Submission #4003: feos, MESHUGGAH's NES Duck Tales 2 in 08:41.29

Console Nintendo Entertainment System Emulator FCEUX 2.2.1
Game Version USA Frame Count 31329
ROM Filename Duck Tales 2 (U) [!].nes Frame Rate 60.0988138974405
Branch Rerecord Count 76823
Unknown Authors feos, MESHUGGAH
Game DuckTales 2
Submitted by feos on 7/6/2013 9:13:50 PM

Submission Comments
Duck Tales 2 any%, improves the published movie by 00:02.40 seconds.
  • Takes damage to save time
  • Heavy luck manipulation
  • Dementia demonstration

feos' comments

Oh, look at the date. 7.7.2013. This is my 7th submission.
All relevant info can be found on that resource page I recently created. As in, lua script, new tricks, RAM addresses, animated gifs.
Also, this is yet another game I enjoyed in my childhood, and I found the secret level myself. Now for years I was reading mklip2001's posts and seeing his signature reminding me about my favorite game. When I found out real time speedrunners compete at this game in "best ending", after seeing dxtr's world record, I was inspired to actually pick this project. But to make sure all is good, I wanted to beat the existing "any%" movie, and just reuse the tricks in "best ending" then.
At first I only tried to shave lag frames, and was 4 frames ahead at the first boss. This way, up to level 4 I accumulated about 22 frames of improvement just by removing random lag. Then I asked MESHUGGAH in, and this started. We found out that some places were just not optimized enough, and some new tricks.
Boss 5 has an 8-frame rule, he becomes available only every 8th frame. MESHUGGAH saved 3 more frames at levels 1-2, but boss 5 ruined this improvement.
PS: I feel cool beating this game faster than adelikat & Brushy (2 iterations), Genisto, and Exim.
PPS: This movie kind of proves total domination of TASEditor over old-style methods. Ask MESHUGGAH!

Special thanks

  • AnS - everyone knows why
  • adelikat - for cool finds in the past
  • MESHUGGAH - for being a true frame geek
  • Mzscla (J.Y) 名字帅才恋爱 - for amazing movie that never was submitted here. Many tricks were learned from it.
  • mtvf1 - for bringing that movie up.

MESHUGGAH's comments

Working with feos on this TAS was awesome. Using his tools we destroyed the game in 4 days.
TL;DR: feos and MESHUGGAH used TASEditor! It's super effective!
There's nothing else I could say. feos is the man. See you until my next TAS =)

Suggested screenshot

Noxxa: Judging.
Noxxa: Setting to delayed while the authors are working on improvements.
Noxxa: Replacing submission with a 76-frame improvement and accepting to Moons as an improvement to the published movie.
Ilari: Dumped this, Noxxa is doing the HD...

Last Edited by ThunderAxe31 on 1/8/2022 10:03:41 AM
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