where he must kill a number of demons to return to the real world and his normal self. Jekyll must advance further than his doppelgänger in each level in order to successfully reach his wedding.

By taking almost no damage in this TAS, the demon world is never seen. This is practically impossible to do without tool assistance, and even causes the game to exhibit glitches that speed up the game.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Dr. Mario (JPN/USA) in 01:12.83 by CtrlAltDestroy.
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- Aims for maximum score
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Single level
- Genre: Puzzle
Tired of being mocked by the viruses, Dr. Mario switched to his "fast-acting" and "extra strength" medication. The viruses never knew what hit them.

This video beats Level 20, Speed Hi of Dr. Mario in record time. Don't blink, or you might miss the twist ending.

Check out this movie being played back on an actual NES.


[Tier: Vault]NES Dragon's Lair (JPN) in 03:52.55 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Dragon's Lair is much better known in its incarnations for other platforms as an FMV game with only slight amounts of control over the player's action. The NES version is more of a traditional platformer, but very smooth animation for the era and funny-looking characters inspired by the cartoon graphics of the other versions - this includes the final boss, who isn't seen very much in this run thanks to abuse of the game mechanics.

This is an improvement of around a second to the previous run.


[Tier: Vault]NES Dragon Fighter (USA) in 12:15.28 by nitsuja.
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Dragon Fighter is a cross-over between a platformer and a shooter. It starts out in platform mode, where you can collect dragon points. When you have enough, you can transform into a powerful dragon, turning the game into a autoscrolling shooter. The game scrolls slowly in this mode, but the dragon moves fast.

By continuously switching between the two modes, it allows the player to go as fast as possible, which makes an otherwise boring game interesting.


[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: Vault][Notable improvement]NES Dragon Warrior III (USA) "item glitch" in 48:28.08 by dave_dfwm.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Dragon Warrior 3 completed quickly by using a bizarre glitch that allows the author to fill his inventory with useful items, manipulate his stats, and even add places to his return list! This allows most of the game to be skipped.

Thanks to this new method of item glitching, this is almost exactly nine minutes faster than the previous version of the run.

The author wrote detailed comments explaining this glitch.


[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: Vault]NES Dragon Warrior IV (USA) in 2:09:06.58 by adelikat.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Dragon Warrior 4 is a very long RPG. During the planning phase, it was expected that this movie would be 5 hours long. Suffice to say the result was a pleasant surprise.

The author intentionally kills off his party in order to save some travel time.


[Tier: Moons]NES Driar in 05:14.45 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Uses death to save time
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Platform
Driar is a homebrew game created in 2012 by David Eriksson and Stefen Adolfsson. It is notable for being an homage to classic NES games with no modern influences whatsoever. No score, no save points, no passwords, no timers, no plot, no hub-world; just a series of single screen levels for you to carefully complete, in order, or until your 10 lives are used up.

In this run, MESHUGGAH moves the eponymous dinosaur through all 38 levels and beats the game in record time.


[Tier: Vault]NES Duck Hunt (JPN/USA) in 01:46.82 by Randil.
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- Uses a game restart sequence
- Genre: Shooter
Duck Hunt is the classic NES zapper game.

No live ducks are seen in this movie.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Duck Tales (USA) in 07:04.73 by Aglar & MESHUGGAH.
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- Genre: Platform
Duck Tales is a classic game in which Scrooge has to collect treasures from all over the world. Some of the levels are not completely straightforward, and collecting items is sometimes necessary before proceeding. His cane also doubles as an almighty pogo stick that can be used in various ways, which makes jumping a lot more fun.

This is the sixth TAS of Duck Tales. Minor improvements and refined strategies here and there contributed around an additional half second of improvement.

This is a 0.58 second improvement over the previous movie due to general optimizations including lag reduction and subpixel optimization.

You can watch this run played back on a real NES console.


[Tier: Moons]NES Duck Tales 2 (USA) in 08:41.29 by feos & MESHUGGAH.
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
Scrooge McDuck is advanced in years, he travels around the lake with Niagara on one side and Scotland on another, and beats money out of half-transparent bosses. He hides in the sand and rides the vertex, gets lightning strikes and beats liquid D-1000 robot with his little toe. He also jumps on his pogo stick like he has dementia. Or maybe all that is just a fancy of his senile mind?

The authors, feos and MESHUGGAH, complete the game 3.66 seconds faster than the previous movie by adelikat by minimizing lag, general optimization and some new tricks.

This movie does not get the best (100%) ending, but also does not get the worst (no money).


[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: Moons]NES Déjà Vu (USA) in 09:41.59 by Randil.
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- Genre: Storybook
A storybook game like Shadowgate and Uninvited.

In this one you star as Ace Harding, a detective who wakes up having no idea who or where he is. As the game progresses you discover that you have been framed for a crime you didn't commit, and must find a way to clear your name.

This, the fifth submission of this game by the same author, is a 35.45 second improvement over the author's previous attempt. Most of the improvement comes from using a "leave bullet" bug, as detailed in the submission text.

See the Déjà Vu GameFAQs page for more information about this game (we recommend Mr. Kelly R. Flewin's Déjà Vu Speed Guide).


[Tier: Vault]NES EarthBound Zero (USA) in 47:56.08 by Nitrodon.
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- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Unofficial game
- Genre: RPG
EarthBound Zero is the first game in the Mother/EarthBound series. It was localized, but never released in the US. Technically, the game was localized as EarthBound, but the sequel was localized and released as EarthBound, so this game generally goes by the name EarthBound Zero.

This movie is done on the U version, 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 Zero (JPN) "warp glitch" in 23:09.56 by pirohiko.
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- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
This is the JPN version of EarthBound Zero (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 two and a half minutes faster than the previous run.

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


[Tier: Vault]NES Elevator Action (USA) in 06:57.46 by Brushy.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
A rather simple, unique classic game.

The hero of this game is a spy/agent who raids buildings infested with men in black. He collects important documents from various apartments/closets (which, for the sake of simplicity, are colored indicatively), and then leaves by his car to the next raid.

After raiding the last building, he goes to raid the same buildings once again, ad infinitum.

Even a small game like this isn't free of bugs. The unsafe elevators of this game offer a few maneuvers that should not be attempted in real life.

Four levels were played.

This is an improvement of just over a minute over the previously published run.


[Tier: Stars]NES Excitebike (JPN/USA) in 05:29.44 by Lord Tom.
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- Aims for in-game time instead of real-time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Racing
This movie plays Excitebike really fast with an improvement of over a second compared to the previous movie by JXQ.

Times for each track are:

  • 0 = 36.19 (0.35 improved)
  • 1 = 37.84 (0.40 -"-)
  • 2 = 38.67 (0.19 -"-)
  • 3 = 41.96 (0.02 -"-)
  • 4 = 41.00 (0.02 -"-)
  • 5 = 31.34 (0.40 -"-)
Cumulative in-game savings: 1.38s

Main improvements come from taking ramps faster and a unique trick in which the author goes slower to get a better time. Look for further info in the author's comments.


[Tier: Moons]NES Extra Mario Bros. (JPN/USA) in 19:24.68 by HappyLee.
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- Unofficial game
- Genre: Platform
Extra Mario Bros. is a hack of the original Super Mario Bros. It is noteworthy for being a complete "Metroidvania" game built around the original SMB engine, with very few changes to the engine itself. The five areas in the game are all interconnected (via pipes, naturally), and permanent upgrades have been added to give it a more Metroid-ish feel. (Did I mention the music from Super Metroid? Because there's music from Super Metroid.)

However, despite his newfound ability to return to levels he's visited before and acquire upgrades that don't go away when he dies, Mario still cannot scroll to the left.

This movie collects all of the keys and fights the true final boss but only collects two of the upgrades.


Note: An IPS patch for the hack can be downloaded from http://tasvideos-moviefiles.googlecode.com/files/ips%2Bpatcher.zip.


[Tier: Vault]NES Fantasy Zone (JPN) in 04:07.07 by Hisatoki.
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- Genre: Shooter
Fantasy Zone is a short, colorful arcade port which somewhat uniquely is a shooter that does not autoscroll! Since there are no levels to scroll through, the boss battles start when eight of the enemy bases have been destroyed.

In this run, Hisatoki manipulates luck and buys and uses better weapons in order to finish this game as fast as possible.


[Tier: Vault]NES Faxanadu (USA) in 23:23.68 by Lord Tom.
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- Takes damage to save time
- 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 3rd published version of the TAS, now over seven minutes faster than the previous version.

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


[Tier: Moons]NES Felix the Cat (USA) in 22:29.01 by Randil.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
This game is about a classic cartoon character, Felix the Cat, who goes on an adventure to save his girlfriend, Kitty, from a mad professor. It's a simple platformer like any Mario game.

This is a 24.26 second improvement over Randil's previous run. This is due to several strategy changes, such as using the airplane more often in flying levels and using a different power to fight the final boss. For more details, see the author's comments.


[Tier: Moons]NES Final Fantasy (USA) "White Mage" in 1:16:37.56 by TheAxeMan.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Uses a suboptimal character
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy is a well known RPG about saving the world with the usual assortment of characters.

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


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Final Fantasy (USA) in 1:09:57.7 by TheAxeMan.
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- 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: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Final Fantasy III (JPN) "game end glitch" in 06:23.9 by AmaizumiUni.
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- Takes damage to save time
- 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]NES Fire 'n Ice (USA) in 1:03:26.33 by Randil.
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Fire 'n Ice is the prequel to Solomon's Key, known as Solomon's Key 2 elsewhere. In it, Dana manipulates ice blocks to remove all of the fire from each level. Randil completes all 101 levels of this "highly addictive" puzzler in 1:03:32.59.

[Tier: Vault]NES Fisher-Price: Firehouse Rescue (USA) in 10:59.13 by goofydylan8.
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In Fisher-Price: Firehouse Rescue, the player controls a fireman driving a firetruck. Both the fireman and the firetruck bear the familiar style of the popular Fisher-Price toy line. The object of the game is to rescue pets from trees and people from houses in the immediate neighborhood. There are 2 parts to this task: the first part involves navigating the maze-like streets from an overhead perspective in order to find the troubled residence. Once the house is reached, the second part of the job is to maneuver the firetruck's ladder underneath the person or animal in need of rescue, from a side perspective, and letting them down to safety.

While the first level confines the entire neighborhood to a one-screen maze, later levels span multiple screens, thereby increasing the challenge. Further, later levels also add time limits and additional keys that the player must collect before attempting the rescue mission.


[Tier: Vault]NES Fist Of The North Star (USA) in 07:47.22 by ziplock.
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- Genre: Fighting
Fist of the North Star is the American version of the NES's Hokuto no Ken 2, a game which is inspired by a popular Japanese manga Hokuto no Ken.
In this funny video, we can see enemies that move faster than thrown knives and arrows.

[Tier: Moons]NES Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy (USA) in 14:07.17 by adelikat.
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The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy is a 1991 NES tie-in to the popular Flintstones franchise. In it, Fred Flintstone must save his pets from a time-traveling thief.

The author improves on the previous publication by 21.89 seconds from a new glitch that allows Fred to move through the ice level at an astonishing rate.


[Tier: Moons]NES Friday the 13th (USA) in 03:00.69 by jlun2.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Friday the 13th is a video game adaptation of the movie series of the same name. You are one of six camp counselors on a mission to defeat Jason Voorhees three times before he kills the other counselors or some of the children.

