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Total movies: 37


[Tier: Vault]32X Knuckles' Chaotix (JPN/USA) in 35:07.7 by Upthorn.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2006-06-02)
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Rating: 6.1 (29 votes)
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- Forgoes warps
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Platform
Knuckles' Chaotix is a Sonic game that doesn't feature Sonic. The story follows Knuckles the Echidna as he tries to save his friends from Dr. Robotnik, one at a time, by tying an elastic band of "ring energy" between himself and each of them.

The gameplay is similar to that of earlier Sonic games, and after each stage, the next level is selected via roulette. These roulettes and the game's cutscenes comprise about 66% of the total movie length, so we recommend skipping through them.

In the site's first 32X publication, Upthorn uses a number of glitches (of which the most prominent is zipping through walls) to complete most of the levels tens of seconds faster than intended.


[Tier: Moons]GBA X2: Wolverine's Revenge (USA) in 13:57.28 by nitsuja.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2006-12-30)
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Submission #1084 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.1 (27 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Unlike the other versions of this game, this version of X2: Wolverine's Revenge is a side-scrolling platformer.

Wolverine mostly uses his most powerful weapon, the adamantium claws, to strike enemies. With the claws unsheathed, he can enter an even more devastating "Rage Mode" when the player repeatedly taps a button. The game also features stealth segments in which Wolverine can sneak up on enemies and use a special stealth attack to silently and instantly take them out.

In this run, nitsuja slashes and dashes around the Weapon X Facility and manages to rid Wolverine's body of the Shiva Virus in just 14 minutes.

For a movie of a similar game, see the run of Wolverine's Rage.


[Tier: Vault]GBC Déjà Vu I & II: The Casebooks of Ace Harding (USA/Europe) "Case Book 2" in 10:05.0 by Randil.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2006-07-21)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 8.64 MB, length: 13:15)
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Submission #785 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.3 (22 votes)
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- Genre: Storybook
This is a TAS of the game Deja Vu 2, the sequel to the popular Deja Vu for NES. This time, however, you do remember who you are, and you also remember that you owe some mobster a lot of money.

The goal in the game, however, is not to get the money - instead you're supposed to frame the mobsters. You do this by planting certain items in desks and stuff like that.

Overall, this movie is a lot like the other storybook TAS: super-fast menu navigation, a lot of route planning, and the general feeling of "What in the world is going on in this movie?"


[Tier: Moons]GBC Pokémon: Gold Version (USA/Europe) "no memory corruption" in 2:54:27.15 by FractalFusion.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2006-07-17)
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Submission #1123 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.7 (42 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Forgoes major skip glitch
- Forgoes final boss skip glitch
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Forgoes time-saving glitches
- Foregoes memory corruption
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Pokémon Gold and Silver form the second generation of Pokémon, after Pokémon Red and Blue. The main differences between the generations is that the game is now in full color, and that there are 250 Pokémon instead of 151.

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

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


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

[Tier: Vault]GB Ninja Spirit (JPN) in 05:40.42 by Primorial#soup.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2006-12-12)
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Submission #1196 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.1 (21 votes)
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
This game is one of many ports of an arcade game (there is also a movie of a different version of the game here). In it, an evil force has corrupted all ninjas except for you, and you must defeat the evil force. You have four different weapons, and you can also obtain shadow clones which work similarly to the options from Gradius or the clones from Ninja Gaiden 2.

Sit back and enjoy the fast-paced ninja action and the weapon variety.


[Tier: Vault]Genesis Cadash (USA) in 21:55.23 by nifboy.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2006-02-21)
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Submission #743 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.6 (23 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Cadash isn't the most straightforward of platformers, seeing how you can actually gain levels and buy items in this one. There are also mandatory items to fetch and quests to complete in order to advance.

This is actually nifboy's third movie of Cadash, and the first one considered worth publishing. This means that the author hasn't just thrown something together, but rather planned and optimized everything carefully.

Note that the author dies twice in the movie. Both deaths were of course intentional and saved time. For details about these deaths as well as things that were skipped, see the submission text.


