Submission #3652: Saturn's SNES Super Metroid "Reverse Boss Order" in 46:42.38

System Super NES Emulator Snes9x
Game Version JPN/USA Frame Count 168143
ROM Filename Super Metroid (JU).smc Frame Rate 60
Branch Reverse Boss Order Rerecord Count 138349
Unknown Authors Saturn
Game Super Metroid
Submitted by Saturn on 7/9/2012 11:17:32 AM

Submission Comments

Super Metroid - Reverse Boss Order TAS v3 in 0:26 by Saturn

Recorded on Snes9x 1.43-improvement12 (but should work fine on future versions of the Snes9x 1.43 series as well)

Sync Settings

  • WIP 1 Timing: ON
  • Left+Right/Up+Down: ON
  • Volume Envelope Height Reading: OFF
  • Fake Mute desync workaround: ON
  • Sync samples with sound CPU: OFF

Attributes of this run

  • beats the main bosses in reversed order (without game-breaking glitches or codes)
  • aims for fastest ingame time (due to universal recognition, regardless of emulator)
  • takes damage to save time
  • manipulates luck
  • abuses minor non game-breaking glitches
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Total Frames: 168143

About the Game

Super Metroid is a classic platformer with many advanced techniques and a very fine, subpixel-based move engine. The story is about a bounty hunter called Samus who has the goal to explore a foreign planet called Zebes to find and destroy Mother Brain, the evil leader of the galaxy who is breeding a mighty species called Metroids to abuse them for her own benefits. During the journey you will find a lot of items such as new ammo, energy tanks, special upgrades that speed you up or allow to pass certain areas you would normally not be able to, and making your character strong enough to be ready for the upcoming showdown against Mother Brain.
Despite being over 18 years old by now, it is considered as one of the best games ever made, and is still played by many people on a regular basis. Due to the many different move techniques, a high variety through the new upgrades, and a lot of route possibilities, this game is a very common target for many types of speedruns and playthroughs.

Moviemaking & Comments

This is my 3rd version of the Reverse Boss Order, which after almost 7 years since the first attempt finally found it's completion after a lot of planning work, tests and delays due to other projects. It's one of the most difficult run forms in Super Metroid, as it forces to go through heated or water filled rooms without any of the suits for constant energy loss or greatly restricted movements, creating unique conditions not seen in any other run. The improvement to the previous run by Taco, Kriole, and Hero of the Day is 5056 realtime / 3993 ingame frames, with the main timesaver being from skipping the Grapple Beam, which due to new/improved tricks and strategies I developed for Maridia this year turned out to not justify the time it takes to collect after all.


I would like to thank the following people for their useful contributions towards this RBO project since it's start back in 2005:
  • Catnap222
  • Cpadolf
  • Hero of the Day
  • Kejardon
  • Kriole
  • Moozooh
  • NameSpoofer
  • Taco

Nach: In regards to in-game time. Since the Metroid series also made it prominent by changing the endings according to it, and players were competing based on it, it seems quite sensible for records. However, in terms of TASing, of course everything will be as fast as possible, and things like pausing the game during a long run to answer the phone or attend to human needs don't really factor into it, therefore in-game time makes little sense.
In this excellent run though, the real time surpasses the existing time, so the run should be accepted. It is disheartening though to see old emulators being used, specifically with options to make timing as inaccurate as possible. Here's to hoping someone makes Lsnes runs in the future.
Accepting as improvement to existing run.

Guga: Processing...

Last Edited by TASVideoAgent on 8/18/2012 9:07 PM
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