In this three second improvement to a five-and-a-half year old movie, Jason is defeated faster than ever thanks to some tricks to force him to appear more often than normal.


[Tier: Vault]NES Front Line (JPN) in 02:38.97 by was0x.
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- Genre: Shooter
Front Line is a military combat-themed game ported from the arcade. The objective is to fight off infantry units and tanks until you reach the enemies compound. was0x completes the first iteration of this game in 2:39.23, though the game repeats this stage forever upon completion.

[Tier: Vault]NES G.I. Joe (USA) in 16:49.6 by 韩晖 (aka. 西坡 (xipo)).
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
The Cobra Command threatens the world and the G.I. Joe team is needed to stop it!

G.I. Joe (1991) is a platformer difficult because of its intricate routes and bosses, but the author makes short work of both. In particular, this movie sports some of the shortest boss fights of any game. It also provides entertainment through varied character and vehicle use (thankfully, the game still manages not to lag immensely even with all the action thrown in).

This is an improvement of 107 seconds to the previous movie by Ferret Warlord.


[Tier: Vault]NES G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor (USA) in 07:40.36 by C0DE RED.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
GI Joe: The Atlantis Factor is an NES game released by Capcom USA around 1991. It is known to be a sequel to the original GI Joe NES game released a year before.

In this run, the author manipulates luck in order to achieve his goals. Note that he jumps a lot, but that's because jumping makes the character move faster (from left to right and vice-versa) than just walking around.


[Tier: Moons]NES Gargoyle's Quest II (USA) in 27:43.08 by goofydylan8.
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- Genre: Adventure
A long time ago, before human being appeared, there lived a monster named Firebrand. In this game, Firebrand (the red gargoyle) fights against the evil that has invaded his homeland. Along the way, he becomes more powerful and becomes able to fly longer, jump higher, and shoot more weapons.

goofydylan8 conquers this game in a little under 28 minutes with careful lag management, damage-boosting, and aggressive boss fights.

TASVideos also has movies of this game's prequel for the Game Boy and sequel for the Super NES.


[Tier: Vault]NES Gauntlet (USA) in 12:24.65 by foda.
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
Gauntlet is a Dungeons & Dragons simulator of sorts. You choose a class of Warrior, Valkyrie, Wizard or Elf to navigate the Gauntlet, collect treasure, slay wicked monsters, and save your beloved peasant hometown.

Walkthroughs for this game estimate a completion time of several hours when playing normally. Here, we see the game completed in only 12 minutes! Usually clues have to be collected to discover the password to the last dungeon, but this is selected at the game's beginning, so the clues are unnecessary in a TAS. There is also some collision detection abuse and lots of luck manipulation.

This updated version takes a better path, manipulates fights more, and abuses luck to get the password with shortest input time.

There is a huge amount of secrets and hidden paths to take in this game. The author recommends the FAQ by melvinwang on GameFAQs, and would like to thank fuwafuwa and TurboC for their help with this video.


[Tier: Vault]NES Ghostbusters (JPN) in 01:34.34 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
If what was done in this movie was possible in real life, economies worldwide would crash.

Ghostbusters is a hastily produced game based on the 1984 movie of the same name. The NES version is a notoriously bad port, and the Japanese version contains a glitch that allows the Ghost Alarm item to be sold for more than it costs, allowing entry into the Zuul Building much earlier than intended.

In this movie, MESHUGGAH improves the first run of this game by 38 frames through a few small optimizations. See the author's notes for more details.


Note: A bug in the Japanese version causes the ending screen to incorrectly display "りり". This movie will also sync while the PAXKKLAA Game Genie code is used, which shows the corrected text:

Conglaturation !!!

You have completed a grate game.

And prooved the justice of our culture.

Now go and rest our heroes !


[Tier: Vault]NES Ghosts 'n Goblins (USA) in 08:23.13 by Arc.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Ghosts 'n Goblins (1986) begins with a normal scene: a half-naked knight is on a date in a graveyard with a princess. Suddenly, a demon appears and abducts the princess! The knight quickly suits up and makes rapid progres (sic) through the demon world in an attempt to rescue his royal girlfriend.

Arc is a veteran when it comes to making TASes of Ghosts 'n Goblins. This TAS is his ninth version, and it is 15.083 seconds faster than the previous version by Guanobowl. There is a vast amount of luck manipulation throughout the game, and there are multiple instances of the rare 'boost from enemy damage' trick.

Note: The previous movie ran through the game twice (after the first completion, the game does not show the real ending). This movie only runs through once, hence the much shorter overall time. The actual first-quest time difference is 15.083 seconds.

In Japanese, this game is known as 魔界村 (Makaimura or "Demon World Village").


[Tier: Vault]NES Ghoul School (USA) in 04:02.73 by Andrewg.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
Ghoul School is a game where a multi-talented teen named Spike O'Hara fights through a horde of various ghouls with the talent of MacGyver, needing only a towel, shoes, springs, and embalming fluid.

Normally, this game would require getting many more items, but due to heavy glitching, most of the items are skipped and the game is completed in a mere four minutes. This is a 7 second improvement over the previous run.


[Tier: Stars][Recommended for newcomers]NES Gimmick! (JPN) "100%" in 07:44.45 by Aglar & Hotarubi.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
A short Japanese game about a small green toy who can summon stars to help him defeat monsters and to use them as platforms to reach high places and travel fast.

In this movie, the authors collect all of the items to enter the secret 7th level after the boss at the end of the 6th level, and do so 2 minutes and 15 seconds faster than the previous movie.

The game cartridge of Gimmick! contains a special microchip, FME7, which extends the number of sound channels in the game from 5 to 8, creating a more melodic soundtrack than in most other NES games.

If you like this, be sure to check out the other run of this game, which skips the secret items.


[Tier: Moons]NES Gimmick! (JPN) in 05:11.49 by Aglar & Hotarubi.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
Gimmick! (1992) is another gem from Sunsoft, the company that brought us Ufouria and Journey to Silius. It was only released in Japan and Scandinavian countries, but eventually achieved something of a cult status thanks to its refined gameplay, as well as exceptional music and graphic design.

The plot follows a green toy on a quest to rescue a little girl from the clutch of other toys, who were rightfully upset at her forsaking them in favor of our protagonist. What these other toys can't do, however, is conjure stars to use them both as projectiles and very effective transportation devices!

This joint venture between Aglar and Hotarubi improves the previous movie by nearly a whole minute thanks to a lot of new and refined tricks and shortcuts. This run doesn't collect the special items required to access the 7th level, and thus gets a bad ending. However, we have another run that attains the best ending for your viewing pleasure!


[Tier: Vault]NES Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (USA) in 44:40.04 by dave_dfwm.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Shooter
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode is a game based on a popular Japanese manga. You control Golgo 13, an assassin who is ordered to take out the leader of the DREK Empire. The game features four different gameplay modes: action, flying, 360 degree shooting and 3D maze.

The author, dave_dfwm, speeds through this little-known game in less than 45 minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES Gotcha! The Sport! (USA) in 03:25.33 by adelikat.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Shooter
Gotcha! The Sport! is a video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System that was released in 1987 based on the 1985 film Gotcha!. It is a Capture the Flag-style game played with paintball guns loaded with simulated paintballs.

The player's mission is to get through the level, capture the enemy flag by shooting it, and return it to your base. This is while simultaneously trying not to get shot by the other team, run out of ammo, or run out of time. A light gun is necessary for this game, but one needs to also use the controller. The directional pad will move the screen left and right. Ammo boxes can be found sitting on the ground or carried by enemies in the background. It seems that only misses cost you ammo, so if one's aim is precise, they will receive a significant bonus for leftover ammunition.

There are three levels in the game: Woods, Warehouse District and Snow Fields. The Woods and Snow Fields levels feature enemies in military garb, while the Warehouse District features enemies modeled after early 1980s punks. These rounds repeat in this order infinitely; each time around, the reaction time needed for the enemies to aim and fire is reduced.

In this run, adelikat uses his amazing uber-Aimbot skills to decimate anyone and everyone who stands in his way to capture the flag. This movie is a demonstration of NES Zapper support in the most recent versions of BizHawk, and is the first movie to use the new bk2 file format for BizHawk.


[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement][Console-verified]NES Gradius (JPN) in 10:52.35 by adelikat.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Uses death to save time
- Uses warps
- Genre: Shooter
In this run, adelikat picks up maximum speed upgrades and has fun with perfect reflexes, much like the previous movie. That is certainly something nice to do, because the game scrolls automatically and the player cannot affect the speed. However, the point of this movie is not just to beat this game as fast as possible, but rather to do all kinds of unpredictable and awe-inspiring things rarely seen in any TAS — without losing time. See for yourself.

This is probably one of the best illustrations on how to create art out of a simplistic and otherwise uninteresting game to watch.

What is also different about this movie is an extra warp which significantly shortens the game, and the use of a new tool (input macro) as described in the submission text. Bots are occasionally used to generate pseudorandom input while still avoiding death.

Also be sure to check out this movie being played back on an actual NES.


[Tier: Moons]NES Gremlins 2: The New Batch (USA) in 07:00.07 by Randil.
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- Genre: Platform
Gremlins 2 done quick — the 4th 9th version by total now.

This movie features a 4.75 second improvement over the previous one. It makes Gremlins 2 look like it's just some avoid-obstacles-jump-and-walk platform game, which it really isn't at least meant to be.

Don't watch it after midnight, outside at sunshine or while drinking some water, you might spill it!


[Tier: Moons]NES Guerrilla War (USA) in 13:02.35 by x2poet.
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- Uses death to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Shooter
x2poet seeks to quell the revolution in record time! This movie not only plays on the hardest setting, but it manages to do so almost 30 seconds faster than the previous movie. This is accomplished by controlling two players at once which finished boss battles quicker.

[Tier: Vault]NES Gumshoe (USA) in 14:43.98 by Highness.
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- Aims for maximum score
- Maximum kills
- Genre: Shooter
Gumshoe is a game developed by Yoshio Sakamoto of Nintendo (known for his work on the Metroid games). Using the NES Zapper accessory, shoot the enemies and obstacles in the hero's path or shoot the hero himself to make him jump over them on his way to save his daughter from the Mafia.

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


[Tier: Vault]NES Gyromite in 23:07.71 by kirbymuncher.
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Gyromite is one of two video games designed for use with the Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.), the other being Stack Up. You control a professor who must clear levels by picking up lighted bundles of dynamite while R.O.B. raises and lowers the red and blue gates.

The author, kirbymuncher, plays through the game as fast as possible with optimized movement and a couple of glitches.


[Tier: Moons]NES Hammerin' Harry (JPN) in 07:11.39 by nitrogenesis.
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- Genre: Platform
Hammerin' Harry is a pretty simple platformer. Armed with a big hammer, you make your way through 5 levels, and the first 3 levels have bonus levels as well. At the end of each level there is a boss, and in some levels, there are also mini-bosses. In short, this game is a "normal" platformer, you won't have a hard time figuring out what's going on.

NitroGenesis improves on the previous movie by 5.72 seconds thanks to more optimized jumps and faster bossfights. For more info, we recommend reading the submission text.


[Tier: Moons]NES Hard Relay Mario (JPN/USA) in 08:14.95 by HappyLee.
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- Genre: Puzzle
Notable for once being one of the hardest Super Mario Bros. hacks ever made, Hard Relay Mario (2004) is more like a puzzle game with its cryptic and difficult level layouts.