[Tier: Vault]Genesis Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (USA) in 1:37:55.98 by Acmlm.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2006-11-11)
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Submission #1068 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.9 (22 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Phantasy Star III is often considered to be the black sheep of the series, but is still a unique RPG on its own, featuring 3 generations and multiple paths through the game. However, this run breaks the plot halfway through by glitching past the second generation quickly.

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

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


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Pulseman (JPN) "warp glitch" in 25:16.02 by TwistedEye.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2006-10-09)
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Submission #1067 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.5 (30 votes)
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- Major skip glitch
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
From the author:

The graphics, music, sounds, controls are all absolutely phenomenal with interesting characters, gorgeous trippy backgrounds, and tough-but-not-too-tough bosses and puzzles. I'm very confident in saying that it's one of the best games you've probably never heard of.

This run uses glitches that allow moving screenfulls at a time through obstacles and walls.


[Tier: Vault]Genesis Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (World) in 12:52.82 by trazz.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2006-11-02)
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Submission #1015 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.2 (21 votes)
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Ninjas, ninjas, everywhere!

A lesser-known entry in the Shinobi series, the game still holds its own. As always, ninjas rescue their hostages with style, and celebrate victories against bosses with a suicidal plunge off the nearest skyscraper.


[Tier: Vault]Genesis Toki: Going Ape Spit (USA/Europe) in 28:25.37 by Highness.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2006-06-04)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 165.47 MB, length: 28:49)
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Submission #780 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.3 (33 votes)
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
This game is considered to be extremely hard, especially for a speedrun. One hit equals death, and your character moves very slowly. Some quotes about this game:
Spacecow: Knowing how easy it is to die in this game, you certainly do cheat death an awful lot.
Frenom: I got the original of this game and I cant even make it to the next level without dying on Easiest.
daniayaw: This game is _impossible_ to beat without savestates..

The only things keeping Toki alive during this movie are the buggy hit detection and about two metric tonnes of luck.


[Tier: Moons]Genesis Wonder Boy in Monster World (USA/Europe) in 42:10.45 by Aqfaq.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2006-07-31)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 71.62 MB, length: 46:38)
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Submission #1041 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.7 (26.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
This movie is about Wonder Boy fighting against (or running past) a horde of cute monsters.

The Oasis Boots that are normally required to cross the desert were not used in this movie, because it was slightly faster to go without them.

In Japan, the game is known as Wonder Boy V: Monster World III.


[Tier: Moons]N64 Tetrisphere (USA) in 07:00.0 by Acmlm.
Mupen64 movie (.m64) (date: 2006-04-29)
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Submission #1065 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.9 (79 votes)
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- Aims for maximum score
- Genre: Puzzle
Supposedly, the goal in each level is to smash Tetris blocks into a sphere until the core is exposed, which ends the level. Along the way, the player racks up points from various block-breaking combos.

In this movie, Acmlm rapid-fires Tetris blocks so fast that no one else has any idea what's going on. Even the game itself is confused. Levels do not end properly until the entire sphere is blown apart. As for the timer when it reaches zero, well, see for yourself. :)


[Tier: Vault]NES Dragon Fighter (USA) in 12:15.28 by nitsuja.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-08-06)
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Submission #1107 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.1 (24.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- 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: Vault]NES Dragon Warrior II (USA) in 46:25.0 by TheAxeMan.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-04-30)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 58.23 MB, length: 49:22)
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Submission #1026 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.0 (22 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses a game restart sequence
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Selected comments from the author:
The second Dragon Warrior game beaten as fast as possible.

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


[Tier: Vault]NES Fantasy Zone (JPN) in 04:07.07 by Hisatoki.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-12-18)
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Submission #1364 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.2 (27 votes)
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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: Stars][Recommended for newcomers][Notable improvement][Console-verified]NES Gradius (JPN) in 10:52.35 by adelikat.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-11-02)
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Submission #1324 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.3 (86.5 votes)
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- Playaround
- 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: Vault]NES Hudson's Adventure Island (JPN) in 37:01.37 by nesrocks.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-07-07)
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Submission #1047 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.2 (22 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!