In this run, made over the course of two and a half years, watch as HappyLee abuses the game engine to its fullest, finishing the game in the time it would normally take to get past the first few obstacles.

To see the game as it was meant to be played, you can also watch HappyLee beat the original game in his "warps" and "warpless" runs.

Note: Due to how similar Air 2 is to this game, this game obsoletes it as it is overall more entertaining to watch.


[Tier: Vault]NES Heavy Shreddin' (USA) in 17:34.95 by TGPrimus.
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Heavy Shreddin' is a relatively obscure snowboarding game with five different events: Downhill, Slalom, Halfpipe, Moguls, and Backwoods. Though the screen scrolls at a set speed, there are several speed altering techniques that can be used to obtain a faster time.

TGPrimus uses these techniques along with TAS precision to finish all slopes and events in less than 18 minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES High Speed (USA) in 20:05.57 by dwangoAC.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
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High Speed was released on the NES by Rare Inc. in 1991 and is based on a real pinball machine released by Williams pinball in 1985. The core rules of High Speed were ported over fairly faithfully from the original pinball machine although Rare added in two different minigames and a "wizard mode" goal which is reached by completing a total of 8 cannon minigames and 6 race minigames.

Completing all three races and all four cannon minigames causes a spaceship to appear which displays a message that states "you have beaten the system... for now”; beating another round of three races and four cannon minigames causes a rocket to appear which states “you have beaten the system this time.” and marks the end of the game. Reaching this final “you beat the system” bonus is the goal of this speedrun.


[Tier: Moons]NES Hi no Tori: Gaou no Bouken (JPN) in 14:16.73 by AnS.
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- Uses warps
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Despite the fact that this is a Konami game, this game is not well-known in western countries.
This game is really quite difficult.

火の鳥 = bird of fire (Japanese name for phoenix).

This is a 15.5-second improvement to the previous author's movie, through a route change and extensive luck manipulation.


[Tier: Vault]NES Holy Diver (JPN) in 14:52.57 by Vatchern & Adelikat.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Here is a game that was made as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio and features him as the main character. Also, the name of the game is taken from Dio's band's Holy Diver album. Beside that, the ending contains additional references to other famous rock/metal figures.

Gameplay of this game is very similiar to Castlevania and some textures and the last boss are similar to Contra's. This game is also known to be nearly impossible to complete on a real console.

This is a 1 minute 36 second improvement over the previous movie due to the use of new tricks, weapon selection, and some new shortcuts.


[Tier: Vault]NES Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (USA) in 07:07.16 by jlun2.
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A weird game, very loosely based on the second movie of the Home Alone movie series. Features, among other things, Kevin McCallister dodging brooms and suitcases, obtaining the Screw Attack from Metroid, and, of course, fending off those two crooks that are going after him.

[Tier: Vault]NES Hook (USA) in 23:19.64 by GlitchMan.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
Hook is an NES game based on the movie of the same name. Unlike the SNES game based on the same movie, this game is less linear, though there are still a limited number of effective routes on the map screen. Also, four items need to be collected to beat the game.

GlitchMan plays through this game quickly, using some collision glitches which allow him to do things like fall through floors (as the screenshot for this movie shows). For more details, see the author's comments.


[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]NES Ice Climber (USA) in 19:12.6 by Walker Boh.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- 2 Players
- Genre: Platform
This movie completes the 32 mountains of Ice Climber as fast as the author could do. It catches the bird in every bonus stage, which almost doubles the movie length.

It's not a very exciting movie as whole, but due to how hard the character is control, the game is difficult to beat by normal playing. This fact might make the movie a bit more interesting.

This movie is 2.5 minutes faster than the previous version by the same author.


[Tier: Vault]NES Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (USA) in 02:57.56 by MESHUGGAH & Randil.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Puzzle
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade lent itself to two well-known video game adaptations - an adventure game and a straight-up action game. This game, made by Taito, is neither of those two; it is comprised of several short smaller games with varying genres.

This run by MESHUGGAH and Randil is the result of careful luck manipulation and several time-saving tricks.


[Tier: Vault]NES Inversion (1.4) "Extra world" in 01:17.87 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Uses a level password
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Platform
Inversion is a homebrew game created by Lucas "Dizzy9" Kur. The goal of the game is to collect all of the keys from each map to open a door leading to the next level. The game also features a more challenging level set called the "Extra World", accessible by entering a password.

Here, MESHUGGAH plays through the Extra World, using a few tricks and glitches as well as precision to beat this mode as quickly as possible.

We also have a run of Inversion's main mode.


[Tier: Vault]NES Inversion (1.4) in 05:24.85 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Genre: Platform
A boy named Satoshi suffers from a unique type of color blindness — he can only see in black and white. However, he also has a special ability to turn solid objects intangible and vice versa! But despite the amazing power he holds, Satoshi only wants to see like a normal boy. He seeks out an answer to his vision problem in a mystical manor called the Denine Devil Mansion, where he meets a scientist who offers him a game. If Satoshi wins, he might gain the ability to see in color. With that goal in mind, Satoshi accepts the offer and begins the Inversion game.

In each level, Satoshi must collect all of the keys to open the door to the next map. He can use his special ability to change the solidity of all objects in the level and reveal solutions to the game's many puzzles. Springs, moving platforms, vertical conveyor belts and levers can also be used to his advantage.

In this run, MESHUGGAH uses a few tricks and a lot of precise movement to help Satoshi beat the game in record time.


[Tier: Vault]NES Iron Tank: The Invasion of Normandy (USA) in 11:47.47 by £e Nécroyeur.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Shooter
Iron Tank: The Invasion of Normandy (1988) is a top-down action shooting game by SNK, based on their earlier arcade game TNK III. You take control of a commando named Paul (codenamed SNAKE) as he mans the titular tank to infiltrate the German stronghold.

In this run, £e Nécroyeur uses tool-assisted precision as well as some tricks, glitches, and luck manipulation to blast his way to victory in a little under 12 minutes.


[Tier: Moons]NES Jackal (JPN/USA) in 07:25.98 by klmz.
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Forgoes time-saving death
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Shooter
Unfortunately, Red from the last year's carnage got into an accident involving a badly thrown grenade and a few land mines, so Green takes it on all by himself in this new episode of Jackal.

Not having to deal with the larger amount of two-player mayhem also means the game goes faster, which is a win for everybody. (Except that Red guy.) Coupled with better playing, this constitutes the 9 second improvement over the previous movie by xipo.


[Tier: Vault]NES Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu (USA) in 16:36.17 by Baxter.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Jackie Chan is not a particularly impressive game, except for its music, which is relaxing to listen to.

Jackie Chan has been played a few times on this site. Three times by Arc, once by Dan and now once by Baxter. Every submission was faster than the preceding one, and this movie is not an exception.

This movie is 27.5 seconds faster than the previous version by Dan, and also takes 100% less hits than the previous version. In other words, no damage was taken.

We recommend reading the author's notes of this movie.


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES James Bond Jr. (USA) in 18:29.84 by feos.
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- Uses a level password
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
James Bond Jr. is a 1991 video game developed by Eurocom. The world’s greatest scientists have mysteriously disappeared! Intelligence reports indicate that James Bond Junior's old enemy, SCUM Lord, has imprisoned them on his island fortress in the Caribbean. Without hesitation, Junior heads out on four dangerous missions to save the scientists and thwart SCUM Lord’s plans!

Here, our brave hero ignores normal elevators, uses all available items and manages their amounts very precisely, and generally abuses his lifebar.

We also have a run of the SNES version.


This movie features the new .FM3 format, intended to be watched in TASEditor, where detailed comments on the run are visible. You can play around with branches included in the movie as well. See the author's explanation on how to use this feature.


[Tier: Vault]NES Jaws (USA) in 03:36.48 by adelikat.
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- Genre: Adventure
Anyone up for some fishing?

In this TAS of Jaws, the attack level is upgraded to 3, which is the minimum required to kill Jaws in a single encounter. 30,000 points are needed to get the mini-sub which has double attack power. Because of this, a regular encounter is substituted for a Jaws encounter, so that Jaws can be hit for more points.

This movie is a 42.6 sec improvement over the previous one.


[Tier: Vault]NES Joe and Mac (USA) in 06:41.3 by georgiek.
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- Genre: Platform
Joe and Mac is more or less your average caveman game. The heroes have to save the babes from dinosaurs and other historically accurate baddies by throwing stone wheels, bones, and fire at them.

[Tier: Moons]NES Journey to Silius (USA) in 09:29.71 by jlun2 & klmz.
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A fast-paced action platformer from Sunsoft with similarities to both Mega Man and Blaster Master. What could go wrong with a mix like that?

This movie shaves a cool 1.38 seconds of input time over the previously published run. (The actual time improvement is slightly greater because this movie plays at a slightly higher framerate than the previous movie. This difference does not cause any changes in gameplay, though.)


[Tier: Vault]NES Jurassic Park: The Lost World in 00:50.85 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Action
This run further proves that pirate games can be broken not just upon release, but even more so after being TASed.

MESHUGGAH speeds through this unlicensed port of the SNES game based on the movie, using optimized movement and a glitch to jump through the egg pen wall to finish in a mere 50.84 seconds.


[Tier: Moons]NES Kabuki Quantum Fighter (USA) in 09:20.83 by nitsuja.
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- Genre: Platform
Kabuki is a well-made platformer with a lot of climbing and jumping acrobatics as well as straightforward action. And a main character that isn't afraid to use his hair as a weapon.

Nitsuja's new version here is just over 1 minute faster than the last version due to playing extremely aggressively and taking as much damage as possible. Check the author's comments at the submission page for more information.


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Kamen no Ninja: Akakage (JPN) in 08:04.77 by mtvf1.
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Kamen no Ninja: Akakage, or "Masked Ninja: Akakage", is a Famicom-exclusive video game based on the 1987 anime series of the same name (which itself is a remake of the 1967 Akakage tokusatsu). While the game mainly features the Red Shadow, Akakage, you can also freely switch to Aokage (a young boy) and Shirokage (an old man).

This run by mtvf1 mostly uses Akakage for his superior arsenal of weapons, but switches to Aokage at a few points when the young ninja can move faster.


There is some commentary by the author in the emulator movie file and in the primary (HQ) encode.

[Tier: Vault]NES Kanshaku tamanage Kantarō no Tōkaidō Gojūsan-tsugi (JPN) in 08:31.18 by goofydylan8.
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- Genre: Platform
In Kanshaku tamanage Kantarō no Tōkaidō Gojūsan-tsugi (かんしゃく玉投げカン太郎の東海道五十三次), you play a fireworks-maker traveling the Tōkaidō road. The game actually bears quite a resemblance to the actual geography of the Tōkaidō road; famous landmarks, rivers, and flora types are reproduced as well as they can be given the limitations of the Famicom.

The game is quite difficult -- the hero is slow moving and hard to control, and your only weapon is an endless supply of fireworks. The author's comments detail the methods used as well as explaining all of the various baddies encountered during this quest.


[Tier: Vault]NES Karnov (USA) in 08:58.5 by adelikat.
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Karnov is one of those games whose fame defies my logicBisqwit.

The game retells the legend of a muscular fire-spitting man called Karnov, employed by Scottish villagers to eat gypsies' babies and pillage their settlements. Except in this particular case, Karnov's full name is Jinborov Karnovski, he looks like an old-school Ukrainian, turns blue when hit, and his goal here is to take some kind of treasures from feeble, unsuspecting enemies. Later in the game he also grows a pair of wings and flies. In doing so, he strongly defies laws of physics, common sense, and notions of subtle Kid Icarus mockery.

The developers of this game, Data East, probably decided it would be a good idea to only let the screen scroll in one direction at once, and pretty slowly at that. It's not particularly surprising, though, considering the previous paragraph.

This new version of Karnov TAS by adelikat is a ~5 second improvement over the previous movie by Arc. The time was saved thanks to taking damage in a different part of the run, as well as various small optimizations scattered around.


[Tier: Vault]NES Kero Kero Keroppi no Dai Bouken 2: Donuts Ike ha Oosawagi! (JPN) in 12:39.23 by x2poet.
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Kero Kero Keroppi no Dai Bouken 2: Donuts Ike ha Oosawagi! is a Famicom exclusive starring Keroppi the frog, a character created by Sanrio (well-known for their Hello Kitty character). In this sequel to Keroppi's first game, monsters have taken all the children in Donut Park and Keroppi is out to stop them.

The author, x2poet, hops his way through the stages, chaining enemy and floating block jumps and speeding through minigames to get to the end as fast as possible.


[Tier: Vault]NES Kickle Cubicle (USA) in 59:48.31 by goofydylan8 & Blublu.
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- Genre: Puzzle
Kickle Cubicle is a game where the title character kicks ice cubes to solve puzzles. Unlike most other NES puzzle games, it has a plot and even boss fights. Every story mode and bonus level (101 total) is completed in this hour long movie.

[Tier: Moons]NES Kick Master (USA) in 08:32.38 by dragonxyk.
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Kick Master (1991) stars a hero named Thonolan, who really likes kicking things. Obviously, the first thing you'll see him doing is kicking some odd-looking trinkets out of the enemies. By doing so repeatedly and collecting the trinkets like a true hero, he levels up and gains new abilities, allowing him to kick the various enemies stronger and faster than before. You will marvel at the laws of physics being stomped by Thonolan's feet.

This game loops, and has to be completed once in order to unlock a higher difficulty mode, but since all it does is double the enemies' HP, it has been considered unnecessary.

Dragonxyk's take on this game is 26 seconds faster than the previous movie by foda.


[Tier: Moons]NES Kid Dracula (JPN) in 19:49.12 by adelikat, Randil, arukAdo, DarkKobold.
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- Genre: Platform
For the fans of the Castlevania series ― here's a TAS of a Castlevania game that is hmm.. much much more aimed toward children than the darker-themed games. The game was only released in Japan.

There is also a Game Boy sequel that is known as Kid Dracula.

This is a 50+ second improvement over the previous movie by Phil and Genisto.


[Tier: Moons]NES Kid Icarus (USA/Europe) in 22:17.38 by Randil.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Here's an improvement to the run of this famous game. A total of 24.85 seconds was saved.

The improvement comes from a pause trick to manipulate the speed of platforms, buying a health drink in level 2-4, additional damage boosting, and more.

See the author's comments for details.

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[Tier: Vault]NES Kid Kool and the Quest for the Seven Wonder Herbs (USA) in 13:26.37 by Randil.
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Kid Kool, a game created by Vic Tokai, stars "Kool" as he gains 7 magical herbs to cure the king of a dreaded illness. He does this along with his helpful red partner "Wicky" who can kill enemies and help defeat bosses. If the player fails to complete the game in under three hours (in-game), then the king dies. So this is a frantic game where speed is key.

In this run, Randil uses zipping glitches (aided by MATLAB) and expert playing to finish with an in-game time of under ten minutes, leaving the enemies in the dust and saving the king with much time to spare.


[Tier: Vault]NES Kid Niki 2 (JPN) in 09:06.88 by Randil.
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- Genre: Platform
This is the fourth TAS movie of 快傑ヤンチャ丸 2 - からくりランド (Kaiketsu Yanchamaru 2 - Karakuriland).

This is a pretty straightforward and simple game, but the author was still able to improve the old movie by 15 seconds primarily by getting more speed shoes.


[Tier: Moons]NES Kid Niki 3 (JPN) in 08:17.62 by TaoTao.
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- Genre: Platform
Kid Niki 3 (aka. Kaiketsu Yanchamaru 3 - Taiketsu! Zouringen) is the sequel to Kid Niki and Kid Niki 2. However, it looks quite different from the previous games. In this game, you are a ninja who is a master of bo-jutsu (stick art), and you defeat enemies and get over obstacles with your staff. This game also has many locked doors which can be opened with keys found in the levels.

TaoTao breezes through this game, in part due to a glitch which allows repeated backflips up walls. For more details, see the submission comments.


[Tier: Vault]NES King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! (USA) in 33:27.63 by BZero.
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King Graham sets off on a journey to save his family from the evil wizard Mordack. Unfortunately for him, the number of beings in the world that desire to kill him are vast, and only the most silly usage of items can save him from impending doom. He also has a sidekick, Cedric the Owl, who is next to useless.

A port of the PC game from the well-known King's Quest series, King's Quest V is an adventure game infamous for its numerous dead ends, long fetch quests, and overly obscure solutions. The game is highly restrictive, with minimum points necessary to beat the game being not much less than the maximum 260 points, and as such, this TAS goes for the maximum.


[Tier: Vault]NES King Kong 2: Ikari no Megaton Punch (JPN) in 02:58.07 by max12187566.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
King Kong is out to rescue his girl from a fortress that is impenetrable without eight keys from other fortresses. Luckily, that turned out to be false once tools were added to the mix.

This movie improves on its predecessor by 5.75 seconds thanks to a route change and some new tricks.

For a run of another game featuring King Kong, see the Wai Wai World TAS.


[Tier: Moons]NES Kirby's Adventure (USA PRG0) in 36:45.5 by JXQ.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Kirby's Adventure is a colorful game that's very long for a NES game. Normal gameplay forbids the UFO from being taken from level to level, but using a bug discovered by kirbymuncher, JXQ manages to keep the UFO, and blazes through much of the game using it. The speed with which he defeats midbosses and bosses is often very surprising.

This movie is several minutes faster than the previous unpublished movie by kirbymuncher, and is well over ten minutes faster than the original by Bisqwit.

To see the game completed even faster, see this run, which uses an unusual glitch involving the Stone ability and water to activate the credits early.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Kirby's Adventure (USA PRG0) "game end glitch" in 00:35.91 by MESHUGGAH, CoolKirby, Masterjun, MUGG, TASeditor, was0x.
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- Major skip glitch
- Final boss skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
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Kirby's Adventure is a colorful game that's very long for a NES title. However, a bug was discovered which caused unpredictable results (including triggering the credits) upon using the Stone power while entering the water.

This movie saves over five minutes from its predecessor. This is because instead of playing multiple levels to reach a spot for the glitch, a new wall-clipping trick is used in the third room of the very first level.

This movie was also the result of an intense frame war that spawned over a dozen attempts and ultimately resulted in an improvement of over 3 seconds of the initial attempt.


This movie has two YouTube encodes. The primary version has deliberately glitched ending graphics, whereas the second one displays proper graphics. Both versions have identical input except for the last frame.


[Tier: Moons]NES Kiwi Kraze (USA) in 02:24.28 by Max12187566 & J.Y.
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- Uses warps
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
In this game, you control a kiwi bird and rescue other kiwi birds trapped within the level. There are numerous warps, used to cut this game many minutes short of its expected completion time.

The ceiling and wall physics are very similar to Bubble Bobble, which means some of them can be passed through when you wouldn't expect it. In addition to this there is a glitch that sends you through the floor, saving a lot of time in the final stages.

The first submission was almost 14 minutes long and thought to be optimal, and now we are below 3 minutes.


[Tier: Moons]NES Kung Fu (USA) in 03:41.14 by Phil.
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- Aims for in-game time instead of real-time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Fighting
Kung Fu (1985) is a simple beat-'em-up game in which the protagonist known as Thomas has 5 floors of bad guys and bosses to fight through in order to save Sylvia, his girlfriend. Unfortunately, as the final screen tells us, their happiness "does not continue long" — a common arcade trope to make the player beat the game in a second loop.

Phil bested the predecessor movie by over a second thanks to better luck manipulation and decreasing the amount of jumps.

This movie aims for lowest in-game time. The completion times for each floor are: 1552, 1558, 1552, 1545, 1550.


[Tier: Moons]NES Kyatto Ninden Teyandee (JPN) in 08:56.65 by Ti_ & Ferret Warlord.
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Kyatto Ninden Teyandee is a side-scrolling action game in the tradition of Ninja Gaiden, and it is based off the Japanese TV show produced in 1990 by Tatsunoko Productions and Sotsu agency. The show was localized in the USA as Samurai Pizza Cats.

There are eleven stages in total, and you can play as any of the main Secret Ninja Team Nyankii members. They include Yattaro, leader of the team, who uses his Cat's Eye Sword as his main weapon; Pururun, the only female on the team, who attacks with projectiles and her razor-sharp nails; and Sukashii, who uses an umbrella to dispatch his enemies. In this run, you'll see a lot of use of the cat who can fly to create shortcuts, but the other cats are used from time to time for their special abilities.

In this game, there's an important bug where Yattaro can perform a Level-3 ninpo attack on the very first frame of a boss fight and kill the boss immediately. This works for every level except the second.

This run is an improvement of the previous run by about six seconds, due to a new shortcut in level 6.


[Tier: Vault][Has commentary]NES Lagrange Point (JPN) in 1:03:25.1 by neo_omegon.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
'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).

The MKV has been continued until past 1:50:00 to show a secret message after the end.


This run of a Japanese-only RPG with no fan-translation 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: Moons]NES Legacy of the Wizard (USA) in 13:44.23 by Lord Tom.
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- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Legacy of the Wizard (1987), released in Japan as "ドラゴンスレイヤーIV Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family", is actually a part of Dragon Slayer series. This is a nonlinear platforming adventure game, in which you gain control over one member of the Drasle family to explore the vast dungeon filled with mind bending puzzles and obscure secrets.

The goal of the game is to retrieve a powerful sword named Dragon Slayer, protected by four magical crowns, to kill an evil dragon trapped in the nearby labyrinth. Each member of the family has different abilities, and the portion of the labyrinth only he/she can go into to retrieve one of the crowns. However, this prerequisite was circumvented by the clever use of certain new glitches.

According to the author, this movie employs a completely different route, better luck manipulation and some new tricks that result in a 3:38 faster movie than the previous version.

Moral of this movie: Beware of short fat men, for they're surprisingly quick.


[Tier: Vault]NES Legend of the Ghost Lion (USA) in 36:53.79 by link_7777.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- 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]NES Linus Spacehead's Cosmic Crusade (USA) in 28:43.6 by Bag of Magic Food.
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- Unofficial game
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Linus Spacehead's Cosmic Crusade is an unlicensed Nintendo game by Codemasters, which is also available licensed on the Genesis as Cosmic Spacehead. The game features a mix of adventure and side-scrolling action.

Here is the plot, according to Wikipedia:

Linus is an alien from the planet Linoleum who crashed into the legendary planet Earth. After returning home and expecting a hero's welcome, Linus soon found his fellow Linomen were skeptical of the existence of the so-called "planet Earth" and decides to return to it, this time with a camera. However, he is flat on the planets' currency, Linobucks, and must deal across the planet to get a new cosmic car and a camera. In his adventures, Linus deals himself out of Linoleum, quashes a robot revolution in Detroitica and gets gas from an abandoned space station.