Selected quotes from the author:
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: Moons]NES M.C. Kids (USA) "all levels" in 26:25.12 by Brushy.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-07-09)
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Submission #981 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.4 (25 votes)
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- 100% completion
- 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: Vault]NES Milon's Secret Castle (JPN) in 05:28.43 by Hisatoki.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-07-06)
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Submission #1103 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.8 (32 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- 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 Monopoly (USA) in 00:30.03 by Acmlm.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-04-04)
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Submission #1011 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.7 (74.5 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Board
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.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-11-21)
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Submission #1199 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.4 (61 votes)
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- Demonstration
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Board
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: Moons]NES Paperboy (USA) in 11:30.78 by Randil.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-12-25)
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Submission #1380 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.3 (41.5 votes)
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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.

The torrent file was replaced shortly after publishing because of error in file naming, and download statistics (256 complete downloads) were reset.


[Tier: Vault]NES Prince of Persia (USA) in 16:27.82 by SprintGod.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-03-16)
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Rating: 5.8 (33.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- 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 Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble (USA) in 10:28.37 by JXQ.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-11-02)
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Submission #756 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.4 (21 votes)
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- Genre: Platform
Yo dude!

Skate or Die 2 is an NES game infamous for its unresponsive controls and other obvious problems. Luckily, bad programming can work to one's advantage in a project like this. Luck manipulation is also a big part of getting through this game quickly.

Skate straight!


[Tier: Vault]NES Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (JPN) in 16:56.97 by Diman.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-12-15)
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Rating: 4.9 (21 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti looks like a parody of the other more serious Splatterhouse games. Armed with a big meat cleaver, you fight various bizarre creatures such as a purple woman's severed head, spiders bursting out of a woman's gut, and Synchronized Dancing Dracula and Zombies (TM).

This movie by Diman tries to do something interesting during the waiting times.


[Tier: Moons]NES Super Dodge Ball (USA) in 05:47.73 by Dasrik.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-12-18)
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Rating: 6.7 (32 votes)
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Sport
This game takes dodge ball to the extreme!

In this movie the author constantly tortures helpless CPU players with "power shots", sending them to fly around the world (actually, just the screen) and letting them just barely get back on their feet.


[Tier: Moons]NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (USA) "1 player" in 27:03.42 by Baxter.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-08-06)
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Rating: 7.1 (35 votes)
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Genre: Fighting
TMNT2 is a classic beat-em-up game with 4 classic main characters: Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello. The latter is the only turtle used in this movie.

This movie is Baxter's new and improved version, which is an astounding 4 minutes faster than his previous version. Donatello has learned the secret ninja art of teleportation and... no, actually, a glitch that enables the player to move around extremely fast is used to hit all the enemies as soon as they come on screen. But most of the improvement comes from outstanding luck manipulation.


[Tier: Moons]NES The Krion Conquest (USA) in 13:21.12 by Shinryuu.
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
The Krion Conquest is a platform game remarkably similar to the early Mega Man games - so similar that it's pretty easy to consider it a rip-off.

This movie by Shinryuu is 3:10 faster than the previous TAS by Acmlm. Much of this improvement is gained by utilizing the various glitches in the game, which are also similar to the Mega Man series—using items to get into walls and move through them at fast speeds.


[Tier: Vault]NES The Legend of Kage (JPN) in 05:36.97 by Bisqwit.
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Rating: 6.0 (29 votes)
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- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Kage no Densetsu (影の伝説) is a story based in old Japan. The beautiful princess Kiri has been kidnapped by evil ninjas. Many samurai warriors were sent to rescue her. None ever returned. The player is Kage, a young ninja who goes to rescue the princess Kiri.

Speedrunwise, this game is all about luck manipulation. Like any good ninja game, it hides many secrets inside, and the player (Bisqwit) set out to discover every one of them that is important in making a TAS. A detailed story of those secrets can be found in the submission message, but in conclusion it lead into this 28-second speedup compared to the previous movie by Walker Boh.

The theme music of this game sounds a lot better if you imagine it being played on a Japanese koto, like this: http://bisqwit.iki.fi/music/misc/kage.mid


[Tier: Vault]NES Totally Rad (USA) in 12:07.57 by Bag of Magic Food.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-09-18)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Totally Rad, also known as Magic John in Japan, regales the odd story of a boy who learns to use magic from a magician. Shady storyline aside, this movie displays many speedy techniques using the protagonist's magical transformations.