In this run, watch Bag of Magic Food breeze through this game in just under half an hour with precise playing and some glitches. For plenty of details, including transcriptions of the amusing pieces of dialogue in this game, read the author's lengthy comments.


[Tier: Moons]NES Little Nemo: The Dream Master (USA) in 22:06.95 by Randil.
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- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Little Nemo done more optimized than before, with about 90 seconds saved. All levels have been improved. The improved time comes from new routes, getting killed to save time, subpixel optimization, lag reduction, faster boss fights and better damage boosting.

[Tier: Moons]NES Little Samson (USA) in 10:13.27 by klmz.
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- Uses warps
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
Little Samson and his team are out to deliver tool-assisted fun!

This game consists of four heroes with very different strengths and weaknesses. The object (and fun) of the game is to use these traits to your advantage depending on the situation.

This movie improves the previously published movie by JXQ by almost 4 minutes, due to new glitches, better strategies and better precision.


[Tier: Moons]NES Low G Man (USA) in 10:30.93 by goofydylan8.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Low G Man is a futuristic action video game developed by KID for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

The game is really difficult to run: the controls are at times clunky, the screen refresh is frustrating and finally the last boss is an example of a difficulty spike as it suddenly becomes much harder than the rest of the game.

The author manages to complete the game in just 10 minutes, beating the real-time speedrun by 5 minutes. Read the author's comments for more information.


[Tier: Moons]NES Lunar Pool (JPN) "no friction" in 36:52.0 by Bisqwit.
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- Genre: Sport
Lunar Ball, known as Lunar Pool in the US, is, as the name suggests, a pool game for the NES with the curious ability to adjust the friction of the surface of the pool table. Indeed, it is quite possible to play with no friction, and while this may sound easy, it actually proves to be impossibly difficult due to removing the major obstacle from the balls just continuing to roll forever, causing the game to never end.

With some heavy support from a bot (and massive loss of sanity), the author manages the nigh-impossible feat of making it all the way to the end of all 60 tables even in the face of this overwhelming opposition.

Reading the submission notes is highly advisable to explain some of the oddities such as the occasional pocketing of the cue ball. (In short: The cue ball is deliberately pocketed in order to avoid getting a perfect score on every level because the point counter would take unbearably long to tick all the points, up to a half minute per level.)

For more heavy optimization of pool tables, see also the run of this game with the default friction level.


[Tier: Vault]NES Lunar Pool (JPN) in 23:49.87 by Bisqwit.
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Lunar Ball, known as Lunar Pool in the US, is, as the name suggests, a pool game for the NES, comprising 60 stages of oddly-shaped tables.

With some heavy support from a bot and the help of an unusual glitch on two tables, the game is completed in record time.

The friction of the pool table can be adjusted; in this run it is left alone. See also the frictionless run. Reading the submission text is recommended.

The emulator movie requires FCEU 0.98.15 or an earlier version of FCEU. On later versions of FCEU, the last table desyncs.


[Tier: Moons]NES M.C. Kids (USA) "all levels" in 26:25.12 by Brushy.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes warps
- Genre: Platform
This M.C. Kids movie is different from the other one in that it completes all the levels in the game, not just the required ones.

This run is 56 seconds faster than the previous version by a different author.


[Tier: Moons]NES M.C. Kids (USA) in 18:15.97 by Aglar.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Once you get past McDonald's blatant advertising and the fact that this game is about Ronald the clown, this game is actually quite good. The controls are a bit slippery but the level design more than makes up for it.

In this particular movie the author collects only the cards that are necessary to complete the game. If you want to see all the cards collected and the secret levels played, check the other movie of this game.

An improvement of 58 seconds arises from better acceleration techniques and strategic differences.


[Tier: Vault]NES Mad Max (USA) in 13:08.53 by TwistedEye.
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Mad Max is based on the 1981 Australian film Mad Max 2. The object of the game is to survive life after the end of the world by battling survivalists and collecting valuable food, water, gasoline, and money. There are three nonlinear stages, referred to as Road Wars, and each one ends in an Arena where the goal is to demolish every car and be the last one standing.

Twisted Eye blazes through this game, utilizing precision and a few glitches to get to the end in a little more than 13 minutes.


[Tier: Vault][Has commentary]NES Magician (USA) "best ending" in 11:33.84 by FatRatKnight.
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- Best ending
- 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 Majou Densetsu II: Daimashikyou Galious (JPN) in 18:41.63 by Hisatoki.
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- Genre: Adventure
Majou Densetsu II may have the same (translated) name as the MSX game Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious, but it's almost a completely different game. Though the plot is the same, the maps are totally different and there are some different items and fewer dungeons.

Hisatoki runs through the Maze, utilizing damage boosts and a glitch to fall through the floor underneath a ladder to finish in less than 19 minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES Maniac Mansion (USA) in 06:29.77 by Arc.
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- Genre: Adventure
Maniac Mansion (1990) is a unique game that has weird humor and crazy music. It features cutscenes, multiple ways to win, useless items (like Chuck the Plant), and microwavable hamsters. In the storyline, Dave and two of his friends infiltrate the Edison family's mansion in order to rescue Dave's girlfriend. In order to save her, the teens must get access to the inner lab, deal with Purple Tentacle, shut down the ZOM-B-MATIC, and defeat the evil Meteor.

This movie—Arc's eighth TAS of Maniac Mansion—is about 46 seconds faster than the previous attempt.

The author's comments for the submission help to explain the multitude of tricks and glitches used.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Marble Madness (USA) in 02:43.01 by Aglar.
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Racing
Marble Madness is an isometric game similar in its style to Snake Rattle 'n Roll. The objective in these two games is quite different, though. In this game, the player must roll a marble from one point to another. This is, of course, not as easy as it sounds, and certainly not as easy as it looks in this movie.

Aglar improved adelikat and Deign's movie by 5.10 seconds.

A second encode is available using a camera hack to focus on the marble, which subtly alters the gameplay. Also, you can see this movie played back on an actual NES!


[Tier: Moons]NES Mario Adventure (USA PRG0) in 48:58.23 by Soig.
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Mario Adventure is a hack of Super Mario Bros. 3. These are its most noteworthy characteristics:

  • Mario can keep a power-up in reserve like in Super Mario World, and the change is immediately effective.
  • There is a new power-up, Magic Mario, which allows Mario to stomp on more enemies than otherwise possible, shoot extremely powerful projectiles, and take a few hits before losing the power-up.
  • Graphics are rendered with a custom palette.
  • Almost all levels end with a Boom-Boom battle.
  • There are 7 worlds which Mario can visit in any order, each containing a hidden key.
  • After finding all 7 keys and beating the 7 worlds, Mario can access the 8th world to beat Bowser and win the game.

This movie is an improvement of 45 seconds over the previous effort.


[Tier: Moons]NES Mario Bros. (Europe) in 09:09.64 by Spikestuff.
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Mario and Luigi, the best plumbers in the world, have a real job on their hands. A host of characters have taken over the sewers, and the brothers must clear them out of the pipes.

The platform puzzle which first introduced Luigi to the world has both single and multiplayer action with two differing game types. Crabs, turtles and fighter flies must be cleared out by jumping underneath the platform they're on, then kicking them away. Each level is cleared when all of the enemies are defeated.

In this TAS, Spikestuff plays on the European version for its greater difficulty and completes one round (23 phases). The Bros.' potential for both hilarious antics and impressive teamwork is nicely demonstrated here.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Mega Man (JPN) "game end glitch" in 00:32.11 by pirohiko & FinalFighter.
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- Final boss skip glitch
- Executes arbitrary code
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Mega Man is the first game in the famous series that now comprises games on many different systems as well as several television shows and comic books.

While the other run of this game uses lots of tricks to reach the ending impressively quickly, pirohiko and FinalFighter decided it just wasn't fast enough. In this run, they manipulate an object to appear which allows them to execute arbitrary code and warp to the credits, all using only controller input. For an advanced explanation of how it works, check out the submission text.

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[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement]NES Mega Man (JPN) in 12:23.34 by Shinryuu & FinalFighter.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Corrupts memory
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Award - Glitchy TAS of 2010Award - NES TAS of 2010Award - TAS of 2010
On this site, we make perfect movies, and then we surpass them. Of course, if we can surpass them, they were not perfect in the first place, but who would have known?

When "perfection" is defined as "as fast as possible", it requires some sacrifices. Indeed, this movie sacrifices a lot in the playability of the game. Full of tricks to pass through walls, tricks to avoid mandatory battles, tricks to pass through enemies relatively unharmed, tricks to acquire weapon refills in little time — there is very little in this movie left that resembles normal playing. Even death is used as a viable playing strategy that saves time. All of the tricks are still performed by the means of mere controller input, even though significant portions of the input were calculated by a computer program.

This movie is a considerable improvement of 3:04.39 to the previous movie; this is mainly due to a new technique which tricks the game into calling an 'end of level' object.

Of course, upon watching this movie, one does have to question something... is it Mega Man saving the world? Or Dr. Wily trying to save it from absolute destruction?


[Tier: Stars][Recommended for newcomers][Console-verified]NES Mega Man 2 (JPN) in 23:48.51 by aglasscage, FinalFighter, pirohiko, & Shinryuu.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Mega Man 2 is a game that hardly needs any introduction. This movie plays Rockman 2, the Japanese version, which is essentially Mega Man 2 in difficult mode.

This is an improvement of 6.24 seconds over the previous run through a variety of small tweaks.

See Rockman Tricks and the submission message for in-depth explanation and answers to various questions regarding this movie.

You can also see this run played back on a real NES with an input display!


[Tier: Moons]NES Mega Man 3 (JPN) in 30:21.08 by Pike & Tiancaiwhr.
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Mega Man 3 (USAのロックマン3) is the first game in the Mega Man / Rockman series to introduce sliding (though the ability to charge the Mega Buster would have to wait until game 4). It also introduced Rush the robotic dog, who provides the abilities of Rush Coil, Rush Marine, and Rush Jet. Furthermore, after you beat the 8 robot masters, the game makes you revisit modified versions of four stages to fight the Doc Robots, who imitate the robot masters from Mega Man 2. This set a precedent in the Mega Man series to have additional stages between the main robot masters and Dr. Wily's fortress.

This run completes the game about 20.61 seconds faster than the previous movie thanks to a new route, more glitches, and better optimization.


[Tier: Moons]NES Mega Man 3, 4, 5 & 6 (USA) in 39:06.92 by Baxter & AngerFist.
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- Demonstration
- Multiple games in one movie
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
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The games Mega Man 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all the same. Eight robot masters are defeated and Mega Man steals their weapons. After some kind of distraction, Mega Man attacks Wily's fortress and it typically gets blown up. If you don't believe that's true, we offer this movie.

While driving home the point in honor of our first multi-game movie, Baxter and AngerFist prove that Capcom really has been making the same game over and over again by playing Mega Man 3, 4, 5 and 6 using the same input.

No attempt is made to synchronize the endings of these games. Mega Man 6 finishes first and Mega Man 4 finishes last.

The CPU demands for playback of this movie are unusually high. Systems under 1.2 GHz may struggle to play this video. The audio has been processed by adelikat for virtual surround sound.

We recommend sitting back as far as possible and looking (staring?) at the center of the screen when watching the AVI.

If you like this movie, you may like to check out some other movies in which multiple games are played simultaneously with one controller.


[Tier: Moons]NES Mega Man 4 (USA) in 34:00.02 by GlitchMan.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
This is the sixth published movie of Mega Man 4 (USAのロックマン4), played for the first time by GlitchMan.

There are improvements in all of the stages, some more visible than others. The total amount of time saved is 34.36 seconds, achieved by being more accurate and using some cool glitches.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Mega Man 5 (USA) in 31:41.68 by GlitchMan.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
This is Mega Man 5 (USAのロックマン5) played by GlitchMan, in an improvement of 1 minute and 22 seconds over the previous run. Improvements include several new glitches involving the Super Arrow and new strategies for two of the boss fights.

Reading the submission text is recommended for details on the glitches.


[Tier: Moons]NES Mega Man 6 (USA) in 30:46.78 by Shinryuu.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Mega Man 6 (USAのロックマン6) sees everyone's favorite blue robot ruin Dr. Wily's plot for world domination for the sixth time.

In this improvement, Shinryuu manages to save 7.55 seconds compared to his previous version by doing a complete run overhaul, utilizing the discovery of new glitches to hasten Mega Man's movement and firing capabilities, a route change, and heavy subpixel optimization.


[Tier: Vault]NES Mendel Palace (USA) in 19:02.97 by DarkKobold.
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- 2 Players
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Puzzle
Mendel Palace is an action-puzzle game. When playing in real-time, it becomes more action than puzzle, and when TASing, it becomes more puzzle than action. The idea is to shove your opponents into the walls of the arena by flipping over ground tiles. This is harder than it looks, since the enemies often approach in swarms and can kill you with one touch.

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

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


[Tier: Moons]NES Metal Gear (USA) in 22:27.58 by dunnius.
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Metal Gear!? It can't be!

This is the NES port of the first entry in the ever-popular Metal Gear series of stealth video games created by Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami; there are significant differences between it and the original MSX version. It is infamous for its engrish, containing such ever-popular phrases as "I FEEL ASLEEP!" and "UH - OH! THE TRUCK HAVE STARTED TO MOVE!".

This movie utilizes quite a wide variety of game glitches and collects the minimal set of items needed to complete the game.

This movie is a 8.35 second improvement, due primarily to a route change in the beginning and from lag reduction.


[Tier: Vault]NES Metal Max (JPN) in 24:16.57 by suwei.
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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: Moons]NES Metal Mech: Man & Machine (USA) in 13:56.02 by TASeditor.
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- Genre: Platform
Metal Mech: Man & Machine is a poorly-designed platformer. It has some similarities to Blaster Master: you play as a red-suited man who can pilot a larger vehicle in your quest to destroy aliens. In the first five levels, the mech is usually abandoned in favor of silly-looking bunny-hopping through the levels to get a key (the circular icon with a red K) and reach the end of the stage. The last level features a giant blue robot that flies through the level and fights the Alien Queen at the end.

Note that there are sound glitches, so there is no music during the final boss fight and credits.


[Tier: Moons]NES Metal Storm (USA) in 12:54.23 by TheAxeMan.
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- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
An ultra-powerful gigantic mechadroid that can take one hit before exploding into confetti. Pah.

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

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

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


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Metroid (USA PRG0) "100%" in 33:25.7 by Lord Tom.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses a game restart sequence
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- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
This is a full completion of Metroid, meaning that all items (100%) were collected.

This is a 8 minute 16 second improvement over the previous movie by Zoizite. Much of the improvement comes from using the Up+A restart sequence, though many new shortcuts and optimizations also save time.


[Tier: Moons]NES Metroid (USA PRG0) in 08:19.32 by Lord Tom.
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Metroid completed as fast as possible without holding back, and without concern for the game's sanity.

A wealth of new tricks contribute to this 33 second improvement over the previous movie.

The run uses a game restart sequence (Up+A on the second controller) to save time in backtracking.

See Metroid Tricks for more information about the door glitch as well as other tips and tricks.

Andy Dick has made a video which plays this run on top of the game map. This provides a unique perspective on the door warping glitches.


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Metroid (USA PRG0) "low%" in 11:08.78 by Lord Tom.
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- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Metroid completed using just one item: the morphing ball.

Uses a game restart sequence (Up+A on second controller) to save time in backtracking.

This is an improvement of 36.7 seconds over the previously published run, thanks to a new route and general optimization.

This movie features commentary by the author, which has been added to the encode in the form of soft subtitles. If can see them when watching the embedded stream via Archive.org.


[Tier: Vault]NES Mickey Mouse 3: Yume Fuusen (JPN) in 13:09.92 by mz.
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- Genre: Platform
Released as part of the mostly Game Boy Mickey Mouse series, Mickey Mouse III: Dream Balloon was released in September 1992 by Kemco in Japan for the Famicom. Due to copyright issues it was changed into Kid Klown in Night Mayor World for its US NES 1993 release. In this run, Mickey uses balloons as weapons, as platforms, and as floatation devices to make quick work of the stages.

[Tier: Vault]NES Mickey Mousecapade (USA) in 07:23.68 by Randil & CtrlAltDestroy.
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Even though at first sight this might seem like a kiddie game, when you start playing it you'll see that it's no cakewalk, and is actually very challenging.
There's a lot of fighting in this game, so this movie is nonstop action, and it has very accurate shooting.

This movie is a 35.5 second improvement over the previously published movie.


[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. For viewers' convenience, we included some of them in the AVI as subtitles.


[Tier: Vault]NES Mighty Bomb Jack (JPN) "best ending" in 10:15.62 by Hisatoki.
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- Uses death to save time
- Uses warps
- Genre: Platform
Mighty Bomb Jack is a game where Jack goes to rescue his family from a pyramid. Along the way, he meets many enemies who start as mummies and change forms when they hit the ground. He also finds bomb-filled rooms at the end of each round, which work like warp rooms with a twist: you can warp ahead to the bomb room of the next round if the first lit bomb is the last bomb collected. Using this, the author warps past many rounds.

However, this movie aims for the best ending, which is obtained by freeing all the family members in Round 12. This means that the author avoids warping past some rounds in order to collect items. For more details, read the submission comments.


[Tier: Vault]NES Mighty Final Fight (USA) in 09:06.62 by 韩晖 (aka. 西坡 (xipo)).
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Fighting
Mighty Final Fight is modeled after its arcade cousin Final Fight but features more cartoon-like graphics and lacks multiplayer. In this movie, the mayor of Metro City spins, punches and piledrives his way to save his daughter, all without the benefit of a shirt. The author rarely takes damage, with the notable exception of multiple suicides down an elevator shaft.

This is nearly a minute and a half improvement over the previous movie.

Also, the author made a switch from the JPN version to the USA, which results in a 5 second slower intro screen.


[Tier: Vault]NES Milon's Secret Castle (JPN) in 05:28.43 by Hisatoki.
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- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Puzzle
The title of this game is very appropriate, as wherever you look there are walls you can break through, or invisible blocks you can make appear.

In order to complete this game as fast as possible, every little secret must be known ahead of time, and the author clearly exhibits such knowledge.

This movie was made with the Japanese version, 迷宮組曲 (Meikyuu Kumikyoku, meaning labyrinth composition), but it is essentially identical to the English version, except for the shop/intro text language.

It is about two minutes faster than the previous version, mostly due to much faster boss fights and more precise maneuvers.


[Tier: Moons]NES Mitsume ga Tooru (JPN) in 16:11.17 by 韩晖 (aka. 西坡 (xipo)).
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
In this Japan only game, our psychic hero with a magical trident must defeat a variety of enemies, including possibly trolls. The kind with big pink fluffy hair.

This run features no death and very accurate use of weapons. The trident in particular is very similar to Mega Man V.


[Tier: Moons]NES Moai Kun (JPN) in 15:00.02 by Randil.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Puzzle
Moai Kun is a fun, fast-paced puzzle-platformer where the goal is to rescue all your pink friends and then reach the door - to continue to the next stage. It has a surprising amount of action for a puzzle game.

In this run, all 56 levels are well-solved and well-played. There are some unexpected twists, such as going through walls, that allows levels to be beaten much faster than normal.

This game is yet another example of Konami's fascination with moai (Easter Island statues).


[Tier: Moons]NES Monopoly (USA) in 00:30.03 by Acmlm.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Sport
This movie aims for the fastest time to get the CPU player bankrupt, and abuses luck to its fullest to make that happen.

After a few turns of Monopoly war in the submissions, this version won out. It utilizes the same strategy from the previous one, but several seconds have been shaved by reverse engineering the random number generator and a brute force computer search to achieve the desired randomization with the least possible delay. Details can be found in the submission comments.

Under assumption of pure randomness, the odds of reproducing this dice and card sequence on a console is 1 in a few (North American) trillions (22 568 879 259 648, divided by the few slight variations that could work).

FractalFusion has produced an alternate superplay of Monopoly that is 3 seconds faster, but controversial. It has been cancelled.


[Tier: Moons]NES Monopoly (USA) "4 cpus" in 01:07.67 by FractalFusion.
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- Demonstration
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Sport
While the CPUs were distracted, FractalFusion changed the dice on them and then left the board for a few minutes. When he came back, all the CPUs were crying. The fraud squad is still investigating.

This movie aims to defeat 4 CPU controlled players, ceasing to press buttons on the controller after as little time as possible. Luck is manipulated for the first 1:08, and then the CPUs are left to lose by themselves without requiring any further actions by the player.


[Tier: Vault]NES Monster in My Pocket (USA) in 14:14.97 by x2poet & dragonxyk.
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- 2 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
This game follows the adventures of miniature Dracula and Frankenst… rather, "Vampire" and "The Monster" as they dodge giant golf balls, fight miniature Godzillas and ultimately do battle with a massive head on an equally large television screen.

The authors frequently make use of two players simultaneously to both fight enemies quicker and also provide choreographed dancing. This also allows for more damage- and death-abuse to be used to save time.


[Tier: Moons]NES Monster Party (USA) in 14:58.07 by Tanooki Teabag.
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- Genre: Platform
Mark is on his way back home from a baseball game when an alien gargoyle called Bert summons him to save his home planet from evil monsters using his almighty baseball bat.

In this very strange game, you must defeat bosses in each stage before obtaining a key to the next stage. The player normally controls Mark, but by picking up a pill from monsters, Bert can be used. Bert can fly and shoot powerful shots, but he only lasts a short while unless another pill is obtained.

This is the fifth effort to tackle this game and the first to be published.


[Tier: Moons]NES Moon Crystal (JPN) in 08:19.05 by Hotarubi.
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- Uses death to save time
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- Genre: Platform
Moon Crystal (ムーンクリスタル), a platformer only released in Japan, follows a boy on his quest to save his family. The mechanics of the game are slightly reminiscent of Ninja Gaiden and Prince of Persia, with rather detailed animation.

This is a 16.07 second improvement to the previous movie using better lag reduction and some new tricks.


[Tier: Vault]NES Mystery Quest (USA) in 14:26.09 by TASeditor.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
In Mystery Quest the player is Hao, an apprentice wizard who finally has a chance to prove himself. The Great Wizard has challenged Hao to seek out his four hidden talismans, which he has placed in four different castles.

Hao has a magic attack which can be upgraded once in the game, and can shoot left and right as well as jumping and upward angled shots. There is also a limited variety of items that can help Hao progress through his quest.