For a much more detailed and whimsical description of all that happens in this publication, Bag of Magic Food's submission text is not one to be missed.


[Tier: Moons]NES Whomp ‛Em (USA) in 11:39.45 by adelikat.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-09-24)
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Rating: 7.3 (25.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Whomp ‛Em is a somewhat lesser known action-packed platforming game.

Although it may not seem like it, this game is somewhat similar to Mega Man in idea. There are multiple stages you can visit in any order and you gain new abilities from winning each level. Like Mega Man games, the new abilities include platform generating items which the author uses to create many shortcuts.


[Tier: Vault]SNES Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (USA) in 1:49:20.0 by DonamerDragon.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2006-11-01)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest is a short RPG game that is very different from the Final Fantasy games that came before and after it.

This is the third TAS movie of this game, now 8 minutes faster than the previous run by the same author.

We recommend reading the author's comments for information about this run.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Final Fantasy VI (USA v1.1) in 4:05:52.87 by Erokky.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2006-06-11)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 464.89 MB, length: 4:30:05)
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Rating: 6.4 (41 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy VI (renamed to Final Fantasy III in North-American publication) is arguably the most famous RPG on the SNES console.

This movie plays through the game in little over 4 hours by the means of advanced analysis of the game engine, and the abuse of certain game errors/features that give the ability to one-hit-knock-out even the strongest enemies ― most prominently (but not only) the Joker Doom lore from Setzer’s slot machine.

A glitch involving Relm’s sketch ability was not used in this run. That glitch cannot be performed on this version of the ROM. There is another run using this glitch on the 1.0 version of the ROM.

The boss battles, including the last boss, might be somewhat anticlimactic in this movie due to the unusual attack technique, but besides being a very nice timeattack/TAS record, the movie is a nice trip down the memory lane for those who have played this game, and a graphically and especially musically pleasing experience for even those who haven't. This movie was made with the English-language version.

We recommend reading the author’s comments regarding this movie.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Kendo Rage (USA) in 10:19.8 by Ferret Warlord.
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Why, when I was your age, I had to take several buses to get to school, and carry a sword with me to fight off those evil creatures that attacked me on my way. You kids have it so easy...

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

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


[Tier: Vault]SNES Star Ocean (JPN) in 1:53:13.43 by fuzi2.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2006-03-03)
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Rating: 5.0 (22 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: RPG
Tri-Ace's Star Ocean 1 is an RPG game similar to Namco's Tales of Phantasia or Square's Final Fantasy VI.

Because it was only released in Japan, and the first (almost) complete fan translation of the game was finished only a few years ago, this game isn't well known in western countries. Moreover, it has only been supported by SNES emulators for a short time, due to a graphics compression chip used in the game to fit the huge amount of beautiful graphics into the 6 MB ROM chip.

This is a tool-assisted speedrun of the Japanese version (the rules of the TASvideos site forbid the use of fan-translations when making speedruns).

We are sorry for the broken speech in the game intro. This is an emulation glitch. (Yes, the game actually includes English dialogue, which coincidentally has an identical twin in Star Trek.)

For a guide of the strategy used in this run, please read the author's comments.

As usual with RPG runs, we recommend everyone to first play through this game before watching the movie. It will normally take a few days to complete the game once ― a few months to uncover all the features: secret characters and abilities and items. Beware, it's fun, and addictive.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Super Smash T.V. (USA) in 28:48.68 by JXQ.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2006-03-14)
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- 2 Players
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Shooter
In the future (and by future, we mean 1999), game shows take on a whole new meaning. Mostly it involves using heavy artillery.

This run is played in two-player mode with the author controlling both characters. It aims for showing off and being entertaining while still being reasonably fast. A code is used to access the highest difficulty level.


[Tier: Moons]SNES Umihara Kawase (JPN) in 01:46.42 by flagitious.
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- Uses warps
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Puzzle
This little-known Japanese wire-action platformer, with a very well-made rubber wire physics simulating engine, sports a schoolgirl setting out to rid the world of giant mutant fish.

The game is very easy to win, but very difficult to play (try it). This video demonstrates one of the fastest paths to the ending, including quite a few almost impossible maneuvers ― whether playing tool-assisted or not.