In this run, TASeditor runs, jumps and shoots his way through the castles and completes the quest in under 15 minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES NeSnake 2 in 03:06.86 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
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- Uses a level password
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Puzzle
NeSnake 2 is a homebrew game made by MatrixZ in the style of the classic game Snake.

This run by MESHUGGAH showcases the only way a Snake game can be TASed for the fastest time. Guess what happens!


[Tier: Moons]NES New Ghostbusters II (Europe) in 17:45.59 by Zus.
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Genre: Action
The New Ghostbusters II is a much different game than the USA edition, even though they are based on the same movie. The European version, shown here, takes a Blaster Master-esque approach to the gameplay with a top-down view.

Zus has spent a lot of his time making sure enemies are in highly ideal places, which in turn means that a lot of re-records were spent comparing and working out the best possible route. As a result, Zus saved over 11 seconds from his previous version.


[Tier: Vault]NES Nightshade (USA) in 08:04.52 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Fighting
Nightshade's story begins with the murder of Metro City's hero, Vortex, at the hands of the crime lord Sutekh. Filling the need for a new superhero is Nightshade — a guy in a trench coat! Guide Nightshade through Metro City as he builds popularity and fights rats, gentlemen, female ninjas, and most importantly museum statues.

This run by MESHUGGAH speeds through the game as fast as Nightshade is able to, ignoring lesser goals such as finding the museum items, saving a kitten, or checking out the women's dressing room. It is 22.31 seconds faster than the previous version by Maximus.


[Tier: Moons]NES Ninja Crusaders (USA) in 04:08.45 by AnS & Randil.
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- 2 Players
- Genre: Platform
The story is about a mysterious robotic force which attacked the world and drove the ninjas out of Japan. Two of the ninjas set out to reclaim the land, but not only did they abuse the powers given by the ninja-obsessed video game industry, they did it in style.

The teamwork of the two ninjas is remarkable. One of the ninjas often transforms into a tiger on which the other ninja can ride.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Ninja Gaiden (USA) in 10:52.68 by Scumtron.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Ninja Gaiden involves an ultra superior ninja, capable of defying the laws of physics by climbing through walls, making dogs explode with his sword, and all while beating bad guys in record time.

This run is about 10 seconds faster than the prior submission due to the ninja thinking more like a ninja.


[Tier: Stars]NES Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (USA) in 09:14.32 by Scumtron.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
NINJA外伝2 — The Dark Sword of Chaos, now completed about 4 seconds faster than the previous version by the same author, due to lots of small optimizations throughout every level.

The shadow clones are a unique gameplay element not seen elsewhere in the series, but in this movie they are used mainly to make extremely short work of bosses and entertain the viewer immediately afterwards.

The game has a rich plot with lots of cutscenes. Because of this, the author has also supplied the "story" version of the movie, which exhibits the same gameplay but includes all the cutscenes skipped by pressing start (which sum up to about 3/4 of the entire movie). It can be obtained here.
A good sense of humor is strongly advised to note the irony present in some of the later dialogues between characters.


[Tier: Moons]NES Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (USA) in 11:08.73 by Rum.
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- Genre: Platform
The least-subtle ninja in history is back for a third entry in one of the hardest video game series ever.

Here, Rum improves upon Scumtron's previous movie by 2.09 seconds through better optimization.


[Tier: Moons]NES Ninja Jajamaru: Ginga Daisakusen (JPN) in 15:16.06 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Genre: Platform
Ninja Jajamaru: Ginga Daisakusen is a fast-paced action game that was only released in Japan. Its gameplay and art style are highly similar to that of a certain famous game.

Watch as MESHUGGAH bounces over, around, and through this game's many levels and traps, making short work of anything that breathes in the process.


[Tier: Vault]NES North & South (USA) in 01:10.93 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Strategy
North & South is a humorous, cartoony kind of game about an incredibly bloody war. In it, you move army units around on a board until you approach your opponent, at which point a battle occurs.

MESHUGGAH improves the previous run by 9.09 seconds at a higher difficulty level by choosing south and manipulating luck better.


[Tier: Vault]NES Nuts & Milk (JPN) "100%" in 14:06.07 by klmz.
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- 100% completion
- Forgoes warps
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
Nuts & Milk is a platform game deriving influences from a number of famous Nintendo games, including Kirby (puffy pink blob as a protagonist), Mario Bros. (green and red fireballs), Donkey Kong Jr. (spring platforms, jumping from ladder to ladder and fruits) and Wrecking Crew (barrels).

This improvement of 15.22 seconds over the previous published movie collects all the fruit in all stages, including the bonus round (the latter of which triggers the 'PERFECT' ending).


[Tier: Vault]NES Panic Restaurant (USA) in 13:29.17 by Aglar.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Chef Cookie must navigate through his cursed restaurant to foil the wicked Ohdove (which is like saying "Hors D'Oeuvre" with a cold). On his way he dispatches anthropomorphic food items with deadly kitchen utensils.

The author does this with maximum speed, utilizing damage boosts, managing lag and swiftly defeating bosses.

A must see for fans of the absurd.


[Tier: Moons]NES Paperboy (USA) in 11:30.78 by Randil.
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Demonstration
- Uses death to save time
This run of Paperboy performs a perfect delivery every day. The author crashes his bike Monday - Saturday to avoid the obstacle course but then plays and finishes it flawlessly on Sunday. It does this as fast as possible, but does not go for score. Instead, it has different subgoals set up every day:

  • Monday & Tuesday: Object crashing day
  • Wednesday & Thursday: Window crashing day
  • Friday: Moving objects crashing day
  • Saturday: Daredevil day
  • Sunday: Lawful day
For more details, see the submission comments.

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[Tier: Vault]NES Pinball Quest (USA) in 03:39.52 by Aqfaq.
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This game features a classic save-the-princess plot... in the form of a pinball game.

This run saves 29.36 seconds over its predecessor (accounting for a frame rate difference) due to improved strategies and increased precision.

If you like pinball games featuring characters as the ball, also check out Sonic Spinball or Mario Pinball Land.


[Tier: Vault]NES Pipe Dream (USA) in 03:57.53 by Explosion Pills.
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Genre: Puzzle
Pipe Dream is a game about keeping unsolidified jello in tubes long enough for it to solidify. More or less.

In this movie, Explosion Pills places pipes faster than a plumber on fifteen cups of coffee and only goes as far as absolutely required to contain the goo.

Unfortunately, the annoying music played though most of the game is the "turbo mode" music, and since turbo mode makes the goo flow faster, it can't be ignored in a run that aims for fastest time. It's a good idea to just turn off sound while watching this movie.

This movie stops after playing though all stages once. After that, the set of stages repeats endlessly, not unlike Elevator Action and Circus Charlie.


[Tier: Vault]NES Pizza Pop! (JPN) in 09:34.29 by Randil.
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Delivering pizza is not normally a job one would consider dangerous. This is not always the case, as this game proves; here our protagonist is called upon to deliver pizza to such odd locations as a construction site and a haunted house, all the while dodging enemies apparently intent on claiming the pizza for themselves.

If you were hoping for free pizza from slow delivery, look somewhere else; the author succeeds in deliveries so quickly you'll think the guy was there before people even placed their order.


[Tier: Vault]NES Platoon (USA PRG1) in 08:26.28 by chupapi.
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A game based on movie of the same name.

Some of the maps are mazes, which can be cleared fairly fast if one knows where one is going.


[Tier: Vault]NES Popeye (USA) in 03:30.9 by MESHUGGAH.
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- Genre: Platform
Popeye is an arcade video game developed by Nintendo, designed by Shigeru Miyamoto. In it, Popeye must dodge Bluto and his infinite stack of beer bottles, and other threats that come in his way such as skulls and vultures - while collecting a number of hearts, music notes or letters spelling "HELP" from Olive Oyl.

In this tool-assisted speedrun, MESHUGGAH plays through one loop (three stages), while aiming to get as high a score as possible.


[Tier: Moons]NES Power Blade (USA) in 16:25.63 by Aglar.
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Power Blade is an underdog title by the folks at Taito, highly reminiscent of the Megaman series. It also features a hero who looks a lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is one of those obscure games that you may wish you had played as a kid.

In this updated run Aglar decimates the previous version by 45 seconds thanks to improved frame precision in what was once a highly contested game, now revived.


[Tier: Vault]NES Prince of Persia (USA) in 16:27.82 by SprintGod.
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- Genre: Platform
Tackling the crazy architecture of ancient Persia in record time, Gavin Ward improves his previous movie by just a few seconds.

This movie makes the "Prince of Persia" look like a gymnastic winner.


[Tier: Vault]NES Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom (USA) in 37:23.28 by Tool23.
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- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Storybook
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom is a menu-based game resembling Déjà Vu. In it, the main character, Sir Cucumber, sets out on a quest to save Princess Tomato from the sinister Minister Pumpkin upon the request of the late King Broccoli.

Aided by his sidekick, a baby persimmon named Percy, the author, Tool23, navigates through 9 levels to save the day in record time.


[Tier: Vault]NES Pro Wrestling (USA) in 09:46.1 by goofydylan8 & Brandon Evans.
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- Genre: Fighting
Pro Wrestling is a wrestling game in which players can utilize many unique skills and moves to pin their opponent.

However, instead of fighting your opponent, it is much faster to cause a ring-out and let the referee do the work for you. It doesn't even matter who gets thrown out; if you leave the ring, your opponent follows you. If he remains outside of the ring after the 20th count is made, and you don't, you win.

Here, goofydylan8 does this for 6 rounds to become the Video Wrestling Association (VWA) Champion and continues the strategy for 10 title defenses to become the Video Wrestling Federation (VWF) Champion as well. Each time, he uses different fighting styles on his opponents as the timer counts down. Then, Brandon takes over for the Great Puma bout, cutting off the input as quickly as possible by getting back into the ring while giving his opponent the most amount of time to try to do the same.

The result is a run with an in-game time of 5:52, the absolute minimum possible, and a real-time length of 9:47.06. And with that, "A WINNER IS YOU".


[Tier: Moons]NES Punch-Out!!, Mike Tyson's (USA PRG1) in 17:39.45 by McHazard.
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- Aims for in-game time instead of real-time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Sport
The objective is not to beat your opponent... but to humiliate him by winning as fast as possible.

Clock Times:

   Glass Joe       0:42.00    Von Kaiser      0:35.61
   Piston Honda    0:36.97
   
   Don Flamenco    0:14.97    King Hippo      0:37.25
   Great Tiger     0:47.48    Bald Bull       0:55.25
   
   Piston Honda II 0:39.97    Soda Popinski   0:43.48
   Bald Bull II    1:08.82    Don Flamenco II 0:58.00
   Mr. Sandman     2:16.48    Super Macho Man 0:44.25
   
   Mike Tyson      1:58.XX
This movie, the 7th publication for this game, improves eight fights, totaling a 20.93 second clock time improvement and 496 frames of real time improvement.

No clock stopping glitch in this run, though we have a submission that does exploit this glitch.


[Tier: Moons]NES Puzznic (USA) in 29:02.75 by rchokler.
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Puzzle
Puzznic is one of the lesser known puzzle block games on the NES. Normally, each level takes a minute or so to complete. In this movie, each one is completed in just a few seconds. The author even manages to overflow the score display before completing the game.

Read the author's comments for more details on the "block-juggling" and other glitches used in this movie.


[Tier: Moons]NES Q*bert (USA) in 22:25.42 by unagi.
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Puzzle
Q*bert was originally an arcade video game developed and published by Gottlieb in 1982. It uses "isometric" graphics to create a pseudo-3D effect. The goal of the game is to color all the squares the designated color by stepping on them, while avoiding any enemies that come your way.

Originally made in 2008, watch as unagi quickly blazes through this puzzle game, coloring all squares while getting some unexpected help from a certain little bugger.


[Tier: Vault]NES Quarth (JPN) in 01:01.45 by Acmlm.
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- 2 Players
- Single level
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Puzzle
- Genre: Shooter
Quarth might be best described as a mix of a shooter and Tetris. You control a ship that moves horizontally at the bottom, and shoot incoming blocks or groups of blocks (adding tiles to them) to give them a rectangular shape and make them disappear. Each level scrolls at an increasing speed until you reach the end, and you lose if a block reaches the line floating above the ship.

[Tier: Vault]NES Quattro Adventure: Treasure Island Dizzy (USA) "100%" in 13:40.03 by goofydylan8.
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- 100% completion
- Best ending
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Puzzle
Dizzy, the intelligent egg-like creature, is back in this second game of the famous series from the 1980s. He needs to gather items that he can trade for boat parts to escape from some islands. For the best ending, he also needs to find 30 coins, some of which are hidden.

This game has a reputation of high difficulty because of its physics and control scheme, but goofydylan8 makes it look like a relaxing platformer through masterful route planning and item management.

We also have a run of Dizzy the Adventurer.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES R.B.I. Baseball (USA) in 04:29.23 by adelikat.
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- Playaround
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Sport
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R.B.I. Baseball is a baseball video game developed by Namco and published by Tengen. It was the first game to feature the names of real baseball players from the 1986 and 1987 seasons, adding a dimension of strategy if you knew the sport and the players' strengths and weaknesses.

This playaround by adelikat shows off ridiculous plays, bizarre glitches, and other wild antics.

You can see this played on a real NES by clicking here.


[Tier: Vault]NES Rad Racer (USA) in 21:55.98 by Saturn.
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- Genre: Racing
Rad is a slang term, short for radical. This movie shows what radical sports is when applied to car driving on NES.

Curiously, the game Rad Racer was made by Square, which is probably best known for its Final Fantasy game series. Quite a different game, this here...

If you decide to play this game, we recommend the Power Glove. It's so bad.


[Tier: Vault]NES Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (USA) in 14:52.53 by x2poet.
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- Genre: Platform
Rainbow Islands is a sequel to Bubble Bobble. Protagonists Bubblun and Bobblun now appear in their human forms as Bubby and Bobby. The objective is to climb to the top of each stage in a time limit, while avoiding or destroying various baddies along the way.

The players can summon rainbows which can be used as platforms and weapons. In a TAS, they can be abused greatly to allow dizzying rates of ascent.

This run obtains the bad ending, because it does not collect any of the Big Diamonds used to unlock the secret last level.


[Tier: Vault]NES Rambo (USA) in 18:38.59 by dave_dfwm.
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- Forgoes time-saving damage
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Rambo is a game closely based on the film Rambo: First Blood Part II, in which you kill wasps and snakes and then robots that shoot fireballs.

Mostly using a knife, the author, dave_dfwm, completes the game in record time.


[Tier: Moons]NES River City Ransom (USA) "2 players" in 05:56.76 by Chamale.
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- 2 Players
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses easiest difficulty
- Genre: Fighting
In River City Ransom, Alex and Ryan face off against gangs of students and evil bosses to win their town back and rescue their girlfriends. Several bosses need to be found and beaten before you can enter River City High and beat up the final bad guys (including an obvious imitation of the Double Dragon heroes). The gameplay also has elements of an RPG, where you can level up your character with shop purchases, but none of that is done here.

A glitch that is abused often in this run, pressing Left and Right at the same time, causes the player character to do all sorts of crazy things and usually lose all of his power. This is done to reduce lag during running segments and abuse collision detection.

This run obsoletes the previous one by nearly a minute due to much more optimization of boss fights and some new tricks. Weapons are also used more, so expect to see some chains and trash cans!

For a River City Ransom movie that concentrates more on goofing around than aiming purely for speed, click here. For a run that only uses Ryan, click here.


[Tier: Moons]NES River City Ransom (USA) "playaround" in 12:55.38 by adelikat & JXQ.
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- Playaround
- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- 2 Players
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Uses easiest difficulty
- Genre: Fighting
Award - Funny TAS of 2007
River City Ransom is a goofy game that deserves a goofy TAS. This movie showcases cool tricks and some glitches that don't necessarily result in the fastest completion. We also have a movie which aims for speed.

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We looked at previous submissions and demonstrations of this game and tried to include the most entertaining parts of what was available, and add in a few ideas of our own along the way. Hopefully you'll get a kick out of it.

[Tier: Moons]NES River City Ransom (USA) "1 player" in 05:19.16 by Chamale.
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses easiest difficulty
- Genre: Fighting
In River City Ransom, Alex and Ryan face off against gangs of students and evil bosses to win their town back and rescue their girlfriends. Several bosses need to be found and beaten before you can enter River City High and beat up the final bad guys (including an obvious imitation of the Double Dragon heroes). The gameplay also has elements of an RPG, where you can level up your character with shop purchases, but none of that is done here.

This is a run that only uses Ryan, who is normally Player 2. This has some very important differences compared to the two-player speedrun. One cutscene is significantly shorter when playing only as Ryan. There is less lag, though there are also fewer glitches and acrobatics. More boss fights, especially at the end, use the boss's superior strength against him, taking advantage of an exploit with kicking trash cans. For more details, see the run's submission comments.

For a River City Ransom movie that concentrates more on goofing around than aiming purely for speed, click here.


[Tier: Vault]NES Road Fighter (JPN) in 04:34.01 by mtvf1.
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Racing
Road fighter is racing game. Oddly enough, there are no explicit opponents, even if initially it may seem so.

In this run, mtvf1 destroys as many other vehicles as possbile, racking up quite an amount of destruction.


[Tier: Vault]NES RoboCop 3 (USA) in 05:09.82 by dragonxyk.
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- Genre: Action
Based off the movie of the same name, Robocop 3 is a game where you play as a cyborg while killing thugs. In this run, Robocop walks slowly, but has insane shooting skills.

[Tier: Moons]NES Rockin' Kats (USA) "Channel X" in 01:03.43 by AnS.
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Platform
Whoever said cats can't fly needs to watch this movie. Rockin' Kats is a nice platformer with tricky gameplay similar to Bionic Commando and Ninja Five-O.
This little movie represents the hardest part of the game - Channel X, which normally appears as a secret bonus stage after the normal ending. This TAS however does not play through the entire game, but inputs a password in the beginning to access Channel X right away.

This 1-minute movie has all the ingredients needed for a good TAS: high-speed acrobatics involving a punchgun and unmotivated violence towards various types of canine.

If you liked this movie, be sure to also check out the movie that beats the actual game.


[Tier: Moons][Notable improvement]NES Rockin' Kats (USA) in 16:33.71 by FatRatKnight, Tompa, pirate_sephiroth & MESHUGGAH.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
In Rockin' Kats, Willy the Kat's girl Jill is kidnapped no less than five times by the local crime boss, and, armed with little more than a 'punch-gun', he sets out to rescue her.

This run was the winning submission to TASVideos' Dream Team Contest 4, and improves the old run by just over five minutes.

There is also a run of this game that completes the hidden Channel X.


[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement]NES Rockman 4 Minus Infinity (v0.01) in 35:40.26 by tianwodeai.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Rockman 4 Minus Infinity is the most extensive Mega Man 4 hack in existence, and probably one of the most extensive hacks of any game in existence.

It features heavily reworked weapons, brand new weapons, new items, all-new boss patterns, and brand new stages with new music and entirely new gimmicks. All kinds of obstacles, enemies, bosses and minibosses have been taken from other games from the series, including the Game Boy series and even the SNES and PSX games. It must all be seen to be believed.

This run improves the author's previous run by 3:12.51 through a new route, new glitches and better optimization.


[Tier: Moons]NES Rockman no Constancy (JPN) "hard" in 28:59.07 by woabclf.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
This popular hack for Rockman 2 contains a wide variety of new bosses, weapons, levels, graphics, and music, going far beyond the capabilities of the original game.

Two versions of this hack exist - "normal" mode and "hard" mode, with the primary difference being no mercy invincibility on hard mode.

This run uses hard mode. The normal run is obsoleted despite being around 2 minutes faster due to playing on hard.


[Tier: Vault]NES Rocman X (China) in 13:22.48 by FractalFusion.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Rocman X is an original game created by the Taiwanese company Sachen, the most profilic unlicensed developer for the NES/Famicom. Despite the name and pirated title screen, this game has almost nothing to do with Mega Man.

The game takes place in Thunder Blaster Man's home of Gadem City. The mayor is in the middle of throwing a big party for the city's centennial when a mysterious figure crashes the party and kidnaps the mayor's daughter, Miss Lucy. The kidnapper turns out to be the leader of an evil crime syndicate who demands a large ransom for her safe return. Now it's up to the eponymous hero to save Miss Lucy and bring the syndicate to justice!

In this run, FractalFusion jumps and flies through all four levels of this odd platformer and saves Miss Lucy in just under thirteen and a half minutes.


[Tier: Moons]NES Rod Land (Europe) in 07:49.39 by MESHUGGAH.
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- 2 Players
- Uses death to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Rod Land is a game with as many incarnations, as differences between them. In their NES outing, Tam and Rit overcome a rare video game impediment - the inability to jump - as they go around stages, trapping enemies with their magic rods and smashing them to make power ups. Hm, I wonder where I've seen that before...

In this run, MESHUGGAH uses precision and lots of luck manipulation to beat the game in under 8 minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES Rollergames (USA) in 13:30.47 by N?K.
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Rollergames is a side-scrolling platform game where you play as a member of a roller skating gang battling two other roller skating gangs...on roller skates, naturally.

In this run, N?K chooses the fastest character and speeds through the game, beating it in only thirteen and a half minutes.


[Tier: Vault]NES Rolling Thunder (USA) in 10:59.55 by Randil.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Second quest/Post game-completion
- Genre: Platform
Some longlegged dude has had his future wife kidnapped by Ku Klux Klan wannabe space aliens. Between the levels they taunt him by showing pictures of her in risqué positions on wide-screen TV, while dancing in front of it (We wish we were making this up, but NES games can be pretty weird sometimes).

The author uses a password to get the hardest difficulty, thus not having to finish the game twice. The author also improves on the previous run by about 51 seconds.


[Tier: Vault][Console-verified]NES Rush'n Attack (USA) in 09:35.9 by Randil.
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- 2 Players
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
In this game, two jovial brightly-colored soliders infiltrate enemy forces. Everyone here runs around menacingly, and bullets are a bit slower than a housecat.

This movie is about a 2 second improvement to the previous version.

Note: The name of this game is Rush’n Attack. The 'n does not stand alone as a contraction of and, unlike Ghosts ’n Goblins. Given the theme of the game, the pun on “Russian Attack” is quite obvious.

You can watch this run played back on a real NES console.


[Tier: Moons]NES Rygar (USA PRG1) "0%" in 06:08.74 by Cardboard.
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- Low% completion
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- 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) "warps" in 05:23.14 by Lord Tom.
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Obsoletes movie #391 (06:28.72)
Rating: 7.2 (31 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- 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.


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) "warpless" in 15:43.32 by Lord Tom.
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