This video is a 7 seconds improvement to the previous version.

See the Umihara Kawase page for more information about this game, and the author's comments for more information about this movie.

Please read the welcome page if you haven't already done so. It explains the rules and methods that apply to all of these movies, particularly the use of savestates and frame advance. Also refer to our Glossary to understand terms we use, such as TAS or other unfamiliar terms.

Added [Tier: Vault][Notable improvement][Has commentary]SNES Final Fantasy VI (USA v1.0) "game end glitch" by keylie, eddie, pirohiko & kadmony in 24:33.26 (2017-04-29)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault][Notable improvement]SNES Final Fantasy VI (USA v1.0) "game end glitch" by Keylie & Kadmony in 32:54.55 (2015-08-15)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Moons][Has commentary]SNES Final Fantasy VI (USA v1.0) "sketch glitch" by Keylie & Kadmony in 3:11:39.46 (2014-12-05)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (JPN) "best ending" by Samsara in 19:11.24 (2015-08-07)
Added [Tier: Stars][Notable improvement]SNES Umihara Kawase (JPN) "Sightseeing" by Alyosha, ars4326 & Samsara in 11:44.77 (2015-04-15)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons]SNES Umihara Kawase (JPN) "sightseeing" by BobWhoops in 13:15.12 (2004-08-27)
Added [Tier: Moons]GBC Pokémon: Silver Version (USA/Europe) by MrWint in 30:39.49 (2014-04-03)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons]GBC Pokémon: Gold Version (USA/Europe) by bobmario511 in 54:24.96 (2013-12-30)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (USA) "2 players" by x2poet in 30:20.92 (2011-01-06)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES M.C. Kids (USA) by Aglar in 18:15.97 (2009-02-03)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES M.C. Kids (USA) by Brushy in 19:14.0 (2006-10-15)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES M.C. Kids (USA) by Brushy in 19:27.1 (2006-02-16)
- - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES M.C. Kids (USA) by Walker Boh in 20:39.37 (2004-08-14)
Added [Tier: Moons]Genesis Pulseman (JPN) by ideamagnate in 33:57.15 (2007-05-18)
Added [Tier: Moons]GBA X2: Wolverine's Revenge (USA) by nitsuja in 13:57.28 (2006-12-30)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Paperboy (USA) by Randil in 11:30.78 (2006-12-25)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Fantasy Zone (JPN) by Hisatoki in 04:07.07 (2006-12-18)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Super Dodge Ball (USA) by Dasrik in 05:47.73 (2006-12-18)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (JPN) by Diman in 16:56.97 (2006-12-15)
Added [Tier: Vault]GB Ninja Spirit (JPN) by Primorial#soup in 05:40.42 (2006-12-12)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Monopoly (USA) "4 cpus" by FractalFusion in 01:07.67 (2006-11-21)
Added [Tier: Vault]Genesis Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (USA) by Acmlm in 1:37:55.98 (2006-11-11)
Added [Tier: Stars][Recommended for newcomers][Notable improvement][Console-verified]NES Gradius (JPN) by adelikat in 10:52.35 (2006-11-02)
- obsoletes [Tier: Stars]NES Gradius (JPN) by Morimoto in 14:12.0 (2003-05-06)
Added [Tier: Vault]Genesis Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (World) by trazz in 12:52.82 (2006-11-02)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble (USA) by JXQ in 10:28.37 (2006-11-02)
Added [Tier: Vault]SNES Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (USA) by DonamerDragon in 1:49:20.0 (2006-11-01)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]SNES Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (USA V1.0) by DonamerDragon in 1:57:36.07 (2006-01-28)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]SNES Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (USA V1.0) by hero of the day in 2:09:37.95 (2005-12-27)
Added [Tier: Moons]Genesis Pulseman (JPN) "warp glitch" by TwistedEye in 25:16.02 (2006-10-09)
Added [Tier: Moons]SNES Umihara Kawase (JPN) by flagitious in 01:46.42 (2006-10-01)
- obsoletes [Tier: Stars]SNES Umihara Kawase (JPN) by flagitious in 01:53.23 (2006-04-02)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Stars]SNES Umihara Kawase (JPN) by Blechy in 01:58.58 (2005-01-08)
- - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]SNES Umihara Kawase (JPN) by BobWhoops in 02:03.03 (2004-08-12)
- - - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]SNES Umihara Kawase (JPN) by Blechy in 02:05.32 (2004-07-22)
- - - - - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]SNES Umihara Kawase (JPN) by Blechy in 02:33.88 (2004-07-16)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Whomp ‛Em (USA) by adelikat in 11:39.45 (2006-09-24)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Whomp ‛Em (USA) by Walker Boh in 12:15.67 (2004-09-14)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Totally Rad (USA) by Bag of Magic Food in 12:07.57 (2006-09-18)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES The Krion Conquest (USA) by Shinryuu in 13:21.12 (2006-09-10)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES The Krion Conquest (USA) by Acmlm in 16:30.73 (2005-05-09)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES The Legend of Kage (JPN) by Bisqwit in 05:36.97 (2006-09-10)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES The Legend of Kage (JPN) by Walker Boh in 06:04.98 (2004-05-24)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Dragon Fighter (USA) by nitsuja in 12:15.28 (2006-08-06)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (USA) "1 player" by Baxter in 27:03.42 (2006-08-06)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (USA) by Baxter in 31:08.5 (2004-06-27)
Added [Tier: Moons]Genesis Wonder Boy in Monster World (USA/Europe) by Aqfaq in 42:10.45 (2006-07-31)
Added [Tier: Vault]GBC Déjà Vu I & II: The Casebooks of Ace Harding (USA/Europe) "Case Book 2" by Randil in 10:05.0 (2006-07-21)
Added [Tier: Moons]GBC Pokémon: Gold Version (USA/Europe) "no memory corruption" by FractalFusion in 2:54:27.15 (2006-07-17)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES M.C. Kids (USA) "all levels" by Brushy in 26:25.12 (2006-07-09)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES M.C. Kids (USA) "all levels" by Sami in 27:21.43 (2005-11-27)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Hudson's Adventure Island (JPN) by nesrocks in 37:01.37 (2006-07-07)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Milon's Secret Castle (JPN) by Hisatoki in 05:28.43 (2006-07-06)
- obsoletes [Tier: Vault]NES Milon's Secret Castle (USA) by Cheez in 07:20.72 (2005-01-22)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Milon's Secret Castle (USA) by Cheez in 07:49.82 (2004-06-26)
Added [Tier: Moons]SNES Kendo Rage (USA) by Ferret Warlord in 10:19.8 (2006-07-03)
Added [Tier: Moons]SNES Final Fantasy VI (USA v1.1) by Erokky in 4:05:52.87 (2006-06-11)
Added [Tier: Vault]Genesis Toki: Going Ape Spit (USA/Europe) by Highness in 28:25.37 (2006-06-04)
Added [Tier: Vault]32X Knuckles' Chaotix (JPN/USA) by Upthorn in 35:07.7 (2006-06-02)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Dragon Warrior II (USA) by TheAxeMan in 46:25.0 (2006-04-30)
Added [Tier: Moons]N64 Tetrisphere (USA) by Acmlm in 07:00.0 (2006-04-29)
Added [Tier: Moons]NES Monopoly (USA) by Acmlm in 00:30.03 (2006-04-04)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Monopoly (USA) by Phil in 00:33.62 (2006-02-26)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Monopoly (USA) by Acmlm in 00:35.17 (2004-11-22)
Added [Tier: Vault]NES Prince of Persia (USA) by SprintGod in 16:27.82 (2006-03-16)
- obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Prince of Persia (USA) by SprintGod in 16:39.05 (2004-08-28)
- - obsoletes [Tier: Moons]NES Prince of Persia (USA) by Mclaud2000 in 19:16.7 (2004-03-27)
Added [Tier: Moons]SNES Super Smash T.V. (USA) by JXQ in 28:48.68 (2006-03-14)
Added [Tier: Vault]SNES Star Ocean (JPN) by fuzi2 in 1:53:13.43 (2006-03-03)
Added [Tier: Vault]Genesis Cadash (USA) by nifboy in 21:55.23 (2006-02-21)

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